Craig Miller, vice-president of growth at Shopify (left), and Satish Kanwar, co-founder and CEO of Jet Cooper.

Published: August 1st, 2013


Canadian startups building rather than selling, report says

Fewer Canadian startup CEOs are thinking of up and selling their companies, preferring to stick it out for the long haul, according to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). In a report released

Published on: May 6th, 2013 Candice So

Regional angel investing? ‘That’s just wrong!’

Last week David Verrill, chair of the Angel Capital Association, invited to me speak at the Angel Capital Summit in San Francisco along with my super smart co-panelists Jason Best and Sara Hanks.  The conference

Published on: April 25th, 2013 Michael Cayley

Small firms raid online marketplace with startup-powered solutions

When Winnie Yip launched her Toronto home decoration and vintage goods shop Even & Odd in spring 2012, her target market was working people in their 30s and 40s. That group is likely

Published on: February 4th, 2013 Grant Buckler

Small businesses offered easy e-commerce options

Ottawa-based Shopify Inc. started because founder Tobias Lutke wanted to sell snowboards online. Finding he could either list them on eBay or a similar service, with little ability to build a brand, or

Published on: January 31st, 2013 Grant Buckler

FreshBooks CEO sad about RIM

The CEOs of some of Canada’s leading-edge technology firms are excited for the year ahead, but a little bit sad that Research in Motion is suffering tough times, a CBC News story reports.

Published on: January 3rd, 2013 Brian Jackson

Shopify deal reaches 27 million new potential customers

A build-your-own Web site tool and a create-your-own online store service are combining forces to offer a complete self-service package to small businesses.A deal announced today will see Ottawa-based Shopify’s e-commerce service being

Published on: November 19th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Spently’s strategic shift away from the mobile wallet masses

The mobile wallet space is starting to get just as crowded and jam packed as the traditional wallets the technology was meant to replace. After surveying the increasingly competitive mobile wallet landscape,Toronto startup

Published on: October 31st, 2012 Christine Wong

Where is Ottawa’s International Startup Festival?

By Leo Valiquette  In an earlier post, Francis Moran shared some highlights from the International Startup Festival in Montreal, which of course raises the obvious question, why do we not have these kinds of

Published on: July 24th, 2012 Francis Moran

Tech CEOs all over ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ awards

Canadian technology entrepreneurs are featuring prominently in this year's Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.The awards show is in its 19th year and is featuring finalists from four regions of Canada;

Published on: July 19th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Lessons in entrepreneurship from the Startup Canada launch

By Alexandra Reid  “A million people walk into a bar in Silicon Valley. Nobody buys anything. The bar is declared a huge success.” Harley Finkelstein, CPO of Shopify, shared that illuminating joke during the

Published on: May 8th, 2012 Francis Moran

ShopLocket lets ‘micro-retailers’ sell products online

New Toronto-based Web startup ShopLocket is launching an open beta of its product today that is designed to allow anyone to sell an item online with just a few minutes of setup and

Published on: April 25th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Bridging the gap between Ottawa’s two tech solitudes

In case you missed it, two solitudes have emerged in Ottawa over the past decade that have nothing to do with French and English. A cultural split has developed in Ottawa's technology sector,

Published on: March 8th, 2012 Christine Wong

New chief of Ottawa tech accelerator reveals plans for 2012

by Francis Moran It's fairly safe to say that I struck a loud chord with my post  that took Ottawa's major economic development agency to task for preferring cheerleading from the sidelines to playmaking that

Published on: January 4th, 2012 Francis Moran