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Aug 22, 2014
How single-item stores survive in the age of big box

We live in an age of convenience, when one-stop shopping reigns supreme, from big-box department stores to Internet retail giants. And yes, stroll around Vancouver and you'll come across a handful of businesses that seem like relics from the past: small specialty shops that remain staunchly independent and singularly focused.

Aug 22, 2014
So you want a job at Hootsuite: A Q&A with Ambrosia Humphrey, VP of talent

Hootsuite is growing fast. So fast it’s hard for anyone outside the company’s HR department to pinpoint its headcount on a given day, as Hootsuite hires roughly 10 new employees a week. (Current staff is somewhere north of 600, south of 700). What’s more, following a massive $165-million cash injection...

Aug 21, 2014
Ex-MP Stockwell Day joins "green" bitumen refinery firm

Stockwell Day is venturing into the bitumen business. According to Pacific Future Energy Corp.—which has plans to build a $10-billion bitumen refinery on the West Coast—the former Conservative cabinet minister has taken on a handful of management roles at the firm, including senior advisor, director and chair of the company’s advisory...

Aug 19, 2014
BroadbandTV renews crucial client, the NBA

Vancouver’s BroadbandTV announced Tuesday that it has renewed—and expanded—its partnership with one of its biggest clients, the NBA. For a company whose business is YouTube—BroadbandTV helps companies monetize fan-posted YouTube videos by identifying, claiming and serving ads to them—its relationship with the NBA is longstanding, indeed: BroadbandTV and the NBA first...

Aug 15, 2014
Canada's 6 biggest tech investments in the last year

5. Wattpad: $46 million on April 8, 2014 (Toronto) Wattpad, often called the "YouTube of ebooks," is a popular website and app for aspiring writers to share their fiction. 4. Verafin: $60 million on May 15, 2014 (St. John's) Verafin, which creates fraud detection software, recently raised more money than any other startup...

Aug 12, 2014
SIGGRAPH 2014 photos: international animation conference comes to Vancouver

Vancouver’s biggest-ever conference, SIGGRAPH 2014, opened its exhibition floor at the Vancouver Convention Centre Tuesday, inviting international animation heavyweights, like Pixar and Warcraft-maker Blizzard Entertainment, alongside local lightweights looking to show off and schmooze. While 3D animation was the name of the game as usual—SIGGRAPH stands for Special Interest Group on...

Aug 11, 2014
B.C. is finally gaining, not losing, Canadians again

B.C. may be on the rebound following a slow 2013, according to a new report from the Canada West Foundation. For the first time since 2012, the province experienced a net gain of migrants in the first quarter of 2014—that is, more Canadians moved here than left. “The province had...

Aug 6, 2014
Vancouver among world's 18 most innovative cities, maybe

While B.C. may no longer be the self-designated best place on Earth, its crown jewel, Vancouver, is among the top centres of innovation. That’s according to the New Yorkers at Business Insider, who today released a list (available here) of the top 18 metros (seriously, who stops at 18?) using...

Aug 5, 2014
7 big ideas from B.C.'s business leaders

These seven CEOs and founders started or now run some of B.C.'s most influential organizations. It’s their job to come up with big ideas to keep their businesses fresh and moving forward. Here, they share some of theirs: Trusting your first instinct is the key to successCarson Ting | BCBusiness Meredith Powell...

Jul 28, 2014
Can PlentyOfFish thrive on mobile? A Q&A with Mark Brooks

Few folks know more about online dating than Mark Brooks. Perhaps not from personal experience—he’s married—but rather when it comes to the business side. Brooks has been tracking the online dating industry for over a decade, and these days runs New York-based Courtland Brooks, a consultancy focused on this niche...

Jul 22, 2014
PHOTOS: Hootsuite has a sweet new office (again)

Hootsuite has a new office, again. Located in the heart of Mount Pleasant at Main and 5th, the social media star’s second home is a mere two blocks from its other relatively new space, which it moved into just last year. HQ2 is not unlike its sister office (HQ1) and the close...

Jul 18, 2014
Vision Critical Raises $16 Million

Vancouver-based Vision Critical is $16 million richer thanks to a new round of funding led by Georgian Partners, a Toronto-based venture capital firm. The 700-person consumer insights company is one of Vancouver’s major tech stars, working with big-name clients such as Time, World Vision, Molson Coors, Yahoo and NASCAR. But Canadians may...

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