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…


Healthy lifestyle working at a Startup? Yes, it’s possible

Apple Health 5008Disclaimer : Here's a guest post by Noah Chaimowicz is the C.O.O and founding partner of Montreal based startup Jobbook.com. Note that you should follow these tips at your own risk we did not try it ourselves, we do not know if it's true or false, good or bad, but we found the subject entertaining and we publish it mostly in order to have you think a bit about your health !   Here's the post ... The fortune 500 are expected to spend top dollar on all the best equipment and allow their staff to enjoy gourmet lifestyles (or at least support them..) with office workout rooms  that have fresh  organic smoothies. The other 99% of the workforce however, not so much. Most of us on the job (are perceived) to sit all day, chug loads of coffee, and reach for the closest source of food, most likely processed and nutrient free. Start-ups probably have the   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…


MTL NewTech : Come discover 5 new tech startups: DrupalSun, QA On Request, Recruit.ee and more

MTL NewTech : Come discover 5 new tech startups: DrupalSun, QA On Request, Recruit.ee and more 4444MTLNewTech is inviting all tech entrepreneurs, developers, designers and those who are interested in technology startups to come to the monthly newtech demo event, where 5 new tech startups use the opportunity to publicly launch their startup, in front of a large tech audience. Like previous events, it's held at McKibbins on bishop st (corner Ste-Catherines), and is an event designed for the technology community: there's no entrance fee, and as such, it's a great opportunity to meet newcomers. Here's the line-up:
  • DrupalSun is an online aggregator of curated RSS feeds, featuring a UI optimized both for easily skimming new items and searching through archives. It's made by the folks from EvolvingWeb
  • QA on Request is a web and software testing company. We specialize in testing mobile apps, web sites, video games and software projects during the development phase, making sure they are bug-free   Read more…


GrowLab Event Coming to Montreal. Let’s talk Start-ups!

growlab 4145Start-up accelerator GrowLab and Dealmaker Media have put together a tour with a group of great people to talk about the reality of being an entrepreneur. If you have a start-up or you're thinking about it, you need to be there to join the discussion. Here are some of the questions that will be addressed:
  • Are you really sure you’re cut out to compete overt the same resources, talent, and capital with other entrepreneurs?
  • What makes you different from other entrepreneurs trying to build start-ups?
  • What can you do as a founder to attract the best people and funding?
  • What are you doing to build the network you need to be successful?
  • What are you willing to sacrifice to get the company built?
  • When was the last time you went down to Silicon Valley/Alley?
Join us to talk about the difference between Entrepreneurs or Wantrepreneurs. This will be a bit of a reality check! GrowLab is   Read more…


Hopper gets $8 million funding from Atlas Ventures

Hopper gets $8 million funding from Atlas Ventures 3121Travel startup Hopper, known until recently for organizing Big Data hackathons, got recently $8 million in funding from Boston-based Atlas Ventures, according to TechCrunch, who got the story from modifications on altasventure's crunchbase profile. Hopper and Frederic Lalonde, CEO and founder, suggested several times they were to open a R&D center in Cambridge, Boston, most probably to be closer to their new funding partner. Previously, Hopper started with a $2 million investment from Brightspark Ventures, an early-stage investment fund, which also invested in the past in Radian 6 (acquired by Salesforce for $326M). That was 2 years ago though, and Hopper doesn't have still something to show. It's an eternity for an Internet startup, where lots of travel startups get developed, launched and become profitable (or close shop!) in less than 2 years. Even Google, a reference in search engine algorithm and big data management,   Read more…


NewTech 33 with ArtSumo, TimeDoctor, Bizzy and PressWork

IMG_4237 3058 NewTech #33 was yesterday at McKibbins, and it was awesome. Great selection of startups, plus also good inspiring people. Above, we've had Liam Martin who made the trip from Ottawa to present Timedoctor. What's interesting is that we have now startups who begin to be complentary or in competition. It's going to be hot in September! As always, early comers use the opportunity to network and exchange tips, such as legal advice or just talk about business. Naysawn Naderi is doing an inspiring art venture called ArtSumo. We also had Geneviève, community manager from MatchFWD and Felipe Coimbra (63Squares), who's behind NewTech events Read more…


Special NewTech July 12 for non-Montreal startups!

mtlnewtech 2930Next week is going to be intense for the technology community in Montreal. With the startup festival, hundreds of entrepreneurs and startups are coming to the city, to connect with other entrepreneurs, mix with the crowd, sell their startup, and hear & listen what's the best out there. As part of the Startup Festival off-events, we're organizing a special NewTech event. This one is for web & mobile startups coming from other cities. Here's their chance to demo and showcase their new product to a tech-savvy audience! The event will be on the evening of July 12nd and we have between 4 to 5 spots available. If you want to present your company, or if you know any startup who'd like to grab the opportunity, let them know and contact us to get a spot. Here is what past MtlNewTech demos look like (NewTech #28, NewTech #29,   Read more…