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After its 5th year and 60th edition celebration, Montreal NewTech is holding its last edition of the year at new location Café République.
The event promises to get together the whole startup community and celebrate the community achievements.
Event organizer Heri Rakotomalala will present a recap of Montreal NewTech in 2013, summing up the different monthly events throughout the year as well as other community involvements. Noah Redler from Startup Canada Montreal will present the achievements in building a strong Montreal and Canadian startup ecosystem, such as successes, investments, new structures, and overall numbers.
This time, MTL NewTech is also synonymous of startupstache, a community initiative to help bring awareness to prostate cancer. It will salute the time and energy put forward by members of the community to raise funds for a valuable cause, in times where 1 man in 7 will be diagnosed with this form of cancer. David Read more…
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Founded by Philippe Le Roux who previously founded VDL2 (which later became Pheromone), CertiMail is a Montreal based start-up helping SMBs make effective use of email in commercial activities following best practices and being compliant with the anti-spam and privacy regulations. The product to develop is an innovative cloud based certification service powered by artificial intelligence that will be used by tens of thousands SMBs.
The product is oriented toward small businesses owners (i.e. your local car dealer, restaurant or renovation contractor) with low skills in web applications, the user experience is the critical key of our success and you will be in charge of it.
Philippe is looking for passionate developers and designers. Here are the details of the first job offers at CertiMail.
Lead Web Developer/Architect
UX, performance and flexibility will be the key drivers of the architecture you will build and contribute to develop leading the agile scrum development Read more…
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Started by a local Montreal developer, arkOS is a project to get everyone to self-host their website, email, and files.
With a Raspberry Pi, you can install and run arkOS without command line knowledge, and be your own Google Docs, Dropbox and gmail. Here's a good video explainer:
What is arkOS? from The CitizenWeb Project on Vimeo.
Jacob Cook, who is behind the project, explains that the project is long due after the NSA revelations, with Internet users looking for security and privacy, and having their data away from prying eyes. With an Internet connection, you can then make your data and site available on the web, without the worry that a third-party agency or hacker would one day go into your data.
arkOS is now raising funds to make the project possible. Head over here to support the future of the self-hosted web.
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iWeb Technologies, a Montreal-based web hosting company, has been acquired today for $145 million by Internap Network Services Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP).
This one of the biggest acquisitions in the year of a Canadian tech company and is a testament to the success of iWeb's founders, Eric Chouinard and Martin Leclair.
Started 17 years ago at the early beginning of the Internet industry, iWeb's first success was in shared hosting catered to the french-speaking market, of course for Quebec websites but soon the French market as well. It then launched dedicated servers, which proved to be its major commercial success for years to come.
iWeb was soon registered on TSX.v and at one point was considered as the Canadian Rackspace, with cheaper electricity compared to other countries, new data centers opening, and well-run operations. However, new technologies came, such as Slicehost/Linode's VPS first, and then the cloud computing wave.
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Editor's correction: the retail store is going to be open later this year, and not in 3 weeks as written previously
Bitcredits.io is one of the startups housed at Bitcoin Embassy. It's a simple payment processor that you can embed on your website, and lets you charge viewers for content (such as media), or simply sell online. One of the current implementation was charging for video streaming and also a DVD for those who can't attend an international Bitcoin conference. Bitcredits also remembers a balance for users that's reusable for future content consumption, giving way for Netflix-like websites powered by Bitcoin, or the real possibility for bloggers to get revenues through micro-donations, as below:
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There was a discussion on Facebook, in the Montreal Startup Group, recently that outlined the fact that it's not well understood by Canadian Startups that it is still illegal in Canada to publicly announce they are fundraising. In the USA, it has recently been made legal with JOBS ACT Title II. US entrepreneurs can now take advantage of it. It should/could change in a not too distant future in Canada, but hasn't yet!
Crowdfunding vs Equity Funding
One might get confused between Crowdfunding Campains and Equity Funding. Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter or Indiegogo is not considered a public announcement of raising funds, those services are more of a preorder system or what we could call reward-based crowdfunding where you allow the public to preorder your products or rewards. Such crowdfunding is legal for Canadians and Canadian Stratups can list their projects on Kickstarter or Read more…
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MissingLINK, a startup based in Montreal recently announced that they will be participating in Startup Chile. The founders will be spending seven months in Santiago to participate in a global startup program sponsored by Chile's government. The company is founded by four recent graduates: Simon Turcotte, Daniel Tardif, Lauris Bonnet and Jean-Michel Beaudoin. These young entrepreneurs graduated from HEC Montreal before starting MissingLINK.
About Startup Chile
The Chile government's initiative Startup Chile allows startups from any part of the world to apply. The program was developed to help young entrepreneurs with good potential to start companies in Chile. The efforts are aimed to position Chile as a leader in entrepreneurship and innovation. Experts from the Silicon Valley along with InnovaChile have selected 85 companies. The participating companies are funded with equity free capital and the opportunity to network, participate in events and access to mentors while Read more…
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Inspired by some of the most popular games online like Candy Crush Saga and Bejeweled, Sweet Math is an exciting new educational game for adults and children who want to have fun while improving their arithmetic skills! It is developed by Montreal-Based Erudite Science.
You can support Sweet Math on Kickstart here.
Sweet Math is fun, simple, fun and can improve arithmetic and analytical skills. Utilizing a proprietary educational algorithm that is being developed currently by Erudite Science, Sweet Math allows players to solve various mathematical problems as they play. The algorithm may be used for grading and for teaching. It proves to be quite an interesting application due to the uniqueness of the algorithm on which it is based.
Inspired by Some of the Most Popular Games Today
Almost everybody is familiar with Candy Crush Saga and Bejeweled today. Candy Read more…