Tech & Science

Nov 15, 2016
Burnaby startup acquired by GE Digital in a $153-million deal
Marcie Good

A startup that moved from Silicon Valley to Burnaby and helped BC Hydro establish its network of smart metres has been acquired by GE Digital in a US$153-million deal. Bit Stew Systems co-founder and CEO Kevin Collins called the deal “a...

Oct 27, 2016
How businesses can combat the growing number of cyber attacks

BCBusiness + Shaw Business Small business owners have enough on their to-do lists, changing roles on an hourly basis from general manager to IT to salesperson to HR and back again. Worrying about losing company and customer data to hackers and...

Oct 19, 2016
What to do when your business is being held ransom
Marcie Good

In June, the University of Calgary fell victim to a cyberattack, in which its email server was encrypted and millions of files were locked. An unknown person or organization demanded $20,000 ransom, and the university paid up. There were 1,800...

Sep 28, 2016
Three ways technology has improved healthcare

BCBusiness + GoeVisit | Over the last two decades, technology has revolutionized the way we communicate with each other, the way we glean information and get our news, the way we shop, and even the way we date. But what if we could use our smartphone to speak to our doctor about...

Jul 21, 2016
How the Hardbite makers repurpose imperfect potatoes
Marcie Good

When Pete Schouten and his partners bought a chip factory in Maple Ridge from a local chef six years ago, he thought it would be a good way to use the second-grade potatoes he harvested from his fields. It didn’t turn out that way. “We’re farmers; that’s where we come...

Jun 17, 2016
Microsoft centre big news for Vancouver, B.C., Canada, says Prime Minister Trudeau
Felicity Stone

Politicians were out in force to mark the official launch of the Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre in Vancouver on Friday. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, accompanied by various MPs and cabinet ministers, Premier Christy Clark and Mayor Gregor Robertson all spoke at the event. “This is big news for Microsoft, said the...

May 23, 2016
A conversation with Immersive Media president and CEO Myles McGovern
Marcie Good

When Hollywood special-effects juggernaut Digital Domain bought tech firm Immersive Media in January for $100 million, some may have been surprised to learn that the world’s first producer of 360-degree video was based in Kelowna. Over the past decade, the company has quietly developed video recording technology, and editing and...

Apr 29, 2016
Office space: Stytch's new digs bring cool to the cloud
Felicity Stone

Stytch (formerly known as Dun and Bradstreet Cloud Innovation Center) is a cloud-based business intelligence and analytics company that helps businesses “stitch together” data from multiple sources to create reports and dashboards and, ultimately, get better insights from their data. In 2015, the Vancouver-based team outgrew its office space at...

Apr 26, 2016
Boris Wertz: Silicon Valley contrarian
Jim Sutherland

There’s a second-storey office on Vancouver’s West Pender Street, across from Pacific Centre Mall, that seems to illustrate the way that tech startups are rescuing a British Columbia economy that would otherwise be teetering on the edge of a resource-industry cliff. Three years ago the floor was home to BuildDirect...

Apr 22, 2016
B.C. lags Ontario on environmental performance
Felicity Stone

B.C.’s provincial government may call itself a “leader in climate action by having a carbon tax,” but Ontario receives a higher grade (B). B.C. gets a C, along with Quebec and P.E.I., in a study on the provinces’ environmental performance released by the Conference Board of Canada to coincide with Earth Day.

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