Startup news round-up: April 11, 2012

Here’s the startup news making headlines today on other Web sites and blogs. The PlayBook is used to woo investors, a profile of a seasoned entrepreneur, and a job search startup finds financing .

VCs get new PlayBook

Research in Motion’s hardware has taken a beating in the media lately, but at least one conference organizer hopes its wares can still lure in high-profile registrants. The Canadian Venture Capital Association will give every attendee to its 2012 annual conference a BlackBerry Playbook. The tablets will be loaded with an app specially built for the conference.

Rob Lewis on TechVibes

Entrepreneur helps other business types

Ash Maurya is the founder of Spark59, a firm offering Web-based apps for measuring, learning, and communicating progress. He’s built a business based on helping other businesses, and says entrepreneurs must learn to love the problem, not the solution. That allows freedom to experiment with different approaches to solving the problem, and only keep what works well.

Erin Bury on Sprouter blog

Job search firm gets funding

Toronto-based startup WhoPlusYou secured a round of private financing last week. Based in Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone, the firm develops a social media job search platform with combined employment and professional networking opportunities. Instead of traditional resumes, the site relies on multimedia invitations to catch employers’ attention.


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