Looking for cofounders? Unlock FounderDating’s Montreal network

300x62xFounderDating-Logo-300x62.png.pagespeed.ic.tryC_nK95X 4669As the name suggests, FounderDating wants to get together engineers and entrepreneurs who are looking for cofounders. Jessica Alter is the mastermind behind FounderDating, making her mission to make sure that no entrepreneur walks away because they didn't find the right partner. Started in San Francisco and spreading to New York, Austin, and Toronto, Jessica is now adding new cities in its network. See here VentureCapTV's special episode about FounderDating: Joining the network is not easy though: a city has to have enough interested users (Montreal needs currently 27 other entrepreneurs to unlock, join here ), and users are also screened. That's a key point: the network is guaranteed to have at least 50% technical members, and members need also to be highly motivated. As entrepreneurs well know, finding cofounders is one of the major pain points, along with finding talented employees, or nailing   Read more…


Is there a future for the Montreal startup community?

Is there a future for the Montreal startup community? 4657It's hard to nail what's happening exactly in Montreal but it's clear that there are now more people leaving the local startup ecosystem than people going in. A while ago, Raymond Luk went to Toronto, Robin Ahn (StartupDrinks) was off to San Francisco, Sylvain Carle (camps and general geek ambassador) and Sara Ahmadian (Robotics Hackathon) as well. Georgiana Laudi, active lead of Montreal Girl Geeks is going to Vancouver, while Ben Yoskovitz, instigator of NextMontreal was off east. Now, Felipe Coimbra (MTLNewTech founder) is leaving this week Montreal. Those are the main well-known figures, and I know many other lesser-known programmers and designers who've done the same. Perhaps with a conviction that there are better opportunities outside the Montreal startup ecosystem, or that other places are more open to new ideas in tech than Quebec, we're slowly seeing people leave. On the other hand, I can count a couple of people   Read more…


twtspire.com| idea for the next startup = One Tweet Away?

twtspire.com| idea for the next startup = One Tweet Away? 4533 Startups solve problems. So if you find a problem there's probably a startup idea lying somewhere nearby. A Montreal developer Kenji Wellman developed an app called twtspire.com that scours twitter and automatically detects tweets from people that wonder why a solution doesn't exist for a specific problem they're having. Here are example of tweets from twtspire.com that could result in some kind apps Why isn't there an app that auto-deletes texts you send after 4am. #facepalm Oh my god. Someone needs to make an app that makes an instrumental out of any song. #IsThatLegal #KaraokeAllDayEveryDay There's also evil ideas like: Wish there was a single website with complete book/movie summaries with spoilers. Twitter has over 50 million daily tweets, so testing and refining the app was done in a single week-end. The app uses a combination of keywords as well as keyword exclusion rules (which eliminate unwanted terms) and keyword proximity rules. For   Read more…


The growth of the Hacker community in Montreal

The growth of the Hacker community in Montreal 4495In the New York Times, Nadim Kobeissi tells how Sabu, at that time presumed to be the leader of the Anonymous network, tried to befriend him and get him into his schemes. A Montreal-based student and also encryption specialist, Nadim (@kaepora) is also famous for crypto.cat, a communication tool that is used by many security groups and also activists worldwide to send privately messages, without fear of detection. The messages are encrypted, and not even the operator of the infrastructure cannot read the messages. Even with the cryptocat cred, Nadim was still impressed to get messages from Sabu, and even more surprised to be invited to join in attacks. As most of you know, Sabu has know been revealed as the 28-year old NYC resident Hector Xavier Monsegur, paid by the FBI to reveal the identies of hacker "friends". Read more…


Portable Microbiology Lab -There’s an App For That!

Petrifilm Developed 4451The year is 2020. Somewhere in an African village a father is having a conversation with his son. “When you were just a little boy, we didn’t have phones that check water quality.” As incredible as it sounds, the technology is very real. The prototype was developed in just a few days by a local Montreal team during a hackathon called “Random Hacks of Kindness.” The event is about technology for humanitarian needs. The Open Source Android App is called “Portable Microbiology Lab” and here is how it works: A user puts a water sample on a 3M petrifilm and tells the App to register GPS coordinates of where the water was taken. After a 24 hour incubation period, the user photographs the petrifilm (example below). The App then applies filters to the image and counts the bacterial colonies. Sophisticated image recognition shows if the bacteria is ”e.coli” (very bad), “total coliform” (bad),   Read more…


Robotics Hackathon to be Held in Montreal in March

NAO 4214Montreal fans of robotics are in for a treat this March. The “Cloud Robotics Hackathon” is in town. From March 2nd through to March 4th Maison Notman House will host a unique Robotics event made for anyone who’s interested in hacking Robots to make them perform neat things. There are 2 sponsors of the event. “Robotshop”, an online Robot retailer, which will supply the hardware for the event and Google. According to one of event organizers, Sara Ahmadian, this is going to be the biggest Robotics Hackathon in the world: “Our goal is to give hackers everything they need to hack. We’ll give them Robots, electronic components, food and a comfortable place to hack, the only thing participants need to bring is their creativity, laptops and perhaps their smartphones”. Participants may also bring accessories of their choice if they so desire. Developers are free to use any language   Read more…


Pictures From Today’s Startup Weekend

Speakers included (from left) Jean Sebastien Cournoyer Partner in FounderFuel, Real Ventures, Yona Shtern, Co-Founder - Beyond the Rack, Chris Arseneault - iNovia Capital, Francois Gilbert President Directeur General of Anges Quebec 4110[caption id="attachment_4111" align="aligncenter" width="660" caption="Volunteers and organizers drawing out the battle plan"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_4114" align="aligncenter" width="660" caption="Some attendees couldn't wait to show off their projects before the start of the event"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_4115" align="aligncenter" width="660" caption="No one is posing in this picture (except for Marc of startupifier and a volunteer)"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_4116" align="aligncenter" width="660" caption="sponsors of the event including Lou who sponsored the event with his time and effort"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_4117" align="aligncenter" width="660" caption="A bit of networking before the event kicked off"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_4118" align="aligncenter" width="660" caption="Networking"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_4119" align="aligncenter" width="660" caption="Heri, one of the organizers"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_4120" align="aligncenter" width="660" caption="The space was sponsored by HEC"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_4121" align="aligncenter" width="660" caption="A few words by the organizers and volunteers"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_4122" align="aligncenter" width="660" caption="The speakers asked by a show of hands how many   Read more…


Montreal Hosts Youtube Association for Content Creators

Montreal Hosts Youtube Association for Content Creators 4089Many get curious about instant fame that some YouTube videos get. But few dig deep and try to understand the intricacies of the elusive “something somethingness” that these videos seem to possess. This is what Aimee Davison is after and she’s been sharing her insights at speaking gigs like Ignite Montreal as well as well as Colleges and Universities across Canada. I personally attended the Ignite event and found her presentation quite interesting. She’s very enthusiastic and seems to be truly fascinated with all things Youtube. On February 9th she’ll hold the very first edition of Youtube Association at Maison Notman House. Event is targeted at Youtube video creators. The goal is to bring together content makers for collaboration and idea sharing. If you’re just thinking of experimenting with Youtube you can pick up marketing and production insights. Montreal will be the first city to hold such an event.   Read more…