Startup news round-up: April 27, 2012

Nobody’s perfect. Everybody makes mistakes. And Toronto’s Mistakeville is using content curation and social media to collect slip-ups to build a “how-not-to” site where people care share and learn from each other’s blunders.

“We believe sharing mistakes helps both ourselves and others. Sharing a mistake is the single most powerful thing you can do to learn and grow from your mistake. Sharing a mistake is like giving a gift of learning,” according to the site created by Dimitris Sotirakopoulos and Michael Kahn. Here’s their most current list of 10 Best Mistakes.

Road to Banff

OpenEra is this year’s winner of the Canada 3.0 Road to Banff Venture Forum Pitch Off. OpenEra is a cross-cloud content management system. It bridges different cloud and enterprise-based networks such as Dropbox, Basecamp, Microsoft Exchange, SugarSync, Evernote and others. OpenEra then lets users share their content via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Second place winner was Qwalify’s RecruitMe, is a recruiting widget tool that companies can place into corporate Web sites to attract top talent.
XYZ Interactive, finished third. The company builds sensors for “mobile gesturing.”

Runners-up include: Uberflip, Canopy Labs, I Think Security, WillPwn4Food, Philanthrokidz, Uknowa and Bonfire.

From Dan Verhaeghe – Techvibes

Startup Festival

Planning to attend the Startup Festival in Montreal? You still have a little over 70 days to pack (it runs from July 11-13).
Meanwhile, here’s a partial list of speakers slated to appear:

Deborah Schultz and Stowe Boyd are some of the best thinkers about the role that new technology has on work, culture, experience, marketing and behaviour. Read Debs’ “Dear Miss Manners: the Social Web – WTF?” or Stowe’s Data is the New Oil: From Privacy to Publicy. Did you know the Internet is for porn? Cindy Gallop gave a not to be missed talk at TED in 2009, Make Love Not Porn.

From David Crow – StartupNorth

Nestor ArellanoNestor Arellano is a Senior Writer at ITBusiness.ca. E-mail him at narellano@itbusiness.ca, follow him on Twitter, connect on , read his blog, and join the IT Business Facebook Page.
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  • Lerryde

    Great!