Vancouver Pixel Crafters

An organization for the web, software, and design craftspeople of Vancouver.
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My name is Evan Wiley, from Calgary, AB. I am the Project Management Consultant for Vertical Motion, one of Canada’s leading software and mobile development firms. Due to an increase in business Vertical Motion has expanded to open a second office in Vancouver… So here I am!

In Vancouver I will be working on expanding the firm’s mobile development portfolio. The opening of the new office was partially fuelled by the growth of Vertical Motion’s eTrove. eTrove, a customer appreciation smartphone application with web-based administration, launched in early 2014 and is currently used in the dental, orthodontic, and optometry markets, has garnered interest from business owners in other industries. 

Our new Vancouver location is in the Yaletown neighbourhood, at Suite 300, 1090 Homer Street.

Some facts:

  • Beer or wine - Either
  • Interesting Vancouver restaurant - Elbo Room
  • Looking or hiring - We are hiring Mobile and .net developers

Check out my LinkedIn for more info:

For more information about Vertical motion:

I’m happy to announce the first monthly Sales Meetup.

Come and discuss your sales challenges with your peers to see how they’ve solved them. Or help someone else solve theirs!

First one is Sept 25th at (303 - 210 Carrell) at 6pm and then they will occur on the 3rd Thursday of every month thereafter.

More details here:

Email me at if you have any questions and I can’t wait to see you!

Startup Grind Vancouver will be hosting an in-depth fireside chat with Igor Faletsi, Co-Founder and CEO of Mobify, on Thursday March 21st, 6:30pm at Mobify’s office space in Yaletown

We will be talking about Igor’s journey as an entrepreneur, turning a three-person shop run from a basement in Burnaby into a global mobile software company with just under 80 full-time employees, with no external capital and offices in the U.K. and Japan.

Food and drinks are included!

The event is sponsored by Espresso Capital, Mobify, Techvibes as well as Betty Baguette and Natural Source Office Snacks who will be providing office snacks for the event.

Date: Aug 21, 2014 @ 6:30pm

Vancouver Pixel Crafters get 20% off!


6:30 - Food & Drinks

7:15 - Fireside Chat

8:00 - Networking

Tickets are going fast, purchase yours here.

TechVibes 20% off promo code: PIXEL20

Getting Mobile Right for Your Startup

Igor is the ceo and co-founder of Mobify.

In 2007, together with John Boxall and Peter McLachlan, Igor launched one of North America’s first services for delivering transit schedules through SMS. The company went on to launch LiveVote (group text messaging and voting), MobiFeed (automated check-ins for smartphones), Mobify Studio (mobile web publishing) and Mobify Enterprise (mobile e-commerce) services. In 2009 they spent time in Silicon Valley but bootstrapped the company from day one to over $10M in revenue today.

Today, Mobify is the leading mobile web platform provider, with a global customer base and highly recognized brands such as Starbucks, Bosch and Toyota.

Igor is a frequent contributor to Mashable, GigaOM, and CNET and was recently named on BCBusiness’s Top 30 Under 30 2014, see his story here:

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CodeCore is a web developer bootcamp focused on Ruby on Rails with foundations in HTML/CSS, Javascript, jQuery, and popular APIs. As part of CodeCore’s curriculum we have a series of “Lunch and Learns” packed with innovators from Vancouver’s tech community.
Lunch & Learns (12PM-1PM)
  • Monday, June 23 - Contributing to Open Sources Software (OSS) Projects by Godfrey Chan from
  • Tuesday, June 24 - TBA
  • Wednesday, June 25 - The Need for Computational Thinking by Al Keller from 3 Tier Logic
  • Thursday, June 26 - The Truth About Imposter Syndrome by Angelina Fabbro from Mozilla
  • Friday, June 27 - Docker and Orchestration Tools by Phil Whelan from ActiveState
CodeCore is located on the 2nd floor of the International Village Mall right above Starbucks.
All events will be free, however, spots are limited! Sign up here:

Failure happens.

In entrepreneurship, failure is the fertile soil in which new ventures grow. It’s the training ground for your next venture. It’s the master class in the school of entrepreneurship. Yet failure is really hard to talk about. Acknowledging failure is a major part of the growth and development of entrepreneurs.

This event has been created to help build an entrepreneurial community where we celebrate audacious attempts, and mistakes and failures are shared openly. And anything worth doing carries an element of risk.

RADIUS, on the eve of the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), is excited to host the Second edition of the Social Entrepreneur Failure Wake, May 26 from 6 - 9 pm at the Backstage Lounge on Granville Island!

The evening will feature several short stories of failure from brave entrepreneurs, a lightening round to hear from inspired members of the audience on their lessons learned, and an Irish Wake style celebration to help put these stories firmly behind them. 

Your ticket includes entrance, a free drink, appetizers, and a chance to meet and mingle with an impressive community of social entrepreneurs.

Buy your ticket now and save! Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 cash at the door.

Register here:

In an effort to find new ways to advance female entrepreneurs, Google for Entrepreneurs is committing $1 million in aggregate to 40 startup-focused organizations, with their new program #40Forward. Startup Grind is proud to be one of those organizations!

The month of May is dedicated to women entrepreneurs and women in tech. To support this,

Startup Grind Vancouver is hosting a special event with Meredith Powell, startup advisor and founder of The Next Big Thing. The event is being held at Mobify’s new office space in Yaletown.

Over 100 attendees are expected to come out and be a part of this event. There will also be a special guest host joining us for this event: Erin Shaw, a prominent TV host, writer and producer. She will be interviewing Meredith for the fireside chat.

Date: Thursday May 15th @ 6:30pm


6:30 - Food & Drinks

7:15 - Fireside Chat

8:00 - Networking


Tickets are going fact, purchase yours here.

TechVibes 20% off promo code: PIXEL20

Meredith started out with a successful career in the film industry, then founded three brand management and business strategy agencies in the fast-paced fashion industry, opening showrooms across the US & Canada, all before the age of 27.

Meredith is the Creator of women’s speaker series, Founders Collective, a dedicated tech startup mentor, founding Advisory Board member to RAW Beauty Talks, and seed investor to multiple women-founded businesses.

Her work has been recognized by CTV, BC Business, Techvibes, The Sun, The Province, Startup Canada, the Globe & Mail and Woman of Worth Awards among others. Watch Meredith on CTV News

With deep global experience leading trends & scaling brands rapidly from zero to millions of dollars in revenue, she’s built her career on spreading ideas and knowing “The Next Big Thing” when she sees it.

SPECIAL OFFER: The first 40 people to register for the event will receive an exclusive Google for Entrepreneurs #40Forward T-shirt!  

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Startup Grind is proud to be part of the Google for Entrepreneurs #40Forward challenge. They’re one of the forty startup communities taking new approaches to increase the representation of women in our community by 25% in 2014. The data tells us that diverse teams make better decisions, have higher ROI, and higher IPO’s.

Let’s move #40Forward.

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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

Tickets are going fact, purchase yours here.

TechVibes 20% off promo code: PIXEL20

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.