Curious to know if anybody else here is contributing to the DAO ? daohub.org/
If not, few hours are left to contribute to the first DAO, The DAO, which has already raised around/the equivalent of "$140 million". If that gives you a headache, recommend reading this article about DAO, Ethereum, Bitcoin and Blockchain.
The DAO is basically an automated venture fund which will automatically manage immutable financial contracts based on a set of pre-defined rules, where the investors get no equity, but with the tokens they bought to create the DAO (with their "ether" currency...converted from Bitcoin or bought with USD/EUR) - they get proportional rights to vote on project proposals put forth by "contractors" (entrepreneurs). Proposals accepted will be executed in the real-world by these contractors and managed by smart contracts, and the token holders will derive some benefit. You can create your own DAO, but this DAO, "the DAO" will presumably lead to other "startups" leveraging Ethereum, such as say slock.it (if its proposal gets accepted) slock.it/roadmap.html
Can't say how this pans out, but is intriguing... I am in with 1 ether (about $12) just to see what the heck is going on there.. ... See MoreSee Less
Tom BieleckiI applaud the audacity of the experiment but think it's best just to watch from the sidelines. Anonymity aside, I frankly don't want to be held liable by participating. It's a very complicated and untested model. As with Apple products, wait for V2 or V3 ;)
9 hours ago
Ryan LazanisIt's interesting. The DAO seems to be the hot thing in cryptocurrency at the moment.
8 hours ago
Varun MathurThe DAO is not a cryptocurrency. It is an economic, for profit organization which uses smart contracts and cryptocurrency called Ether as its foundational units. This is also a good read - a function of slock.it ..one of the proposals for the DAO to fund once it comes into being tomorrow... "imagine that being able to accept payments from renters and unlock accordingly was a function of a lock itself" .. that is the key phrase here... a function of a lock itself... Its inherently useful, it is a matter of what kind of innovative startups being products and solutions to the market... The DAO has a $140 million headstart so not easy to dismiss it anymore..
Alistair CrollHey, you forgot Kara Swisher and Alexis O'Hanian. And a bunch more. Yeah, the lineup kinda went bonkers this year; I can't wait.
Oh, and we have a VR lounge thing happening. In fact, I'm running an AR/VR day on the Wednesday before things get started, given the number of people in town in that field. Ping me if you want an invite.
Lloyed LoboThanks for mentioning us David. Use code StartupNorth. Solid lineup at tractionconf.io/speakers. Two days of workshops + talks + parties + we're hosting a CEO summit with all speakers and Canadian CEOs. Lots of Valley VCs and Founders/ CEOs coming up. Email [email protected] if you have any questions
Brydon Gillissyes, thanks David Crow, the train is back for our 5th year and we've managed to actually lower ticket prices for startups, currently only $599 which includes your conference and our first class train ride to Montreal! Thanks for helping to spread the word!
Yikes - there are two Toronto-based software startups in the news recently using the same brand name. I wish them both well so won't get into naming/discussing them here (and hope no one else does as well), but there is an important lesson for other entrepreneurs here (their trademark is actually registered / defended by yet another Canadian software company, and there is also another US startup with the same brand name, not to mention another well-heeled registered trademark owner in other classification..all using the same brand name :O )
When you launch a startup or think you have that unique product name you are really excited about, it is worthwhile to see if anybody else in your general domain is also using it. Try searching the US and Canadian trademark database for the exact word and for mis-spellings and similar pronunciations of it. It is free, and even filing an online application yourself (for a very unique name) is straightforward after some coffee or beer and costs only about $200-$300 (done it a few times in both countries, and my background is programming!). You can look at successful applications filed by others professionally to use as a template from the publicly available trademark databases. If you can afford it, obviously hire a lawyer to do it for you. Having a registered trademark gives you the upper hand with getting preferred treatment from 3rd parties when someone else has cyber-squatted on your name, even though inadvertently.
Someone here wisely noted that traction is the new IP, but hey, choose a unique enough name so people can differentiate your service from the others and also so that no one else can prevent you from using it in the future after you have already built some brand recognition.
PS: If anyone with more experience here (especially IP lawyers) feel I am off base, please correct as the community here could benefit from it. ... See MoreSee Less
Varun MathurSent you a PM with what I had dug up. I don't think naming them here benefits anybody - they are both doing great innovative stuff but I don't see how all of these can hold on to the same name in the same category in the same jurisdiction..
2 days ago · 1
Matt MastracciI've seen an example of a Canadian startup naming themselves after an actively-marketed product from another Canadian company that is arguably in the same space. It's a bit disappointing that they didn't do basic diligence on their name - or even worse, ignored the Google results.
2 days ago
Andrew Noop SmithGreat advice! I trademarked Final Wish and it was very easy to do online. Also the staff at the CIPO (Canada) and USPTO (USA) are very helpful.
1 day ago
Tom WilliamsLet's be clear, it's either a deliberate dick move or shows total incompetence of team to diligence market.
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A special invitation to the Start Up North Community (complete with a special discount code )
Canada doesn't toot its own horn often enough when it's a world-leader. Digital ID and authentication are areas where we are acknowledged as seriously leading the pack.
It is important for Canada’s start up community to continue to have a strong voice in the development of the emerging global framework by which we will secure all online transactions. That's why we are offering Start Up North community members a 15% discount on the already low conference pass. You can buy your pass here www.universe.com/identitynorth2016 (hurry as prices go up June 1 - use code to STARTUPN15 to secure your discount).
The original Laws of Identity were written by Canadian Kim Cameron, a distinguished engineer and Microsoft's identity architect. We are proud to announce that Cameron will deliver our first keynote at IdentityNorth this year. Our other keynote will be Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Executive Director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute at Ryerson University and creator of Privacy-by-Design.
"Your average Canadian may not get “excited” about digital identity, but it will certainly contribute to her enhanced quality of life and the acceleration of the digital economy – things that make Canadians happy and prosperous.” says Cameron.
On June 15th and 16th, the 5th edition of IdentityNorth is happening here in Toronto. Identity North is Canada’s premier gathering of leaders in digital ID and authentication; featuring speakers from across Canada and around the world. www.identitynorth.ca... See MoreSee Less
IdentityNorth 2016Now is the time for Canada to step up. We have all the ingredients and participants required to build a future that is the envy of the rest of the world. Strong digital identity technologies, processes and partnerships will be the foundation of a robust digital economy. We call upo...
Dennis PilarinosThanks all.. we feel very humbled to have this opportunity. Supporting and bolstering the Canadian tech ecosystem is something I've been passionate about for years and this feels like a great vehicle to do that.
If you're building a mobile app - we'd love to have you try buddybuild!
Hiten Shah just hunted Fortay.co on Product Hunt! www.producthunt.com/tech/ & Search for Fortay. Fortay is your perfect app if you're rapidly growing, culture focused, need to improve hiring efficiency or to keep your team culturally aligned. ... See MoreSee Less
Happy to announce the return of StartupDrinks Toronto on June 8th at the Hotel Ocho!
For those who are unfamiliar, StartupDrinks is a monthly event targeted towards founders at all stages. SUDs is a casual event where you can grab a pint, connect, share, and learn from some of your fellow up-and-coming startup company leaders. At the very least, come and practice your pitch.
I'd met a good number of you at StartupDrinks over the years. Always looking forward to meeting more!
We're Baaaaaaa-aaack! June 8th to kick off @StartupDrinksTO for 2016! By popular demand we will be hosting the next StartupDrinks in Toronto on June 8th. Join us and keep the spirit of Toronto's startup community alive, one pint at a time. It's a simple concept: Have a pint, connect, share exper...