A community for the web, software, and design craftspeople of Vancouver.– Vancouver Pixel Crafters. Very briefly known as Vancouver (Tech) is Awesome, but we couldn’t really abuse VIAwesome’s brand quite so much :P On Twitter as @vanpixelcraft. Stay tuned (or join).
Startup Crawl around Grow Conference
Here’s what we’re thinking: There are going to be a lot of people visiting Vancouver for Growconf (week of August 20th). It’s an opportunity to have a local audience for new companies, new products, and launches in general. We want to showcase the startup ecosystem in Vancouver while we’ve got lots of attention. This means new startups that are just getting going, as...
Seattle VCs invest in TechStars, supporting 3 more... →
It would be great to see VCs investing in incubation and seed services here in Vancouver. GrowthWorks did make an investment in Bootup Labs, but looking down south, the entire Seattle VC community got together to support TechStars Seattle.
Workshops - Scalable and Modular Architecture for... →
We’ll have a riotous time learning CSS in delightful downtown Vancouver! Thanks to Microsoft for providing space and catering for this one. Early bird price is CDN$245/$295. After April 30, regular price is $345/$395. The infamous Snook is coming to Vancouver in mid June to teach a SMACSS Workshop
Vancouver Sun: The Digital Doctor is in ... your... →
Digido Interactive, Ayogo, QxMD and others are mentioned in this Vancouver Sun article on digital / mobile health.
Early User Engagement for Startups: Hack Hut...
Hey folks, Come join @kalv for a Hack Hut Peer Learning Session about engaging early users of your product. Learn what’s working for him and @goodbitsco and share what’s working for you. Hack Hut, 2pm Friday May 4. Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/208841899233759/ Join us Friday, May 4, at 2pm for a conversation with Kalvir Sandhu (Goodbits.co) about early user...
This Is Our Stop launch
This Is Our Stop is an ad-hoc social network for bus stops in Vancouver, give it a try at http://thisisourstop.com. From the launch blog post: This project brings together so much of what we’re interested in: web, social, mobile, physical-digital connections, and how open data makes new things possible. The project has already caught some attention, notably by Dan Misener writing in the Globe...
Initio Office Hours →
Meet Mike. It’s really and truly worth it.
Drink Beer with VSG and SoftLayer →
Come out to the Vancouver Social Games spring kickoff event. The VSG team is pleased to announce that SoftLayer is sponsoring the event and there will be drinks and food. Only 100 spots available so please RSVP soon. Enjoy the fantastic food of Revel room and some custom cocktails! SoftLayer is the cloud infrastructure provider of choice for companies building for Internet Scale, and the largest...
Payfirma opens its mobile payment platform to... →
Mobile POS company Payfirma has added an interesting wrinkle to the whole “every phone’s a payment terminal” phenomenon. The company has opened up its mobile payment platform to developers meaning developers of third party mobile apps for iOS and Android devices can add mobile payment acceptance using a credit card swipe on to their apps. Payfirma is a Vancouver based company...
Mind Your Elders « Startup Communities →
But, most of all, [the entrepreneurial ecosystem] needs Elders. That is, Mentors, coaches, Angel Investors; people who can serve informally and formally as guides. Their roles vary…from providing the seed capital to germinate ideas to providing a steadying, calm demeanor making the roller coaster of the startup experience just slightly easier to bear. “An Elder,” I say in my talks on the subject,...
Community Manager, OpenNews — Mozilla Foundation →
Interested in the intersection of journalism + code? You could work at Mozilla Vancouver with this Mozilla Foundation position: The Knight-Mozilla OpenNews project engages developers around the world to create code that will make journalism thrive on the open web. The Community Manager is the key position to make that happen. The Community Manager is a wired-in connector who knows how to grow...
Vancouver Hack Space Growth & Memberships
I was recently speaking with Luke Closs of the Vancouver Hack Space Society aka VHS. VHS has been growing, despite their alley location. I had mentioned that several “maker” acquaintances were still a bit hesitant about the space, especially regarding bringing in their kids. Here are Luke’s thoughts on the location, new space & membership growth. Location location location....
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...