Philippe Le Roux, ex-VDL2 & Pheromone prepares CertiMail (Job Opportunities)

Email 5767Founded 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…


Crowdfunding call : An Exciting New Game that Helps Improve Arithmetic

Sweet Math 5667Inspired 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…

FWD Powershot – Performance Sensor for Hockey

FWD Powershot 5665I want one ! But might wait for the launch of the PowerSkate :-) I guess that will be the reaction of all IT Geeks that play hockey when they discover the FWD Powershot device. Athletes need to depend on data to improve their performance. This is one of the reasons why performance monitoring devices are playing an increasingly important role in swimming, golf and basketball. However, I had not seen any gadget that was specifically made for hockey. All this is now changing with Montreal based Quattriuum Team launching their FWD Powershot. This performance sensor is designed for hockey and it provides a wide array of important shot data. Data Vital for Hockey Players The Powershot provides data that proves to be vital for hockey players such as shot speed, acceleration, puck speed, angle and duration of slapshots as well as snapshots. This is an important technological innovation that will definitely   Read more…


Snoobe wants you to pay less for your mobile plans

Snoobe wants you to pay less for your mobile plans 5701Disclaimer: I've known Thierry Marechal, co-founder of Snoobe, since Startup Weekend 2012, and also have worked on Snoobe The dire state of the mobile industry in North America In Europe, Free Mobile offers a contract-free, unlimited calls (even to international) as well as unlimited texts and 3GB of data, all of 19.99 euros. Here, that only gets you  100mn of talk, no data and you have to sign for at least a one-year contract. Here's another  graphic showing the difference between Europe, America and other countries:     The graphic above is from a 2013 OECD study amongst developed countries, and shows what's available for basic mobile usage ("Level 1"). There are different factors at play on why we pay more in North America than in other countries to telecom companies; what everyone agrees on though is that consumers have little power on how they choose their mobile plans, and telcos are now so big that they   Read more…


Why Montreal Needs More SaaS Startups

SaaS 5591Disclaimer: 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, Sharegate, Syntax & FX Innovation to name a few are making it easier to stay on top of the technology curve, while   Read more…


How CorporateStays.com transitioned from a Montreal startup to a company with locations around the world

How CorporateStays.com transitioned from a Montreal startup to a company with locations around the world 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…


Philanthropy that’s fun: I Can Go Without Makes Micro-donations Easier Than Ordering a Cup of Coffee

Philanthropy that’s fun: I Can Go Without Makes Micro-donations Easier Than Ordering a Cup of Coffee 5585What would one less coffee a week mean to you? For Canadian startup, SoEvolved Inc., giving up one Pike Place Roast could give a hot breakfast to a Canadian elementary schooler, or a warm bed to a homeless youth. SoEvolved Inc has partnered with international and Montreal-based charities to create an ingenious new iPhone app called “I Can Go Without.” Designed to change the way we consume and give, the micro-donation platform connects conscious consumers with worthy causes in a way that's simple, direct, and fun. The app proposes swaps and alternatives that transform everyday habits into opportunities for global good. Downsizing your morning latte, for instance, will save $1.50. That micro-donation could prevent river blindness for nine people through Sightsavers.org. Bike to work this week; use the money you'd guzzle in gas to WaterCan.com. I Can Go Without has forged strong partnerships with causes that hit close to   Read more…


Crowdfunding hardware – educational success story

Crowdfunding hardware – educational success story 5419Amanda Marisa Williams and Bruno Nadeau (team Fabule) are the brains behind a hardware crowdfunding project called "Clyde: An Expressive Lamp for Creative Homes", which went on to amass an impressive 149,530$ in financing, which is 104,000$ more than their original goal. Make magazine describes Clyde as "a hackable, customizable desk lamp designed for both utility and creative expressiveness" The story of their campaign is both educational and fascinating. Story includes the production costs, the factory names, manufacturing processes and references to other similar projects. Amanda is also a great story teller: "When I came out of the metro I found out we raised $20,000 more, I felt like Mitt Romney who goes to the bathroom and comes out 700$ richer" But let's start at the beginning.. Part 1: Draw, get feedback, build, get feedback, repeat.... From the beginning Amanda and her partner believed that benefits of showing the project sketches outweighed   Read more…


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