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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 usually split…


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 established social shopping community…


World’s First Bitcoin ATM Goes Live

By | Oct 31, 2013 at 5:17 pm

On October 30, Robocoin announced that their first ever Bitcoin ATM went live in Vancouver and hosted 81 transactions during its debut. Beyond Robocoin, this was the world’s first Bitcoin ATM to ever go live. The Waves Coffee House allowed customers to exchange cash…


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…


Building a Rockstar Startup Team [Insights from GROW Conference]

By | Aug 28, 2012 at 9:00 am

Finding the right startup team can be the difference between a tense office culture, constant interruptions, and passive-aggressive emails and days full of high-fives, heads-down work, and happy hours. At GROW Conference, Vancouver’s premier startup event with over 800 attendees, a few speakers reminded…


CineCoup Will Bring Indie Films to More Theatres

By | Aug 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Vancouver startup CineCoup has reached an agreement with Cineplex Entertainment, Canada’s largest theatre chain, to bring popular indie movies into their theatres. Theatres traditionally shy away from independent films because they are a mixed bag, full of a few blockbusters like Paranormal Activity and…


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, few…

Food 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…

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Angel Spotlight Series: Behind the Scenes with Boris Wertz

By | Aug 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm

As an entrepreneur pitching to angel investors, you have a lot on your mind. You have to nail your pitch and anticipate their questions, all while staying cool and charismatic. Preparing your pitch is of paramount importance, and a crucial component of this is…