A fearless look ahead at crowdfunding in Canada for 2015

Crowdfunding hit the mainstream in Canada in 2014 with a record campaign for wireless speaker The Core by Mass Fidelity raising $1.3 million to lead the way. This raise was 60 per cent

Published on: January 6th, 2015 Bret Conkin

Marketing lessons we learned from 2014’s most successful Kickstarter projects

What do Neil Young, Levar Burton, and a 3D printer have in common? No, they're not all from the future, but nice try. If you guessed that they were all part of a

Published on: January 5th, 2015 Brian Jackson

The Clipless wants to help you access your phone, hands-free

One of the great things about having a smartphone is being able to use what’s basically a computer on the go. One of the not-so-great things? Trying to juggle your phone while doing

Published on: December 18th, 2014 Candice So

How well I predicted crowdfunding in Canada for 2014

Twelve months have passed  since my predictions in ITBusiness.ca on how the 2014 Canadian crowdfunding sector would unfold.  So here’s a look back and scorecard using a one to five scale (with five

Published on: December 17th, 2014 Bret Conkin

In conversation with a start-up: Jay Kapadia from Kiddology

Over the past number of years, I have had the opportunity to work with a number of startups. Some have become clients. I've also become a fan of a number of them. However,

Published on: October 17th, 2014 Karim Kanji

CrowdfundSuite to help businesses navigate pools of alternative funding

You may have only crowdfunded your first burrito this year, but Bret Conkin’s interest in crowdfunding stretches back to before Kickstarter ever allowed you to fund a potato salad. In 2008, Conkin founded

Published on: August 12th, 2014 Candice So

Toronto startup launching smart, connected bike

A Toronto-based startup is ushering in the Internet of Things – and its connected device comes with a pair of wheels and a handlebar. Vanhawks, a startup that’s currently part of the FounderFuel

Published on: May 1st, 2014 Candice So

The funding continuum enters stage left

The rules posted yesterday by Canadian securities regulators are still being digested, but upon first read, they appear very encouraging for Canadian startups, small business and even public issuers. The regulators have struck

Published on: March 25th, 2014 Bret Conkin

All Hands on Tech: Ubi voice-activated smart home command centre

Hi there, I’m Candice So and thanks for watching All Hands on Tech. In September 2012, the Ubi – or ubiquitous computer – received more than $229,000 in funding for its Kickstarter campaign,

Published on: February 20th, 2014 Candice So

Want to get funded on Kickstarter? Mention cats

If you're trying to get a business funded on Kickstarter, using the words "cats", "Christina", and "December", could help improve your chances of being funded, according to a new study. A report on

Published on: January 15th, 2014 Brian Jackson

Indiegogo allows crowdfunders to embed campaigns on their own sites

Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo Inc. has launched a new feature called Outpost, giving campaigners the ability to embed their campaign pages on their own web pages, instead of just having them hosted on Indiegogo's

Published on: January 8th, 2014 Candice So

Canadians turn to Kickstarter to fund Power Pillow idea

Many of us already sleep with our smartphones right next to our pillows anyway, so why not have that pillow providing a charge at the same time? That's the promise of a new

Published on: January 8th, 2014 Brian Jackson

Bublcam raises more than $300,000 on Kickstarter

Two years ago, Sean Ramsay decided he wanted to build a camera that could record images and video not just from the front and from the back – but one that would be

Published on: December 12th, 2013 Candice So

Bringing Crowdfunding to Main Street

Introduction: My ITBusiness.ca blog will cover posts around marketing, social media, crowdfunding and the intersection of marketing and IT. I hope you find it educational and discover new perspectives that you can apply.

Published on: November 18th, 2013 Bret Conkin