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Startup Grind Vancouver Hosts Fireside Chat with Jonathan Bixby (GrowLab) April 9th

Startup Grind Vancouver will be hosting an in-depth fireside chat with Jonathan Bixby, CEO of Growlab, on Wednesday April 9th, 6:30pm at Invoke Labs. We will be talking about Jonathan’s journey as an entrepreneur, with two exits under his belt and millions of dollars in funding, as well as his lessons learned as a successful serial entrepreneur.

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. It is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in Vancouver featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

April’s event is being hosted at Invoke Labs, an incubator/accelerator in Gastown, where food and drinks will be served for attending guests.


6:30 - Food & Drinks

7:15 - Fireside Chat

8:00 - Networking

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Jonathan Bixby, a Business in Vancouver Top 40 Under 40 award recipient, is passionate about helping those who are taking the entrepreneurial path to start, build and grow companies.

Prior to GrowLab, Bixby was the CEO and a co-founder of Strangeloop Networks, creator of the first network appliance and cloud service for accelerating dynamic web applications. Under his leadership, Strangeloop raised over $21M in financing, including a Series A round of $11.5 million, one of the largest rounds of private Series A financing for a technology start-up in Canadian history.

Strangeloop was selected the Best Employer in British Columbia for a record five straight years and was acquired by Radware in February 2013.

Jonathan also co-founded IronPoint Technology, the largest content management company in the country. As chairman of the board, he led IronPoint from start-up to successful acquisition by The Active Network (ACTV) in 30 months.

He also served as vice president of sales, at NTS Internet Solutions and helped that company enjoy a five-year growth rate of more than 600 percent and earn placements on the Deloitte & Touche Fast 50 and Fast 500 as well as Profit Magazine’s Profit 100 lists. Jonathan sat on the board of the Vancouver Enterprise Forum, the final jury for the New Ventures BC competition and is a Social Venture Partner.

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Sponsors for this event include: Google for Entrepreneurs, Microsoft BizSpark, Invoke Labs, and Espresso Capital.

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Aequilibrium is hosting a Sitecore training / certification course in our downtown office, and there are a few more seats still available for the 4-days course which starts on Monday.

Details about the course and the link to the registration page can be found here:

The course costs about $3000. To enter into the draw for attending this training for free, please submit your resume to with a short note about why you would like to get Sitecore certified.

Sitecore is a leading, Enterprise-level Content Management System (CMS) for .Net, supported by Microsoft. Sitecore has recently bought Commerce Server from Microsoft:

I moved to Vancouver a year and a half ago. When I first landed, I didn’t have a job, didn’t know anyone and had to hustle my way into the community. I mostly used twitter to find out what was happening, but a lot of manual searching was involved. It would have been AMAZING if all of the tech companies here used a common hashtag.

So I’m looking at you contributors, advocates and anyone reading this involved in our growing tech community. Let’s all use the same two hashtags so that it’s easier for locals and newcomers to find out what’s happening in town and what tech jobs are available.

Let’s use #yvrtech for general tech/startup stuff and #yvrtechjobs for job postings.


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Startup Grind Vancouver will be hosting an in-depth fireside chat with Brian Wong, Co-Founder and CEO of Kiip, on Thursday March 6th, 6:30pm at Invoke Labs. We will be talking about Brian’s journey as an entrepreneur, from early UBC grad to Silicon Valley, his lessons learned and how how he is leading mobile advertising innovation.

Food and drinks are included!

The event is sponsored by Invoke Labs who will be providing the beer and beverages, by Natural Source Office Snacks who will be providing awesome healthy office snacks for the event, and also by Betty Baguette who will providing us with freshly made sandwiches. 



6:30 - Networking & Food

7:00 - Fireside Chat

8:00 - Networking

Discount code for 20% off - PIXEL20

Brian Wong is the co-founder and CEO of Kiip (pronounced “keep”), a category creating mobile rewards network that is redefining mobile advertising by leveraging “moments of achievement” in games and apps. Backed by IPG, Hummer Winblad, Relay Ventures, True Ventures, Digital Garage and others, the company has raised $15.4 million in funding to date.

Kiip has been named one of the world’s 50 Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company, listed by Forbes as one of the 4 Hot Online Ad Companies to Put on Your Watch List and included on the Dow Jones FasTech50 List. Called the youngest person to ever receive venture capital funding by CNBC and The Wall Street Journal, Brian received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia at age 18, after skipping four K-12 grades.

He has been recognized with many awards for his accomplishments and leadership, including: the Top 20 Under 20 awards for all of Canada; Business Insider’s Top 25 Under 25 in Silicon Valley, 30 Under 30 in Advertising and 18 Most Important People in Mobile Advertising; Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in 2011 and 2012; Mashable’s Top 5 Entrepreneurs to Watch; iMedia 25; One of AdWeek’s Seven Would-be Mobile Titans; and the AdAge Creativity Top 50.

Before starting Kiip, Brian led key publisher and tech partnerships at the social news website, where he accelerated the company’s mobile presence by launching the Digg Android mobile app.


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If you’re looking to design more engaging digital technologies and want to develop a deeper understanding of interactive psychology, then the Persuasive Psychology for Interactive Design workshop is for you. Over two days, Dr. Brian Cugelman will teach you how to design more engaging websites, social media profiles, mobile apps and online ads.

You’ll learn over 50 persuasive design principles, along with popular design recipes, such as landing page design, gamification, and social diffusion, to name a few. You’ll also learn how to optimize your technology to maximize impacts and conversions.

Workshop takes place at BCIT on March 26-27, 2014. To learn more and to register, visit

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Startup Grind Vancouver will be hosting an in-depth fireside chat with Ben Pickering from SoMedia Networks on Feb. 12th, 6:30pm at Invoke Labs. We will be talking about Ben’s journey as an entrepreneur, lessons learned and his proven growth strategies both in social and business development. 

The event is sponsored by Invoke Labs who will be providing the beer and beverages and also by Natural Source Office Snacks who will be providing awesome healthy office snacks for the event!



6:30 - Networking

7:00 - Fireside Chat

8:00 - Networking

Discount code for 20% off - PIXEL20

Ben has been involved with online media and software since 1998, from start-ups to Fortune 500 public companies. He loves working with passionate, entrepreneurial people to help build technology-enabled businesses. 

Recently Ben joined SoMedia Networks, a pioneer of cloud-based video production and marketing solutions, as President and COO. Before SoMedia, Ben was CEO of Strutta, where he built the company into a leading SaaS social media marketing platform, which was recently acquired by LX Ventures. He established Strutta as an early Facebook Preferred Developer and developed the company’s strategic partnership with ExactTarget, part of Prior to Strutta, Ben held several strategic roles at Yahoo!, which encompassed business development, product strategy and operations in both the company’s Audiences and Advertising divisions. Previously he worked in the strategic partnerships group at eBay and was an early employee at Spinway, a pioneering free Internet service provider that was acquired by United Online.  

Ben sits on the Board of Directors for privately held Embarcadero Media and has also been an active advisor to a number or early stage technology companies including Summify, which was acquired by Twitter. Ben has been named a Top 40 Digital Strategist by Online Marketing Institute and has spoken and written extensively on the topics of digital and social media for the likes of Huffington Post and Mashable. Ben earned a bachelors degree in Economics and an M.B.A., both from Stanford University.


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It’s no secret that lean startup changes everything. Instead of drafting five year plans, operating in complete stealth mode and releasing fully functional, more-features-than-customers-can-even-remember prototypes, startups - those searching for a scalable business model - are testing hypotheses, hustling for customer feedback and pushing out iterations from their minimum viable products

The lean startup is really a movement that is transforming how new products are built and launched. It’s about failing fast so you can succeed even faster. It embraces validated learning, innovating and disrupting industries. Many thought leaders in this space have further created complementary products and services to drive this movement, including Startup Weekend which takes place in startup hub cities all around the world including Vancouver.

What we are currently missing in Vancouver is the Lean Startup Machine (LSM). It is an intense three-day workshop and educational series that teaches entrepreneurs and innovators how to build disruptive products. Compared to other events and conferences around Lean Startup, LSM is more intimate (max 50 participants) and the whole workshop promotes a problem-centric approach to business ideation (Click here to learn more about LSM).

To bring Lean Startup Machine to Vancouver, please help me unlock our city at

(Alice Park founded go2gether, a real-time ridesharing technology, which targets large organizations to subscribe annually to the service for its members. She led her team through the lean startup methodology and human-centered design process to build an MVP and iterate/pivot to an alpha and the beta, which is currently being tested. She is a social entrepreneur and an educator of lean startup, teaching social entrepreneurship at SFU and Groundswell.)

Hey Crafters! 
Camvy Films is a local video production company that makes live-action profile films for the front pages of websites for startups and small businesses. They are also developing an automatic video app, and needs your help to make it a reality. If you take their video survey and tweet about it, you can get a chance to win a profile film package for your website. You can see examples of their work here:
Take survey -> Tweet -> get a chance to win a profile film
Take the survey
Scroll to the bottom for the survey link
Take a short video survey for a chance to win a $1400 profile film from @CamvyFilms @vanpixelcraft
or the like, such as: 
Automatic video editing app: would you use video to update your status in under 5 minutes? @CamvyFilms @vanpixelcraft
Get a chance to win a profile film
Camvy Films will be moderating the random entry process via Entries will be accepted until January 15th
Anyone that can benefit from a profile video are eligible for the giveaway contest. Good luck!

Hey Crafters! Good news - Open Coffee is back.

If you’re not familiar with Open Coffee, please check out this post from last year. Tuesday, December 17 will be the next OC at Nelson The Seagull (315 Carrall St).

All those interested and/or involved the startup world here in our beautiful city are welcome come on down and say hello. We look forward to spreading some holiday cheer with some ideas, poached eggs, and extremely strong double Americanos.

The following Open Coffee will be on Jan 7th, but after that, back to every other week.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself or Kellen Voyer.

See you on the 17th!


[Boris - Thanks, @RPintwala and Kellen @VoyerLaw for stepping up to organize, and thanks outgoing organizer Jenn for kicking off a morning tech event here in Vancouver.]