I'm looking for software to help automate user on-boarding. Our on-boarding is complicated so I want to be able to include a combination of activities. Ideally something that can track a user's progress along a series of pre-defined steps (e.g. watch this video, fill out this web form, watch another video, complete this configuration step, etc.) Suggestions? ... See MoreSee Less
Sharing with the group as this week's CanCon talked about something I don't think is getting enough exposure. The federal government has launched a public forum on cyber security, which I think is a giant waste of time because a) the general public is not well-informed to provide any useful feedback b) the gov't knows it can easily just reach out to the tech sector, especially after what happened with Bill C-51.
HOWEVER, I do believe that there is an opportunity to send a message here. I would think that many StartupNorth members have significant thoughts on the subject of cyber security, and I recommend that we ALL give them the business. If the public forum is overwhelmed with informed recommendations, the government will have a harder time ignoring it and just doing what they want.
*insert whichever inspirational Jimmy Stewart speech you prefer here (probably something from Mr. Smith goes to Washington)* ... See MoreSee Less
"... a milestone-driven, needs-based approach to determine the right amount to raise in a seed round is to build a financial model, adjusting for real-world scenarios and considerations, adding a fudge factor, and accounting for optics... But before you get that far, there is one additional factor to consider to determine the right amount of seed capital to raise: an honest reflection of your fundraising ability...
... your magic fundraising number is actually the one which corresponds to approximately 80% of effort devoted to reach that highest point." ... See MoreSee Less
When thinking about how much seed capital to raise, we need a more sophisticated lens than just the old rule of thumb of “18 months of runway.” This is especially crucial given that the 18-month timeframe is a bit circular — a founder can always just take whatever amount she closes and divide by 18…
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Startup North Friends, if you'd like to read about what the Blockchain can do for government, please read my latest article in the Huffington Post. If you'd like to know what the Canadian Government or public institutions are doing, the answer is: not much. ... See MoreSee Less
Varun MathurAny thoughts on trustworthiness here ? As a concept, it makes a lot of sense but can this be implemented appropriately ? One of the things which came out from the DAO situation was that the underlying Ethereum code itself was written poorly. This article goes in-depth: nakamotoinstitute.org/mempool/ethereum-is-doomed/#selection-7.4-7.22
"economics was not the only subject that the Ethereum devs did not understand. They also don’t understand law and software engineering. They created a situation in which bugs would be expected to arise in an environment in which bugs are legally exploitable. That is hacker heaven"
David JanesThis - the use of the blockchain - seems like a way to solve somewhat tricky problems in unnecessarily hard ways.
For example, why wouldn't we trust the government - the Canadian government - to store a bunch of hashes / signed hashes, or just documents / signed documents in general. e.g. Why do a blockchain to store archival records, when we can just store archival records! And it seems the are relatively straightforward for doing proof of storage, etc. using standard cryptography techniques.
If the government can't solve the issue of reliable storing, retrieving, and signing public electronic documents, perhaps this is an area where effort is more needed to be applied.
A few people have asked me about legal standardized templates for their startups. Take a look at this templates free from YC. Obviously these are just templates and don't be afraid to reach out to a lawyer for guidance.
Safe Financing Documents The safe (simple agreement for future equity) is intended to replace convertible notes in most cases, and we think it addresses many of the problems with convertible notes while preserving their flexibility. In addition to being simpler and clearer, we intend the safe to rem...
Melissa KwanI've gotten permission from our lawyers to do a piece on this and make their Canadianzied SAFE available. I'll be writing something on our funding experience using the SAFE in the US (I'm in NYC but my co is based in Vancouver), the pushbacks we had, and how we addressed them. Stay tuned.
Joseph PuopoloBoris Mann thank you kindly for your counterpoint. The main goal, get reusable documents so to your point we aren't re-inventing the wheel. Maybe these docs could live on Startup North David Crow?
Okay folks, how many of you have gotten the Google Cloud chromebook pitch? We got the package below, I'm guessing a bunch of you did, too. It's not a new trick, give people a thing to make their reciprocity circuits light up and give you something back. Gimmicky, sure, but I'm sure Google knows their cost of acquisition very well.
The gimmick in this case, though, is a chromebook that is almost certainly underpowered relative to what your teams are using at work, and yet would be transformative for folks who don't have a machine of their own. We pinged Melissa Sariffodeen and she confirmed that Ladies Learning Code can definitely use them.
If you have one of these things sitting around, too, can I suggest you consider sending it their way? If it's easier, drop it off at the Hubba offices and Ben Zifkin or I will sort out hand off. ... See MoreSee Less