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Tech & Science

Apr 1, 2019
This data expert’s non-profit spearheaded a national tour to identify the barriers faced by women in tech
Nick Rockel

Alicia Close has loved math since she was a child, when her father, a self-employed financial adviser, would have her solve tough problems during car rides. Close, who was born in North Vancouver and raised near Toronto, earned a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, majoring in finance and international business.

Apr 1, 2019
Her tech firm aims to help people without Internet access communicate electronically
Nick Rockel

Returning to her hometown of Langley after completing a BBA at SFU’s Beedie School of Business in 2015, Melissa Quinn took a maternity leave HR contract that turned into a much bigger job. At Maple Ridge–based Left, she quickly moved into corporate development with the tech outfit, which had worked in the web domain name business but was turning its attention to blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Apr 1, 2019
His anonymous messaging app has seven million users in three countries
Nick Rockel

What’s an Ivy League economics grad to do? In 2016, Matthew Segal appeared to be headed for a career in investment banking after leaving Yale University, where he rowed First Varsity for four years. But several job offers later, Segal decided his heart wasn’t in it. Back in his hometown of Vancouver, he also chose not to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, prominent developers Lorne and Joseph Segal–for now, anyway.

Apr 1, 2019
He co-founded an agency that helps Western-branded businesses reach Chinese-speaking consumers
Nick Rockel

Since growing up as the “token Asian guy” in Tsawwassen, Alex Wan has capitalized on his knowledge of East and West: “I always found myself enjoying educating my friends on Chinese culture, which is a natural precursor to what I do now.” Wan, whose family immigrated to B.C. from Taiwan when he was five, never planned to be an entrepreneur.

Mar 28, 2019
The Promised Land: B.C. is building business ties with Israel
BCBusiness

by Ng Weng Hoong Since independence in 1948, Israel has transformed parts of the harsh Negev Desert that occupies more than half of the country into forests and farms to grow food crops and even fish. But it would require a...

Mar 22, 2019
Matrix: 6 B.C. companies at the forefront of property tech
Nathan Caddell

BASED: Vancouver FOUNDER: Charlsy Dobell LAUNCHED: 2015 EMPLOYEES: 11 THE DL: Collects information from more than 125 property databases and collates them, allowing developers and realtors to see the newest stats in real time and analyze how neighbourhoods and communities are shifting IT’S KINDA LIKE: Google Maps BASED:...

Mar 15, 2019
The BCBusiness 2019 Education Guide: How to find the right tech school
Dee Hon

Jennifer Waldern is going places. On a brisk December day, the seagulls on Vancouver’s Granville Island squawk around her as she soaks in some last sights of the city. Next week the 2013 UBC computer science graduate is moving to...

Mar 7, 2019
7 B.C. businesses named among best managed
Juan Rivera

While most British Columbians were busy grudgingly getting over the week’s hump day, 47 businesses celebrated their crowning in one of the country’s most recognized business awards. Today, professional services giant Deloitte announced the new winners for Canada’s Best Managed Companies. The...

Mar 7, 2019
B.C.'s Most Influential Women in Finance: Investing
By the Editors

When the U.S. government bailed out Citigroup in late 2008, Manica Gautam was working in its London office as an associate with the global consumer and retail investment banking division. “I was probably fortunate to be cheap enough not to...

Mar 5, 2019
B.C. tech startups battle for funding at New Ventures competition
Juan Rivera

B.C. tech startups have an opportunity to shift their businesses into overdrive. For the 19th year in a row, New Ventures BC, a non-profit that encourages and develops B.C. tech entrepreneurs, is hosting the province’s largest technology competition. Sponsored by Innovate BC...

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