easycalapp.com for sale on Flippa →
Looks like this online scheduling web app that’s being used in Vancouver is up for auction on Flippa. You’re buying a custom-built online scheduling web app. Marketing-wise it’s targeted at solo hair stylists and massage therapists, but really it can be used by anybody who needs to schedule appointments for money. Does anyone have experiences selling entire apps on Flippa?...
Running a startup →
Animated GIFs about startup life. Because if you’re not going to laugh, you’re going to drink too much scotch.
Canadian startup builds a social network for bus... →
This Is Our Stop is a side-project of Vancouver-based developers Tylor Sherman and Todd Sieling, who share an interest in transit and open public data. The site is specifically designed with mobile devices in mind. Visit This Is Our Stop from a smartphone, and you’re asked to enter the five-digit code from any Vancouver bus stop. Tylor and Todd of Denim and Steel get some press about...
Digital Storytelling Unconference Date and Venue -... →
Thanks to everyone who expressed interest in the Digital Storytelling Unconference. After exploring some options we were connected with Minna and Jay at The Network Hub, and they’ve graciously offered to be our venue sponsor with their beautiful New Westminster location. New West is easy to get to by Skytrain, and they’ve got some tasty food places, too. Side note: we want to aggregate...
Hack Hut / SFU / WeAreYVR - Vancouver Tech... →
News from Jesse Heaslip about Hack Hut at Grow Lab, an SFU + startups meetup at Discovery Park, and the launch of WeAreYVR.
Nuuly - Personalized Rental Search →
Nuuly relaunched today (used to be RentGeek). Here’s the email they sent out: In case you didn’t know, RentGeek is no more. We’ve changed our name to Nuuly and we’ve made some intense improvements to our features. How intense? Intense enough to safely say that we’re the most time-efficient apartment search engine on the internet. Potentially even the most awesome. We...
Here in BC, we need to wake up | Brent Holliday →
Here in BC, we need to wake up. Recently, Toronto passed us as the technology hotbed with notable successes exiting in the past year such as Varicent (sold to IBM), Rypple (sold to Salesforce.com), Algorithmics (sold to IBM) and Kobo (sold to Rakuten). Looking forward, Jevon cites five initiatives that will help Canada’s technology industry achieve an incredible run for the next five years. I am...
WWDC - Vancouver Edition →
Didn’t get tickets to WWDC (which sold out in 2 hours)? Well, Allen Pike and Steamclock Software have you covered. Stay tuned for taking part in a local Apple-themed developer conference.
Bloomberg: NYC’s Tech Success is Luring Potential... →
Other cities who clamor for more entrepreneurs and venture capital attention should take note: Bloomberg stressed that NY City doesn’t give the traditional big tax breaks to lure them. The playbook is similar to how Apple penetrated the enterprise: Win the hearts and minds of the individuals, and the companies will follow. If you get the talent, they’ll have to. This is the one true...
HootSuite CEO Puts His Money Where His Tweets are:... →
Nice work, Ryan. This is the kind of cycle we need - entrepreneurs funding more startups.
What is this thing? Well, right now it is Boris and Mack tumbling links and hosting guest posts (thanks to David Gratton for “16th place is not good enough for Vancouver”) related to the theme of Vancouver (Tech) being Awesome. The about description currently says this: The technology community in Vancouver is Awesome. Celebrate it. Share it. Bitch about it. Haters gonna hate,...
After Two Startup Accelerators, What I Wish... →
Looking back at 2008 (DreamIt Ventures) we totally underused those three months. We went from no product to 11K users but had no clear vision for what came next or why. In 2011 (GrowLab), demo day got us partner meetings, term sheets, traction, revenue, and more important than anything, a legitimate business model. The difference was NOT the incubators themselves. They were both extremely well...
16th place is not good enough for Vancouver.
Startup Compass recently posted the ranking of the top 25 startup ecosystems in the world. This is David Gratton’s thoughts on the matter. - BM Vancouver ranked 16th in a listing of cities by their start-up performance, behind Toronto, which place a very respectable and admirable 4th. Quick name the 16th best city to live in the world? Name the 16th best tennis player? The 16th fastest...
Entrepreneur Returns from Silicon Valley After 14... →
“When I start my next startup, I’m going to make sure I create a product and engineering team in Vancouver,” Yen told Russ Martin, the technology editor of Canada.com. “I can bring assets like business development, marketing and investment capital from [Silicon Valley] and marry that with product and engineering.”
scottpatten.ca | No Excuses →
I wrote this in response to a post on HN. I could link to the post, but it doesn’t matter. There are posts like this all the time. Stop making excuses. Go build something. Scott Patten is one of the founders of LeanPub. He quit his (awesome) job as a physicist (and father of two young girls) to go build things. This is a post he put up on Hacker News, and is one of the most inspiring things...