T Melanson

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Oct 21, 2014
Plenty of Fish eggs in one basket: dating site bets it all on mobile

He's responsible for thousands upon thousands of marriages, earning millions upon millions along the way. Yet Markus Frind’s success can be boiled down to a simple formula. In 2003, when dating websites were paywalled, the founder of Vancouver-based Plenty of Fish (POF) offered a free alternative by keeping costs low...

Oct 20, 2014
Vancouver's economic outlook looks good—with one caveat

The good news: Vancouver’s economy is improving, a trend that’s expected to accelerate further in 2015. The (potentially) bad news: the dark shadow looming over Vancouver’s chapter of the Conference Board of Canada’s latest Metropolitan Outlook, released Monday—if investments in LNG falter, so too could the Board’s favourable forecast for...

Oct 1, 2014
Entrepreneur of the Year 2014: Emerging finalists

Lisa Tuningley, president of railway services T-Rail Products, says “rail has been around so long that it’s gone quiet in our minds”—quiet, that is, until something big happens. “Unfortunately in our business, when bad things happen they’re tragedies,” she says, referring to the fatal 2013 derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. “But...

Sep 26, 2014
Victoria, Kelowna and Abbotsford: Wind Mobile is coming, CEO says

If there was one message Tony Lacavera, CEO and founder of Wind Mobile, wanted to get across in an interview with BCBusiness, it’s that his company is here to stay. This follows two tumultuous years of uncertainty, as its previous majority shareholder, a Russian-Dutch company called VimpelCom, looked to offload its...

Sep 25, 2014
Hootsuite scores $60 million in funding, buys startup

Hootsuite is $60 million richer thanks to a new round of funding led by Fidelity Investments, a major Boston asset manager—rumours of which have been swirling since The Wall Street Journal reported on the financing back in August before it was officially announced. That means the Vancouver social media company has...

Sep 18, 2014
PHOTOS: Imagine the world grew around you. It might look like this

Stuart Maxwell spends his days designing the coolest explosions and most gruesome blood splatters today's photo-realistic video games have to offer. But in the evenings, he works on his passion project, a game world free of guns and violence. Instead of death, Shape of the World celebrates life, visualizing explosions...

Sep 12, 2014
Telus ranks way behind Shaw in new Netflix speed ranking

Bad news for Telus customers: your Netflix may be the slowest in Canada, at least compared with other major Internet service providers (ISPs). Netflix's newly released report compares average speeds for 18 different ISPs of all sizes from across the country—and Telus came in 10th. While that many only sound mediocre...

Sep 11, 2014
LOOK: Lululemon stock is soaring today. Here's why

Lululemon shares are up roughly 15 per cent midday after CEO Laurent Potdevin unveiled the company's latest financials in an investor phone conference Thursday morning. In short, the company's forecast has been raised due to higher-than-expected revenue: a 13 per cent increase in the second quarter. Although profit was down...

Sep 10, 2014
LG hires Jillian Harris to talk up its fancy new fridges

Local celeb Jillian Harris, co-host of Love It or List It Vancouver and former bachelorette on The Bachelorette, has found herself a shiny new partner, LG Electronics. Harris will be the company's Canadian spokesperson, peddling its stainless steel Door-in-Door refrigerators on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and her own website. Basically, it's...

Sep 9, 2014
New cloud-based wallet goes live, strikes deal with UBC's student society

Imagine paying for your coffee through the cloud—no cash registers or ATM machines necessary, just a couple of swipes on your phone. What do you think: convenience or security disaster in waiting? Vancouver-based nTrust is banking on the former. The tech startup, which released its Cloud Money app Tuesday on iTunes...

Aug 29, 2014
B.C. wins wine trade deals as Clark pushes provinces to open borders

A major theme to come out of this week’s premiers conference, a yearly summer meeting in Charlottetown, was more free-flowing wine between Canada’s provinces. And leading the charge was B.C. Premier Christy Clark. On Friday morning, Clark and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall announced that Saskatchewan would open its borders to B.C.

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