we have a complete 3 office unit available the fashion building. bright north facing in a brick/beam building.. built out unit contains two large windowed offices and an interior office. kitchenette with fridge/microwave and open office area suitable for 2-3 desks. the building is in an awesome loca...
Chris SnoyerAwesome space! How much for just one of the offices?
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Hari KantChris, we would prefer to sublet the whole thing, but we could do an individual windowed office for $1200. Bigger than the typical share office suite, with a shared kitchenette, common space and internet.
Has anyone worked with MarkMonitor (www.markmonitor.com/) before in regards to buying a domain name that they are squatting on? Or even tips on how to get a domain name that is owned by a squatter. ... See MoreSee Less
Ben LucierFormer Tucowser here. If you're serious about acquiring a domain name, I'd recommend you talk to Bill Sweetman over at Name Ninja before you do anything. I've sent a number of friends to him (some of them StartupNorth members) and the feedback has always been positive (disclosure: Bill and I used to work together at Tucows where he ran their domain portfolio).
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Ryan McKegneyMarkMonitor isn't really a retail registrar, so the domain you are looking at may be owned by a major corp like Google or Verizon. They handle registrations for major brands like that and also do things like trademark enforcement.
27 Sep /By CIX Team/0 Comments/CIX News Wattpad Named 2016 Innovator Of The Year WATTPAD NAMED CIX 2016 ‘INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR’ RECIPIENT Toronto-based company wins award for transforming entertainment industry (Toronto, September 27) – The Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) announced today that Wat...
Allen LauThrilled and honoured to be named CiX Innovator of the year! We can't accomplish this without our amazing team and the help from our investors. Most importantly, this can't be accomplished without our community of 45 million monthly users. Look forward to writing the next chapter of the Wattpad story with them!
Speaking at NACO (National Angel Summit) nxt wk w Globe & Mail on creating a culture of risk and success in Canada.
The Canadian brand & culture is generally perceived as being about modesty & politeness. This is often cited by investors and entrepreneurs as a leading cause for why we don't realize our fullest potential when competing globally.
So my questions are: - is this even accurate? how risk-averse are we really? or do you see something else @ play here? - how we can overcome issues that limit the growth of Canada's startup ecosystem? - what we can do to get our investors & founders to be bolder, to take bigger moonshot risks & to celebrate their success?
Thanks a mill, Startup North peeps - look forward to hearing your voices & sharing with the Summit! Mx cc Michael Daniel Marcus Boris ... See MoreSee Less
Varun MathurSorry to answer a question with a question, but I think the answer lies in what is the state of pre-seed investing in Canada - when its just the team+market opportunity ? Which first-time entrepreneur here has raised $500k-$1M at that stage without a product and without traction ? Who are the investors willing to write those kind of checks ?
If bulk of the investment activity is in stages where some risk has been managed -- eg seed -- "show me traction and evidence of PM/fit", then that is increasingly coming down from a moonshot to a specific, niche market.
Anecdotal experience: First startup I did here in Toronto wanted to make a "web operating system" which would provide a unified set of UI components and back-end services like single-sign on to develop their web apps. Idea was to provide web-based tools to enable anybody (including non-developers) to build their own apps quickly enough; along with a custom markup language. That was in 2005 - way before Facebook Platform, Facebook connect, fbml, etc; that was our moonshot. The team included folks with extensive s/w and CS background, including a programmer who was ranked amongst the top 50 in the world.
Yet - we didn't believe it was feasible to execute on that in Toronto as it was too big of an idea and a...moonshot.
Only if I had known of a local investor writing pre-seed checks at the founder/market opportunity level for moonshots.. If I ever crack it big and have the ability to write $500k-$1M checks, first and foremost thing I would promote is the belief that "yes, you can..Dream big and yes, it can be supported here". Its not the founders who are not thinking big enough.. but again, just my anecdotal experience on my startup #1 here in Toronto.
Boris MannMeredith J Powell I believe pre-seed / pre-A and lack of risk taking angels is the biggest issue, which is why I work on Open Angel Canada.
Yes, our founder entrepreneurs need to think big. But, the best of them that do get sucked directly into top tier US programs.