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Tech & Science

Nov 16, 2017
Vancouver company announces innovation in blockchain technology
By the Editors

Venzee Inc., a Vancouver company that specializes in developing software for retail and supply chain companies, announced the launch of new technology that it hopes will connect businesses with blockchain networks. Simply put, blockchain is a digital ledger that records transactions made in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. “Blockchain is poised to be the most...

Nov 16, 2017
Leadership: Copperleaf CEO Judi Hess promotes women in tech
Felicity Stone

Judi Hess supports affirmative action. Since becoming CEO in 2009 of Vancouver-based Copperleaf Technologies Inc., she has increased the number of female employees from roughly 10 per cent to about a third. Over that period, the company’s total staff rose...

Nov 15, 2017
B.C. second-most-represented province on Deloitte Technology Fast 50 list
By the Editors

Thirteen companies based in B.C. made the 2017 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 list, which ranks the Canadian tech businesses with the highest revenue growth rates over four-year period. Ontario companies topped the list, with social entertainment producer Diply leading the country thanks to revenue expansion of more than 90,000 per cent. Prodigy Game (a game-based learning...

Nov 14, 2017
13 B.C. companies among Canada’s top 100 R&D spenders for 2016
By the Editors

In fiscal 2016, Bombardier Inc. was again Canada’s most prolific investor in research and development, even as the aerospace and transportation company’s spending dropped 14.2 per cent over the previous fiscal year. That’s according to Toronto-based Research Infosource Inc., which publishes an annual ranking of Canada’s top 100 corporate R&D spenders. With just under $1.97 billion...

Nov 14, 2017
Vancouver-based startup wins silver at Native Advertising Awards
By the Editors

Pressboard Media Inc., a Vancouver-based startup that dubs itself an “online story marketplace,” claimed silver in one of the main categories at the Native Advertising Awards. The awards took place last week during the third annual Native Advertising Days (yes, such a thing exists) in Berlin. The company seeks to connect brands with publishers...

Nov 8, 2017
Report says Canadian tech companies fall short when it comes to female executives

Surprise, surprise: a new report called Where’s the Dial Now? has found that only 5 per cent Canadian technology companies have a solo female CEO. The study, sponsored by a movement called #Move the Dial, aims to show the gap that women face in the tech sector. Some of the numbers are staggering. For example: Women...

Nov 6, 2017
Federal government allocates funds to Okanagan-based concussion app
Nathan Caddell

The Progressive Activation and Concussion Education (PACE) mobile app seeks to inform parents how to best respond to concussions suffered by their children. Once a doctor gives a concussion diagnosis, the app identifies trigger symptoms and shows how to deal with them at home and in school. PACE will be available...

Nov 3, 2017
Amazon unveils plans for new Vancouver office, partnership with First Nations Technology Council
Nathan Caddell

Amazon.com Inc. announced a second Vancouver office today, and no, it’s not the coveted second headquarters for the tech giant that the city is bidding for. But what some executives and reporters were calling H2 Lite is impressive in its own right. The 4,500-square-metre space at 402 Dunsmuir Street, scheduled to open in 2020...

Nov 3, 2017
Chinese tech giant invests in Geordie Rose's AI startup

China's Tencent Holdings, best known for developing the world's most popular chat app, WeChat, is just the latest technology giant to invest in Vancouver artificial intelligence startup Kindred Systems Inc. Tencent recently joined earlier investors Eclipse Ventures and First Round Capital in a US$28-million Series B financing round. As we...

Nov 2, 2017
Taxi-hailing app Nekso to launch in North America in early 2018
By the Editors

Nekso is coming home. The tech startup, originally built by Toronto-based Blanc Labs, has operated a taxi-hailing app in South America since it was founded last year. On November 1, the company announced that it will be bringing its business into Canada and the U.S. So far, Nekso has raised US$6.5-million as part of the...

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