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How do you Pilot a 90s Era Company Through the Modern Age?

By | Apr 28, 2015 at 9:30 am

I’m going to start with one of the most basic, factual statements I’ve ever made: the world of technology is constantly changing. I start here because, while it is base, it indicates a much deeper question is lurking just below the surface: how do…



Bench Provides Online Bookkeeping for Small Businesses

By | Apr 20, 2015 at 8:00 am

Bookkeeping is one of the necessary evils of running a business.  Receipts, invoices, revenue tracking, the list goes on. Of course, there are many companies that offer bookkeeping and accounting services for small businesses, but they can be expensive, plus their attention is …



Recognizing Amateur Sports Participation in US and Canada [INFOGRAPHIC]

By | Mar 30, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Every year around this time my friends and I get our crew together and kick off our basketball league which, since we live in San Diego, fortunately runs through October. However, we’re not the only ones out there throwing it down and enjoying the…



Tapstream Grew 14 Times Larger in Their Founding Year

By | Feb 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Tapstream saw a record year in 2014, boasting a long list of accomplishments. Similarly, product sales coming out of the Vancouver, British Columbia startup show steady growth that puts January 2015 in the books as their best month to date. Overall, Tapstream grew 14…



Wantering Acquires StyledOn, Creates Network of Style Bloggers

By | Jul 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm

On Thursday Wantering, a platform for discovering and purchasing clothing from ecommerce stores, launched an invite only network. Wantering Insider Network, or WIN, is a community of style bloggers, and the launch comes alongside Wantering’s acquisition of StyledOn – an …




LX Ventures: Canada’s Answer to the Series A Crunch

By | Jul 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm

When some people look at the Series A crunch – the mass of startups who get seed funding but fail to raise more – they see too much seed funding. When Mike Edwards looks at the Series A crunch, he sees a problem with…



Tapstream Launches App Banners to Remedy Dropping CPM Rates

By | Jun 20, 2013 at 10:00 am

As more web users go mobile, publishers are suffering declining CPMs. Even though mobile is becoming a larger piece of the web traffic pie, advertisers just don’t seem to be interested in paying full freight for an impression on a mobile browser. “Web publishers…



Kibooco: How to Think Like a 5-Year-Old

By | Aug 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm

If you were designing an “undo” button for a 5-year-old, who can’t read, what would it look like? The traditional back arrow makes just about zero sense to a young kid. The team at Kibooco, an app that helps kids create their own story…



What’s the Hardest Part about Startup Weekend? [Vancouver Edition]

By | Aug 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Startup Weekend, the 54-hour race to build a working product and pitch to judges on Sunday night, came to Vancouver this weekend. The event jumpstarted 17 ideas, from planning routes to selling tickets to epic Pokemon-style networking battles. And contrary to popular belief, …


Vancouver The Magic of a Catered Office Lunch

By | Aug 17, 2012 at 11:00 am

On her second week on the job as Yahoo’s new CEO, Marissa Mayer announced that lunches in the company cafeteria would be free. A longtime offering at Google, Mayer’s previous employer, the free lunch symbolizes a company’s commitment to its employees: they no longer…



Thinkific and the Science of Online Education

By | Aug 14, 2012 at 9:35 am

This year, Stanford University turned things upside down with experiments in the “flipped classroom.” For a few courses in biochemistry and computer science, students watched their lectures online and did problem solving, discussion, and practice during classroom time. …



Vancouver’s Launch Academy: Demo Day, with a Twist

By | Jul 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm

In a typical demo day, each of the companies graduating from an accelerator gets a few minutes to pitch their idea, show off their wit, and hopefully win the hearts of investors. But today, the startups from Launch Academy are under more pressure: they…



A Thinking Ape: When Games are Not Just Games

By | Jun 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm

A Thinking Ape’s social games are “thin veils over really amazing chat rooms,” says cofounder Kenshi Arasaki, a former Amazon engineer. “Our games are just excuses for people to socialize.” The Vancouver startup is the creator of games like Kingdoms at War and Party…



Why You Should Give Your Employees More Responsibility

By | Jun 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I visited Vancouver’s A Thinking Ape on a Wednesday afternoon, just in time for lunch: Peruvian subs from a deli across the street. People milled around the open-concept office, sitting on red bean bag chairs and couches with gorilla pillows, drinking chicha morada. A…