Nearly four years of hard work has paid off for Montrealers Tri Nguyen, Bruno Sylvain and Eduard Lucic. In an exclusive for MTLinTech, Groove, a music app founded by the trio of guys, is announcing it’s been acquired by Microsoft. Groove is a music service that powers music recommendations and gener…
Erik KalviainenInteresting perspective and analysis. I wonder how it plays out when you consider engagement. Anecdotally, as a viewer I definitely tune out Canadian Super Bowl ads, whereas I view US Super Bowl ads as legitimate content and I don't immediately pull out my smartphone when they're on.
Eric KryskiAwesome work Mike Katchen and team! I love how data backed that post was. I always had a suspicion that it would be a good bet for Canadian companies to advertise during the Super Bowl. I'd be super interested to hear how you are measuring user growth from this campaign and how it moved the needle (or didn't).
Hey guys, we're looking to build dashboards (graphs, meters, grids/lists) atop Angular's mobile framework and I'm looking for a UI component library that will work seamlessly (ish) with this technology. Any ideas/recommendations?
Whether it is good or bad, there were 44 applications to these 30 jobs (vs 70 from the previous week). That is a 30% increase in the number of jobs posted, and a 38% decrease in the number of applicants. There were a lot of "bulk postings" from 2 groups that may reduce the fit between this audience and the posted jobs.
Alex KolodkinGil, thanks for sending that over. As a former producer, I was using the OMDC. The problem is that over 50% of their locations are burned or unavailable.
Met with them many times and they don't like what we're doing...
A Silicon Valley Series A investment team will be up in Vancouver next week. Who should they meet that is within 6 months of potentially raising? Please DM me or post here. I will try and make as many intros as possible. ... See MoreSee Less
Michael MahonWould be nice to know which VC firm... really helps when considering who to suggest, as they all have different areas of focus, etc. No need for secrecy, the minute they land and start meeting it will be known to all!
2 days ago · 1
Tom WilliamsMichael. They are mobile-focused including software-enabled hardware. The reason I'm not mentioning by name is to avoid the entrepreneurial hustle of "hey, I here you're in town" type emails.
Darryl BallantyneI wouldn't really agree with the article's characterization of him as "unlucky" - it wasn't bad luck that made him quit and sell off his shares!
Surprised, actually, that he got ANYTHING after only two months. If I was starting a new venture with friends now everyone (including me) would be on a vesting schedule so they have to stick around to earn their shares. This could have gotten really messy.
4 days ago · 4
Roger ChabraThey are sometimes hard to stomach but "founder vesting" clauses imposed by big bad VCs ;-) are needed in many situations.
Scott BrooksInnovation is happening all over Canada and it doesn't have to be tied to a particular geographic region. In fact by ensuring that it has the ability to flourish all over Canada ensures we can be an innovative country not just a country with innovative regions.
5 days ago · 6
Rena WangThis is probably not an issue that comes to top of mind, but how do we align our education system to get more diversity (read: young girls) into STEM fields, so that in the next 5-20 years, we have a larger pool of talented young people to hire.
Maggie FoxNavdeep is awesome - we were on a board together and he's just a great human. Please say "Hi" for me. My suggestion: if we are serious about getting more women into STEM, events like Maker Faire are some of the best and most diverse I've ever seen. When you invite families to mess around with technology, everyone joins in without bias. How can we deliberately explore different ways to expose more kids to tech, so they have the chance to feel that spark of discovery and possibility?
Kevin BrowneIncreased Canada-wide expectations and support for computer science and STEM education. Ideally with particular focus on low-income family students and women. Right now things are happening at the municipal and provincial levels, but we need leadership from the federal level.
5 days ago · 3
Jesse RodgersI think the focus should be on the things that advance our country and will enable companies to flourish but they should shy away from direct support of startups unless there are obvious market failures. For Canada given its size and distribution more should be done on transportation, energy, education, and communications. Specifically on education I actually think a STEM focus would not be ideal. We really need to teach kids how to learn and adapt to the world in front of them. Breaking the silos between Arts (using technology and studying how humans use technology) and Science (building technology and applying technology to defined problems) would be a huge win.
Christopher PyperAsk him about the TPP. Lot’s of smart people are opposed to what it could do to the innovation economy of this country.
5 days ago · 2
Stuart MacDonaldWe need to get more CANADIAN tech voices into policy discussions and at the table with Government. What little consultation the Feds do with the Digital sector is mostly with reps from large multinationals with their own agendas. There's little cross pollination with other voices. Compare that to the US where the big players are in CONSTANT contact with US policy makers and are often times embedded within the administration e.g. the husband of a former colleague went from MSFT to be the CIO of the US Federal Government in an executive level post in the White House.
Will PateSpeed goals: Fastest high-speed rail in the world Waterloo/Toronto/Montreal, fastest fiber internet in the world (at least in urban centers), first country to be 5G (at least in urban centers)
5 days ago · 7
Sandy WardOne important thing IMHO, currently innovation is only associated with STEM. But in the coming decades, Psychology, Sociology, Finance, Design, etc skills will be needed in conjunction with STEM. I feel, to really advance innovation it can't be 'one or the other' but 'how do we get more view points on the same problem'. This usually leads to the best solutions. A second point, from a big gov't point of view, if they are funding ideas, they could encourage groups to work together instead of against each other. Currently, across all disciples two company working together get less monetary support than a single company.
John Philip Green- What's our plan to have the fastest free internet access in the world?
- What do other universities need to build co-op programs to rival Waterloo?
- What is the plan to make SR&ED better?
- High speed rail Toronto-Waterloo?
- Can you just let Uber operate so our cities don't make Canadians look like Luddites?
- We need relaxed crowd funding laws. Can you make Angel List Syndicates possible, please?
22 hours ago · 1
Amanda Parker1. Since startups don't have the scale to meet the extensive paper-work requirements setup by the CIC (such as the LMIA or PNP sponsorship), startups cease to be an option for newly graduated international students who are looking to immigrate to Canada.
- Many talented, Canadian educated international students are leaving the country (leaving their jobs and costing us tax dollars) due to the stringent and unclear processes involved in immigration
- Evaluation of potential immigrants is important but it shouldn't make Canada as an unattractive place to immigrate to, just because the process is difficult and lengthy 2. + 1 for SR&ED improvements. It could be interesting to see grants in place to encourage organizations to purchase startup technology and give us a seat at the procurement table in larger organizations.
Lally RementillaWell done. Your focus on the process as being iterative and agile is key since no one company can get it right on first try, even with the noblest of intentions. The Etsy story for example took different tries till they got something that worked.