: This is a guest post by Patrick McTosh. For the last decade, Patrick McTosh has deeply immersed himself into the IT world and enjoys sharing his knowledge with small businesses in Montreal.
The Montreal Tech community is constantly growing. As I see a rise in mentions for all those new and innovative tech start-ups, I feel like the companies making the "boring" B2B applications are not getting the praise they deserve.
SaaS startups have saved companies tons of money by saving companies the costs associated with software purchases. With the increasingly rapid pace of software updates, SaaS is edging itself into companies’ budgets while the need for on-site IT staff is being edged out.
Montreal SaaS producers like ERP Guru
& FX Innovation
to name a few are making it easier to stay on top of the technology curve, while Read more…
Hexoskin can be described as a smart shirt that is capable of recording your health data on the go. It talks to your smartphone and is capable of capturing data in a seamless way wherever you go.
Today Hexoskin's crowdfunding campaign reached their 100k goal and there's still 20 days left before the campaign is officially over.
I sat down with one of the co-founder of Hexoskin, Pierre-Alexandre Fournier, to find out how their product became so popular.
Hexoskin's concept was conceived some 3 years ago. Pierre-Alexandre and his partner Jean-Francois Roy, both passionate about microelectronics and machine learning, were interested in analyzing health data. They were looking for a way to gather lots of data in order to perform data analytics, but they soon realized that conventional sensors were not the way to go. The moment of epiphany came one day when both founders were covered with sensors and wires. They Read more…
5615In 2008 Vladimir De Suàrez had an idea for a business while renting out his apartment on Craigslist. Since then De Suàrez has built his furnished housing company, CorporateStays.com
from a small Montreal operation to an international venture with locations around the world. He spoke to us recently about the joys and challenges of rapid growth and the technology that helped him keep it all together.
When did you start CorporateStays.com?
I founded CorporateStays.com in 2008 in Montreal. It took me four years to develop a deep understanding of my business and, of course, to make a ton of mistakes. Now, we are finally ready for big growth!
What inspired you to start CorporateStays.com?
I have always loved travelling. Renting spaces to people from all over the world, it's a bit like travel in that you get to know different people and cultures. I also love design and skyscrappers, in fact, CorporateStays.com Read more…
When the Co-founder of Vandal Games, Thanh Ma, first explained what his company does I was blown away...
I had to confirm just to make sure I was hearing things right: "So are you telling me I will be able to play games like Quake on Facebook?" (for our younger audiance "Quake
" is like the Grandfather of Call of Duty)
This was a dramatic moment. A tear almost ran down my face. My inner gamer and my facebook socialite persona would finally become friends! But I pulled myself together and dug a little deeper.
"But how are you going to do that?"
"We've already done it... You can already play our flagship game 'Big Story Little Heroes
' on Facebook. We are one of the first companies to bring real time 3d gaming experience to Facebook."
Vandal Games started in 2011 as a 2 person operation. Forward 2 years and 10 grants later Read more…
5426The event titled "Buildsomething
" is coming to Foulab on August 10th. Buildsomething is graciously sponsored by authority names such as Robotshop
(great selection of robots), Spikenzielabs
as well as "Hype
" and "Upverter
". Participants need to bring their hardware components and will get access to 3d printers, CNC machine, Soldering station as well as Oscilloscope, multimeters, microscope in order to build anything they want. Everyone is encouraged to bring raw components as opposed to pre-built robots.
Organizer Andrey Sherbakov hopes that something cool will come out of the 13 hour event: "We have the talent, we have the tools and an awesome hacker space called Foulab whose members are helping out a lot. Our participants,sponsors and prizes are solid, what else do we need? We already have 50 registered participants and there is more to come. There will definitely be lots of cool projects created by the Read more…
5187Founded by Benoit Julien
, who previously founded and sold Netvention Inc., Montreal-Based Proximium
lauched its web site a few months ago (in April).
ideal came to Benoit in early 2012 after realizing that most small medium size brick and motar B2C businesses had very limited means to get in touch with the clients and prospects once they leave their venue. Since most of us are carrying smart phones, he came up with the idea of a business that would let customers use their mobile phone to become client members of a business in exchange for discounts at their favorite stores.
From a consumer perspective, Proximium
gets rid of the loyalty cards and let users decide which businesses they like and want to get deals and updates from. As opposed to daily deals (Groupon, Tuango etc.), the users stay in control since they receive exclusive promotions from only Read more…
5192This year's Profit 500
(which was known as Profit 200 and Profit 100 in its previous years) presents its 25th Annual Ranking of Canada Fastest-Growing Companies. 46 Montreal-Based companies
are listed among this year's ranking. Among the 46, we identified 24 that can be linked to the Montreal IT scene. Those 24 Montreal-Based companies grew between 44% and 1859% over the last 5 years.
I was surprised to find Longueil-Based Electronic Box
at the #2 spot in the Montreal-Area ranking. I had seen Electronic Box new advertisements in the area but was skeptic about its future since the ISP era has ended since many years and I did not see a lot of space for a small private ISP to grow between Videotron and Bell. Looks like Electronic Box has found its niche and a way to grow in that Read more…
You know when you're reading a book and come across a reference that you don't recognize? I don't know about you, but I find it annoying to have to Google up things while I read. It can also be dangerous, since you may end up in a death trap like Facebook or Youtube.
A Montreal team called Marmalad.es
is trying to solve this problem. The sweet sounding startup is working on a prototype which will embed references right into the text of the book that you're reading.
One of the Marmalad.es founders, Jeff Lee, stumbled across the idea while reading a book: "While reading Frédéric Beigbeder I thought to myself 'wouldn’t it be amazing to see the places and the names he mentions in the book?'"
Marmalad.es was presented during one of "Montreal New Tech
" events, a presentation which I remembered because the wire frames looked quite elegant Read more…