Come to OKDG: Tuesday, May 21st, 7:30pm

Hey friends,

This Tuesday, May 21st @ 7:30pm (at the Bike Shop Cafe, Kelowna), I’ll be presenting a talk at OKDG called: Product People: build, launch and sell your own stuff.

Here’s the summary:

If you like to create, you have the potential to build and launch your own products. Come and learn how developers, designers, artists, writers, and business folks are using the web to sell their own software, ebooks, courses, apps, and other digital goods. Justin has interviewed some great product people like Jason Fried 37signals, Amy Hoy Twistori, and Hiten Shah KISSmetrics. Youll learn the secrets behind their success, and how you can get started building something of your own.

I’d love to have my friends from Vernon come out and support me! If you’d like to carpool with me, I’ll probably be leaving around 6pm. You can RSVP for the event here.

Justin Jackson

For more information: Okanagan Developer Group.


Canadian accelarators failing at producing the next big startup

Interesting story in the Financial Post:

Everyone wants to create the next Facebook, Instagram, or whatever the next big thing is, and a glut of startup incubators and accelerators of every shape and size have cropped up to meet that demand. But some are beginning to wonder if the resulting startups — or even the programs churning them out — are of any use.

Accelarators failing at producing the next big startup | FP Startups | Entrepreneur | Financial Post.


The future of Vernon careers is in technology

Kevin Poole, Vernon’s Director of Economic Development, had a great feature article in the pull-out section of the Vernon Morning Star. Here’s an excerpt:

While it’s long been thought that Vernon’s economy will only prosper if large manufacturers set up shop here, economic development manager Kevin Poole is counting on grassroot, technological start-ups

Kevin goes on to say that “technology is a better fit for [Vernon] in the long run”. Here’s a link to another Morning Star story on tech careers in the area.

Events News

Startup Weekend Okanagan 2013: a review

Dennis Powers has a great rundown of everything that took place this past weekend:

This was the 2nd year for Startup Weekend Okanagan and it continues to grow and get better. Follow along as I witnessed talented entrepreneurs, business professionals, marketers, designers and developers team-up and work together to build businesses in a weekend!

Big thanks to Kazia for organizing everything for “Team Vernon”: she got sponsors to pay for tickets, and secured those hotel rooms so no one would have to drive back and forth.

Click here for full story: Startup Weekend Okanagan: Business Ideas + Teamwork = Opportunity | Digital Okanagan.

Photo credit: dchymko (see the full photo set here)


What proof do you have that you live in a thriving startup community?

Your city is probably considered a “thriving startup community.”Your mayor and news station can confirm this is true. It sounds good. It feels good.However, what proof do you have that you live in a thriving startup community? You might point to the increasing number of startups or growth in incubator space, but these measures do not necessarily lead to a sustainable future.

via Will Silicon Valley ever share the wealth? | VentureBeat.


B.C.s Booming Interior Tech Sector

But clearly something is going on in the Interior, as large technology company buyers are finding budding technology companies grown in places I thought were remote, like Kelowna and Trail. The question is: Have blossoming technology companies in the region put the Interior on the map? Since the Club Penguin sale, the Interior has churned out even more success stories, like Firebird Technologies Inc., a semiconductor company in Trail that sold to 5N Plus Inc. in 2009, and the appropriately named Vineyard Networks Inc. of Kelowna, which sold to California-based Procera Networks Inc. in January for $28 million.

via B.C.s Booming Interior Tech Sector | BCBusiness.


TED Conference Moving To Vancouver, Whistler In 2014

This is huge news for the BC and Canadian tech scenes:

The influential TED Conference is coming to Vancouver starting in 2014, conference organizers and the City of Vancouver announced on Monday morning.

via TED Conference Moving To Vancouver, Whistler In 2014.


Ryan Holmes wins Canadian Entrepreneur of the year


WINNER: Ryan Holmes (HootSuite)

Runners up: Jevon MacDonald (GoInstant), Tobias Lutke (Shopify)

via Announcing the Winners of the 2012 Canadian Startup Awards! –


Into hardware hacks? Check out the bicycle barometer

hacks & experiments – @richardjpope.


Canadian startup visa program to launch April 1

“Our new startup visa will help make Canada the destination of choice for the world’s best and brightest to launch their companies,” Mr. Kenney said. “Recruiting dynamic entrepreneurs from around the world will help Canada remain competitive in the global economy.”

via Startup visa program to launch April 1 with participation of CVCA and NACO | FP Startups | Entrepreneur | Financial Post.