Startup news round-up: April 4, 2012

Here’s the startup news making headlines today on other Web sites and blogs. A Toronto entrepreneur is ready to expand his Internet startup, small businesses are responding well to the federal budget, and if you need to create an app without coding – well, there’s a Yapp for that .

Michael Hyatt profile

BlueCat Networks is a Toronto-based IT firm that specializes in IP address management, DHCP and DNS software, and more to help companies with a large Web presence manage their domain name and IP configuration. Founder Michael Hyatt started out as a tech entrepreneur in 2001 after graduating into a down-in-the-dumps economy with Dyadem. Now he’s looking to grow BlueCat’s international presence but keep the startup culture alive.

Profile by Erin Bury at Sprouter

Businesses feeling positive

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) Business Barometer Index is out for April, and it’s showing a Spring bump in positive sentiment. It’s the seventh consecutive increase in the monthly index, based on a survey of 821 CFIB members. The index landed at 67.7 for March, above February’s 66.2 score and six points ahead of the August 2011 low point. CFIB chief economist Ted Mallet attributes increased government spending restraints to the improved outlook. Index scores of between 65 and 75 are typical in a growing economy.

From the Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Don’t code, just Yapp

Yapp allows consumers to create iPhone apps using a template modified with a Web interface. Its first product, Yappbox, is designed to receive event invitations created by users of the site. The enticing thing about this startup is not that it’s another way to send e-cards, but it facilitates the creation of iPhone apps without the need to write any code at all. The New York firm has attracted investment in a round led by Kleiner Perkins.

Alyson Shontell at Business Insider

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