Toronto is showing signs of the city coming into its own as a global technology hub. More firms are making the move to Hogtown, and the city is also turning out its fair share of hometown heroes when it comes to successful tech companies. So, what is making Toronto such a coveted destination for tec...
Balaji GopalanWonderful writeup. No doubt we face unique challenges in Canada, stemming from our naturally conservative approach to technology innovation and the vague, cloudy bureaucracy that emerges from a publicly-funded service system. But, at least, we see little resistance to the statement that there is a problem. Wait times, quality and speed of care, aging population ... these are all impossible to ignore, even by policymakers. We need more of our brilliant technology innovators approaching tough societal problems like healthcare, and like Dustin, we should not be discouraged from these administrative challenges, banding together to force the system to move en masse.
Genia Miinkothey're both right.
this is not a black and white issue. plenty of nuance in fin-tech to support both of these positions
15 hours ago
Fabian BoehmConsidering recent investments of "major banks" into Fintech startups, I would agree more with the first article. However, as Genia stated this whole industry is very complex and diverse and therefore generalizations are not possible.
Wanted to let you know about a pretty cool, upcoming event at OneEleven.
The event is on "Term Sheets from Seed to Series A" and you will learn from the following speakers:
Sid Paquette - Managing Director at OMERS Ventures David Unsworth - General Partner and Co-Founder at Information Venture Partners Han Ryoo – Co-founder & Head of Product at Overbond Ranjeev Dhillon – Associate at Bennett Jones.
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According to Facebook, it's been a year since Trudeau won the election and the Globe published this letter congratulating him and asking for his support of the entrepreneurial community. How is he doing so far?
One positive is that his government backed off the stock option taxation plan after hearing out the startup community. Other examples, positive or negative? ... See MoreSee Less
Matt RobertsI'd give credit to Navdeep Bains for reaching out to the community and getting feedback before any major policy decisions. I think its still early innings on what we'll see come down the pipe.
19 hours ago · 3
Haseeb AwanLiberal government have presented Canada as a great brand. After what's going on across the border, Canada is a great candidate to attract international talent and capital.
19 hours ago · 5
Ben ZifkinHappy to give credit to being malleable enough to back off of policy because of feedback but the stock option thing always annoyed me. You don't get a gold star for coming up with a bad idea and then look like a hero when you don't enact it. It took a lot of unnecessary energy - and likely future bargaining leverage - from a bunch of people in this community to get them to change it. (Thanks to all of you who took on that fight on our behalf)
That was a just a side rant on one topic. On a whole, I think we are very lucky that this government is paying attention and genuinely caring on how to make things better. Very appreciative of that. It will drive us even more forward as the best country in the world to live and start a technology company.
Fabian BoehmComing from the Berlin startup scene and having worked closely with the German Startup Association for a few years to strengthen German and Canadian startup ecosystem ties, I can add to this that the very fact that Trudeau has been elected has raised a lot of positive awareness for Canada and has led to also startups to look more closely at this country that was often overshadowed by "the valley". My business is focused on Canadian and German companies and I have seen an increase in interested ever since the election: www.digitaldackel.ca That being said, the recent trade deal negotiations have not been super helpful to the transatlantic relationship.
Sylvain CarleHave been a fan of the Valour (remember meeting the cofounders in SF pre-Kickstarter) and riding it since last spring. Not a week goes by without another cyclist (in awe) asking about the bike, where I got it, etc. It's a great ride daily, and a show-stopper weekly. All the best to a team with an incredible amount of dedication to their product and market.
David CrowAli, Sohaib, David and the whole team have been working their asses off. The venture capital treadmill is a demanding one (and different than a lot of entrepreneurs think). I am proud to be an investor and excited to see what the next 12-18 months bring. Keep at.
It's a great commuter ride. I'm just hate locking it up outside, i.e., very likely to be stolen. But man it's gorgeous, fun to ride, and beautifully engineered.
Disclosure: I'm an investor in Vanhawks.
Simran KambojThat's interesting. LeEco just launched a smart bike in the states today. Similar product but that company obviously have a ton of resources.
Goodluck to Vanhawks! Would love to see a Canadian company make a dent in the market.
2 days ago · 2
Roland Tanglao$USD1500 for an electric assist stepthrough VanHawk would be awesome. go vanhawk.next go! (i don't need carbon (steel is fine) and i don't need electric assist but i think that's where the market is going?) P.S. "misjudged" makes me laugh "how about learned from initial sales and is moving forward to the next model"!
Craig HunterLove reading this. Always a rollercoaster (even when things are going great), best of luck to the whole Vanhawks team!
1 day ago
Mark EvansAs an avid commuter bicyclist, VanHawk sounds good but it's hard to justify spending $1500, especially given Toronto's reputation for bike theft. Personally, I'd buy a Smart Halo www.smarthalo.bike/
19 hours ago
Brydon Gillissthat was my exact response when I 'judged' their pitch at startupfest a few years back Mark Evans ....I have a bike, I like it, why is this a bike?