Executions Labs : a bold video games incubator for Montréal

Executions Labs : a bold video games incubator for Montréal 4935Photo Credit : Heri We can see above Alexandre Pelletier-Normand and Jason Della Rocca at a recent Maison Notman event. Once known as a prolific community instigator, event organizer and IGDA director, Jason Della Rocca and his partners has announced a new video games incubator/accelerator, named Execution Labs. Here's an insightful interview: Can you present yourself, and your team? What's your most favourite game? Jason: The Execution Labs team members have all been in the game industry for over a decade each. I've been at this for about 17 years. Most of my career has been about working with and supporting developers, and especially working to foster and grow the game development community. Keith's background is more on the business side, working on game monetization, marketing and business strategy. And Alex is our ops master with tons of production and deployment experience. Not sure what the other guys are playing these days,   Read more…

Map of the Montreal startup ecosystem

Map of the Montreal startup ecosystem 4929Released today, Startup Guide provides a strategic 10,000 feet view of the key players in Montreal. As such, it doesn't really answer to the question "How do i start a technology company", but aims more to see the links between major players, major events and news, and tries to see what's missing in the equation. Universities have been added to the map, although they are not doing anything, apart from special entities such as msbiv or univalor. Hopefully, they will see what Stanford or Boston-based universities are doing. At the moment, the map also doesn't show locations of startups, as it will probably be too crowded, but let's hope it will be visible in the future with another layer.There is also a calendar of main events and main news at the bottom (from the twitter account @mtlstartupguide).Check out the map and tell us below if you find it   Read more…

Community crowdfunding: the final key to make the Notman House project succeed

Community crowdfunding: the final key to make the Notman House project succeed 4868Currently, Notman House on 51 Sherbrooke west is known for its free café and event space, and also the various coworking spaces available for freelancers and tech startups, as well as various organizations such as Ile-Sans-Fil. The final vision is more ambitious though : instead of just renting the house, the plan is to buy the hospital and house, expand available space, build a new café open the public. The tech startups community is now rallying to this vision with a crowdfunding campaign, that's starting off today on indiegogo. As explain in the video, already 89% of the funds have been secured, and there's just 11% that's left. For those who were wondering what's the status of the project, or how they can get involved, it's a great opportunity to support this initiative. So far, Notman has had over 10,000 visitors, 200 projects and 200 events within its walls in just   Read more…


eValue provides social analytics for managers and executives

koh77n57k0l63gh6gn6g 4834For decision makers, navigating through Twitter, Facebook and Youtube is scary. You hear about the power of the crowd, brands being trashed on those sites, crowd-mobbing because a celebrity has had a bad experience somewhere. Plus they also hear from all marketing and business experiences that small, medium and large companies have to be there. What do you do though? Early adopters hire a "community manager" whose task is to reply to various twitter users, maybe contribute to the blog, and post cool pictures on Facebook. When it comes down to numbers and accountability though, nobody has answers. Twitter numbers don't show engagement, and it's hard to distinguish marketing efforts from your community manager from organic growth. That's where eValue comes in. With a strong knowledge of what executives want, eValue provides companies a clean dashboard where you can compare your company's social presence to your   Read more…


Rogers’ Survey gives insight on how we value the Internet

Rogers’ Survey gives insight on how we value the Internet 4585For marketing professionals, entrepreneurs, and Internet geeks, here's an interesting infographic built by Rogers on how we see the Internet. One interesting question in that survey was asking Canadians what they would be ready to give up to keep the Internet, and many are ready to give up coffee, alcohol and many other addictions. Here's a video version of the infographic: A few joke that 20 years ago, we used to create music, write, shop or learn "in the real life", and now, all you can see is everyone glued to their screens... even when going outside such as coffee shops. In 2012, numbers are still on the rise, with even a few countries stating that Internet access is a basic human right. With the development of mobile devices such as the Google glasses, and new high bandwidth networks, it's obvious that trend is not going to stop anytime   Read more…


Upcoming: Monetizing Location-Based Marketing Event, June 7th

Upcoming: Monetizing Location-Based Marketing Event, June 7th 4581GetMeListed, in association with other companies in Montreal, is organizing a forum in the following weeks on monetization of location-based marketing. It show them how to create campaigns, measure performance and monetize campaigns for their clients, plus show how location-based marketing can drive customers through the doors. GetMeListed created this event to demystify location-based marketing and provide marketers knowledge that they can put into practice immediately. Attendees will know how to manage and measure their marketing and promotions through channels like Google Places, Yelp, Foursquare, Twitter and many more. A few good names speaking at the event: • Asif R. Khan, Location Based Marketing Association • Michael Mire, Co-founder & CEO, Get Me Listed • Mohamed Khalain, VP Products & Marketing, Mediative • Malik Yacoubi, VP Mobile Marketing, Cossette Communications Attendees will also have a great opportunity to network with experts in location based marketing, digital media and retail. Register here http://guestlistapp.com/events/102981   Read more…


Intellitix provides rfid access to Coachella

Intellitix provides rfid access to Coachella 4554This year, popular festival Coachella provided rfid bracelets as tickets. In the following video, instead of having a paper or a sim card, ticket checking is contactless and quick: It's secure, convenient, and quick, since there is no money transaction and there's no friction in the gates. As you can see though, the system is not perfect, as you need almost 1 staff to guide people and make sure they find the scanner for the bracelet. Coachella attracted 30,000 festival goers and it's a big break for Montreal-based Intellitix. What's also interesting is the social media integration. Each festival-goer gets their Facebook timeline updated everytime they check-in, adding more marketing opportunities for coachella.   Read more…

20 GrowConf 2012 tickets at sold out price

20 GrowConf 2012 tickets at sold out price 4384The 3rd annual GROW Conference is returning this August to Vancouver, and we've secured 20 tickets for our Montreal audience at the sold out price of $295 ($100 off from the current price), thanks to our friends from dealmaker media. This is a great great opportunity for startups looking for visibility for their products, or those looking for build connections with other Canadian, American or European startups. Use promo code "montrealtechwatch" when buying your ticket, and do it fast, there's only 20 discounts available! GROW Conference: RE-THINKING BUSINESS, August 22-24th, 2012 Vancouver, B.C. Engage or die. The social web has changed expectations and empowered consumers with real-time information and a digital soapbox. These consumers are your customers and your employees. In today’s noisy marketplace with low switching costs, they can leave you at any time. To stay competitive, companies must create a culture of respect and openness, build a strong brand   Read more…


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