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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!

Details at:
startupdrinksto2016june.eventbrite.com
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Michael Hofwellerawesome!

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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.
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Janelle HindsGreat timing. Looking to incorp my business and choosing a name for it and possibly the product is something on my mind.

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Christopher PyperDude, don’t leave us hanging. What is the name?

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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.

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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.

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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

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Jeffrey HowardI might have some ideas. DM me.

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Jason RiddifordHi Marie Chevrier just pm'd you

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Jeff GoldenbergWhat about One Eleven?

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Jackie LeeChris Ye have enough space at Uken?

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Chris HoggWe used a broker who helped us in the exact same scenario. They were fast and well connected. Email me if I can help or if you want an intro [email protected]

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Chris YeNot for 15 but thanks for thinking of us

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Rob PalumboLiz Nucci

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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.

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Heather PayneWe have two 30+ person classrooms sitting empty every day (we only use them at night). Email me at [email protected] if you're interested in chatting! Photos: hackeryou.com/bookourspace

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Lyon LeeJoe Connolly

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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!!

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Mark EvansYou should talk to brightlane.ca/. It has hosted startups with 10 to 20 employees.

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Marie ChevrierThanks so much for all the responses. We've definitely received an overwhelming amount of support from the community and from literally every real estate agent in the city.

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Aram MelkoumovGood to hear! In terms of agents, you are in good hands with Chris Fyvie from Colliers or Tim Bell from CBRE.

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Corey BrandonI know one...

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