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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)

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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.

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Kelowna based Vineyard Networks acquired for $28M

Procera Networks, the publicly-traded Fremont, CA-based provider of policy enforcement services to carriers, is buying Vineyard Networks, a Canada-based specialist in deep-packet inspection, for 28 million Canadian dollars, C$15.4 million in Procera common stock and C$12.6 million in cash.

via Procera Networks Buys Vineyard Networks For $28M To Beef Up Its Deep Packet Inspection Capabilities | TechCrunch.

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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.

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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.