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  • Title: IT Business Blogs Canada - Business Advantage through Technology
    Descriptive info: .. Business Advantage through Technology.. RSS Feeds.. Follow me on Twitter!.. Home.. About.. IT Business.. ca.. Crowdfunding complements lean.. But if Pebble hadn’t sold like hotcakes, then it wouldn’t have raised the money to build them.. It would just not make the product that no one wants to buy.. It’s an approach that Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup would approve.. Read more.. Online poll takers just messing with us, poll.. When posed the question “Do you ever vote in online polls?” and given the choice of “Yes” or “No”, about 28 per cent of respondents chose to ironically answer “no.. ” The obvious absence of a 100 per cent of results being in the affirmative not only calls the practice of online.. Digital Media Zone startup SoJo finds success in.. By Lauren Schneider We’ve all heard that age old adage, “There is no ‘I’ in team.. ” Nowhere is this saying truer than in the world of startups and growing businesses, where collaboration and partnerships between companies are essential stepping stones toward success.. At Ryerson.. Don t just tell, communicate with your.. By Michelle Warren Have you witnessed a powerful keynote presentation recently? During these staples of the business scene in the IT industry, senior level executives deliver informative presentations to audiences ranging in size and background: from audiences of 20 senior level executives.. Big data requires big privacy.. By Dr.. Ann Cavoukian I am a great lover of quotes.. The thirteenth century Persian poet Jalal-e-din Mohammad Rumi once beautifully wrote that it is necessary to “speak a new language so that the world will be a new world.. ” If our present era is characterized as the information age, the world of.. Crowdfunding complements lean startup approach and reduces risk.. Jul 13th.. Posted by.. Brian Jackson.. in.. Leadership.. 7 comments.. 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 great idea; “Why not let startups try and raise money in small amounts using the reach of the Web, similar to charity or political fundraising campaigns?” The second one is surprise that it’s not currently legal to do so: “What do you mean a business can’t.. Brian Jackson, Editor, ITBusiness.. collect money from people willing to give it to them?”.. Read the rest of this entry.. business.. ,.. customers.. failure.. fundraising.. lean startup.. Pebble.. product.. research.. resources.. risk.. securities.. service.. startups.. Linking is not copyright infringement, Federal Court finds.. Jul 12th.. Monica Goyal.. 1 comment.. Danny Titolo, J.. D.. candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School.. By Danny Titolo.. Justice Rennie of the Federal Court of Canada recently issued a ruling in the ever so uncertain area of online content.. The.. lawsuit.. concerned Richard Warman and the.. National Post.. against Mark and Constance Fournier.. Three claims for copyright infringement were made; two involved articles, one a photograph.. All three were dismissed.. Warman.. is an Ottawa-based lawyer who commonly practices human rights law.. He has worked for the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) and is best known as the.. primary instigator of actions.. related to Internet content under section 13(1) of the.. Canadian Human Rights Act.. Mark and Constance Fournier are lead moderators and former owners of the website,.. www.. freedominion.. com.. Free Dominion is a Canadian political message board that discusses news and current events from a conservative perspective.. Its inspiration came from a similar conservative website in the United States called.. Free Republic.. In fact, there are many members that contribute to both websites.. The ideology of the website is described as “Principled Conservatism.. communication.. Constance Fournier.. copyright.. Free Dominion.. infringement.. Internet.. lawyers.. linking.. photograph.. Richard Warman.. Website.. Startup TO Tactics for board game Risk lead to startup success.. Jul 11th.. Ashley Huffman.. Managing Business.. How is your startup business managing risk and strategy?.. It s not easy, that s for sure.. It s a dog eat dog world out there for every type of busineess, not just startups.. Do you have a solid plan of action? Are you developing fast enough? Is your website good enough? Are you evolving your distribution strategy to hit the right channels at the right time?.. board game.. company.. industry.. market.. R D.. Keeping your spirits high with a success file.. Jul 10th.. Michelle Warren.. No comments.. Maintaining a positive attitude can be tough at times.. Life can hit us with all sorts of negative influences, and there are so many of them! Poor.. Michelle Warren, President, MW Research Consulting.. performance reviews, downsizing (sorry, “rightsizing”), competitive colleagues, slow sales, family challenges,.. health issues.. , client problems, supplier mishaps, a lack-luster job search, a poor economy, or our own negative self-talk.. We can be our own saboteurs, especially when things at work become mundane, repetitive, or negative.. All of these.. negative influences.. can be tiresome, time-consuming, and unproductive.. How can you best keep a positive outlook, when faced with increasing demands, time constraints, multiple projects, and the occasional  ...   essential stepping stones toward success.. At Ryerson University’s.. Digital Media Zone.. (DMZ), the spirit of collaboration and cross-pollination are among the incubator’s core principles.. In the DMZ, young budding entrepreneurs from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines work together, learn from one another and, in turn, strengthen their own businesses.. Lauren Schneider, Media Relations Officer, Ryerson DMZ.. SoJo.. is one of these startups.. The company (whose name stands for Social Journal) offers an interactive online platform providing knowledge and support to social innovators—those aiming to create positive social change.. The content curated by SoJo focuses on the practical how-to of idea development and project execution, and on the personal growth of the individual behind the idea.. Founded by Kanika Gupta, SoJo began as a platform of connectivity and information sharing, inspiring the next generation of young changemakers to get started—with hopes of converting the ideas written in their personal journals into tangible, functioning social projects.. collaboration.. digital media zone.. DMZ.. hitsend.. Kanika Gupta.. launch.. Ryerson University.. soapbox.. social.. startup.. viafoura.. Web site.. Don t just tell, communicate with your audience.. Jun 29th.. By Michelle Warren.. Have you witnessed a powerful keynote presentation recently? During these staples of the business scene in the IT industry, senior level executives deliver.. informative presentations.. to audiences ranging in size and background: from audiences of 20 senior level executives to 2,000-plus people of mixed backgrounds, including sales, marketing, technical junior and senior level professionals.. Meeting the needs of the audience, while delivering and communicating a powerful message, can seem daunting.. And yet, many would argue that the ability to communicate effectively is the true sign of being an influential leader.. It can, in some cases, make your career soar.. “Communicating effectively” is more than just providing information.. 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It's nice that courts are not continuing to make archaic-type decisions and.. Lot s of interest in Crowdfunding amplifi:.. [.. ] [.. ].. July:.. I think that crowdfunding becomes the best alernative to the traditional financing methods which.. Businesses for Sale:.. To save electricity there is a major things that you can, that is roofing solar technology.. will disputes:.. whoah this blog is magnificent i love reading your articles.. Keep up the good work! You realize,.. Electronics deals Online Store:.. Hi, I would like to subscribe for this blog to take most recent updates, thus where can i do it.. http://bioplante.. ca:.. Inspiring quest there.. What occurred after? Good luck!.. My latest tweets.. IT Business Canada.. 2378 followers.. New Symantec releases take aim at BYOD Android threats.. http://t.. co/CLkIbyhC.. about 1 minute ago.. Avaya more than doubles number of users supported by IP Office.. co/ePfYIKG2.. about 1 hour ago.. 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  • Title: About « IT Business Blogs Canada - Privacy and Security
    Descriptive info: At ITBusiness.. ca we aim to provide you with the latest and most useful information about technology and business.. IT Business Blogs goes one step further by bringing to you the opinions and insights of experts in various industries and fields and then enabling you to post comments instantly.. Read on and write on.. Comments (14).. #1.. written by.. Angel Baluyut.. April 11, 2010 - 2:01 am.. Quote.. Good day!.. My name is Angel and I am a blog relations consultant for Eric Itzkowitz, an expert in telecommunications who are seeking to get their name in communications and technology space.. We reach out to telecoms oriented bloggers like you to build a content partnership, or a guest blogging partnership where we can contribute a guest blog posts on an occasionally basis.. We would not be writing marketing material, but would like to send you free tips and how-to articles for your blog readers.. Please let me know if you are interested so we can discuss the idea more or arrange a date when we can deliver our first guest post to you.. You can follow Eric on Twitter.. http://twitter.. com/ericitzkowitz.. to find out more about him.. I look forward to hearing from you.. Yours sincerely,.. PR Analyst.. #2.. Nestor Arellano.. April 28, 2010 - 10:18 am.. Hi Angel,.. This sounds interesting.. Please contact me at.. narellano@itworldcanada.. #3.. Brittany.. April 28, 2010 - 1:34 pm.. I thought you might be interested in receiving a press release from BizLaunch on their recent survey of small business owners reactions towards the coming HST.. Here is a preview:.. Small business owners in British Columbia and Ontario are unprepared for the arrival of the new harmonized sales tax (HST) according to a recent survey conducted by industry experts BizLaunch.. The survey revealed 52% of respondents said they do not feel prepared for the new HST, while 41% of business owners are unsure of what the effects of the new tax will be.. If interested , please email me at.. brittany@mhconnect.. Thank you,.. Brittany Doner.. mhconnect.. 705-229-2370.. #4.. Moe Sculley.. June 8, 2010 - 9:14 pm.. Hello,.. I m part of PhaseFive Systems.. We are developers of an awesome IPAD app called Jump Desktop.. It is a great application for the people who require access to their computers on the go.. Our app has the ability to connect to desktops from anywhere in the world, it also capabilities to connect to display devices such as TVs and Projectors for presentation purposes.. If you would like to give our product a free trail please give us a.. shout and we would provide you with a free coupon for your copy of jump desktop.. Also for more information about our product please visit.. http://www.. jumpdesktop.. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask me.. Thanks for your time!.. #5.. Luca.. September 28, 2010 - 12:55 pm.. Hello, I was looking to connect with someone from the blog to dtermine if they would like to work with us to promote our upcoming conference with Malcolm Gladwell entitiled.. theartofmanagement.. I invite you to email me for all of the details if you are interested.. Thanks.. #6.. Katia.. June 13, 2011 - 1:31 pm.. Hi, I d like to talk to you about opportunities.. Thanks.. #7.. Mindy Laughton.. October 17, 2011 - 12:56 pm.. Hi,.. I was wondering if you took guest posts on itbusiness.. ca? I m part of a business that does high-end brand placements worked into guest posts on a variety of subjects.. The posts don t advocate or review our clients, they are informational and/or newsy.. We include a reference link to our clients amongst other topical links inside the content.. We d provide the article, written by a domain expert, for you to review and post it upon your approval.. Also, you would be compensated for your time spent reviewing and posting on a per article/link basis.. Is  ...   the most innovative training techniques, to educate your talent and ensure that knowledge is retained and applied.. Schulich has trained engineers, vice presidents and C level exec’s of Fortune 500 firms.. We give you the training edge you need to effectively develop your talent and help move your company forward.. Find out more how Schulich can help transform your organization.. #11.. James Rohloff.. March 21, 2012 - 4:32 am.. We are an online media company, engaged in various online promotional programs.. In our recent project, we need good website links for the web traffic development.. The only objective of this exercise is to increase our visibility in search engine and get steady traffic on our web pages.. Our intention is to buy space for links on your website’s internal pages.. We only need text links on words that already exist on you website pages.. Our proposal also has monetary compensation for you, as we can pay you up to $40 for this professional collaboration.. The payments are generally made up within 48 hours of link going live on your website.. If you have any question or concern, do let us know!.. Have a nice time!.. Best Regards.. jamesrohloff@gmail.. #12.. Rebecca Wilcox.. March 27, 2012 - 1:00 pm.. My name is Becky and I would love the opportunity to write on blogs.. itbusiness.. I love to blog and prefer to do so on a variety of sites vs a single location.. I just like the idea of reaching a wider range of readers through guest posting.. Please let me know if you ever entertain this type of thing.. If you do, be sure to let me know your guidelines.. I would love to hear more.. Thanks so much,.. Becky Wilcox.. #13.. Kate Klein.. April 7, 2012 - 8:04 am.. The content of your site is of the highest quality.. We have a free.. traffic trading system and using our free widget, you going to.. receive around 25,000 50,000 new visitors from us monthly.. Please don t hesitate to contact me, I should send further information.. Thank you,.. email:.. kate@plugerr.. MSN : kate_klein1.. ICQ # 640872245.. Plugerr.. com The Traffic Trader.. #14.. Sam.. April 8, 2012 - 9:20 pm.. Greetings,.. I have an offer for you that involves being paid to publish an article on blogs.. Over the next few days I will be finishing a project that involves publishing articles on.. ca sites.. I still have multiple articles that need to be published and wanted to know if you d like to be paid to publish one of them OR be paid to insert 2 contextual links into an existing post (no older than 3 weeks) on your site?.. 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  • Title: Crowdfunding complements ‘lean startup’ approach and reduces risk « IT Business Blogs Canada - Leadership
    Descriptive info: The reason is that we have provincial securities regulators in each province and territory.. One of their responsibilities is to protect investors from taking on too much.. unwarranted risk.. These regulators might not trust crowdfunding schemes because they might be vulnerable to fraud.. But also, you just have to consider the fact that about half of startups fail within three years of lift off.. So the logic goes that allowing individual investors to stow their savings away in the equity of early-stage companies is too risky.. But what if allowing crowdfunding actually helped to change that risk equation? Opening up the investment market in a peer-to-peer model that lets startups court customers before they even have a product or service could actually help reduce business failure.. Crowdfunding could not only be a method for businesses to raise money, but also an approach that helps businesses recognize their failures more quickly.. Take the model used by Kickstarter, the Web site that allows U.. -based firms to do crowdfunding.. Firms there sell the products or services they are going to create once they’ve raised enough money to do so; Waterloo, Ont.. -native Eric Migicovsky sold $10 million worth of the.. Pebble smartwatch.. using this technique.. Live Webcast:.. Fireside chat with crowdfunding architect Sherwood Neiss.. It’s an approach that Eric Ries, author of.. The Lean Startup.. would approve.. His model for creating businesses flips the old model of building a product or service, then funding it with a wad of venture capital, then marketing it to the target customers and hoping for the best.. Instead it encourages businesses to reach out to their target market and find their pain points.. Conducting research and experiments to see what might be a winning innovation, and acquiring customers before a product even exists.. It’s a model that can be executed thanks to free or low-cost Web tools available to anyone.. Kickstarter extends that approach to the next logical step.. Sell your product directly to customers before it exists.. If enough buy it, you build it, and if not, you know it’s not going to be a winner without having spent any resources on creating it.. That hardly sounds risky to me.. Brian Jackson is the editor of ITBusiness.. Tune in to ITBusiness.. ca on Monday, July 16 at 7 PM ET to join a.. live webcast and live blog.. coverage of a fireside chat with Sherwood Neiss, a crowdfunding architect.. Tags:.. Share this post!.. Digg.. Delicious.. StumbleUpon.. Google Bookmarks.. LinkedIn.. Yahoo Bookmarks.. Technorati Favorites.. This entry was posted by.. on July 13, 2012 at 1:19 pm, and is filled under.. Opinion.. Follow any responses to this post through.. RSS 2.. 0.. You can.. leave a response.. or.. trackback.. from your own site.. Find more at:.. ca.. Related Posts.. Trackbacks (5).. Comments (2).. July.. July 16, 2012 - 9:06 am.. I think that crowdfunding becomes the best alernative to the traditional financing methods which are not easy to reach anymore.. I read by the way about a new crowdfunding platform: MyMicroInvest (.. http://mymicroinvest.. com/.. ).. It is a mix of crowdfunding and professional investment.. I went to their website and I discovered that we can also vote now for the project we like.. I think it is interesting to have.. July 16, 2012 - 9:07  ...   19, 2012 - 10:09 am.. Canada.. global.. incubator.. media.. medium business.. US market.. You can always get bought out.. But you’ll actually have to do more work than ever before to make that happen or even remotely realistic.. If you think some swanky company is going to buy you out without your proverbial ducks lined up, you’re sadly mistaken.. You have to be in the right buzz industry, with the right product/service with all your legal’s, finances and human resources in line, AND it has to be a one of a kind idea.. Not to mention the whole process will not be pretty.. Ingredients in Waterloo region s secret sauce.. June 18, 2012 - 2:48 pm.. coffee shops.. digital media.. Perimeter Institute.. secret sauce.. venture.. No, Waterloo Region doesn’t have a drinking problem, but we have a ridiculous number of coffee shops and pubs.. With so many startups and small businesses in town, this translates into many portable offices, with business deals completed over a cup of java or on a patio.. And we are talking a lot of deals.. In fact, Communitech saw over $500 million in acquisitions and $84.. 4 million raised in risk capital in 2011.. Are startups just for young, single guys?.. June 13, 2012 - 3:42 pm.. aliza pulver.. homesav.. older.. women.. young.. When I met Aliza Pulver a few weeks ago, I felt like I’d just met an alien.. A woman.. Over 30.. With two young kids.. Who founded a startup!? Yet there she was, in the flesh, sharing her story and insights on a panel of startup founders and funders at the excellent Mesh conference here [.. Why RIM could and should bounce back: Mobile needs to innovate.. June 6, 2012 - 11:55 am.. bring your own device.. mobile.. mobile cameras.. mobile distraction.. mobile innovation.. mobile integration.. mobile usage.. mobile wallet.. Nokia.. windows 8.. 3 comments.. RIM was slow to adapt to this shift (not as tragically slow as Nokia was) but if it can hold on, it could learn from what has happened so far in mobile.. Why Toronto region shouldn t be celebrating Pebble s Kickstarter success.. June 1, 2012 - 10:32 am.. assets.. corporation.. Eric Migicovsky.. IRAP.. Kickstarter.. Silicon Valley.. smart watch.. SR ED.. Startup Grind.. toronto.. Velocity.. Eric made good use of the government funding programs available to startups in Canada, including the federal IRAP and SR ED tax credits.. At the beginning of Pebble’s startup life, the startup eco-system is working well and doing what it should do – investing in talent, fostering a company with high-growth potential, and giving good incentive to stay put.. Until Eric reached the point that he needed to raise a big round of venture capital – that’s when it all falls apart.. So your small business is growing, what do you do next?.. May 24, 2012 - 12:14 pm.. business plan.. business planning.. mentorship.. Do you see your business as a success? Or better yet, how do you envision your future?.. Startup TO Where’s all the talent at?.. May 18, 2012 - 3:00 pm.. MaRS.. Mitacs.. ontario centre of excellence.. University of Toronto.. western.. western university.. It s almost shocking that Canada would have a lull of talent.. Especially considering 68.. 5 per cent of our population is 15-64 year olds..

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  • Title: Online poll takers just messing with us, poll shows « IT Business Blogs Canada - Managing Business
    Descriptive info: The result of nearly one in three online poll takers selecting “no” can’t be explained by standard error models, which allow for a deviation of three to five percent.. The only possible explanation that remains is that poll takers stared at their two options, knowing full well the right one to click, and still defiantly clicked the other option to spurn the author of the poll (me).. It’s likely these individuals were madly cackling all the while, and have a deep inner desire for anarchy in society at large.. The only encouraging result of the poll is that about two-thirds of people willing to take the time to click answer bubbles on the Internet are still dutifully answering the questions posed to them by their oppressive machines in an honest manner.. Ramifications of the poll are certain to rock the foundations of many online services entirely dependent on strangers answering questions honestly online – such as online dating, online stock trading services, and consumer survey houses.. on July 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm, and is filled under.. Trackbacks (1).. Comments (1).. LeonD.. July 6, 2012 - 2:55 pm.. Did you ever consider that your poll may have been poorly designed?.. Maybe I would click on no because this is my first on-line poll and I never participated in one before.. Maybe I think an online poll is something different than the question I m currently answering.. Maybe it s the word participate that s the problem, I didn t participate in any polls but I m just answering a question.. The only way to really know is to find a group of people who participated and ask them about your poll.. How close do your intensions match their understanding? Why did they answer No ?.. Leon.. Justice goes online in B.. C.. June 20, 2012 - 2:17 pm.. B.. Dispute Resolution.. disputes.. legal representation.. ODR.. small claims court.. Tribunals.. Small Claims Court can often be informal, and permits individuals to represent themselves.. Participants are typically self-represented; however, they are permitted to acquire the services of a lawyer.. The new Tribunals in BC will operate in a similar fashion with one main exception—litigants cannot obtain legal representation.. What s really not working, Facebook or advertising in general?.. June 5, 2012 - 1:36 pm.. advertising.. AdWords.. Graham Phillips.. IPO.. Ogilvy.. sales.. social network.. tracking.. We live in a world over-saturated with advertising.. It’s plastered to the buses we ride, it interrupts the TV programs we watch, its delivered to our smartphones, it clutters the borders of the Web sites we visit, it’s on the clothing we wear and adorns the packaging of products we buy, it blares at us from TV screens in mall food courts, and it beckons to us on  ...   Canadians are consuming their bread became a minor election issue earlier this year when the Conservative Party came out against a proposed levy on microwaves.. Calling the tariff a “Microwave tax,” the party campaigned on the promise that Canadians would not have to pay an additional fee on microwaves they buy, just because they will probably use it to warm up bread at some point.. Companies exposing Canadians’ personal information face no penalty.. December 9, 2011 - 7:16 am.. behavioural.. breach.. buzz.. data.. Jennifer Stoddart.. Privacy Commissioner of Canada.. StreetView.. This week, it once again looks like Facebook will once again escape penalty for breaching user privacy as a class-action lawsuit representing Canadian members of the social network is halted in its tracks with a settlement agreement.. To escape any liability for changing its default privacy settings to expose more user information around the beginning of 2010, Facebook only had to agree to pay a paltry $76,000 and commit to keeping its current privacy policy “substantially the same” for three years.. Canadians prove wise on creating healthy tech startup atmosphere.. November 18, 2011 - 7:00 am.. C100.. economy.. ICT.. technicity.. VC.. So in brief, most Canadians think we’re somewhere in the middle of the pack, and they’re right.. According to the Technology in Toronto Region: Regional Innovation Cluster report conducted by the Toronto Region Research Alliance (and represented in awesome infographic form on our site), Canada does fall somewhere in the middle of the pack when it comes to providing the proper environment for tech startups to thrive.. Sorting out which equipment to keep and which ones to dump.. October 20, 2011 - 6:00 am.. home office.. office equipment.. organiized workspace.. Tutorials.. Whether it s working on a computer to create Web content and manage emails or seeting down for some face-to-face meetings, your daily work activity will determine which furtinute and equipment you should retain to maintain an uncluttered workspace.. Steve Jobs greatest product the Apple II, Canadians say.. October 17, 2011 - 6:00 am.. Apple II.. AskingCanadians.. death.. eric schmidt.. obituary.. steve jobs.. Tim Cook.. visionary.. While many associate the more-recent iDevices launched by Jobs at Apple as the pinnacle of his career, it appears most Canadians don’t consider that to be his greatest achievement.. Instead, nearly one-third of Canadians consider the Apple II, credited as being the first personal computer, as having the most impact on society.. Windows 8 faces several challenges to success.. September 23, 2011 - 6:00 am.. legacy.. Microsoft.. operating system.. OS.. touch.. Vista.. 12 comments.. If tablet users soon realize they are doing all their reading on their tablet, then switching to a workstation to do business, they may suffer multiple device fatigue and look for the all-in-one solution that Windows 8 can provide..

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  • Title: Digital Media Zone startup SoJo finds success in collaboration « IT Business Blogs Canada - Leadership
    Descriptive info: SoJo’s three pillars are:.. Celebrate the journey.. Embrace imperfection.. Opt for courage over fear.. Like every good organization that leads by example, the company followed its own principles in development of its first web product,.. The SoJo.. net.. SoJo launched in beta format roughly six months ago.. At that time, the SoJo Web site was presented to the public as a bare-bones product starting from the ground up.. Users were asked to actively provide feedback on the site, allowing the SoJo team to gain insight into how to create a tool to best meet the needs of its users.. Kanika documented its step-by-step evolution as a social entity in real time on.. the company’s blog.. , emphasizing the concept of co-creating with the user.. Strength in numbers.. On June 28, SoJo not only celebrated its much anticipated official Web site launch, but it also announced its official endorsement by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).. David A.. Walden, Secretary-General of Canadian Commission for UNESCO, stated, “The Canadian Commission for UNESCO is proud to support SoJo and believes that it is an innovative initiative that will have a multiplier effect by providing a platform to bring together social innovators who can collectively work toward finding solutions to global challenges.. This is where the DMZ’s spirit of collaboration played a key role.. SoJo’s highly anticipated launch was made possible partly because of the contributions of fellow DMZ startups.. HitSend.. and.. Viafoura.. , who helped strengthen SoJo’s infrastructure with cutting edge communication management tools.. By using HitSend’s innovative platform SoapBox as its main feedback tool, SoJo users can give meaningful suggestions and opinions to aid in shaping the site and improve its features.. SoapBox provides a common place to suggest, vote, and filter ideas based on what the community wants as a whole, allowing the users to have their voices heard.. SoapBox is currently being used by big name businesses such as Indigo Books Music and Vitamin Water.. No I in entrepreneur.. As a further method of creating conversation and encouraging dialogue, SoJo teamed up with Viafoura, an audience engagement platform that adds social functionality to websites and mobile applications.. This tool will help build the SoJo community and promote discussion.. SoJo s community is the backbone of this organization and, as such, creating a platform for dialogue and sharing intelligence is crucial.. “It goes beyond us just simply using our partners’ products,” says Gupta.. “It’s us fully benefitting from their experience and vice versa—getting everyone involved and engaged.. That’s why these partnerships benefit everyone.. All three teams are celebrating SoJo’s official launch and are looking forward to interacting with users in the company’s online community.. Through collaborations like these,.. are able to learn from one another and gain valuable knowledge to take into future ventures.. These success stories prove that, not only is there no ‘I’ in team, but there is also no ‘I’ in entrepreneur.. (- This blog was written in collaboration with Christina Dun).. Opened in April 2010, Ryerson University s Digital Media Zone is a multidisciplinary workspace for young entrepreneurs infused with the energy and resources of downtown Toronto.. Set atop Yonge-Dundas Square, this hub of digital media innovation, collaboration and commercialization is home to both  ...   away from the local community.. Putting Ottawa’s puzzle together.. June 15, 2012 - 2:40 pm.. economic development.. Erin Kelly.. export.. Industry Canada.. Invest Ottawa.. John Craig.. knowledge-based.. OCRI.. Ottawa Business Journal.. Ottawa Chamber.. Purple Forge.. SME.. Walt Hutchings.. Being an export business is likely to be a matter of necessity rather than choice in Ottawa, where the economic development drive is focused around green energy, aerospace and defence, photonics, life sciences, digital media, and film and television.. In most of these industries, the potential market within Canada is too small to build a company with the mass and momentum to escape the minor leagues.. Ryerson s Digital Media Zone a different kind of incubator.. June 14, 2012 - 4:06 pm.. 500 px.. dundas square.. ryerson.. students.. teamsave.. workshops.. workspace.. The first companies in the DMZ were founded by Ryerson students and alumni.. As interest grew, applications were received from many young entrepreneurs including students from other universities and colleges as well as others in business and education.. The DMZ expanded its mandate to include not only the Ryerson community, but also digital media entrepreneurs from a variety of backgrounds.. Today, the DMZ stands apart as a multi-disciplinary workspace for young entrepreneurs infused with the energy and resources of downtown Toronto.. This hub of digital media innovation, collaboration and commercialization is home to both entrepreneurial startups and industry solution-providers.. Canadian university ‘innovation gap’ more illusory than real: Kurman.. June 4, 2012 - 2:56 pm.. innovation.. Melba Kurman.. Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery 2012.. patent.. technology transfer.. Technology Transfer Partnerships.. university innovation.. university research funding.. By Francis Moran I was invited a couple of weeks ago to facilitate a group discussion on the marketing of university technology transfer offices at a forum organised by the Technology Transfer Partnerships.. The forum was held in conjunction with the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery 2012 conference in Toronto.. It was my first time at [.. Picking up the pieces from a research and development misadventure.. May 31, 2012 - 2:03 pm.. Algonquin College.. applied research.. bootstrap.. CommentAir.. commentator.. contract engineering.. earpiece.. Office of Applied Research and Innovation.. professional sports.. prototype.. stadium.. wireless technology.. Lessons learned from derailment of a very promising tech startup venture.. Montreal startup scene continues to rock.. May 28, 2012 - 3:19 pm.. AccelerateMTL.. angel investor.. Appifier.. Beyond the Rack.. CenterSide.. Epilogger.. FounderFuel.. HealthAware.. Jonathan Ehrlich.. Live Rides.. Martin Ouelette.. Montreal startups.. NoteSolution.. ooomf.. PayPhoneApp.. Prestopolis.. Shawn Price.. ShopAround.. Taleo.. technology marketing.. Ten Scores.. Yona Shtern.. Zuora.. By Francis Moran My day in Montreal? Twelve straight hours of startups, speakers, schmoozing and social media as I took in both FounderFuel’s second demo day and The C100′s AccelerateMTL.. With what I am sure was more than a wee bit of coordination, one event followed the other in the beautiful and historic Monument-National theatre building at the very [.. The root of all evil.. May 22, 2012 - 1:55 pm.. business launch.. financing.. get to market.. investor.. iterative.. market validation.. minimum viable product.. MVP.. product development.. At a time when early-stage ventures, particularly those in Canada, are thirsting for capital, be it traditional VC or an angel round, it may seem counterintuitive to suggest that a startup should be wary of a nice fat cheque..

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  • Title: Don’t just tell, communicate with your audience « IT Business Blogs Canada - Leadership
    Descriptive info: Consider a.. Hewlett-Packard.. vice-president who wants to inspire stronger engagement among his or her reseller partners.. Cisco.. executive who wants to introduce a new approach to delivering technical solutions.. In these examples, how can they help invoke interest and commitment among their audience members?.. 1.. Involve.. Rather than present your information from your company’s sole perspective,.. involve.. your audience.. Perhaps some were with you when you started your journey? “Some of you were with HP when we started the shift towards the Adaptive Enterprise….. ” Perhaps some were not? “I wish you could have been with us when we moved towards the Adaptive Enterprise, because we certainly learned a lot about corporate enterprise demands…”.. By acknowledging their presence and the relationship between your organizations, you will invite them into the conversation, regardless of the audience size.. 2.. Interest.. Address the “what’s in it for me” (WIIFM) factor.. Why is your audience present, aside from responding to your invitation? What are they looking to gain by investing their time? Perhaps enhanced market understanding, deeper understanding of your technology roadmap, or new business options? Identify their interests and provide answers in your presentation.. For example, “Cisco’s Smart + Connected Cities initiative gives our partners an opportunity to enter the education and.. health care.. industries on long-term engagements…”.. Long-term engagements means new business, reoccuring revenues, and money! Peak their interest on an intellectual level, but don’t forget their human side.. Which leads into….. 3.. Senses.. Appealing to your audience’s.. senses.. can get overlooked when we design presentations.. Or is it? Consider our five senses: taste, sight, smell, touch, and sound.. While your presentation might not address the senses of taste and smell, you can ensure that your audio system works, that sightlines are effective (to see you or to see your slide deck.. ) As for touch, this can  ...   is president of MW Research Consulting in Toronto.. She is a writer, researcher, consultant, coach and trainer with a strong IT industry background.. on June 29, 2012 at 3:12 pm, and is filled under.. GadgetGuy.. July 3, 2012 - 12:21 pm.. AMEN!!!! Excellent article and certainly food for thought!.. Coming from IT years ago, I know exactly what you are saying.. We seem to get inundated with facts and figures and geek speek, most of which we can find with a Google search and we re not likely to remember anyway.. We won t remember for many reasons, bit 3 main ones in no particular order are 1) Sheer Volume 2) We multitask and are preoccupied and 3) There s no connection.. My belief: Facts Tell, But Stories Sell and those stories must somehow connect!.. The 4 key points in the last line of the article sums it up and a good woven story using those elements may not get you a home run every time, but will surely keep you in the ballgame!.. One more thing! Join Toastmasters, it will make a difference.. and after joining Toastmasters a decade ago.. July 12, 2012 - 2:30 pm.. One would certainly expect to see a Liberal-Conservative tug-of-war concerning free speech and censorship; however, the positions taken by the parties in this case are not the ones you would expect.. The Liberals, long-time free speech advocates, appear to be on the censorship side, while their Conservative counterparts are fighting tooth and nail in their support for free speech.. July 3, 2012 - 11:24 am.. At Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone(DMZ), the spirit of collaboration and cross-pollination are [.. Psst! Top startup secrets revealed at Mesh Conference 2012.. May 25, 2012 - 1:30 pm.. business management.. tech startups.. Startups success tell tales from the trenches.. about 3 minutes ago..

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  • Title: Big data requires big privacy « IT Business Blogs Canada - Opinion
    Descriptive info: I am a great lover of quotes.. ” If our present era is characterized as the information age, the world of.. big data.. is a new world in which we find ourselves, and algorithms are the language of this new era.. Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.. Existing algorithmic tools are already struggling to manage and make sense of our unprecedented ability to capture and store data, which comes from many diverse sources, including data that organizations control as well as data over which they have no control (externally generated and less structured social media).. In response to these new conditions, new approaches in.. advanced analytics.. designed to harness big data have emerged.. Organizations of all sizes are now able to better leverage their trapped information assets – driven by their deep interest to maximize their resources and better compete in the marketplace, resulting in more efficient operations, better customer experiences, and less fraud, waste and abuse.. Big data and privacy must co-exist.. If big data is to realize its potential without eroding cherished privacy rights and civil liberties, organizations will also face new challenges.. However,.. big data and privacy.. need not be at odds with one another.. You can and must have both.. One of the true visionaries leading the effort to make sense of big data is Jeff Jonas, chief scientist of the IBM Entity Analytic Solutions group, and an IBM Fellow.. In both these capacities, he is responsible for shaping the technical strategy of next generation entity analytics and the use of these new capabilities in IBM’s overall technical strategy.. Recently, I partnered with Jeff on a new joint paper entitled,.. Privacy by Design in the Age of Big Data.. , that discusses the transformative nature of big data, sensemaking systems and.. Privacy by Design.. (PbD.. This paper outlines a privacy “sensemaking” framework for big data, developed by Jeff, that takes into account a new class of analytic capability, in which new transactions (observations) can be integrated with previous transactions – much in the same way that one takes a jigsaw puzzle and locates its companion pieces on the table – and uses this “context-accumulating” process to improve understanding about what is happening in the here and now.. Jeff recently posted.. a blog about our new paper.. applauding sensemaking technology, which he says has more privacy protective features than any technology ever created by himself and his team, and perhaps more baked-in privacy and civil liberties enhancing features of any advanced analytic software ever engineered.. He adds, “I would love to be wrong about this – starting  ...   new age of big data, and the dynamic pace of technological innovation requires.. us to engage privacy in a proactive manner in order to better safeguard this essential freedom within our societies.. Responsible innovation.. In order to achieve this goal, system designers should be encouraged to practice responsible innovation in the field of advanced analytics.. We envision a future where technologists will increasingly be called upon to bake more privacy enhancing technology – from conception to output directly into their products and services.. With this in mind, we strongly encourage those designing and building next generation data analytics to carry out their work, building on the solid foundation of Privacy by Design.. analytics.. jeff jonas.. Ontario.. on June 27, 2012 at 11:45 am, and is filled under.. Choosing the right analytics software for your business.. June 12, 2012 - 1:32 pm.. business intelligence.. metrics.. Pat Finerty.. performance.. SAS Canada.. Often thought of as only being only accessible by large companies, increasingly business intelligence (BI) tools are being leveraged by SMBs to deliver this insight, without compromising their agility or their budget.. When making the transition to a data driven business model, SMBs need a platform that can be deployed quickly with a low total cost of ownership.. Selecting the right business analytics options to fit your company’s needs is critical to attain these goals.. Are you a painter or mechanic?.. May 14, 2012 - 11:55 am.. best practices.. IT.. passion.. work ethic.. work-life balance.. Back in November 2008, I lost my passion for technology.. There is no magic recipe for a successful startup, only good cooks.. May 7, 2012 - 2:18 pm.. African economy.. African entrepreneurship.. secrets to business success.. startup failure.. startup success.. telecom bubble.. Y Combinator.. Here are three main reasons why many startups fail.. Startup TO: Why should you care about startups?.. May 4, 2012 - 12:42 pm.. Startups churn ideas and talent like butter on a farm.. PIPA and the Alberta IT firm.. May 2, 2012 - 3:03 pm.. IT startup.. PIPA.. Do you run a tech firm in Alberta? Here s how the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) might affect your business.. Ontario government upgrades to slightly less obsolete browser.. May 1, 2012 - 10:56 am.. IE6.. IE9.. Internet Explorer.. javascript.. migrate.. PNG images.. upgrade.. Web browser.. Windows 7.. Windows XP.. Prolonged use of IE6 may lead to chronic frustration syndrome among Web surfers.. The lack of tabbed browsing to manage multiple pages, an aged Javascript engine that may actually run on crude oil, and general lack of privacy controls are enough to horrify any modern Internet user..

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  • Title: Brian Jackson « IT Business Blogs Canada - Leadership
    Descriptive info: Brian Jackson is a staff writer for ITBusiness.. The team’s newcomer, Brian is responsible for writing stories, revising the newsletter lineup, and tracking traffic statistics.. He also contributes as a video journalist, providing videography and video editing for the site’s original streaming video.. Prior to joining the team, Brian worked as a freelance journalist.. He co-produced a live science-themed Web cast series for a major Canadian broadcaster and spent two months in Rwanda on a volunteer stint at a daily newspaper as a writer and photographer.. Brian graduated from Carleton University in 2006 with a double-major bachelor degree in Journalism and Mass Communications.. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor adventure activities, reading and video gaming.. Homepage:.. ca/.. Posts by Brian Jackson.. July 13, 2012 - 1:19 pm.. July 4, 2012 - 2:14 pm.. March Madness of coding contests highlights two trends.. May 16, 2012 - 4:52 am.. acm icpc.. asia.. association of computer machinery.. basketball.. battle of the brains.. China.. coding.. computer science.. IBM.. international.. march madness.. NBA.. NCAA.. north america.. programming.. russia.. talent.. worldwide.. If you’re not familiar with the Association of Computer Machinery’s (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) sponsored by IBM Corp.. , just think of it like the “March Madness” of computer programming.. Just like the NBA recruits top basketball talent from the top teams that compete in the annual NCAA tournament, the world’s top software companies [.. Toronto s startup success celebrated too early.. April 24, 2012 - 11:04 am.. ecosystem.. london..  ...   CRTC.. do not call list.. e-mail.. federal government.. iOptOut.. Michael Geist.. spam reporting centre.. the freezer.. Why not put the Do Not Call List in The Freezer? Merging the two centres could create a one-stop-shop for Canadians to manage their communications preferences.. They could report the unsolicited communications they receive, and inform consenting companies ahead of time that they don’t want to be contacted.. Automotive industry s second renaissance of innovation is about IT.. March 22, 2012 - 3:46 pm.. auto.. battery.. Bluetooth.. cars.. computers.. entertainment.. Ford.. GPS.. highway.. infotainment.. lithium-ion.. petroleum.. road.. The car was an invention that put the pedal to the metal on innovation and didn’t let up on the throttle until it had transformed transportation in less than three decades.. It contributed a major part of reducing the limitations of space and time on conducting business and other societal affairs.. Now we’re seeing a similar rush to innovation among auto makers.. But this time the technology doesn’t focus on propelling us to our destination.. Instead, it helps keep us connected to the people and information that matters to us even while we are en route.. The New iPad misses opportunity to woo creators.. March 8, 2012 - 10:57 am.. camera.. consumers.. creators.. high resolution.. iPhoto.. megapixels.. new ipad.. Steve Jobs, Apple’s late chairman and former CEO, is famously quoted as describing Apple as sitting at the intersection of liberal arts and technology.. When he launched the iPad 2 in 2011, that motto was clearly apparent..

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  • Title: Leadership « IT Business Blogs Canada - Leadership
    Descriptive info: Jun 28th.. By.. Alexandra Reid.. is widely known in Ottawa for being a startup champion.. He’s an entrepreneur who has strong opinions about the local startup.. Alexandra Reid is a consultant with Francis Moran Associates.. ecosystem and what needs to change to increase our competitiveness on the global stage.. According to Annan, Ottawa punches above its weight when it comes to startup talent, yet we are lagging behind other major cities like Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver because we lack the cohesion and organization necessary to drive a vibrant startup community.. It is with this mentality that Annan relaunched.. , a startup accelerator, to advocate for local startups and provide them with the mentorship and financial support they need to be successful and drive a startup community that is proud to call Ottawa its hub.. Jun 25th.. Incubators seem to have a growing bad rap.. A good example is the hearty article Read Write Startup recently posted about the subject.. Ashley Huffman, communications, INCubes.. entitled:.. Startup Accelerator Fail: Most Graduates Go Nowhere.. As much as we can.. point the finger at incubators.. , it’s just as important to point the finger of blame at the peeps behind the startups for picking them.. I wrote a few months ago about why it’s super important  ...   active startups.. I’m eager to share with you the events and experiences that make this place tick, as well as news about the tech companies of all sizes that call the region home.. Working for.. , an organization that helps technology companies start, grow and succeed in Waterloo Region and promotes the area as one of North America’s top technology clusters, I get to see all the work, up close and personal.. Through this series I’ll be sharing the pulse of what’s happening here, introduce you to some awesome companies, and share advice from our expert community of mentors and entrepreneurs that aim to help companies be successful.. Related Blog:.. Jun 14th.. Ryerson University stands for encouraging great ideas and entrepreneurial spirit.. So, it was no surprise that when students approached Ryerson President Sheldon Levy in 2009 asking for support for their innovative business concepts, he rose to the challenge.. In April of the following year the Digital Media Zone (DMZ) opened its doors with 6,400 square feet of space overseeing Dundas Square—an incubator for budding digital entrepreneurs where they receive access to space, mentoring, consulting, and fund.. ing to help their ventures thrive.. This.. hub of digital media innovation.. , collaboration and commercialization is home to both entrepreneurial startups and industry solution-providers..

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  • Title: business « IT Business Blogs Canada - Leadership
    Descriptive info: Posts tagged.. May 18th.. by Ashley Huffman.. If you’ve been staying on top of the latest.. in Canadian small business, it’s that there’s a lull of professionals to fill the holes in all these new startups.. 5 per cent of our.. population.. is 15-64 year olds.. So how does a country with the.. second best.. education system in world have issues churning professionals for startups?.. May 4th.. by Ashley Huffman.. If you’ve never worked in a startup company, it’s hard to imagine what it’s like to be in one.. The way it’s portrayed in the media is fairly chaotic and a little skewed.. The movie The Social Network didn’t help either by cutting out the real fun parts where they worked for 14 hours a day every day with no vacation and on average had Red Bull for dinner.. Now this post isn’t to gripe on the misconceptions of startups, it’s instead a look into how current events in the entrepreneurial realm are shaping what could be a direct impact on your medium to big business.. Startup TO The benefit of doing what you love.. Apr 25th.. I still get shocked when I hear that someone doesn’t like their job.. In my head, there are pretty much two options in life work-wise:.. 1) Work at a job you hate because it’s taking you closer to where you need to be.. 2) Work at a job and love your life.. Startup TO: Call for Tech Maverick Entrepreneurs.. Apr 17th.. If you think you would make a great entrepreneur  ...   incubators to consider; from industry strength, types of technologies incubated, what funding round they will see you through to, and the cost.. Apr 9th.. By Brian Jackson.. The federal government continued limping along in its support of the Do Not Call List with the budget.. stop-gap funding.. was tagged on as an afterthought to support what was intended to stop unwanted phone calls harassing Canadians at the dinner table.. Since it.. launched in 2008.. , the Do Not Call List has been promising to regulate unsolicited business phone calls made to consumers.. What it has actually been doing is raising the ire of a business community.. fed up with its bureaucracy.. , and stoking the frustration of consumers who.. find the list ineffective.. It’s hard to find any staunch supporters of the Do Not Call List.. Yet it limps on.. StartUp TO Behind the scenes of the city s startups.. Mar 27th.. These are the stories of the people and organizations behind some of the city’s newest startups and business incubators.. Behind the beautiful office spaces, Instagram photos and young eager faces, there’s a lot going on within the startups of Toronto.. A lot of work to be exact.. As well as a fair share of hacking, networking, energy drinks, and not to mention no sleep.. This is the introduction blog post in a series called “StartUp TO.. ” It will serve as a first-hand look into what’s going on in the city’s incubators and startups; from the new and growing, to the successes and epic fails..

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  • Title: crowdfunding « IT Business Blogs Canada - Leadership
    Descriptive info: Jun 19th.. Christine Wong.. Even angel investors need a devil’s advocate, so here I am.. There’s a lot of buzz about the push by the.. Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance.. and other parties to get equity crowdfunding legalized in this country.. Christine Wong, staff writer, ITBusiness.. They fear Canada’s tech startups will lag behind those in nations where it’s already legal – the U.. , U.. K.. and Australia – if they don’t gain better access to capital through this new combination of social media and investing.. Removing red tape would obviously make it easier for Canadian startups to tap into this type of funding.. That’s a good thing.. But what are the risks? Without trying to be a negative Nelly (or a critical Christine?), I think it’s worth taking a sober second look at the potential risks or downsides of crowdfunding.. JOBS Act has made it legal,.. is by its very nature subject to  ...   that collectively bilked thousands of investors out of billions of dollars in the late 90s and early 2000s – the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in the U.. and Bill C-198 in Canada were brought in to tighten up regulations around companies offering equity shares to investors.. Canada lags behind U.. in supporting small businesses.. Feb 10th.. by Christine Wong.. We Canadians tend to get our backs up when people assume we’re exactly the same as Americans, but with different accents, eh?.. For proof of just how different we are, take a look at how the two countries are using legislation to support.. In the U.. , President Barack Obama is making his.. Startup America.. initiative a centerpiece of his campaign.. Hit with charges that he hasn’t done enough to get the U.. out of its economic sinkhole, he’s flogging the following legislative changes under the Startup America banner in the hope of winning a second term:..

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