Articles By 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

Venture capitalists scale back

Last year Minhas Mohamed's MM Venture Partners invested in eight companies.But thanks to the collapse of the values of technology companies, so far this year the company's only put money into two."Sometimes in

Published on: June 8th, 2001 Howard Solomon

Gambling software makers coming up snake eyes

More than US$2 billion will be wagered online this year, but for Internet casino owner Nicholas Murphy there's not enough left on the table for him.The Toronto businessman says there's little profit for

Published on: June 7th, 2001 Howard Solomon