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Nov 19, 2015
Vancouver-based 1QBit looks to become Canada's next software giant

Past two tight rows of computer monitors and office chairs, with little elbow room and a lot of exposed wires, Andrew Fursman leads a visitor into a cramped meeting room. Inside, where a whiteboard and glass walls are covered in mathematical equations, the 35-year-old CEO of 1QBit attempts to explain...

Nov 5, 2015
The consolidation of the community newspaper industry

LIFE AFTER PRINT? Four online-only news sites that are popular with locals Vancity Buzz | VancouverCastanet | Kelowna250 News | Prince GeorgeEnergeticcity.ca | Fort St. John 2015 may mark the end of the two-newspaper town in B.C. Declining ad revenue has led to rapid consolidation in the industry, with B.C.’s two newspaper conglomerates (Surrey-based Black Press and...

Oct 27, 2015
A Conversation with Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman

For a city of just 30,000 residents, Fort St. John punches above its weight. The northeastern town is B.C.’s oil-and-gas heartland, along with neighbouring Dawson Creek, and home to some of the highest incomes in the province; it is also, according to this magazine’s 2015 Best Cities for Work list...

Oct 20, 2015
How Ryan Holmes has kept Hootsuite in Vancouver

Around the world, Hootsuite is famous for its social media dashboard, the go-to for companies managing multiple Facebook and Twitter accounts—which, these days, is pretty much all of them. But here in B.C., the company is known for another rather remarkable accomplishment: staying home. The Vancouver-based tech titan went from 20...

Oct 6, 2015
Infographic: Where the parties stand on issues impacting B.C.

THE B.C. CONNECTION Party leaders who came from B.C.: John Turner (Liberals, 1984-1990)Kim Campbell (PC, 1993)Stockwell Day (Canadian Alliance, 2000-2001)Elizabeth May (Green, 2006-present) As you may have heard, there will be a federal election on October 19—and for the first time since Stephen Harper became PM in 2006, the outcome in B.C. is...

Oct 5, 2015
What the Trans-Pacific Partnership means for B.C.

Just the beginning By now, you've likely seen the news: Following a five-day negotiation in Atlanta, the Trans-Pacific Partnership—a trade agreement between a dozen nations including Canada—has been signed, and it's big news for B.C. (Although, each member state must still individually ratify their involvement, meaning it's far from a done...

Sep 29, 2015
Meet SFU's new business dean

Meet the new deanSimon Fraser University's Beedie School of Business has a new boss, and his name is Ali Dastmalchian. Dastmalchian is new to SFU, having joined from the University of Victoria's Gustavson School of Business, where he currently works as a professor of organization studies and international business and...

Sep 25, 2015
Entrepreneur of the Year 2015: Business-to-Consumer finalists

“I fired my entire company in 1994, all 11 people, because I realized I had the wrong people,” says Brian Scudamore, founder and CEO of 1-800-Got-Junk. He then hired a whole new team. “It taught me to never, ever compromise on the quality of people you bring into your organization.” Now...

Sep 22, 2015
Is Kit and Ace, Chip Wilson's big new bet, really a tech startup?

Lululemon’s billionaire founder Chip Wilson is wearing flip-flops to the glamour-packed launch party of Kit and Ace’s new flagship clothing store in Kitsilano. His 26-year-old son, JJ, is there in a black tank top, while Shannon Wilson—Chip’s wife, JJ’s stepmom—is wearing a striped T-shirt. A dress-down affair? Perhaps. But at...

Sep 22, 2015
Is Kit and Ace, Chip Wilson's big new bet, really a tech startup?

Lululemon’s billionaire founder Chip Wilson is wearing flip-flops to the glamour-packed launch party of Kit and Ace’s new flagship clothing store in Kitsilano. His 26-year-old son, JJ, is there in a black tank top, while Shannon Wilson—Chip’s wife, JJ’s stepmom—is wearing a striped T-shirt. A dress-down affair? Perhaps. But at...

Sep 21, 2015
Province OKs logging of old-growth forest on Vancouver Island

Timber! On Friday, the B.C. government approved a permit for Teal-Jones Group, a forestry company, to begin logging an area of old-growth forest on Vancouver Island. Not everyone's happy. “This type of old-growth forest is simply too rare to destroy, and the fact that the government isn’t responding to this crisis is...

Sep 15, 2015
Canucks introduce supply-and-demand ticket pricing

MoneypuckCanucks tickets for the 2015-16 seasons will, for the first time ever, feature "dynamic pricing." In other words, the cost of a single-game ticket will fluctuate according to a real-time algorithm that factors in supply and demand, who's playing and more. That's good news if you want to watch the...

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