Many of us hear about AI/ML startups - but the specific "breakthrough" technology is deep learning neural networks. Its here, and its thanks to the pioneering work done by Toronto's Geoffrey Hinton. I am convinced this will have the widest tech impact in the world over the next decade. Machines which are able to learn themselves -- not intelligent in general, not AI quite yet, but smart enough for individual tasks and able to predict. Not pre-set programming rules driven, but trained by data to formulate their own rules.
I hope somebody nominates Geoffrey Hinton for the Order of Canada (it requires nomination from 3 credible sources) and that AI institute in Toronto becomes a reality. Read the New York Times article linked within which explains in pristine detail the role he played in this and the respect he commands from other deep learning researchers.
For the record, I am very envious of startups which are curating massive specific datasets which would be prime beneficiaries of deep learning neural networks (Figure1 - I am looking at you).
I tried to distill this down after reading several resources - from mathematical, to implementation, to a VC's take. Here is an abbreviated version. Pass the popcorn...
I first met Danielle at Startupfest in the summer. She does community engagement at the DMZ at Ryerson University. One of the super-connectors in our Toronto/Canadian tech community, she's helpful to founders, investors, event organizers, journalists, job seekers... all of us
Jodi EchakowitzGreat timing for your post. Danielle and I connected later this afternoon and we're going to meet in a few weeks. Of course, if I was in town next week I would be at Resolve. Sounds like it should be a great event.
Mohammed AsaduallahIs the speaker list final? About a third may identify as women, but not even a quarter would identify as PoC. Sucks to see another year starting off with such poor representation of women and PoC at tech events in Toronto.
Anyone in the K12 Educational Technology space out there? Looking to create a group to share experiences and best practices working with schools, districts, educators and leaders in K12 education in North America.
Thank you for tagging anyone you know who fits the bill!
Just need to throw out a shout out to the SN community. This is a medium that I recommend to EVERYONE in the tech/startup world to get a sense for unabashed, real-time, relevant ideas, opportunities and content. This is a collective of the smartest in class; somewhere I've had the pleasure of observing (and to be honest, getting to know) some of the most forward-thinking folks in the community. Even folks I've never met personally - I know all about their strengths, successes, setbacks, and how they've stepped up to help others when they've needed something. And that's a privilege. In this group, you very quickly realize who the key players are, and how hard they're working to raise the tide for everyone to do better. No BS, just things that are helpful (well, likely thanks in part to David Crow's delete/ban button and paddlings). We essentially have a front row seat inside the minds of our fellow tech/startup leaders, and I encourage everyone to listen closely, and reach out when you see a great opportunity for someone in this group. I can confidently say that I recommend people on a daily basis, based on what I've heard them say or seen them share in this group. If there's one ask I have, it's to keep sharing, debating, high-fiving, and giving back. People are watching and learning. Final nod to John Philip Green who inspired this post after an impromptu coffee this afternoon (after a year of observation/shout-outs/admiration of his great contributions across the board). Communities at work are unstoppable - thanks for being best in class. ... See MoreSee Less
Hi folks, I run a marketing event in Toronto where experienced marketers provide feedback to startups on their marketing strategies and I am looking for startups to pitch at the next event happening on Feb 28! Know anyone or want to pitch yourself? Please ping me! ... See MoreSee Less
Also, we're running this month's event in conjunction with our friends at Resolve TO. That said, we have 2 passes to give away, simply tweet @StartupDrinksTO using the #ResolveTO with your 2017 resolution by tomorrow night.
We'll announce the two lucky winners on Thursday this week! ... See MoreSee Less
StartupDrinksTO is back to kick off the new year with a special ResolveTO edition on January 26th! For those joining us for the first time, the concept is simple: Come meet, connect, and share with founders, investors, service providers, and other members of Toronto's thriving Startup community. The...
Hi everyone! I have a lead on a great grant program that will cover up to 70% of the cost of HackerYou courses if you'd like to send your employees.
We have part-time evening courses starting soon on SEO, UX, WordPress and of course, web development (HTML & CSS). We also run our web development courses on Saturdays, since it tends to be easier for employees with families or who commute. More details at hackeryou.com.
Let me know if you'd like me to put you in touch with our contact! ... See MoreSee Less
We're training startup/scale-up employees on a recruiting system that transforms our founders' access to diverse talent.
Jodi Kovitz announced during her keynote last night that we've found a way to make this program no-cost for female employees … to attract and build more female leaders to fuel our ecosystem #MoveTheDial
Dickie DangA friend of mine who's sold his business but still works for the acquiring company doing exactly what you're asking for (tell him Rich Dang referred you) :
Spently is the top app in the Shopify App Store to support all the email notifications customers receive. These are existing emails customers get after every purchase, but come standard from Shopify and other platforms without marketing capabilities or advanced customization. Since these are the mos...
Gershon HurwenThanks Sunil - excited to be co-leading the deal into Spently together with you guys. I think that Nick and Vin have an excellent team and I love that they add significant value to their customers (more than $100m in Revenue generated for their stores in the last number of months). The investment fits well with our thesis of investing into apps/companies that support the e-commerce ecosystem. Happy to answer any questions - pm me if interested or use the crowdmatrix portal to discuss with management.
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Kyle CollierGreat companies can't wait for these deals to close!
Roy PereiraIt looks like the zoom.ai seed round is going to be over-subscribed but I wanted to mention why CrowdMatrix is handling a small part of our deal.
As most of you know, I am a huge proponent of the Canadian and especially Toronto tech scene and I want to pay it forward whenever I can.
I believe that what Rubsun and Leah are creating with Crowdmatrix is very important to our tech scene. It is a crowd funding platform for Canadian startups and I want to make sure that I give it all of the love that it needs to be successful so that we all benefit in the future from a stronger funding eco-system.
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Leah CarrI‘m so excited to be working with two amazing teams and helping them raise money to grow their companies.
Nicholas & Vincent at Spently | Roy & Matt at Zoom.ai are superstars, with experienced industry veterans Extreme Venture Partners leading both deals and Vitality Capital co-leading for Spently.
Special thanks to StartupNorth, since sharing these awesome companies with the community we have been able to secure several new investments to help these companies grow.
If anyone is interested in learning more, please reach out to me at [email protected] (All deals are in Canadian dollars)
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Kevin KlimanAwesome to see this. Both companies are building valuable services.
Rubsun HoWe are thrilled with the positive support of the community for these two great companies. I also wanted to extend an invite to interested accredited investors to come to a breakfast next Friday, January 27th to hear pitches from the company founders and ask questions of the lead investors - we may also have 1-2 more deals live by then. Many thanks to Jeff Dennis and the Fasken Emerging Tech team for hosting at their Toronto office and to Jeff Musson for co-hosting the event. Sign up here: www.picatic.com/CrowdmatrixPitchEventJanuary