Janelle HindsHow were you finding out about it and could you ever trace who they were?
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Harpaul SambhiIn short: you likely have 99 other problems; and this shouldn't be one. Long: I had a similar issue, and sent a quick note to the people to kindly reconsider. The reality is anything beyond a C&D letter (if at that) would be a waste. Start-ups should put that money and attention to other pressing issues. If you are networking correctly, all investors would know who you are.
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Daniel WhitefieldJanelle, we're typically contacted by the association during due diligence to find our exact site under a different domain.
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Chad GoodmanAirbnb faced the same problem early on. The impersonating company (who had done this to many others in the past) grew to 300 employees, and saw solid user growth. Then, following their plan, asked Airbnb to acquire them. To paraphrase Chesky, he did the best thing you can do to a company like that. He made them have the baby and raise it too. Needless to say, Airbnb won without acquiring.
Boris MannFor basic contracts, especially around custom development (either you providing it or you contracting it) we really should just have free high quality templates available. Here's mine -- [email protected]/sample-consulting-agreement-8300bcbe538
So, which law firm in Canada is actually going to go all 21st century and provide a set of these?!?!?!?!!?
Kelly McGregorIf you're involved with Velocity (you appear to be from uw), there's a lawyer/advisor who has done some work for us that we are happy with and she offers free to cheap rates for velocity companies. Email me at [email protected] and I'll refer you.
This news might make some very happy - look how wonderfully the Canadian government is supporting innovation through BDC Capital. Wow, $250 million+ invested! But compare this to China's pouring of venture funds to be dispersed through local agencies ($338 billion - Bloomberg article below). Even though the GDP factor, a rough/crude measure, is barely 10x between Canada and China; on the venture capital investment front, this differs by a factor greater than 1000. The Chinese government is setting the wheels in motion to pour tax revenue into early stage high-risk startups - clearly they see it as a national priority. Previously, I compared the US angel/seed activity to Canada's before -- differ by a factor of over 1000 whereas GDP/population factor is ~10x.
Canadian entrepreneurs punching above their weight despite this 1000x difference...(ok, even if we normalize, still is around 100x difference) in both private (US) and public capital (what China is doing) deserve all the respect in the world.. but could we motivate our government to make innovation a national priority ? We are bringing a fork to the innovation battlefield when others have tanks. Also, how would local startups compete against well-capitalized startups originating in the US and China, looking to eventually do playbook expansion into Canadian markets ?
I'm looking for software to help automate user on-boarding. Our on-boarding is complicated so I want to be able to include a combination of activities. Ideally something that can track a user's progress along a series of pre-defined steps (e.g. watch this video, fill out this web form, watch another video, complete this configuration step, etc.) Suggestions? ... See MoreSee Less
Sharing with the group as this week's CanCon talked about something I don't think is getting enough exposure. The federal government has launched a public forum on cyber security, which I think is a giant waste of time because a) the general public is not well-informed to provide any useful feedback b) the gov't knows it can easily just reach out to the tech sector, especially after what happened with Bill C-51.
HOWEVER, I do believe that there is an opportunity to send a message here. I would think that many StartupNorth members have significant thoughts on the subject of cyber security, and I recommend that we ALL give them the business. If the public forum is overwhelmed with informed recommendations, the government will have a harder time ignoring it and just doing what they want.
*insert whichever inspirational Jimmy Stewart speech you prefer here (probably something from Mr. Smith goes to Washington)* ... See MoreSee Less
Okay folks, how many of you have gotten the Google Cloud chromebook pitch? We got the package below, I'm guessing a bunch of you did, too. It's not a new trick, give people a thing to make their reciprocity circuits light up and give you something back. Gimmicky, sure, but I'm sure Google knows their cost of acquisition very well.
The gimmick in this case, though, is a chromebook that is almost certainly underpowered relative to what your teams are using at work, and yet would be transformative for folks who don't have a machine of their own. We pinged Melissa Sariffodeen and she confirmed that Ladies Learning Code can definitely use them.
If you have one of these things sitting around, too, can I suggest you consider sending it their way? If it's easier, drop it off at the Hubba offices and Ben Zifkin or I will sort out hand off. ... See MoreSee Less