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Montreal, January 7, 2014 – The start of a new year for many rhymes with resolutions and the desire to change jobs. According to a study by the Conference Board of Canada, approximately 70% of Canadians of the X and Y generations are unhappy in their current jobs and expect to change in the near future. However, the tedious process that often turns changing jobs into a full time job in itself will hinder and frustrate many.
With the goal of solving this work related issue, a Montreal team created Workland, a brand new job search site offering a turnkey solution focused on the needs of candidates. Whether looking for a position in the field of marketing, human resources or even finance, candidates who activate their profile on Workland will be offered positions in relation to their field of expertise and specific needs. The process is made possible through a complex Read more…
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Solversmarket is a Canadian startup that allows people to get answers to their science problems. It's sort of a meeting spot for people who are desperate enough to pay to have their questions answered and those who want to make a bit of money in exchange for their knowledge.
The founders of this project Alexandr Kuzmin, Nikolay Bukharin and Victor Prosolin, all PhD students, came up with the idea while studying in University of Calgary.
Mr. Kuzmin believes that their solution is superior to what's currently out there "Basically, the idea was to help people with their technical Scientific and Engineering problems when this help is needed. For example, certain mathematical problems will require a one-week job to solve if the person is in Mechanical Engineering, but will require no more than half an hour if the person is in Math Department. In our studies we encountered such problems often and Read more…
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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.
In recent years, iWeb Read more…
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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…