Canada Startups

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...

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."