Hey everyone. My name is Keith, born and raised just outside of Toronto, and I'm the founder of and CEO of Polybit Inc. where we've created stdlib - a registry for serverless microservices (stdlib.com). We just got back from AWS re:Invent in Vegas where we were lucky enough to be provided a stage to speak about what we're building to over 1,000 attendees at one of the largest conference venues.
AWS is a $13B/yr business by itself. We're focused on building what's next. I wrote this article outlining our vision and thoughts on the future of infrastructure, happy to share. If you're Canadian and working in the dev tool space, please don't hesitate to connect. Would love to help other aspiring founders, and we're always looking for talent to join our team.
Breather has raised $40 million. The Series C round, which brings the Canadian company's total funding to $73 million, was led by Menlo Ventures, with participation from existing investors Valar Ventures, RRE Ventures, Slow Ventures and Real Ventures. Breather...
Can someone please create a startup that delivers pre-made food from Costco to startup events? I try to go to about 4 events a week, and pizza is starting to taste like carboard to me, and it's making me fat. ... See MoreSee Less
Chris SnoyerIf you are looking to build a network, I don't think calling someone an asshole is the way to go about it. Regardless of his actual age, David Crow is the "50 year old CEO with a network" that you speak of. I don't even know him, but I know who he is. Play nice and maybe you can tap his network and reduce your networking efforts to ~1 event/week. I've learned a ton from people I've met at events, and here's definitely value in them, but 4/week sounds steep.
Rohan Nair"The big mistake in those first months was that Top Hat's marketing approach was top-down, Mr. Silagadze says. The company sent its sales team to meet face to face with school officials who had little incentive or interest in changing the way students access course materials.
The key to the company's success was a critical decision to pivot its marketing approach toward a tech-based solution.
Rather than sending salespeople to talk face to face with school bureaucrats, the company now makes its sales online directly to university students and their teachers."
Would definitely be very interesting to hear about how Top Hat arrived at the hypothesis of selling to students and teachers, and how they executed on that.
Back in ~2010 at McMaster we had a really hard time selling the Administration on moving to Google Apps from a legacy (ie: piece of shit) email system, and ended up having to orchestrate some crazy Student Union advocacy just to get the administration to take a meeting with Google. This included us doing case studies, setting up reference calls with other Universities who had made the switch etc.
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Taimoor TariqI'm curious to know what AI tools they are using for marketing and support
Congratulations to Ben and the entire Hubba team on closing their Series B, led by Goldman Sachs Investment Partners. Although the round is an "Undisclosed" amount, it is huge and likely the largest B in Toronto.
This is an important milestone for a few reasons:
1) This is the first time this group within Goldman Sachs (who invested in Facebook, Uber, Spotify and Pinterest) has invested in Canada.
2) Hubba is the earliest company that they have invested in.
3) The most sophisticated investors see our diverse Toronto/Waterloo tech ecosystem capable of building future leaders, not just following them.
Hubba Inc., whose software allows retailers to access marketing and product information, has raised an undisclosed amount in a new round of new venture-capital financing led by a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. fund.
Always great to see a story like this of an effective online marketplace helping people earn more money: "Fisherman who sell through Coastline are paid 50 per cent to 200 per cent more for their catch than what they’d get from wholesalers, says Mr. Lee, although prices can vary. Coastline pays $2.30 a pound for rockfish; a fish processor might pay 80 cents."
Excited to share some of the awesome stuff coming out of our company based in Toronto :) As Canadians, we're bigger on loyalty/rewards programs than our neighbours down south and we're excited to innovate and bring new products to the market both here in Canada and in the US.
We'll be hiring people in engineering, growth/marketing and sales for 2017, if you're interested (or know someone who may be) make sure to hit me up! ... See MoreSee Less
Simon MillsGreat news! I've been using Drop for a couple months now and I absolutely love it. I have enough points for an Amazon gift card (thanks to the one time Best Buy offer), but im saving for the Cineplex gift card. What is so great about Drop is that the rewards are very achievable and points are easily earned through places I already go (LCBO, Ritual, Uber). Love it love it love it. Awesome job Derrick Fung and team :D DM'd as well!
Ben LucierI've been using Google contacts seamlessly on my Mac and IOS devices. For both work and personal. Is this a PC only challenge?
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Ben BaldwiniOS <--> Google Contacts x3 <--> Nimble CRM <--> Freshbooks <--> Wave <--> and so on ...
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Ben Lucierah! Yes, ok I get it... definitely an issue with CRMs, etc. I do have that problem. I was going to see if Zapier would be able to help, but haven't spent any time looking into it. Pipedrive's google integration works for my personal contacts syncing, but not company wide.
Jordan SatokTry remembering which chat platform you talk to everyone on. Especially Albert Lai.. the master of every platform. Is it WeChat this week? or Kakao? or Kik? or FB? or LINE? or WhatsApp? or iMessage? #messengeroverload
Sandy ScottAgree - still a huge issue - FullContact screwed me too - haven't had time to fix all the contacts it messed up - am hoping for a full reversal of all FullContact activities otherwise I am going to spend days cleaning it up. With Ben - any recommendations much appreciated. Shouldn't there be AI for this or something?