April 2019

In this issue

Apr 1, 2019
His startup lab aims to pick a winning business by testing consumer technology ideas
Nick Rockel

Life Story: Willson Cross calls his latest venture a startup lab. Launched late last year, 4400 Labs is a Vancouver-based fund that tests consumer technology ideas in industries from travel to home services to food. “We will build an enduring company around the winner, and that’s a product that will improve the lives of millions of people,” Cross says. The Vancouver native...

Apr 1, 2019
Her tech firm aims to help people without Internet access communicate electronically
Nick Rockel

Returning to her hometown of Langley after completing a BBA at SFU’s Beedie School of Business in 2015, Melissa Quinn took a maternity leave HR contract that turned into a much bigger job. At Maple Ridge–based Left, she quickly moved into corporate development with the tech outfit, which had worked in the web domain name business but was turning its attention to blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Apr 1, 2019
His anonymous messaging app has seven million users in three countries
Nick Rockel

What’s an Ivy League economics grad to do? In 2016, Matthew Segal appeared to be headed for a career in investment banking after leaving Yale University, where he rowed First Varsity for four years. But several job offers later, Segal decided his heart wasn’t in it. Back in his hometown of Vancouver, he also chose not to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, prominent developers Lorne and Joseph Segal–for now, anyway.

Apr 1, 2019
His company creates custom driving adventures for visitors to B.C. from around the world
Nick Rockel

Maxwell Webster got the idea for Hastings Overland when he took a break from work in 2016 to spend six months touring Russia, Asia and the Middle East. “I kept finding myself gravitating toward overland travel–renting vans or rickshaws or motorcycles,” says the Nanaimo native, who started his first business, a dog-walking service, when he was six and co-founded a clothing company at 18. “I realized this was an underserved market in B.C.”

Apr 1, 2019
He founded a marketing agency for the industrial market
Nick Rockel

Life Story: Rather than follow his dad and his twin brother into medicine, Langley-raised Andrew Hansen earned a business administration degree from Trinity Western University in 2013. Soon he was an operations manager for the resources and transportation division of Vancouver-headquartered construction giant Ledcor Group. In 2016, he left to become VP business development with Surrey-based marketing firm Agency Media. Hansen noticed...

Apr 1, 2019
He co-founded an agency that helps Western-branded businesses reach Chinese-speaking consumers
Nick Rockel

Since growing up as the “token Asian guy” in Tsawwassen, Alex Wan has capitalized on his knowledge of East and West: “I always found myself enjoying educating my friends on Chinese culture, which is a natural precursor to what I do now.” Wan, whose family immigrated to B.C. from Taiwan when he was five, never planned to be an entrepreneur.

Mar 28, 2019
The Promised Land: B.C. is building business ties with Israel
BCBusiness

by Ng Weng Hoong Since independence in 1948, Israel has transformed parts of the harsh Negev Desert that occupies more than half of the country into forests and farms to grow food crops and even fish. But it would require a combination of Einsteinian imagination and risk-taking to turn today’s parched economic landscape between B.C. and Israel into fertile ground for...

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