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?.


Women & Tech release their first interview

After my son was born, I started getting involved with Girls In Tech. It’s hard to jump from being a professional and working a lot to staying home with the kids. I needed to do something. That first year when you’re at home is a huge transitional time – it is for many women I think. So I started the Girls in Tech group in Toronto.

Interesting first interview from Women & Tech. If you’re interested in the local community: OKtechgURLs “is grassroots collective of women working in and pioneering technology businesses in the Okanagan Valley.”


The BC government doesn’t want Uber?

Citing safety concerns, the Government of BC has effectively blocked Uber from operating in the province by enforcing a $75 per-trip minimum:

Uber is using rates below those required by the Passenger Transportation Board. We are working with this company, which is providing a new service. However, we must ensure it is fair and that it does not detract from existing businesses that are licensed to operate. In the interim, starting this weekend, the company will use the minimum rate of $75 for each trip.

Is the government blocking innovation or standing up for the safety of citizens? What do you think?


Startup Canada Blueprints

On Tuesday, November 27, Startup Canada in partnership with community partners across Canada will announce findings from its six-month National Tour and unveil its way forward for 2013. (Link)

The Vancouver conference is sold out, but will be streamed live. You can follow #startupblueprints for more information


The Startup City

Love this video from the folks at Startup Edmonton. They definitely have a vision for their city!

The Startup City Project from Startup Edmonton on Vimeo.


Great turnout at Winston’s

We had a great turnout for Geek Beers tonight at Sir. Winston’s in Vernon. Thanks to everyone who came out. Be sure to sign-up for future events!


Scaling the Startup Culture with Zappos Insights’ Jonathan Wolske

Last Monday afternoon I spent some time on the UBCO campus with Jon Wolske.

Jon is what is referred to as a Culture Evangelist by the good people of Zappos Insights.  Essentially his job is to help people understand how the culture at Zappos made them an enormous success, and how other businesses can benefit from better understanding the role of culture in the workplace.

It wasn’t exactly the talk I was expecting when I registered for Scaling the Startup Culture, but I was very glad I went.

I thought Jon was going to go into more detail about how startup culture related to Zappos’ assent to the internet shopping juggernaut. Instead Jon spoke about company culture, and how the culture of a business has a profound effect on the end experience of the target market.

Within the context of a startup, most of us are so busy keeping our noses to the grind stone that we don’t stop to think about the culture we’re creating in our up-and-coming business.  Culture is just something that happens rather than something that’s planned.

But what if the conversation about culture became part of the startup conversation?  What if having the answer to ‘who are we’ became as much as priority as being able to answer, ‘what we do’.  How much would that help define our product and dictate how we pivot when the time comes?

I came out of the talk with Jonathan Wolske with more questions than answers last Monday.  Which was just what I needed.

Thank you to Angelique Duff of Bright Spark Media for the picture.


Geek Beers: Nov 8, 2012

When: November 8, 2012, 5:30pm until 7:30pm
Where: Sir Winston’s Pub2705-32 Street, Vernon, BC

The popular Kelowna tech social, Geek Beers, has made its way to Vernon!

Come on out, have a beer, meet other people who like tech and beer. Thursday is also wings night at Sir Winston’s.

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

» RSVP here