Silicon Valley

Why Airbnb Should Be Banned Immediately

Diane Francis | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

Airbnb might inadvertently fix you up in a unit that's owned or rented by a violent person with a key to the place. Horror stories are starting to appear. Last spring, one hapless New Yorker rented out his place and was evicted immediately when the landlord found out what he'd done. Another woman rented out her place and returned to find condoms and diaper wipes; her "guest" was a prostitute. Still another came back to a trashed apartment where an orgy had been staged.

Egg Freezing Deserves Serious Consideration

Dr. Sonya Kashyap | Posted 10.21.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Sonya Kashyap

Egg freezing has sparked widespread media interest after Apple and Facebook recently announced they would cover the cost of the fertility procedure up to $20,000. This caused some serious debate. Some interpreted this as the tech giants' way of giving women more of a choice around career and starting a family; others saw this as a chauvinistic attempt to recruit and retain female employees. To further understand why this is such a contentious issue, here is some background information on the procedure and how it applies to Canadians.

What Silicon Valley Can Do To Address Growing Income Inequality

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 12.14.2014 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

As much as engaging with traditional players is antithetical to Silicon Valley culture, it is increasingly a necessity to solve global solutions. Silicon Valley's recent successes have come under criticism due to the fact that they seem to be creating an "alternative" system that skirts existing established norms.

Canadians Shouldn't Copy Silicon Valley, We Should Make Our Own

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

Every nation, including Canada, dreams of building the next Silicon Valley. However, this means more than just copying what makes Silicon Valley great. It also means leveraging existing advantages that are prevalent nationally and building the right processes and ecosystem, while taking into account the differences that make nations unique.

This Modest Canadian Is Learning the Language of Silicon Valley

Leah Eichler | Posted 08.29.2014 | Canada Business
Leah Eichler

Within a week of picking up my family and relocating to San Francisco to give my company an international leg up, I met with a local venture capitalist. Yet, within five minutes of actually sitting down with the venture capitalist, I knew things were not going my way.

America's Got its Mojo Back

Diane Francis | Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

The vibe at this week's Milken Institute conference in Los Angeles was certainly more upbeat than a few months ago at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The difference is that Davos is a global event and world prospects are not necessarily a great story, while the Milken confab is distinctly American and the facts are that the U.S. is back on top.

What If It Businesses Were Profitable And Socially Responsible?

Mike Rowlands | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Mike Rowlands

"Not Business As Usual" contemplates a new era in business -- one that realizes business as usual has pushed the limits of our planet's capacity, while concentrating financial wealth in the hands of a too-small minority. The film celebrates ventures and entrepreneurs that refuse to sacrifice social good on the altar of shareholder returns. For them, healthy enterprises embody a significant shift in the underpinnings of business that is "bringing humanity back."

Does Canada's Tech Future Ride on Rails?

Pat Lynch | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Business
Pat Lynch

If the Toronto-K-W region is ever to fully reach its potential as a technology supercluster, functioning fluidly as a single, contiguous innovation sector, the ability to move human capital between the two nodes is essential, be it employees, investors or entrepreneurs.

Why Toronto and Waterloo are Hooking Up

Pat Lynch | Posted 01.30.2014 | Canada Business
Pat Lynch

Kitchener-Waterloo is already well established as a bastion of innovation. It's already actively adding places where people will want to live, work and play -- the three elements that define a cluster in a place of innovation. Toronto, on the other hand, has yet to truly establish a centralized, cohesive community where technological innovation can flourish.

Why Your URL Bar Matters, and Why Silicon Valley Should Take Note

Neil Seeman | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada
Neil Seeman

If you use the Internet, you've likely used something in the last month, but it's not something at the top of your lips: the URL bar. It's also called...

Extreme Weather Heightens Need For Sustainable Development

Hassan Arif | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada Impact
Hassan Arif

With the realities of climate change becoming all too clear, an economic shift is needed, towards a more sustainable economy. While protests and concerns about actions such as fracking are important, and needed, there also needs to be a positive message on sustainable economic development.

Why Green Developers Think These Condos Are a Pane in the Glass

Molly Miller | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada Business
Molly Miller

Big glass high-rises mean modern, high-tech, success, money, and, to some, beauty. Certain real estate markets -- like downtown Toronto's -- have an addiction to this particular shining look that's hard to break and tenants have come to expect all the glass. But the glass boxes pose particular problems for energy efficiency, glare and comfort that some green developers want to expose.

What Marissa Mayer Could Learn About Collaboration

Rick Lash | Posted 05.01.2013 | Canada Business
Rick Lash

Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer feels that without physical interaction in the workplace, employees are missing out on important collaborative experiences and more importantly, the company is missing out on new ideas that spring from the collaborative process. What Mayer is missing with her edict is the fact that bringing people physically together does not solve the communication or ultimately collaboration problem. Collaboration leads to innovation. Without innovation, every company, small and large, from tech to manufacturing, will not survive the next century.

Is Podcasting Poised For a Comeback?

Mitch Joel | Posted 11.02.2012 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

In short, everything that you thought the Internet wasn't about in a world of 140 character tweets, Facebook status updates and YouTube viral video sensations. These deep and rich treasure troves of content are also gaining mainstream attention, and it all seems to be drawing more and more energy towards podcasting: a medium that many have already written off.

The E-commerce Tipping Point

Mitch Joel | Posted 06.03.2012 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

Recently, a very senior marketing professional who works at one of the world's largest corporations was recounting a story of how they saw a postal truck outside of their corporate head offices in Silicon Valley, and every single parcel that was being offloaded from this truck was from Amazon. He thought to himself: "This is the what retail looks like in 2012."

The Recipe for a Stable Economy in 2012: Less Debt.

Diane Francis | Posted 03.04.2012 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

The conundrum is that world needs strong economic growth but debts make this impossible. As "responsible" governments or individuals save to reduce debts, economic growth contracts and makes debts higher.