Hi everyone! Sampler needs an office space for 15-18 people starting July-ish. Because we expect to grow headcount significantly within the year, we don't want to take on a long lease. Therefore we are open to either sharing with a company who has a larger space and/or taking over a lease for a company who is moving out of a space they've outgrown. Anybody have something like that in their back pocket? Or advice on how to manage office space during this "in-between" phase (considering a lot of co-working spots are over capacity)? Appreciate the feedback! ... See MoreSee Less
Steve Van MierloNo, it'll just make them even more valuable for a few reasons. Off the top of my head:
- Car ownership will continue to decline as automated travel becomes more efficient and accessible.
- Google (arguable leader in self driving cars) has a significant stake in them, partnership or acquisition seems very likely
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John Philip GreenI think Uber is more than the end of taxis. Taken to its logical extreme, it is the end of car ownership, parking lots, car insurance, driveways... and when It adopts autonomous electric vehicles, the end of gas stations, human driving, oil changes, mechanics. And why not truck driving and delivery services while they are at it? The next generation of transportation is Uber's to lose.
Andrew Noop SmithSelf driving vending machines with everything you might need. Moving stores come to you.
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Varun MathurWhen self-driving cars become ubiquitous, why would one necessarily need an Uber - could you not then own a percentage of such a car's time and have it go back and forth automatically between your shared circle of friends/family within a geographic region. My point here is we are assuming a vacuum of innovation between now and when self-driving cars become ubiquitous. Uber has tremendous amount of data about intra city human transportation which it is able to leverage and which puts it in a fantastic position today and going forward, no matter if we are riding donkeys or self-driving cars, but there could be disruptors tomorrow who could disrupt even Uber..
Airbnb to me is the design leader in the world today for consumer web and mobile apps. They have taken a fresh, human-centered design approach (not just screen elements but thinking it through end-end) which has enabled them to be late to a market yet win it, and they have made their design philosophy repeatable. They launched a redesigned version of their app recently and have started chatting about how they created their own design components which can be rapidly used to build new features while maintaining overall design uniformity. Interesting reads:
A special invitation to the Start Up North Community (complete with a special discount code )
Canada doesn't toot its own horn often enough when it's a world-leader. Digital ID and authentication are areas where we are acknowledged as seriously leading the pack.
It is important for Canada’s start up community to continue to have a strong voice in the development of the emerging global framework by which we will secure all online transactions. That's why we are offering Start Up North community members a 15% discount on the already low conference pass. You can buy your pass here www.universe.com/identitynorth2016 (hurry as prices go up June 1 - use code to STARTUPN15 to secure your discount).
The original Laws of Identity were written by Canadian Kim Cameron, a distinguished engineer and Microsoft's identity architect. We are proud to announce that Cameron will deliver our first keynote at IdentityNorth this year. Our other keynote will be Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Executive Director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute at Ryerson University and creator of Privacy-by-Design.
"Your average Canadian may not get “excited” about digital identity, but it will certainly contribute to her enhanced quality of life and the acceleration of the digital economy – things that make Canadians happy and prosperous.” says Cameron.
On June 15th and 16th, the 5th edition of IdentityNorth is happening here in Toronto. Identity North is Canada’s premier gathering of leaders in digital ID and authentication; featuring speakers from across Canada and around the world. www.identitynorth.ca... See MoreSee Less
IdentityNorth 2016Now is the time for Canada to step up. We have all the ingredients and participants required to build a future that is the envy of the rest of the world. Strong digital identity technologies, processes and partnerships will be the foundation of a robust digital economy. We call upo...
In 2011 we raised $2M from some of the top investors in Silicon Valley. Our startup, SocialWire (later renamed Manifest), helped online retailers instantly personalize the shopping experience when their customers signed in with Facebook…
If you're an employer who's planning to pay for the training of new or current staff in the coming months you may want to take advantage of the Canada-Ontario Job Grant, which would refund you 2/3 to 5/6 of your training costs up to $10,000 per employee.
I manage this grant program at The Career Foundation and am happy to answer any questions.
Andrei ArkhanguelskiThumbs up! It's a great program that every employer should be aware of. We're taking advantage of it and I couldn't recommend it highly enough. It's a great way to enable your employees to upgrade their skills by taking a course at a university, college or a third party training provider, such as BrainStation, Lighthouse Labs, or Bitmaker. Online courses on sites like Udemy may be acceptable if there is not a training provider in Ontario that might offer a similar course including universities, colleges or a third party training provider.
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Venk ChandranI am a previous recipient of this grant.. Or whatever this initiative was called a decade ago. It helped me get a job after the startup I was at died in the dot com bust. And it helped me get back into tech. It's not just important for employers but prospective employees who want that first step but have a hard time getting experience. Use this to educate potential employers as I did.
Dennis PilarinosThanks all.. we feel very humbled to have this opportunity. Supporting and bolstering the Canadian tech ecosystem is something I've been passionate about for years and this feels like a great vehicle to do that.
If you're building a mobile app - we'd love to have you try buddybuild!
Cassandra JowettInfluitive's dev/design team is also having a meet 'n greet just before the meetup tonight. If anyone is curious about working at Influitive and wants some time to chat with our team in a smaller group setting, you can stop by a little early (5:30-6:30).
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Mark Organ'Twas a terrific meeting! 160+ bot and machine learning enthusiasts building the future.
OMERS Ventures is often associated with later stage deals. On a $ basis, I'm sure most of their capital goes there. But Managing Director Jim Orlando has crunched some numbers and most of their deals are actually early stage at the time of the first cheque ... See MoreSee Less
John RuffoloCorrect. Many people confuse late stage investors with life cycle investors. A late stage investor (such as the outstanding investors Insight) has a very focused strategy around Series B and later and do it exceptionally well. OMERS Ventures, as a lifecycle investor, wants to FIRST fund at the seed or Series A timeframe but have enough dry powder to keep on funding right through an ultimate exit or liquidity event so that a company is able to scale throughout their entire lifecycle.