Does crowdfunding have more sizzle than steak? – Part 2

In yesterday's blog post, Peter Kemball examined crowdfunding from a historical perspective and considered the implications for entrepreneurs. Today, he examines the impact on founders and society at large. Assessment of the impact

Published on: April 19th, 2013 Peter Kemball

Are smart watches really a smart idea?

From the Pebble to the Cookoo, smart watches seem destined to generate some buzz going into 2013. But while smart watches are aimed at a connected generation, the question remains: are the young

Published on: December 18th, 2012 Jeff Jedras

Real-time map of Kickstarter projects to launch Monday

An independent Web blog is launching a real-time map of active Kickstarter projects Sept. 10, according to one of the site's co-founders.Kickstarter allows individuals and businesses to ask for donations from many different

Published on: September 6th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Pebble watch will miss production target deadline

The Pebble smart watch project that broke Kickstarter records by raising $10 million has announced it will be delivering its product later than originally expected.Originally the team had planned to ship the Pebbles

Published on: July 26th, 2012 ITBusiness Staff

GPS watch to keep tabs on kids, seniors could hit Canada by autumn

Do you know where your children are? If you remember that line from a public service announcement airing onU.S. TV, you're no spring chicken. The spots started airing on the ABCaffiliate in Buffalo,

Published on: July 17th, 2012 Christine Wong

Crowdfunding complements ‘lean startup’ approach and reduces risk

When I describe crowdfunding to my friends that aren’t totally tuned in to the business scene in Canada, I usually get two immediate reactions. The first one is that it seems like a

Published on: July 13th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Why RIM could and should bounce back: Mobile needs to innovate

By Jesse Rodgers  RIM has had a hard time since Apple’s iPhone came out. Apple did more than bring the world a touch screen and the app store. It took apart the carrier/phone

Published on: June 6th, 2012 Francis Moran

Why Toronto region shouldn’t be celebrating Pebble’s Kickstarter success

Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky’s success raising money on Kickstarter after being ignored by venture capitalists is a startup story that warms the cockles of our collective hearts in the entrepreneurial community. But after

Published on: June 1st, 2012 Brian Jackson

Live coverage: chat with Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky

Eric Migicovsky is the creator of Pebble, an e-paper watch that wirelessly connects with your smartphone to serve all sorts of useful functions. As if that isn't cool enough, Pebble is also the

Published on: May 30th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Pebble gives first sneak peek at its record breaking smartwatch

The world has been given its first sneak peek at Pebble's smartwatch prototype that set a crowdfunding record on Kickstarter.But is the watch worth the hype – and all $10 million its Canadianfounder

Published on: May 14th, 2012 ITBusiness Staff

Startup news round-up: May10, 2012

Pebble grabbed headlines recently for raising more than $10 million in a very short period on cowd funding site Kickstarter, the social media-powered venture capital raising site.Time runs out on Pebble Kickstarter funding

Published on: May 10th, 2012 ITBusiness Staff

Motoactv offers alternative ‘smart watch’ option to Pebble

As the success of Pebble's Kickstarter project shows, there's a lot of people out there interested in a smart watch that will work as an extension of their smartphone.As of May 3, the

Published on: May 3rd, 2012 Brian Jackson

What’s going on in Waterloo?

By Francis Moran  Regular readers of my posts will know that I spend a fair bit of time in the Waterloo region where both the buzz and the substance of the startup scene

Published on: April 20th, 2012 Francis Moran

Startup news round-up: April 17, 2012

Here's the startup news making headlines today on other Web sites and blogs. Pebble is rolling towards a record, Canadian crowdfunding pleas continue, and self-publishing gives way to social publishing online.A Kickstarter record

Published on: April 17th, 2012 ITBusiness Staff