Canada Startups

What Will Coworking Spaces Evolve Into Next?

Deepi Harish | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada Business
Deepi Harish

It's true that coworking spaces have freed industries from the confines of cubicles, however certain industries crave privacy and quietness to get their work done. Some jobs are meant to be done in solitude. To name a few: actuaries, political scientists, paralegals, medical record technicians, accountants and technical writers.

Micro-Influencers Prove Less Can Be More In Marketing

Lyda Mclallen | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Business
Lyda Mclallen

The newest trend in digital marketing is utilizing a micro-influencer strategy. Brands are shifting away from the regular social media celebrity to people with fewer followers. They are now using strategies that focus on the qualitative rather than the quantitative aspects of social media influence to obtain audience engagement.

These 20 Powerful Companies Were Founded By Women

Deepi Harish | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Business
Deepi Harish

A few weeks ago, I was invited to fancy gala and immediately dismissed the invite because I'm not fancy. However, a dear friend convinced me to attend and take her as my plus one. The event celebrated Canada's leading female entrepreneurs with a cocktail evening where the winner of the Business Women Award (BWA) and New Generation Award (NGA) were to be selected and announced.

Celebrating Canada's Top Entrepreneurs Can Inspire New Innovators

Abdullah Snobar | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Business
Abdullah Snobar

Ask an American to name an entrepreneur and odds are names like Mark Zuckerberg, Mike Dell and Larry Page will roll off their tongue. When asked to name up to five high-profile entrepreneurs, a third of Canadians could not name a single one. Why is that?

How To Boost Your Startup's Culture Next Year

Vitaly Pecherskiy | Posted 10.20.2016 | Canada Business
Vitaly Pecherskiy

Startup culture has become somewhat of a cliché: ping pong tables, bean bag chairs, unlimited snacks. But snacks do not make a culture. These surface items mean nothing if they do not reflect a deeper satisfaction within the work place. So, how can burgeoning startups dig deep and ensure engaged employees and a positive environment?

Shift To Enterprise Fintech Puts Customer Experience First

Kevin Sandhu | Posted 10.19.2016 | Canada Business
Kevin Sandhu

When I started my company in 2014, I was excited to build a "fintech" company that used technology and data to reinvent banking for everyday consumers. Since then, fintech has rapidly become a buzzword.

Tech Disruptors With The Biggest Impact

Dave Borrelli | Posted 10.12.2016 | Canada Business
Dave Borrelli

In the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, we often become immune to how convenient and productive our lives have become thanks to innovation. What was once unthinkable even 10 years ago, like the way we binge watch entire series on Netflix, or using Waze to decide the best way to get to a meeting, is now commonplace and almost taken for granted.

Move Over Bay Street: Toronto's Burgeoning Tech Scene Is Taking Over

Jason Field | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Business
Jason Field

Toronto is showing signs of the city coming into its own as a global technology hub. More firms are making the move to Hogtown, and the city is also turning out its fair share of hometown heroes when it comes to successful tech companies. So, what is making Toronto such a coveted destination for tech companies and eager employees alike?

Why Is There No Uber For Health Care?

Zeeshan Hayat | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Living
Zeeshan Hayat

With the rise of smart phone technologies and development of lower cost health tech, there are more and more convenient and inexpensive ways to connect providers and consumers. There are in fact a growing number of services offering on-demand medical services like medication delivery, house calls, and tele-medicine. In other words, we haven't seen the new health-Uber yet. But why not?

Read This Before Trying To Create The Next Big Thing

Patrick Harrison | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Business
Patrick Harrison

Every innovator and entrepreneur wants to leave their mark on the world, something they've created (possibly "the next big thing") or something that has truly made a difference. As a serial entrepreneur and innovator/designer, I've always been curious about how things work and matched it with a drive to solve a problem.

How Taking One Day To Think Can Boost Your Productivity

Brian Scudamore | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Business
Brian Scudamore

Many things go into building a successful company -- awesome people, vision, and strong systems, to name a few. But the biggest and best companies get to where they are because their leaders make time to prioritize one thing: thinking. I mean taking time to ponder issues, develop strategies, and plan for the future.

SEO In 2016 Has Evolved Beyond Simple Keywords

Tarek Riman | Posted 08.26.2016 | Canada Business
Tarek Riman

A sufficient SEO strategy today not only ensures your website ranks well for relevant, high-volume keywords, it must also account for brand integrity, customer support, conversions and data security. If you want to be successful, you need to be ready to address the full DNA of SEO in 2016.

I Left My Job, Failed At A Startup, And Changed My Life

Kurtis Wilkinson | Posted 08.23.2016 | Canada Business
Kurtis Wilkinson

Many people in corporate roles fantasize about breaking free and launching an entrepreneurial venture. Three years ago I took the plunge and did just that, leaving behind a senior role in management consulting to start a talent marketplace for freelance consultants. Unfortunately, my business model didn't gain traction, but the experience was the best thing that ever happened to me professionally speaking.

What Honey Bees Taught Me About Running A Business

Suzanne Ma | Posted 08.18.2016 | Canada
Suzanne Ma

Bees are some of the hardest working creatures on the planet, and they're amazing team players who put the needs of the colony above those of individu...

How To Grow Up And Out Of Your Startup Status

Jeff Cates | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Business
Jeff Cates

There are many things that are expected to go hand-in-hand with growing a business, such as little sleep, cash flow concerns, stress, and endless coffee consumption, but with so many tasks to complete (and endless decisions to make), many entrepreneurs fail to acquire the proper tools to successfully transition from startup to successful business.

Logging Providers Are The Good Type Of Hackers

Deepi Harish | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Business
Deepi Harish

Log management systems are largely based on one concern; finding the root cause of a problem, like security breaching, diagnosing issues, chasing down server errors and looking up customer activity. There is now a market for the logging management industry, whereas there's nothing new about all softwares and systems producing log files.

We Can Transform Vancouver Into A Global Tech Hub

Cody Green | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Business
Cody Green

It is time that Metro Vancouver bands together to form a regional strategy that collectively concentrates tech into a defined area that can serve as the catalyst for greater overall success for the industry. Toronto's tech community understands its value in being close to the financial centre of the country, and clustering will similarly allow Vancouver to better develop our brand and competitive advantage for the future.

Ways New Entrepreneurs Can Get Hiring Right Every Time

Brian Scudamore | Posted 08.09.2016 | Canada Business
Brian Scudamore

n the early days of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? my hiring decisions were based on convenience: Are you my friend? Do you have a pulse? Can you drive a truck? I was desperate for bodies and hired almost anyone who came along. Hiring this way worked in the short term, but ended up being a disaster.

A New CEO May Take Over Your Startup One Day (And That's OK)

Laurie Schultz | Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada Business
Laurie Schultz

Ironically when these rock star founder CEOs do really well, that also increases the chances that they're going to be replaced. Transitions between founder CEOs and non-founder CEOs are one of the least talked about aspects of a maturing software industry, but also one of the most important.

Successful Entrepreneurs Need To Be Selfish Sometimes

Chakameh Shafii | Posted 08.03.2016 | Canada Business
Chakameh Shafii

I think becoming an entrepreneur is not as hard as some might think, but staying an entrepreneur with passion and drive is not for everyone. It's not a label of courage or wisdom by any means, it's about one's personality. But when you've decided to build a business you need to do all it takes, without burning out, and this could mean being selfish.

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...