Tech & Science

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Victor Nicolov invented a better way to dispose of kitchen scraps
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: There’s no doubt that more than a few business ideas have been born out of UVic parties. But it’s likely safe to say that not many of them have made Time magazine’s annual list of the top 100...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Harsh Rathod spots trouble in vital infrastructure with Niricson Software
Nick Rockel

Life Story: Harsh Rathod was working toward a PhD in civil engineering at UVic in 2016 when he learned that a bridge on the busy Mumbai-Goa highway that some of his family members often used had collapsed, killing almost 30...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: The three co-founders of the C.O.D.E. Initiative are building a more inclusive tech industry
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Bahar Moussavi was talking with a male cohort after a coding class at UBC when her colleague said that she didn’t look like she’d be in computer science. “It was a really weird thing, because at that time...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Serial entrepreneur Thamer Matar is out to create more-accessible workplaces
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Thamer Matar spent his formative years more or less impersonating a yo-yo. He was born in Jordan, came to Surrey for his elementary school years and went back to Jordan for high school. University saw it swing back...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Tawanda Masawi and Rana Taj are gaming the esports industry
Nick Rockel

Life Story: “I come from a pretty corporate background,” says Tawanda Masawi, who grew up in Zimbabwe, where his father is CEO of one of southern Africa’s largest sugar producers. The same goes for his business partner and fellow immigrant...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Caleb Bernabe’s VINN is driving change in the auto industry
Nick Rockel

Life Story: Vancouver Island native Caleb Bernabe wanted to be a doctor—and an architect. Finishing high school a year early, Bernabe headed to Vancouver, where he studied life sciences at UBC and business development remotely through Athabasca University. But after...

Jul 7, 2021
Vancouver call centre software startup changes name, raises funds to reach ReadyMode
Nathan Caddell

Jason Jantz still remembers how his parents looked when he broke the news that he was going to take a job at a call centre. The Vancouverite, who had long had his heart set on being a ship pilot, was...

Jul 5, 2021
Opinion: 5 technology trends that are here to stay, even after the pandemic
Conner Galway

“Whenever people find a new technology, they will flock to it, but this will never be a substitute for proper business communication.” –Howard Rheingold Sound familiar? That quote isn’t about Snapchat or Zoom calls—the hesitancy around advances in business technology dates back...

Jul 2, 2021
B.C. innovator brings hydrogen fuelling stations to the trucking industry
Nick Rockel

When you think about green vehicles, heavy-duty trucks are probably the last thing that comes to mind. Jessica Verhagen, Hydra Energy’s new CEO, wants to change that. Under Verhagen, the Vancouver company is taking steps to scale up adoption of its...

Jun 30, 2021
Cool B.C. company you (probably) haven’t heard of: Invinity Energy Systems is supercharging the battery industry
Nathan Caddell

There likely aren’t too many publicly traded companies sandwiched between two breweries in Vancouver’s Grandview-Woodlands neighbourhood. But Invinity Energy Systems’ chief commercial officer Matt Harper isn’t exactly complaining: “We’re right in the middle of Powell Brewery and Andina, so it’s...

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