9 reasons to name a non-executive chairperson to your board

It is natural for entrepreneurs and founders to want to control the destiny of their company. Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg are often cited as examples of why a founder should stay in control.

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: August 25th, 2014 Gerard Buckley

Why a pre-commercialized company stresses about business valuations

When you take advice from your shopping friend, drinking buddy, the person you last met at a startup get-together or the latest mentor thrown at you by an accelerator, you basically get what

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: August 25th, 2014 Gerard Buckley

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

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: August 12th, 2014 Candice So

MaRS’ economic impact claims under fire from the Toronto Star

The Toronto Star says it has found some inconsistencies in MaRS Discovery District's claims about how it helps startups succeed. On Thursday, the Star ran a story by reporter Kenyon Wallace saying the

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: August 7th, 2014 Candice So

Vogogo raises $8.5M to help ‘cryptobusinesses’ accept Canadian dollars

For businesses that deal with Bitcoin, it can be hard enough to master cryptocurrency transactions – but it’s a whole new game when they start accepting Canadian dollars and begin working with banks.

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: August 6th, 2014 Candice So

Hand-washing audit system cleans up at regional startup awards

Last month Toronto-based HandyMetrics Corp. won York Region’s Techconnex 2014 award for "Most Promising Start-up." In so doing Michael Tsang gained local recognition as heading one of the most enterprising technology companies in the

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: August 6th, 2014 Jonathon Shore

International Startup Festival elevates the conversation

I go to a lot of events for startups and entrepreneurs, including, for the fourth year running, the International Startup Festival. It took place in Montreal a few weeks ago and is consistently one

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: August 5th, 2014 Francis Moran

PostBeyond tackling company-wide social sharing

Managing a company’s social presence online is no small feat – and it’s even harder when a company has a small team of digital marketers running social campaigns for thousands of employees. Enter

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 29th, 2014 Candice So

MaRS’ Jolt accelerator announces partnership with PayPal, fourth cohort

Updated July 29, 2014 at 4:07 pm ET to reflect further details from MaRS DD. MaRS Discovery District’s accelerator, Jolt, has announced a new partnership with PayPal Inc., as well as the start

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 28th, 2014 Candice So

Sage partners with Moneris, Canada Post, MasterCard Canada

Sage North America has struck up a number of partnerships with Canadian organizations, including Moneris Solutions Inc., a payment processor, Canada Post, and MasterCard Canada. The company has also announced it’s working with

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 28th, 2014 Candice So

Slyce and PDN allow shoppers to snap pics, find deals, and do groceries

The next time you’re running low on milk, you could jot down a reminder to pick up more – or instead, you could take a picture of the milk jug with your smartphone

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 24th, 2014 Candice So

FreshBooks raises $30M in first funding round

Cloud accounting software provider FreshBooks has raised $30 million U.S. in a funding round led by Oak Investment Partners, a U.S.-based venture capital (VC) firm. The other investors in the round were Atlas

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 23rd, 2014 Candice So

Chekkt aims to be a new Amazon or eBay for B2B buyers

For B2B buyers on the hunt for a software solution, combing through technical manuals and wading through vendor websites can be tedious work – and for small businesses and startups, it’s often just

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 22nd, 2014 Candice So

A Q & A with Brad Greene, head of Visa’s mobile payments

SAN FRANCISCO – Visa Inc. unveiled a new product for mobile payments and e-commerce today, aiming to help consumers to buy online goods and services more quickly and in turn, to help retailers

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 17th, 2014 Candice So