Canada Startups

Your Business Should Be In The Gig Economy

Michael Carter & Caleb Rubin | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Business
Michael Carter & Caleb Rubin

Research regularly shows that the millennial generation are actively looking to work differently and are increasingly drawn to the type of careers the gig economy offers. As the gig economy grows, so do the opportunities for organizations of all sizes to increase their impact and profits in a way that is cost effective and creative.

More Startups Should Choose Vancouver

Suzanne Ma | Posted 07.20.2016 | Canada Business
Suzanne Ma

Some of Canada's biggest success stories show us that if you want to make it big, you've got to move south. Slack, the popular chat application for business teams, was originally founded in Victoria but is now headquartered in San Francisco, where access to capital has helped the company achieve explosive growth. So why-oh-why would anyone want to live and work in Vancouver?

Why You Need To Develop A Startup Mentality

Dave Borrelli | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada Business
Dave Borrelli

Whether your company is startup size or an enterprise that has always done things one way and is resistant to change, there are some great benefits to adopting a startup mentality. Will you be bold enough to reap them?

Should Fintechs Be Regulated Like Banks And Credit Unions?

David Gens | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Business
David Gens

Like many other fintech startups, we only replace one or another aspect of banking services, but we obtain capital through private investment, not customer deposits through a chequing account. This fundamental difference is often overlooked in the conversation around regulating fintechs like banks and credit unions.

What Are The Intangible Criteria For A Truly Vibrant Startup Ecosystem?

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

As the shockwaves from the affirmative Brexit vote start to dissipate, there has been increasing chatter concerning the fate of London as not only Eur...

How Fintech Startups Are Changing The Financial Sector

Rohit Mahna | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Business
Rohit Mahna

Although startling in its relative speed, the changes taking shape in the financial services industry should come as no surprise. We are living in the Age of the Customer, where customers now expect companies to deliver personalized, intelligent experiences as a matter of course.

How Canada Can Build An Innovation Nation From The Bottom Up

Jeff Cates | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Business
Jeff Cates

Approximately 140,000 new businesses are started every year in Canada, yet half of them don't make it to their fifth year. Small businesses are key drivers of economic growth in our country and we must equip entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need for long-term success in order to help transform Canada into the innovation hotbed we know it can be.

5 Startup Lessons From HBO's Silicon Valley

Marco Pasqua | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Business
Marco Pasqua

Not only is the show well-written, co-created by comedy genre genius Mike Judge (Office Space, Beavis and Butt-Head) but there's also a lot of research that has gone into the making of the show to ensure its validity. Here are five startup tips that could make or break your next big idea.

Why Affordable Luxury Denim Is About To Change Everything

Jedannah Vieira | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Style
Jedannah Vieira

For some of us, denim is a lifestyle choice. Sporting our prized jeans during work and play, it's only natural that maintaining our baby blues is part of life's daily routine. Bordering on an obsession similar to that of wine aficionados, 'denimheads' also thrive on a high that comes from seeking, enjoying and preserving special washes, cuts, vintages and grades of denim. There's just one problem: luxury denim is notoriously expensive. And now, there's a solution.

Why Being An A**hole Costs Money

Ivey Business School | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Business
Ivey Business School

Even visionary company founders need lots of help navigating the road to success. And that help includes everyone from the suppliers who influence product profitability to the financial backers who dictate a start-up's ownership distribution. And it is no secret that these critical partners dislike doing business with jerks -- even visionary jerks.

Businesses Need To Focus On People, Not Culture

Ryan Spong | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Business
Ryan Spong

Like society, a company's success depends on a culture that is created and cared for by its people. We know this and yet sometimes this fact gets lost. At the companies I'm involved in, we feed people, but we're actually about building culture. There is no better way to bring people together than breaking bread. Culture is not a something, or a someplace, it's not even a someone -- it's the shared space between.

Canadian Actor Amanda Crew Talks Season 3 Of 'Silicon Valley'

Chris Taylor | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada TV
Chris Taylor

"I've had people come up to me and say 'I work in Silicon Valley, I do what Monica does, and you nailed it.' They say it's actually uncomfortable to watch because it's so realistic."

Know The Benefits And Challenges Of Being Your Own Boss

Jeff Cates | Posted 02.18.2016 | Canada Business
Jeff Cates

You set your hours, you choose your colleagues and you control your brand. Though entrepreneurship definitely has its upside, it can also be a rude awakening for those who don't have a realistic understanding of the challenges that come with being your own boss.

5 Start-Up Accelerator Hubs In Montreal You Need To Know About

Jessica Glazer | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Business
Jessica Glazer

Starting a company is not an easy task to tackle. There is a lot to think about, and it is extremely hard to do alone. Fortunately, if you are in Montreal or thinking of relocating to the fabulous city, Montreal can make that start-up move a little easier with quite a few incubator and start-up hubs to get your business moving.

5 Digital Advertising Predictions For 2016

Vitaly Pecherskiy | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Business
Vitaly Pecherskiy

The world of online advertising is complex and ever-changing, but it's also exciting and filled with promise. As innovation in advertising technology continues to evolve, old-hat tactics, such as direct response marketing, are quickly becoming obsolete. Here's a list of digital marketing predictions set to reshape the online advertising landscape in 2016.

Sowing The Seeds Of Startups

Liisa Atva | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Business
Liisa Atva

For businesses in the idea stage seed capital is typically provided by the founders themselves and "love money" from family and friends. There are also a number of public and private organizations willing to step in and make relatively small investments to help grow businesses to a stage where bigger dollar players, such as venture capitalists, take an interest.

Pre-Seed Funding And Canada's Startup Ecosystem

Marcus Daniels | Posted 11.02.2015 | Canada Business
Marcus Daniels

Pre-seed, a relatively new stage in the funding process, is becoming more recognized in the Canadian startup ecosystem and in other startup hubs around the world. The trend is growing for a number of reasons, and Canada would benefit from more capital dedicated to pre-seed from truly value-added investors.

High Taxes Have Created Brain Drain in France

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

This problem is also a Canadian concern. A May 2015 survey of high-impact Canadian firms revealed that "finding employees to expand and scale their business ranks as one of the top challenges identified by entrepreneurs." Lower and less progressive taxation would help attract and retain highly specialized labour.

How to Beat the Odds and Succeed as a Start-Up

Geoff Whitlock | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada Business
Geoff Whitlock

The statistics are alarming. Nine out of 10 start-ups die at five years. I know the challenges personally because I'm on my eighth start-up now. From selling one of my successful ventures to Arlene Dickinson of the Dragon's Den, to some not so fruitful ventures, I have had my share of wins and losses.

I Found a Booming Tech Industry Hidden in Victoria

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 10.04.2015 | Canada Business
Nikolas Badminton

With an energetic and vibrant atmosphere it's no surprise that Victoria, B.C. is one of the world's favourite destinations. As I was soon to learn, that energy is here in the technology business, too. It has been hidden away a little, obscured by its modesty, and I do actually think that there is something really special worth shouting about over here.

6 Tips to Help You Source Start-Up Financing

Pat McNamara | Posted 09.27.2015 | Canada Business
Pat McNamara

If you are one of those start-ups be prepared for a rigorous process. If you are competing for funding from an angel investor group or in a business competition you are going to have to go through a lot of hoops. Don't despair, this will actually help you prepare for running the business itself.

Why Now Is the Time to Start a Tech Company In Canada

Razor Suleman | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Business
Razor Suleman

Over the past two days, Canadian entrepreneurs and American venture capitalists met at Venture North, a conference that aims to introduce U.S. VCs to Canada's tech ecosystem. Mayor John Tory started off Wednesday's proceedings by stating that Toronto is a startup-friendly city, and its tech leadership is "simply a story we haven't told yet."

Vancouver's Community-Led Startup Culture Makes it World-Class

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Business
Nikolas Badminton

With each startup event that happens throughout the year, we are standing a little taller as a community, being a little more innovative and getting back to the business of hard work. That's the defining factor: When things don't come easy, we work harder. For me, that's the startup culture in Vancouver.

Why Start-Ups Are Like Parenting

Ryan Spong | Posted 09.11.2015 | Canada Business
Ryan Spong

For those of us who have founded companies, startups are like your first-born -- exciting, terrifying and usually there are only three of you! There is only one goal: survive. It's crisis management everyday and the strategy is "let's find something that works today."

Canada Shouldn't Count on Accidents to Build Successful Start-Ups

Paul Barter | Posted 09.08.2015 | Canada Business
Paul Barter

It's clear that as a society we need innovative new firms to step in and help solve our climate, health and social problems, while at the same time creating a profit for investors and jobs for all of us. The important question is: how can we assure that this happens?