Articles By Howard Solomon

VC says it’s not part of clearing house

A Toronto venture capital company says it's not one of the 300 VCs who are supposed to be members of a business plan clearing house announced this week.Whitecastle Investments Ltd. is among several

Published on: April 19th, 2002 Howard Solomon

Venture Exchange Network signs up heavy hitters

A Toronto-based venture capital exchange which says it has big buck venture companies ready to invest says it's finally open for business.However one of the Canadian venture firms which is supposed to be

Published on: April 17th, 2002 Howard Solomon

VentureFair winners revel in attention from financiers

TORONTO -- Andrew Meikle had reason to be satisfied with the last three days. Meikle Automation Inc., his Kitchener, Ont.-based firm which designs and builds factory solutions, has bought a company in North

Published on: March 7th, 2002 Howard Solomon

CRM no replacement for emotional ties to customers

Having a strong business strategy is essential to getting the best out of customer relationship management technology, according to a marketing expert.""Most CRM programs fail because businesses rush into software technology as an

Published on: February 27th, 2002 Howard Solomon

eBay Canada trades off sentimental user stories

Marketing an e-business doesn't have to take a lot of money, according to the head of eBay Canada.""We're really cheap,"" Lorna Borenstein, general manager of the shopping and auction site, told a Canadian

Published on: February 8th, 2002 Howard Solomon

Borderfree to help Canadian online retailers in U.S. market

Canadian e-tailers are often frustrated watching shoppers here take advantage of the prices and selection offered by U.S. online stores.But a Toronto startup that specializes in helping Americans sell north of the border

Published on: December 18th, 2001 Howard Solomon

Venture capitalists split on economy’s future

Canadian venture capitalists are "cautiously optimistic" about new financing possibilities in next six months, according to a new study by Deloitte and Touche.While 48 per cent of the 900 venture professionals surveyed in

Published on: December 13th, 2001 Howard Solomon

Online retail sales to grow tenfold by 2006

Online retail sales in Canada will grow tenfold from $2.5 billion this year to $24 billion by 2006, says a new report by Forrester Research.That might sound big, but it will only represent

Published on: December 7th, 2001 Howard Solomon

IBM pilots Web services with Canadian customers

MARKHAM, Ont. -- Canadian companies will begin deploying long-promised Web services-enabled applications that can talk to each other in the coming year, says a senior IBM Canada executive."We're going to see in the

Published on: November 27th, 2001 Howard Solomon

Exclamation shifts all its focus to Points.com

The dream of creating a successful Canadian publicly-traded incubator to finance Internet startups has expired as it did in the U.S., where the concept was born.Exclamation International Inc. of Toronto this week said

Published on: November 7th, 2001 Howard Solomon

VC funding dropped to $1.38 billion in Q3

Entrepreneurs hoping Canada will continue bucking the plunge in venture capital investment in the U.S. got bad but not unexpected news Tuesday.According to Macdonald & Associates, VC funding in the third quarter dropped

Published on: November 6th, 2001 Howard Solomon

Banks explore aggregation opportunities

TORONTO -- Aggregation is aggravating to American financial institutions, says an industry analyst, but a Canadian bank executive thinks online customers here will find it soothing.Aggregation is the ability to bring together information

Published on: October 30th, 2001 Howard Solomon

U of T contest helps would-be entrepreneurs

Buoyed by the success of its first business plan competition, the University of Toronto announced a second contest with opportunities for more would-be entrepreneurs to enter."Winning is a great head start" for fledgling

Published on: August 8th, 2001 Howard Solomon

VerticalScope opens Canadian TopHosts site

It's taken three years, but a Canadian-owned Web hosting directory finally has a site with a red maple leaf.TopHosts.com, started in 1997 by Regina, Sask. teenager Robert Laidlaw as an advertising-supported yellow pages

Published on: August 1st, 2001 Howard Solomon

Small players looking to feast on $5.3 trillion pie

Small and medium sized Canadian businesses have a new Internet marketplace to help them get a piece of the $5.3 trillion governments around the world spend on international procurement. SourceCAN, a partnership between

Published on: June 28th, 2001 Howard Solomon