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Hi Everyone - I am hoping to get some feedback on founders’ experience with IRAP. Specifically:
1. What is the likelihood of being approved for IRAP funding? Obviously this is dependent on the project being applied for, but a general sense of the probability would be helpful.
2. What is the typical timeline for having a project approved?
3. Has anyone been approved for IRAP prior to hiring the employees who will complete the project? Ie. Find appropriate technical employees > Apply for IRAP > IRAP approval > hire employees and begin project.
Khazret SapenovThey require you to be an existing profitable business with several employees on payroll already, so your proposed scenario has low chances. There is no visibility in decision making process and what companies get IRAP funding, thus creating lots of opportunities for corruption.
15 hours ago
Peter BaileyHI Jeremy, Flow has done numerous IRAP claims - both large and small- I am happy to have a quick chat about the process etc. -there are also a lot of other government programs out there that may be a better fit for your circumstances.
14 hours ago
Reuven CohenWe used IRAP back in the day (2004-2010). Your manager (probably not the right title) makes a big difference in the success of your various funding applications.
Hi everyone. We're (A Thinking Ape) moving into a massive premium office space in downtown Vancouver (coal harbor). It's a 15k sq. ft space with a private patio, and we have around 15-20 desks available to rent.
Address is: 200 - 1132 Alberni St., Vancouver
We're looking to share the space with a cool startup (we're about 70 people and growing).
The cost is as follows (unfortunately not negotiable since it's less than cost): - $620/desk + proportional costs (i.e. proportionally split internet, cleaning, etc) - prepay for the month + security deposit - no contractual commitments (you can leave any time without notice since it's prepay, however it'd be great if you give us a heads up) - desks included - chairs not
Stuart MacDonaldI'm aware of several talented people who have recently made the move FROM Vancouver to Ontario or Halifax because they've concluded that they will never be able to own a home there. Seems that's a bigger issue, no?
24 hours ago · 4
Boris MannI wish this actually listed the 9 companies -- who are presumably hiring?
Smart, frank insights in here (as well as a big shout-out to Harley Finkelstein and the gang at Shopify) but I think the most interesting observations in this piece about the challenges of innovating in legacy businesses are in this paragraph: "I’m often asked whether old-economy businesses can reinvent themselves. In a large, complex and (dare I say) successful business, it requires real, impassioned commitment from the top. But even then, forces make it difficult. The inability to shed legacy costs, lack of entrepreneurial conditions and risk-taking, pressure to produce earnings and halfheartedness often lead to innovation theatre rather than innovation culture."
Elena YunusovIs it me, or is it so self-congratulatory it hurts? And we never find out the names of people who came up with the app in the first place? and by all means, thank you Shopify for being the voice of reason.
Varun MathurCanada Post has this incredible amount of data about the addresses it delivers at - its too bad we as Canadians have to depend upon businesses based in another country to advertise locally here or to even see curated data about local businesses. Their online tool to geo-target delivery of physical ads is clunky, expensive and impractical... Kudos for creating the Canada Post app and for leading/atleast thinking about innovation, but I think being a startup is a persistence state of nimbleness and not one-offs.. The potential of Canada Post's data is untapped for Canadians.
2 days ago · 1
Jim Moss"innovation theatre" is one of the best labels I've ever heard.
2 days ago · 3
Bobby BhathalCanada Post is going to remain shit until they subsidize it for business owners. Extremely expensive
Jeff NolanYes, good piece and thanks for sharing. I think a key piece of this puzzle in in the first sentence.... "5 years ago I was 30 days into the job..."
What Chopra details is the behavior of a bureaucratic organization that earns the consequence that Darwin predicts.
Curious to know if anybody else here is contributing to the DAO ? daohub.org/
If not, few hours are left to contribute to the first DAO, The DAO, which has already raised around/the equivalent of "$140 million". If that gives you a headache, recommend reading this article about DAO, Ethereum, Bitcoin and Blockchain.
The DAO is basically an automated venture fund which will automatically manage immutable financial contracts based on a set of pre-defined rules, where the investors get no equity, but with the tokens they bought to create the DAO (with their "ether" currency...converted from Bitcoin or bought with USD/EUR) - they get proportional rights to vote on project proposals put forth by "contractors" (entrepreneurs). Proposals accepted will be executed in the real-world by these contractors and managed by smart contracts, and the token holders will derive some benefit. You can create your own DAO, but this DAO, "the DAO" will presumably lead to other "startups" leveraging Ethereum, such as say slock.it (if its proposal gets accepted) slock.it/roadmap.html
Can't say how this pans out, but is intriguing... I am in with 1 ether (about $12) just to see what the heck is going on there.. ... See MoreSee Less
Tom BieleckiI applaud the audacity of the experiment but think it's best just to watch from the sidelines. Anonymity aside, I frankly don't want to be held liable by participating. It's a very complicated and untested model. As with Apple products, wait for V2 or V3 ;)
4 days ago · 1
Ryan LazanisIt's interesting. The DAO seems to be the hot thing in cryptocurrency at the moment.
Varun MathurThe DAO is not a cryptocurrency. It is an economic, for profit organization which uses smart contracts and cryptocurrency called Ether as its foundational units. This is also a good read - a function of slock.it ..one of the proposals for the DAO to fund once it comes into being tomorrow... "imagine that being able to accept payments from renters and unlock accordingly was a function of a lock itself" .. that is the key phrase here... a function of a lock itself... Its inherently useful, it is a matter of what kind of innovative startups being products and solutions to the market... The DAO has a $140 million headstart so not easy to dismiss it anymore..
Varun MathurThe DAO is live now and has been created. Perhaps the most audacious, craziest, wildest idea since Netscape back in 1995. I recommend reading this whitepaper to get a sense of a practical application - it is a proposal by slock.it for their "Universal Sharing Network" and "Ethereum Computer", they are requesting funding from the DAO for it.
If their vision comes to life - it would mean you buy an "Ethereum Computer" from your local Best Buy and use it to rent/sell/share any object you want (this Ethereum Computer is a blockchain node you are bringing home, running on Ubuntu). For example, you can list your home for rent. Discovery for end-users would be through mobile apps Slock.it would develop. Payment would be in national currencies too. The vision here is instead of paying a centralized company 10-30% of what your object can make by being rented/shared, you pay up to 5% to the DAO. Smart locks on the door would unlock only if the payment has been made..
This link here lists out some Ethereum use cases: [email protected][email protected]j