Nathan Caddell

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Apr 30, 2021
Can you guess which two Canadian companies made Time’s 100 Most Influential list?

There’s no shortage of household names on Time’s unranked list of the 100 most influential companies in the world. Apple, Nike, Twitter, Netflix, the NBA. The list goes on and on, and it’s more or less a who’s who of massive...

Apr 30, 2021
On Trend: Try these B.C.-developed apps to maintain your mental wellness

It’s a challenging time for people across the world as the COVID-19 pandemic has taken away many of the hobbies and pleasures we used to depend on. During Mental Health Week (May 3-9), check out these locally made apps to help...

Apr 28, 2021
With Boldr, Aquilini Investment Group thinks it can crack the crowded vodka soda market

Is there a B.C. industry more absolutely stacked to the wall with competition than the flavoured vodka soda market? Maybe, but there’s no denying that the hard-drink-with-low-calories game has more rivals lurking around every corner than a Batman comic. So why...

Apr 27, 2021
How a Vancouver entrepreneur wants to help restaurants pay the bills

Sometimes the most boring, boilerplate city regulations can have massive implications. In the summer of 2019, the City of Vancouver started cracking down on businesses and residences to install backflow prevention assemblies and have them professionally tested on each year. The...

Apr 26, 2021
How two Langley musicians went from jamming in the basement to running a full-fledged business

The early days of Spotify were wild, at least if you were Andrew Dixon and Conan Karpinski. It was 2013, and the pair had been jamming (with friends Dallyn Hunt and Tim Morrison) under different band names for a few...

Apr 23, 2021
Weekend Warrior: SFU's Sarah Lubik gives body and mind a solid foundation

Sarah Lubik likes to end her innovation classes at SFU with a lesson on entrepreneurial happiness, in which she implores her students to stay active and take care of themselves the best they can. After all, “the more you teach and learn...

Apr 22, 2021
Grosvenor Ambleside houses local entrepreneurs, residents and Douglas Coupland’s art

Famed author/artist Douglas Coupland and Vancouver-based Grosvenor Americas (a subsidiary of the international real estate development firm Grosvenor Group) have something of a tight relationship. The company’s new waterfront community and shopping district, Grosvenor Ambleside, is home to 98 residences and...

Apr 16, 2021
Why the B.C. founders of Hardpops are being forced to move their business to the U.S.

How many theoretical businesses have been launched by two friends sipping alcohol on a patio? Most of those ideas fizzle or are forgotten the next day, but Gabrielle Mustapich and Sheereen Price never let go of the light bulb that...

Apr 15, 2021
Vancouver Economic Commission invites innovators to help facilitate the transition to a cleaner economy

When John McPherson joined the Vancouver Economic Commission in the summer of 2008, the external agency of the City of Vancouver had six or seven people dedicated to supporting local business. Back then, McPherson was tasked with overseeing several departments...

Apr 14, 2021
How a Victoria whisky distiller pledges to fight a “ridiculous, frivolous” lawsuit

There are a few elements to Graeme Macaloney being sued by the Scotch Whisky Association for, among other things, using his own name. The first is that Macaloney, who talks with a thick Scottish accent that shows zero sign of fading...

Apr 7, 2021
Vancouver’s Light AI partners with WHL to provide fast, no-swab COVID-19 tests

There are plenty of reasons to drop out of university, but Peter Whitehead has one of the better answers when he tells the story of why he left UBC in his third year. “I invented a heart catheter,” Whitehead says, so...

Apr 1, 2021
Alex Clark’s first company sold for $200 million. Can messaging app Quantum Pigeon serve as his encore?

Alex Clark has done it before. The California native co-founded Internet of Things startup Bit Stew Systems in 2008, shortly after coming to Vancouver from Silicon Valley. One of the early investors in that company had some prudent advice he’s never forgotten. “He said...

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