Vancouver Pixel Crafters

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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.]

Getting started  on a side project or ready to start your next company?

Find the right people to start with. FounderDating is an invite-only online network of entrepreneurs - 50% engineers and 100% high quality - all ready to get started on something new. Upcoming Deadline 12/17  »

Homeless Partners

Vancouver based Homeless Partners is looking for a little help this year. The NFP (Not-For-Profit) enables communities to launch local Christmas wish lists for homeless people. The program started in 2005 with one shelter in Vancouver. Since then, it has expanded to 11 cities across North America, with 6,700 gifts successfully pledged through the platform.

This year, Homeless Partners plans to rebuild their platform and take the program to more cities across North America. They launched an Indiegogo campaign  a few weeks ago, and are currently sitting at 55% of their fundraising goal. The money will be used to become a registered charity, host a Developer Lock-in, and to hire a part-time employee to support all of the volunteers during the month of December. 

The Developer Lock-in will occur during Nov 22 - Nov 24th at the Full Stack office with a team of developers, designers, and project managers that will rebuild the site in 72 hours. 

"Instead of hiring a company to rebuild the platform, we want to host a Developer Lock-in where a talented team comes together and builds something truly special." says Kenny Grant, a volunteer organizing the event. 

"We’re looking for a few more people to join us. It’s a feel good project — it’s a great way to give back to the community and help homeless people not only in the Downtown East side, but across the country"  

Homeless Partners is accepting donations via their indiegogo page and actively looking for a few more volunteers for the Developer Lock-in. Anyone interested to volunteer their services is invited to contact Kenny Grant directly ( 

Original volunteer deck attached below:

Startup Grind is joining forces with Vancouver Pixel Crafters to host Vancouver’s biggest Startup holiday party for entrepreneurs and small business owners! Startup folks, freelancers and self-employed professionals are all welcome! Join us at The Cranium co-working space in Mount Pleasant as we celebrate the holidays together!

Get tickets for your startup now >

As most startups in Vancouver with less than 10 people are not likely to have the means to throw company Christmas parties we though it would be nice to give them the chance to experience the fun of a typical ‘corporate holiday party’ at the price of a standard dinner or night out.

Pixel Crafters can also get a discount of 20% of tickets using the promo code: PIXEL20 

Your All-Access Holiday Pass includes:

Full course dinner, 2 Drinks (Beer, Wine, or Liquor), chance to win awesome holiday presents, and unlimited holiday fun with 200 of your closest entrepreneurial friends!


7:00pm - Networking

7:45pm - Dinner & Company Announcements

9:00pm - Prizes & Maybe an appearance from Santa!

9:30pm - Networking, Drinks & Dessert

10:00pm - Fun!

Join us for food, drinks, prizes and fun! And, we may even have a visit from the big guy in red himself!

Tickets are selling out quickly so grab your today! Tickets >

The VHS is proud to announce a new program we’ve been working on literally for hours.  VHSdecel promises to slow down any project, from seed stage startups to purely prelaunch personal projects.

Check out to learn more more about how you can participate!

This fall 2013, entrepreneurship@UBC is hosting a Startup Weekend open to young innovators who are interested in building their skills and sharing ideas with like-minded people. Students, recent graduates and aspiring entrepreneurs alike are welcome to participate in the fall edition of Startup Weekend hosted at the University of British Columbia. This event features prominent judges from the Vancouver entrepreneurship community, advice from experienced mentors from multiple industries (eg. web-based and mobile technologies, non-profits, cleantech, healthcare, eCommerce, fashion etc.) and prizes that will help your venture down the path to success.

"We wanted to create a Startup Weekend that focuses on young people who are interested in entrepreneurship but may not know how to take their first step. As a group of organizers with a range of experiences in entrepreneurship we’re hoping to balance our focus on young innovators with a wide range of seasoned entrepreneurs from Vancouver and beyond. Running a Startup Weekend is easy, but creating an outstanding event means attracting outstanding people" - Ben Cappellacci, Organizing Committee 

In 54 hours you will discover the key tools of entrepreneurship, support the development of startup ideas, and learn more about what it takes to be an entrepreneur. If you have an interest in digital collaboration, internet technologies and even non-profits you will be able to connect people who feel the same way.

Startup Weekend at UBC is a part of this year’s Global Startup Battle, which allows teams formed at the event to be entered to compete against teams from other Startup Weekends happening across the globe! Showcase your innovations and have the chance to win prizes such as $20K in funding, a flight to Google Headquarters in San Francisco, free builder passes to the 2014 LAUNCH Festival and more.

Registration >

Some notable Coaches and Judges include:

  • Michael Fergusson, Founder and CEO, Ayogo
  • Danny Robinson, Founder and CEO, Perch
  • Terry Beech, Chairman and Co-Founder,
  • Jason Xu, CEO and Co-Founder, Battlefy
  • Ali Kashani, VP Software, Energy Aware Technology Inc
  • Kelly Edmison, President and CEO, PenderFund Capital Management Ltd.
  • Rob Attwell, COO and Co-Founder, myBestHelper
  • Ian Crosby, CEO,  
  • Vik Khanna, COO & Co-Founder, Faronics Corporation
  • Janice Cheam, President and CEO, Energy Aware Technology Inc.
  • Geof Auchinleck, CEO, Claris Healthcare Inc.
  • Thealzel Lee, President and Director, E-Fund  
For more information visit Startup Weekend at UBC 

Hello Pixel Crafter-ers!!

How amazing is it that this group has grow to over 2000 members There is a simple reason that Facebook, Amazon (and soon Twitter) opened shop right here in Vancouver….

Vancouver Tech Rocks!!!

Brief History of Pixel Crafters

Jon Chui (who joined Google in California, congrats again Jon) started this group in 2010. Later that year he passed the reins over to Shawn Taylor and I when the group had around 200 members. In 2011, we hosted over 40 meetups and grew the group to nearly 800 members.

In 2012, what was previously know as the Vancouver Tech Co-Founders Meetup joined with the Bootup Entrepreneurial Society Meetup and became… Vancouver Pixel Crafters

Since then the group has benefited from the organizational drive of Mack Flavelle, Boris Mann, Martin Ertl, Winnie Lai, Cheryl Mack, Jenn, Tea Nicola, Brendan Mulholland, Jackie Murchison and countless others (apologies if I missed you)

Over 150 Meetups and 65 group reviews later we added our 2000th member about a week ago. Today, Pixel Crafters is the 2nd largest technology focused Meetup in Vancouver and we are just getting started :)

Pixel Crafters is an Open Source Platform

Our intent with this group is to give each member the opportunity to leverage it to create or promote events that they want to see happen in their community.

Want to hear from someone at Facebook? Reach out to them and tell them that Pixel Crafters would like to host an event in their space. Think of PC as a platform you can utilize to create the technology community you want to be a part of.

If you have an event idea, simply suggest it as a meetup. If it fits the criteria of the group (outlined below) you will have access to all the membership to make sure it is filled with talented folks and is a raging success. We can also help you finding venue space if needed.

PC Event Criteria:

  1. Technology focused
    (design, code, marketing, entrepreneurship etc.)

  2. Price accessible
    (evening events should be less than $20… ideally free. All day or weekend events can cost more. This is not a profit machine, we are about spreading the technology love here in Vancouver)

  3. Benefits the group
    (Sorry, no self promotional info sessions)

Thank You

I hope you have all benefited in some way from this group over the past years. Thanks for attending our events, recommending the group to your friends and helping grow Vancouver’s tech community.


Jesse (originally posted on the PC meetup group)