A phenomenal year for Canadas young tech companies

Overall, Canadas tech sector has just finished an excellent year and the prospects for 2013 look at least as good.

via A phenomenal year for Canadas young tech companies – Technology & Science – CBC News.


Startup “ecosystems” in Canada are doing well but…

Personally, I think that we have a talent challenge. Not in the sense that we don’t have enough smart people up here, we do. Our universities are first class and I would put up any engineering grad from Canada against their counterparts from the top schools in the US. However, the talent is raw and there is a lack of concentrated startup experience in our eco-systems. It is hard for startups in Canada to find someone who had a significant role in building a previous startup. This is especially true in areas of marketing, product development, sales and even engineers who are familiar with the current web technologies (Ruby, Python, Javascript, etc.).

– Kevin Swan

via Startup “ecosystems” in Canada are doing well but… » StartupNorth | StartupNorth.


Young Startup Communities: Beware of the “Excitement Bubble”

When people talk about a “Bubble”, they are usually referring to an “Economic bubble” “Speculative bubble” or “price bubble” all of which roughly mean the same thing: when the prices of products, assets, securities etc. rise very rapidly above their “true value” with little fundamental reason for this and keep doing this until prices eventually and suddenly go into freefall the “bubble bursts”. Although, many would argue that some of the tech communities here in the US are “frothy” or in a “bubble,” and I have personally seen a few signs of this, the type of bubble we are currently experiencing in Jordan is one of an “Excitement Bubble”. In other words, what happens to a startup ecosystem when the excitement that has helped drive it fizzles and fades away?

via Young Startup Communities: Beware of the “Excitement Bubble” | Startup Revolution.


How a developer built a product business with $60

My father said, “You should just come back to America and get a good job.” “No, no, this will work. I’m going to invest one video game worth of money in it, so $60, and I will start selling it a week from now.” My dad, who has been in business for 15 years by himself is thinking, “$60 of capital, one week time to market, this is absolutely crazy. Not going to happen.”

via Justin’s podcast: EP05: How Patio11 built a product business (part 1).


Startup Weekend Okanagan

Startup Weekend is March 8, 2013.

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

via Startup Weekend Okanagan.


Last night we discovered local blogs at #geekbeers

If you came last night: it was great to see you! We had the idea to have publishing a roll of folks at Geek Beers who have blogs.

Here are the blogs from the folks who attended last night:

n3wt0n! by Kyle Newton

Trademark Okanagan by Mike Poznanski by Kazia

Hands on Gratitude by Teresa Deak

Code Ninja by Marty Dill by me

Special thanks to Kevin Poole, from the City of Vernon, for buying the appies last night!

If you missed last night: we’ll see you in 2013!


Okanagan startup creates easy alternative to QR codes

..duo is essentially an inexpensive, simple and entirely customizable alternative to QR codes, making digital addresses easier to say, write, spread and remember. Companies can switch up the content linked to their ..duo, simplifying promotional campaigns and helping them maintain consistent branding. It has many applications, both online and offline, and can be used nearly anywhere to attract audiences to digital content.

via B.C. startup makes it easier to brand (and browse for) digital content « IT Business Blogs Canada – Innovation.


Building your MVP in WordPress

Are you a developer who wants to cut down the amount of time it takes to build a prototype? Are you a product person who can’t code? Do you have a product idea that you want to validate quickly?

If any of those describe you, you’re going to love this 2-part interview Justin had with Daelan Wood on building an MVP using WordPress.

Product People is a new podcast that Justin records out of his Vernon office, with his buddy Kyle Fox from Edmonton.

Listen to the podcast now >>


Geek Beers on December 13

When: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Where: Sir Winston’s Pub, 2705-32 Street, Vernon, BC

Come on out, have a beer, meet other people who like tech and beer. Also, Thursday is wing night at Sir Winston’s! Wings!

This event is not just for geeks, anyone interested in beer and/or tech is welcome!

Note: We’ve moved the meeting time a bit earlier in the evening to 5pm

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Can B.C.’s tech sector join the best in the world?

“Attracting entrepreneurs to this city is a very tough job,” said Wertz.

The process has to start very early in schools, with role models and a recognition of entrepreneurial endeavours as worthwhile and a career choice worthy of respect.

“In the end, it’s all about the entrepreneur,” said Wertz. “If you have a mediocre entrepreneur, it doesn’t matter how much money you give him, he’s never going to build the next Amazon, the next HootSuite.”

via Can B.C.’s tech sector join the best in the world?.