The evolution of tech entrepreneurship in Quebec

quebec-tech chris arsenault 5936 Attitude! I always find it fascinating to look back and trace an imaginary line connecting a series of dots that represent specific events in time. These dots can be used to visualize the path we have gone through as a society, or highlight the business direction we are headed in as we move forward. Looking back at a few of the dots that represent the evolution   Read more…


Internap Acquires Montreal-based iWeb Technologies for $145 millions

iWeb/Internap 5754iWeb 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   Read more…


Great news for FounderFuel applicants: $50k investment instead of $25k

Great news for FounderFuel applicants: $50k investment instead of $25k 4969FounderFuel just announced today that accepted applicants to the FounderFuel program for the spring 2013 and forward will get $50,000 instead of the past $25,000. In exchange, the Montreal-based startup accelerator will ask for 9% equity instead of 6% equity. The $50,000 comes up with the existing advantages and offers that the program offers, such as its large network of mentors, as well as  the   Read more…

Can Twitter predict stock markets?

Can Twitter predict stock markets? 4872Like weather, stock market prediction has always grasped imagination. If you can get one step ahead, through fast computers, superior intuition or advanced interfaces, you could beat other traders and get superior returns. The development of social media, mainly Twitter and Facebook, where hundreds of millions of users announce their small and big daily victories, vent their frustration or relay trends is a gold mine in many   Read more…


Venture Investments in Montreal – Web, Mobile, Gaming, Media from 2005 to 2012

inovia_logo 4704Check out iNovia's announcements this week: Bomoda, a Chineese fashion startup, Top Hat Monocle, a startup in education gamification, AppDirect, cloud computing for millions of SMBs, and 33Across, which is in social graph. You can see more comments here to get context about those investments. What I was interested though was to get the big picture. The following is the list   Read more…


FounderFuel launches 11 new startups; applications now open for 3rd cohort

FounderFuel launches 11 new startups; applications now open for 3rd cohort 4648FounderFuel graduated 11 teams May 23rd, at Monument National. AccelerateMTL was scheduled in the same day and CVCA in the same week, and it's in a room full of investors, "alumni", and entrepreneurs that the startups delivered their pitches to potential investors. Like in the first cohort, what stands our from FounderFuel cohorts is their solid and great delivery. Points are nailed, there are no   Read more…


$50,000 investment for a startup at the upcoming International Startup Festival

$50,000 investment for a startup at the upcoming International Startup Festival 4526The International Startup Festival organizers, Phil Telio, Alistair Croll, and other partners, such as Anna Goodson, has announced yesterday they will invest up to $50,000 in a startup present at the startup summer festival. The startup festival aims to explore the business side of startups, and with the goal of making connections happen between investors and entrepreneurs, it's good to see that the promise goes   Read more…

Buy a 10x software developer: its the best investment you can make…

technology 4509Editor's note: Post by Jake Hirsch-Allen (@ jakehirschallen). Jake is currently Director of Business Development for Wall Street Survivor and consults on business development for the Multiplicity Accelerator and several Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto-based tech startups. Having practiced international criminal and intellectual property law, he has founded health technology and startup development organizations and currently consults for Incentives for Global Health. ...or at least that's Venkatesh   Read more…


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