Articles By Christine Wong

Is Facebook the only route to success for social media startups?

Facebook Inc.'s monster initial public offering today has solidified its perch as king of the social media universe. But is riding on Facebook's coattails the only way Canadian socialmedia startups stand a chance

Published on: May 18th, 2012 Christine Wong

Day after IPO will be business as usual: Facebook’s top Canadian exec

Talk about a big week for Jordan Banks. Banks celebrates hisbirthday today. And tomorrow his company, alittle something called Facebook Inc., is expected to raise about $100billion in its initial public offering. If Banks,

Published on: May 17th, 2012 Christine Wong

Why digital kids’ content hasn’t totally replaced books…yet

Shockingly in today's digital world, traditional children's books aren't dead yet. Digital books still haven't replaced the original kind made out of paper and ink designed just for miniature minds. And according to

Published on: May 16th, 2012 Christine Wong

Wave Accounting lands US$12 M in series B financing

Toronto startup Wave Accounting has landed a series B round of financing worth US$12 million, plus some impressive new backers that include a former Facebook vice-president. The funding comes from OMERS Ventures (the

Published on: May 16th, 2012 Christine Wong

Canadian SMBs may have a false sense of IT security: study

Canada's small and medium sized businesses may be underestimating the need to plan for IT disasters compared to SMBs in other countries around the world, a new survey shows. Symantec surveyed 2,053 businesses

Published on: May 14th, 2012 Christine Wong

Canada’s startup services scene getting crowded

by Christine Wong Startup Grind is the newest entry on Canada’s red hot tech startup scene. The U.S.-based organization, which already has branches in Los Angeles, New York, Austin, Tx., San Francisco, Tempe,

Published on: May 11th, 2012 Christine Wong

PEI’s big pitch: grow Canada’s tiniest province through tech sector

The premier of Prince Edward Island was in Toronto on Thursday, pitching Bay Street on his plan to use small businesses and tech-based sectors to grow the economy of Canada's tiniest province. Although

Published on: May 3rd, 2012 Christine Wong

‘Catvertising’ video creators up for Webby award

Cats that practically run an ad agency. A guy who’s definitely not a supermodel living on-camera in his underwear for a month. And a bunch of guys who obviously are supermodels demonstrating breast

Published on: April 27th, 2012 Christine Wong

Adopt ‘be your own IT manager’ mindset to deal with BYOD

The bring your own device trend is creating a “be your own IT manager” mindset among small business owners -- and pushing device makers and carriers to be IT consultants, not just sell

Published on: April 25th, 2012 Christine Wong

Is the acquisition frenzy creating a startup bubble?

by Christine Wong Is there a startup bubble forming?   I’d have to say yes – but not the same kind we saw a decade ago when the dotcom bubble burst.   This most recent

Published on: April 19th, 2012 Christine Wong

Just how much cloud storage can you get for free?

The cloud isn't just getting personal. Luckily for consumers, it's also getting cheaper. Heck, a lot of it is now absolutely free.Cloud storage is becoming so ubiquitous and so cheap that Gartner Inc.researchers

Published on: April 12th, 2012 Christine Wong

Aging workforce may hurt Canada’s coming ICT hiring spree

Canada's information and communications technology sector (ICT) is poised for a surge in job openings but an aging talent pool threatens to leave more of them unfilled than recruiters would like, a new

Published on: April 2nd, 2012 Christine Wong

Over $400M for early stage funding in federal budget

Ottawa is earmarking $400 million dollars in this year's federal budget specifically to boost startups and also spending $67 million to shift the National Research Council's focus to more business-led innovation.In the budget

Published on: March 29th, 2012 Christine Wong

How Canada’s SMB cloud providers are changing the global landscape

Toronto-based Rypple became a poster child for Canadian cloud success stories when Salesforce.com announced plans to buy the firm last December.Although the financial value of the Rypple acquisition deal wasn'tdisclosed, it proved that

Published on: March 22nd, 2012 Christine Wong

Toronto firm awarded world’s first RaaS patent

Joshua Geist's brand new lucky number is a long one: 8,135,838.That's the U.S. Patent and Trademark number assigned to the recovery-as-a-service (RaaS) technology developed byGeist's Toronto company,Geminare – the first RaaS patent ever

Published on: March 20th, 2012 Christine Wong