Startups: Don’t outsource your core competency

This is the seventh article in a continuing series chronicling the growth path of CommentAir Technologies, a startup based in Ottawa, Canada. CommentAir is developing a wireless technology fans can use at sports venues

Published on: October 10th, 2012 Francis Moran

TheCodeFactory launches G2S incubator program

By Alexandra Reid  Ottawa’s startup ecosystem received some much-needed support this month as TheCodeFactory launched Government to Startup (G2S), an incubator program developed by the learning centre’s founder and president Ian Graham to address the challenges faced by

Published on: September 27th, 2012 Francis Moran

Picking up the pieces from a research and development misadventure

By Francis Moran and Leo Valiquette It’s been three months since we last touched base with CommentAir, a period in which the startup has gone through a near-death experience and continues to face

Published on: May 31st, 2012 Francis Moran

The root of all evil

By Leo Valiquette Back in November, Peter Hanschke blogged about the need for the lean and mean startup to beware the million-dollar cheque. In that spirit, I have an anecdote to share which illustrates

Published on: May 22nd, 2012 Francis Moran

Startup news round-up: April 16, 2012

Here's the startup news making headlines today on other Web sites and blogs. It's all about numbers today: 10 money-making tips, The Next 36, and one Startup Weekend set to hit Ottawa. Makemoney

Published on: April 16th, 2012 ITBusiness Staff

Burning the candle at both ends as the clock ticks down

By Francis Moran As we have discussed before, Katie and Luke Hrycak, the sibling founders of CommentAir, are bootstrapping their venture around their day jobs, an approach that calls for certain sacrifices. Business meetings

Published on: February 22nd, 2012 Francis Moran

Wanted: Partners willing to take a leap of faith

By Francis Moran and Leo Valiquette In our last post, we spoke to Katie and Luke Hrycak, the sibling founders of CommentAir, about their challenges as technology entrepreneurs who do not have a background

Published on: January 24th, 2012 Francis Moran

ShopMyClothes sees big dollar signs in used designer duds

The more successful Jonathan Elias's resale clothing Web site gets, the tougher it is on his eyes.Let's explain: although Elias is president and CEO of ShopMyClothes,the Toronto startup remains bootstrapped. So he and

Published on: January 10th, 2012 Christine Wong

The layman’s guide for bringing tech to market

 By Francis Moran When we last spoke with CommentAir co-founders Katie and Luke Hrycak, the siblings were busy scraping up the cash for Katie to attend the 2011 Sports Management Conference and Trade Show in Toronto. Unfortunately,

Published on: December 5th, 2011 Francis Moran

Driving steady organic growth on a shoestring

By Francis Moran Many startups with aspirations of grandeur have fallen prey to the temptation to call themselves a “leading provider of ...”. But at Teamly, founder and CEO Scott Allison and his team appreciate that

Published on: November 23rd, 2011 Francis Moran

The fine art of the business hustle

By Francis Moran For a pre-revenue startup that is bootstrapping its way to market, incurring the cost to travel to another city to attend an industry trade conference with an admission price of

Published on: November 21st, 2011 Francis Moran

Meet CommentAir Technologies

By Francis Moran and Leo Valiquette Siblings Katie and Luke Hrycak are in that category of entrepreneurs who could be called reluctant innovators. They found themselves in the midst of a problem they

Published on: November 8th, 2011 Francis Moran