According to the American Trucking Association, nearly 70 percent of all freight tonnage moved around the U.S. is transported by trucks. There's more than $603 billion in revenue coming from trucking -- making it a pretty valuable market -- and some are looking for modernized tools and software to h...
Hey guys, a little self promotion, but super excited on my first stab in the public media space. Have some improvements to make on articulation and gathering my thoughts but I wanted to share for everyone to see! ... See MoreSee Less
Payday loans have long been criticized as a debt trap for the most vulnerable due to their exorbitant interest rates. Meanwhile, the industry argues it’s an alternative for those who get rejected by traditional banks and need a short-term loan. ZayZoon is a Canadian startup offering an alternative —...
There's many great Technology leaders in our community but Bohdan Zabawskyj, CTO of Mercatus Technologies Inc. is one true gem who deserves to be recognized at the Timmy Awards. He supports your meetups, he buys tickets to events to further the professional growth of his team while encouraging growth through passion projects. Bohdan has helped countless people (many in this group) advance their careers with new opportunities. He's one of the most passionate and active tech advisors I've ever met, who does everything he can to create a win for them. VOTE for your top pick for Toronto's Best Technology Manager bit.ly/29WekVo #CultureWins #Leader ... See MoreSee Less
Toronto Timmy Awards The Toronto Timmy Awards Nominations are now closed. Voting: July 20th – August 11th, 2016 Toronto’s 1st Annual Timmy Awards is an award ceremony hosted by Tech in Motion, a national events organization for tech enthusiasts created by Jobspring Partners & Workbridge Associates....
Solid Growth Hacking talk happening this Friday morning featuring Jeff Goldenberg of Borrowell, author of the beloved "Growth Hacker's Guide to the Galaxy" - shout out to Vinetta for making this happen.
Just wanted to say that I'm glad we're finally owning the term. I often got sneers from non-industry people for identifying as a growth hacker early on and there still are detractors who will laugh at the title. If you're one of those people, feel free to not show up ^_~ ... See MoreSee Less
GROWTH HACKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXYWith Jeff GoldenbergYou’ve probably heard of the term Growth Hacking being thrown around in the startup world for a while now. But, do you really understand what it is and how data can be used to drive exponential busin...
Canadian companies compete globally. And, for us to have a competitive advantage - Canada needs the best talent. Quicker immigration for best talent can become a competitive advantage for Canada as a country.
Alex TomicI am going to present what may be an unpopular opinion here, but I would welcome responses from people with more on-the-ground experience with these matters.
Whether I put on my IT professional or entrepreneur hat, I fail to see the need for this, and actually believe it may be harmful to the tech ecosystem here in the longer term. I am not an immigration expert, but we have both a points system and fast-track system that has been lauded as a model for much of the world to follow. For exceptionally talented individuals these programs are not sufficient?
If this is really about lowering tech wages rather than "top talent", I think this is harmful in a number of ways.
We have to ask why much of our home-grown, real top talent has already left? In 2012, there were estimated to be 350,000 Canadians (!!)  in Silicon Valley alone. There are zipcodes in SoCal where we make up among the largest immigrant groups. In my time there, the typical reasons for why people would never consider moving back are: much lower pay, fewer opportunities. I'm not expecting a tidal wave of Canadians rushing back here, even if Trump wins.
I recently had to pay a hefty sum for legal advice. Yet it never once occurred to me that we should advocate bringing in "top legal talent" from the English-speaking world to help our businesses compete in a globalized world. Why is there no similar push there?
If our mentality continues to be about wage suppression and not a cultural shift towards empowering and compensating tech workers appropriately, then the conveyor belt of home-grown top talent out of Canada will continue and we will remain a "branch plant" economy well into the information age.
/rant (thank you for listening)
my latest, an interview with Innovation, science and economic development minister Navdeep Bains. It's accompanying another piece that should appear very soon on a related topic of interest to this group. We're running a shorter version of this in the paper tomorrow but the online version (available to subscribers) talks in greater length about his thoughts on immigration, procurement and SR&ED. ... See MoreSee Less
Richard RemillardIt read to me as if the Minister kept the door open to various policy options, except insofar as targeting any subsequent program towards providing the requisite capital for growth-stage firms. In this regard, the UK's Business Growth Fund could prove interesting.
We're excited to announce that applications for the 2017 cohort of The Next 36: Canada’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative are now live! Help us spread the word? We're on the hunt for students and recent grads with a strong entrepreneurial drive to either launch a high-impact startup, or grow their existing idea-stage venture. Visit our shiny new website for more: www.thenext36.ca.
At The Next 36, we believe that by fast-tracking the development of Canada's most talented young innovators, we will help create industry-changing businesses and grow Canada's long-term prosperity. The Next 36 transforms exceptional students into high impact entrepreneurs. Each year, we choose 36 yo...