Excited about this one! Ritual + City Of Toronto. ⛵️ I've never worked with a government body that moved so fast and was so open to an idea. Can't say enough good things about John Tory and his staff, really amazing!
Varun MathurIt is fantastic to see this startup-government partnership. This will go down as a legendary growth hack and the birth of a new idea - offering almost exclusive access to a city service to drive growth of an app. Yes - others would come along and insist on being able to offer ferry tickets, and more, on their app too (would the govt be able to refuse and come across as preferring one private partner over another ?) but until then this should be fantastic for Ritual! Wow! Kudos to whoever came up with this idea and implemented it - love it! And of course, amazing for Torontonians too for the convenience it provides.
Here is a fun problem Ritual is bound to have: number of people getting the app for the ferry tickets would eventually get much higher than number of people even interested in ordering food-ahead at a local restaurant --- what do you do with that customer base then not interested in your core product ? :) A significant pivot ? Ritual seems to have an amazing team who will rock the startup world...
You folks continue to amaze - hats off again!
17 hours ago · 2
Meredith J PowellCraig Hunter - would love to hook this up for a trial w Vancouver's Seabus & City of Van. Think this would be of interest to your peeps over at Ritual?
Rohan JayasekeraThrilled to hear about your experience with the City of Toronto. I once met then-mayor David Miller and told him about a bad experience with a city bureaucrat who dealt with tech startups but had no intention of actually doing anything. He got really angry at what he was hearing (he even turned red) -- but he didn't say he'd do anything, perhaps thinking that it would be futile.
13 hours ago · 1
Mudit Singh RawatAmazing! I will totally skip that line to get the tickets on the Ritual app.
Hey guys, for anyone building software out there, today's the day to pat your SysAdmins on the back, share some cake with your Ops team, or buy your DevOps engineers some Red Bull.
From all of us at VM Farms, Happy SysAdmin day! May your pagers be silent this long weekend <3
"Most people don't even know what sysadmins do, but trust me, if they all took a lunch break at the same time they wouldn't make it to the deli before you ran out of bullets protecting your canned goods from roving bands of mutants."
Every friend I have with a job that involves picking up something heavier than a laptop more than twice a week eventually finds a way to slip something like this into conversation: "Bro,1 you don't work hard. I just worked a 4700-hour week digging a tunnel under Mordor with a screwdriver."
Kitchener-Waterloo is already well-known as a centre for innovation in Canada, and with plans now underway to revitalize a 475,000 square foot warehouse space located at 137 Glasgow Street in Kitchener’s Innovation District, the newly re-christened Catalyst137 building is set to become the largest i...
Apple Inc. has hired the former head of BlackBerry Ltd.’s automotive software division as new leadership at the iPhone-maker’s car team places increased emphasis on developing self-driving technology, according to people familiar with the project.
Roger Beharry Lallhrrm.... this is of course awesome news for Dan... but it seems a bit sad to me. BlackBerry/Qnx... such great Canadian stars... seems now all that potential has been lost/squandered/headed south.
Excited to share that Venture for Canada will be collaborating with BDC Capital on a new speaker series highlighting the lessons learned from Canadian entrepreneurs who have successfully scaled firms. Stay tuned for upcoming events -- the first will be on August 18th with Mark Organ of Influitive. ... See MoreSee Less
Rick SegalOne of the rather important things that gets overlooked is to have a speaker/session series on fcuk ups, crashes-n-burns and the like. It is really easy to have a bunch of people do rah rah, talk success, habits of winning, lessons learned etc. People love that stuff. But over the last few years of being out of my last start-up, people seem to thrive on answers to "what did you screw up", "why did that fail" and "what should you have done" cuz that stuff people are going yowsa, I'll avoid that! Cloning what the successful person did, of course, but avoiding the hard core mistakes coming from a candid, we screwed this up because conversation; that seems to have value in my mind.
I often thought "Fcuk-up Camp" as a two day non-stop thing of what not to do or what didn't work has equal merit (possibly more" against the "lessons learned" of success. Personally, I think spending time on failures and mistakes is core to learning.
Just my $0.02.
This is my first time posting. I recently moved back from San Francisco (I worked for Salesforce) to start a nonprofit to teach tech to people of all ages (the kids love it). We're called Code Heroes. We're located in Cornwall, Ontario and we are gaining a lot of traction here. My ask is that are there any companies who would be willing to travel here to talk about their careers in tech? We're hosting a hackathon on August 17th/18th at St. Lawrence College and want to show the kids the possibilities of working in tech. They have had no exposure to this world and I'm seeing a lot of potential in some of these kids who could use some amazing role models. Feel free to email me as well: [email protected] Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less