Provincial government provides investment in booming technology sector. The British Columbia (BC) government unveiled its full plans last month on the new #BCTECH Strategy, which aims to develop an area of the Canadian economy that’s doing quite well—technology. It’s a shift for a government whose e…
Happy to hear Toronto Mayor John Tory talk about startups and how they're a key economic driver. At the very least, Toronto (the city) needs to be an active and enthusiastic cheerleader for startups. ... See MoreSee Less
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I'm curious to know if anyone in this group might have an opinion about the views raised in this globe article from Monday.
Is this widening of the capital pool an absolute good for the ecosystem? Who will use it? Who here is working with a dealer or relying on the advice of a portfolio manager to raise a round? ... See MoreSee Less
Boris MannChicken and egg. I'd like to believe this widens capital pools, but think it's likely more of a fit for local businesses. Of course, many of Canada's angels are local investors, so this could be a good fit.
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David CrowLike many things, it depends.
Opportunity for positive signalling and leverage might be something like: room for local investors to build and round out a Canadian syndicate.
Negative signalling: if a company is only able to attract unsophisticated crowdfunders is that signalling death nail, particularly if the company believes it is on a venture funding path. I can't wait to see the number of Canadian financial engineers that use a combination of crowdfunding and RTOs to bilk unsuspecting grandparents out of their retirement savings $10,000 at a time.
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The special announcement at Shopify this morning was also about the City launching a new site to promote startups and tech, one of the many more initiatives to support startups. Check it out, friends! startupheretoronto.com/. Full disclosure: I'm on the editorial advisory for StartupHere. You'll see many great companies profiled on this site soon. Special thanks to talented folks at Cossette who made it all look so good, and to Chris Rickett and his team on making it all possible. ... See MoreSee Less
Is a high-speed train the objective or something else? Reality is that the 401 is no 101. Cheap UberPool or BlancRide between the 2 cities is a good option for now, IMO. It's on-demand and it works from any point to any point. ... See MoreSee Less
Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic sat down with Toronto Mayor John Tory in Toronto on Thursday morning. .@JohnTory addressing the need for a Toronto-Waterloo technology corridor at @Shopify‘s Toronto office. pic.twitter.com/4luAT0ovo3 — Communitech (@Communitech) February 11, 2016 .@berryonline explai…
Christopher PyperYou also have to weigh the non tech corridor benefits. Toronto’s population is huge and continuing to grow and the transit is horrendous at best. Any major relief is decades away if that, and Smart-Track is stalled. Using GO trains to commute from within the city is likely the only place they can start putting people. I think Tory realizes this is looking for outside help to accelerate projects.