UberPitch tales of frustration, success trend on Twitter

"All investors are in meetings. Please check back soon!" That was the message I was staring at for four hours yesterday as I continually requested an UberPitch ride in Toronto. My plan was

Published on: April 8th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Mayors’ trip promoting ‘The Corridor’ to Silicon Valley gets mixed reaction from entrepreneurs

At the CityAge conference in San Francisco, Toronto Mayor John Tory stood next to a large, simplified map comparing the distance between Toronto and Waterloo, Ont. to that of San Francisco and San

Published on: April 7th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Watch as we livestream an UberPitch ride on Periscope (or at least try)

We told you earlier this week about Uber's collaboration with investors across Canada to get them in front of aspiring entrepreneurs 15-minutes at a time, and on Thursday we're hoping to bring you

Published on: April 6th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Toronto mayor pitches city as a startup to CityAge conference

Toronto Mayor John Tory painted a picture of Toronto as a startup that prizes diversity as its key differentiator in the innovation space, according to the text of a speech to be delivered

Published on: April 5th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Uber plans to deliver investors on demand with one-day only event

Canadian entrepreneurs might daydream about tapping that UberPool button, then opening the door to their ride and discovering their backseat buddy is an investment luminary such as W. Brett Wilson or Ryan Holmes.

Published on: April 4th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Ford – yes, that Ford – establishes mobile services company

Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford Motor Co. announced today that it would be spinning off its mobile services division into a separate but wholly-owned subsidiary, Ford Smart Mobility LLC. The new company, which according to

Published on: March 11th, 2016 Eric Emin Wood

Guy Kawasaki’s top 10 errors of entrepreneurs and how to avoid them

How can you not like a guy born in Hawaii who loves hockey so much he now plays every day? That's Guy Kawasaki. Although I feel obligated to tell you, Guy, that only

Published on: February 26th, 2016 Geoff Foulds

Fintech “Thinkubator” launched by Tangerine and Ryerson University

Toronto-based Tangerine Bank has taken a lead role in the development of Ryerson University's newest digital innovation space, the "Thinkubator," which the two organizations cofounded and officially launched today. Housed on the second

Published on: February 24th, 2016 Eric Emin Wood

Secrets venture capitalists may not want founders to know

How does a successful serial fund raiser do it? That’s the question Startup Grind Toronto guest host Matthew Ingram asked Andrew D’Souza at a recent fireside chat. D’Souza said several things that venture

Published on: January 28th, 2016 Geoff Foulds

500 Startups gets active in Toronto

As a result of a sea change in Silicon Valley, Selcuk Atli, entrepreneur in residence of one of the Bay Area’s most successful and prolific accelerators, said that 500 Startups is getting active

Published on: January 25th, 2016 Geoff Foulds

Canada’s innovation ecosystem needs startups

We need startups more than ever. That’s my conclusion after listening to David Watters’ talk on Canada’s innovation ecosystem. When I say startups, I mean new companies that scale to enterprise-size fast. Why

Published on: January 22nd, 2016 Geoff Foulds

Why you’re okay if you don’t fit the profile

Incubators have a dirty little secret: they’re not for everybody. When Paul Graham developed the incubator model he was laser-focused on companies with the potential to scale to billion-dollar valuations, fast. This, Graham

Published on: January 20th, 2016 Geoff Foulds

Sequoia Capital strategy includes investing in Toronto from its Silicon Valley office

When Sequoia Capital partner Matt Miller was in Toronto for a Startup Grind fireside chat at Pivotal Labs recently, I asked him why the Silicon Valley venture capital firm doesn't have a Toronto

Published on: November 30th, 2015 Geoff Foulds

Autodesk’s tenancy good news for MaRS

The pressure to find tenants to fill the void of the new MaRS real estate has been greatly alleviated after Autodesk's announcement that it's moving in. "With today's announcement (November 18, 2015) the

Published on: November 24th, 2015 Geoff Foulds