Articles By Brian Jackson

ESL Explorer: the best way to study English abroad

Think of it as the Expedia.com specifically for travel based around learning English as a second language (ESL). The online marketplace presents a catalogue of schools with ratings and reviews provided by social

Published on: March 22nd, 2013 Brian Jackson

Dandy: it takes a community to raise an app

Dandy takes a community approach to developing apps and paying those developers. It wants to solve the problem of the disconnect between the amount of revenue being generated by app stores and the

Published on: March 22nd, 2013 Brian Jackson

WellRead: keep up with your world

WellRead wants to help you solve the problem of information overload by bringing together news, professional and social content in one place and then surfacing what’s really important to you. From there, you

Published on: March 22nd, 2013 Brian Jackson

Groupnotes: share faster

It’s fun to talk about Web content on social networks, but that information gets fractured across many different locations. Groupnotes solves that problem by using a browser add-on to put your social commenting

Published on: March 22nd, 2013 Brian Jackson

ViewsIQ: imaging made natural

This medical technology startup combines the hardware of a microscope imaging camera with a software stitching algorithm so that lab samples can be digitized and sent to pathologists anywhere in the world. It

Published on: March 22nd, 2013 Brian Jackson

The Open Doors Network

Home ownership can be a chore and a challenge for those with little time, or experience. So this startup is creating Web applications for home owners to be reminded about maintenance issues and

Published on: March 22nd, 2013 Brian Jackson

Oikoi: find your next apartment

Think of it like a dating site for apartments and the tenants seeking them. Oikoi connects landlords and property managers with tenants seeking the type of apartments they’re offering, providing pre-qualified leads instead

Published on: March 22nd, 2013 Brian Jackson

Hyperdrive: accelerating at light speed

Founded in 2012 out of Waterloo region’s Communitech Hub, this accelerator is taking money from some of Canada’s top investors and taking promising startups from concept to commercialization. Web site: http://hyperdrive.communitech.ca/ Click through on

Published on: March 22nd, 2013 Brian Jackson

Google Reader dumped me, but I can move on

Google Reader has been one of the staples of my online life for years, and I’ll miss it after it slips away into the ether of cyberspace past on July 1. I’ve found

Published on: March 21st, 2013 Brian Jackson

Public ‘lacks financial literacy’ for crowdfunding: investors group

The debate over allowing equity-based crowdfunding is heating up in Canada's largest province as the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is collecting letters from different groups either advocating for change or warning against it.

Published on: March 20th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Chromebooks officially bequeathed upon Canada

The cloud computing-centric Chromebook laptops are now officially available in Canada, Google announced today in its blog. HP previously announced its Pavilion Chromebook would be available at the end of February and Chromebooks

Published on: March 19th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Centre for Social Innovation launches crowdfunding platform

A new crowdfunding platform akin to Kickstarter or Indiegogo will launch this week with a focus on social innovation and offering a membership at an entrepreneurial hub. Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation (CSI)

Published on: March 18th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Telus, Globe and Mail kick-off $100,000 ‘Challenge’ competition

Canadian small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that can articulately describe a challenge they are facing and how $100,000 could help overcome that challenge have a chance to win $100,000 in a contest launched

Published on: March 18th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Ottawa-based video collaboration firm goes public

Ottawa-based Magor Communications Corp. went public today and is trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “MCC,” the firm announced this morning. The public offering brings in $5.9 million for the

Published on: March 15th, 2013 Brian Jackson

All Hands on Tech: Galaxy Note 8

You could call it Samsung’s “Goldilocks device.” It’s not too small. It’s not too big. It’s just right – at least that’s what Samsung is hoping. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 fits nicely

Published on: March 14th, 2013 Brian Jackson