After a bit of a hiatus, I am pleased to say that @StartupDrinksTO is back on! After many requests and some great support form Aman Moolji (who really did the work to organize this, not me...) we have our next date: June 8th at Hotel Ocho.
For those who have never been out, it's a simple concept: Have a pint, connect, share experiences and issues you are facing, and meet some of your fellow up-and-coming startup company leaders! This is a low-key event with only a 5-minute agenda the entire evening which is made up of up to 5 companies presenting for 1-minute each to tell us a) who they are, b) what they do, and c) what they need so that the community can help them reach their goals. That's it.
So, if you are interested, come out join us for a pint!
Yikes - there are two Toronto-based software startups in the news recently using the same brand name. I wish them both well so won't get into naming/discussing them here (and hope no one else does as well), but there is an important lesson for other entrepreneurs here (their trademark is actually registered / defended by yet another Canadian software company, and there is also another US startup with the same brand name, not to mention another well-heeled registered trademark owner in other classification..all using the same brand name :O )
When you launch a startup or think you have that unique product name you are really excited about, it is worthwhile to see if anybody else in your general domain is also using it. Try searching the US and Canadian trademark database for the exact word and for mis-spellings and similar pronunciations of it. It is free, and even filing an online application yourself (for a very unique name) is straightforward after some coffee or beer and costs only about $200-$300 (done it a few times in both countries, and my background is programming!). You can look at successful applications filed by others professionally to use as a template from the publicly available trademark databases. If you can afford it, obviously hire a lawyer to do it for you. Having a registered trademark gives you the upper hand with getting preferred treatment from 3rd parties when someone else has cyber-squatted on your name, even though inadvertently.
Someone here wisely noted that traction is the new IP, but hey, choose a unique enough name so people can differentiate your service from the others and also so that no one else can prevent you from using it in the future after you have already built some brand recognition.
PS: If anyone with more experience here (especially IP lawyers) feel I am off base, please correct as the community here could benefit from it. ... See MoreSee Less
Varun MathurSent you a PM with what I had dug up. I don't think naming them here benefits anybody - they are both doing great innovative stuff but I don't see how all of these can hold on to the same name in the same category in the same jurisdiction..
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Matt MastracciI've seen an example of a Canadian startup naming themselves after an actively-marketed product from another Canadian company that is arguably in the same space. It's a bit disappointing that they didn't do basic diligence on their name - or even worse, ignored the Google results.
19 hours ago
Andrew Noop SmithGreat advice! I trademarked Final Wish and it was very easy to do online. Also the staff at the CIPO (Canada) and USPTO (USA) are very helpful.
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
Aram MelkoumovWe are looking for a subtenant but you are too big for us. Why don't you get a bigger space and sublet out what you don't need and just grow into it? Happy to connect you to our agent. He's been very helpful and patient with us.
Julia FriesenHi Marie, it depends what kind of space you are looking for exactly but we at MakeWorks may have a good office solution for you. Shoot me at an email at [email protected] and we can chat details!!
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...
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!
Hiten Shah just hunted Fortay.co on Product Hunt! www.producthunt.com/tech/ & Search for Fortay. Fortay is your perfect app if you're rapidly growing, culture focused, need to improve hiring efficiency or to keep your team culturally aligned. ... See MoreSee Less
Happy to announce the return of StartupDrinks Toronto on June 8th at the Hotel Ocho!
For those who are unfamiliar, StartupDrinks is a monthly event targeted towards founders at all stages. SUDs is a casual event where you can grab a pint, connect, share, and learn from some of your fellow up-and-coming startup company leaders. At the very least, come and practice your pitch.
I'd met a good number of you at StartupDrinks over the years. Always looking forward to meeting more!
We're Baaaaaaa-aaack! June 8th to kick off @StartupDrinksTO for 2016! By popular demand we will be hosting the next StartupDrinks in Toronto on June 8th. Join us and keep the spirit of Toronto's startup community alive, one pint at a time. It's a simple concept: Have a pint, connect, share exper...
It's an incredibly difficult decision to host or not host an event. Having hosted DemoCamp (2005-2010-ish) and StartupEmpire (2008), neither of which were the size or intensity of Grow, I can only imagine how much soul, heart and passion Debbie has put in. It is incredible when you realize that the original mission has been picked up and is supported by other organizations.
Thanks for the great events in BC, Canada is stronger because of your efforts. And I hope to attend what ever is next.
I have been getting a ton of questions and thought it was time to let everyone know that I will not be producing the GROW Conference in 2016. This was not an easy decision. Over the last few years I’ve wanted to move on and try new things, from starting a company to joining a team but each time I’ve...
Meredith J PowellDebbie Landa - thank you for everything you've built with Grow! It's been a fave (and most productive/valuable) event for years now and will be sorely missed. Excited to see what else you might cook up, though...?! ;)