Startups

What does the U.S. net neutrality battle mean for Canada?

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has become Public Enemy Number One for proponents of net neutrality.   The Trump administration appears likely to repeal its regulations governing net neutrality, to the delight of U.S. internet service providers. It’s a development that has many proponents of a free and ...

These kinds of ICOs are truly pointless, Ethereum co-founder says

You may think a cryptocurrency initial coin offering is a good way to raise money, but Vitalek Buterin doesn’t. The Ethereum co-founder and blockchain guru says that cryptocurrencies that have no purpose outside their own closed systems will quickly lose their value, and that’s a matter of sim ...

Mogo Finance Technology sees insider buying as stock rises

Mogo President and CFO Greg Feller Mogo Finance Technology (TSX:MOGO) is one of the best performing Canadian tech stocks this year, but at least one insider is betting that the stock will go higher still. On Wednesday, November 15 and on the following Thursday, Mogo President and CFO Greg Feller ...

Tech startups need to start thinking more about the bottom line, this founder says

When it comes to scaling up, Emerge Commerce Inc. CEO Ghassan Halazon believes the prevailing philosophy in e-commerce is all wrong. Go big or go home? No profits, no worries? It’s that very fixation on growth to the detriment of profitability which keeps loading up the tech graveyard with faile ...

Toronto’s tech buzz is awesome, but results are what will ultimately matter

By any measure, Canada’s venture capital market, and the ecosystem as a whole, appears to be on fire. I can’t think of a time over my 10+ years of blogging when I might have said that, which is notable in its own right. Choose your own metric: number of industry events, flow of equity, s ...

Three lessons from ten years of investing

“It takes 10 years and $30m to become a great investor.” This quote has stuck with me from the first time I saw it. I believe the legendary investor John Doerr said it at some point, but I can’t track down the original quote anymore. Of course, I thought it was a complete exaggeration when I ...

Why Fast-Growing Companies Fumble and Stumble With Marketing

Most startups and fast-growing companies are terrible at marketing. Some entrepreneurs believe they know marketing but they’re fooling themselves. At the Igniter Conference recently, Rand Fishkin shared eight common marketing and growth hacking mistakes made by startups. Here’s my list of where ...

Nine Reasons Fast-Growing Companies Fail With Marketing

Most startups and fast-growing companies are terrible at marketing. Some entrepreneurs believe they know marketing but they’re fooling themselves. At the Igniter Conference recently, Rand Fishkin shared eight common marketing and growth hacking mistakes made by startups. Here’s my list of where ...

Canada’s new cyber security strategy will be based on 5 principles: Senior official

A senior Canadian government official has given a conference of infosec pros a peek at the coming updated federal cyber security strategy without divulging many details, including whether police and intelligence agencies will get more money and how Ottawa will encourage small and medium businesses ...

Are tax reforms for US startups a boon for Canadian tech?

The startup tech community in the United States is currently in a panic over proposed legislative changes to the taxing of share options, a move which would put a damper on tech entrepreneurism across the country and could be a boon to Canada’s startup culture if the reforms proceed. The provisio ...