Tech & Science

Apr 16, 2020
New report reveals a growing and diverse VR/AR ecosystem in B.C., but challenges loom
By the Editors

We don’t know about you, but given the state of the world, strapping on a pair of VR goggles sounds pretty appealing right now. Looking beyond escapism, virtual reality and augmented reality (VR/AR) technologies might end up playing a key role in helping people stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apr 9, 2020
Video chat concerns: Zoom grew too quickly, ironically
Alyssa Hirose

Thanks to (you guessed it!) COVID-19, most folks are finding themselves participating in more video chats than ever before. Everyone’s work meetings, happy hours and cowboy-themed birthday parties now take place virtually. Zoom, one of the most popular videoconferencing apps...

Apr 8, 2020
10 Vancouver tech investors share their startup survival tips
William Johnson

As the COVID-19 situation continues to expand from a health crisis to an economic one, too, startups and other small businesses are starting the feel the pinch. For example, a recent survey of 1,900 B.C. companies shows that in the past two weeks, about half have suffered revenue drops of...

Apr 6, 2020
National Internet agency offers free cybersecurity to small businesses during COVID-19
By the Editors

At the best of times, cyberattacks are a major threat to businesses of all sizes. The COVID-19 pandemic has left companies even more vulnerable to hackers as their employees adjust to working remotely. With that in mind, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is now offering small businesses in B.C.

Apr 2, 2020
Government and business come together with the COVID-19 Supply Hub
Nathan Caddell

Sue Paish sums up the Canada’s Technology Supercluster quite simply. “We solve big problems, and we do it quickly,” says the CEO of the B.C.-based, federal government–funded outfit, which brings together organizations in different industries across the country in the...

Apr 1, 2020
Nonprofit offers funding and other support for SMEs pursuing COVID-19 solutions
By the Editors

These are tough times for small and medium-sized businesses in B.C. and across the country. But if you’re an SME with an idea that could contribute to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, a new program can help you spring into action. Mitacs, a government-funded national nonprofit that aims to foster...

Mar 27, 2020
Calling all tech startups: There’s still time to enter the New Ventures BC Competition
By the Editors

The business world may be in rough shape, but B.C. startups in need of funding can take heart that a long-running provincial contest remains very much alive. The New Ventures BC Competition for early-stage tech companies, marking its 20th anniversary, is...

Mar 19, 2020
Tips for staying sane in a pandemic from... Later co-founder and COO Matt Smith
Nathan Caddell

After graduating from UBC, Matt Smith worked in IT before becoming something of a serial entrepreneur. He founded two companies based on hosting online scores in Alpha Score Seminars and then Thinkific, with his brother, Greg Smith. Greg is still CEO...

Mar 12, 2020
10 Things You Didn't Know About... Traction on Demand founder and CEO Greg Malpass
Nathan Caddell

Greg Malpass's LinkedIn profile states that he went to the "School of hard knocks." And while that isn't literally true (the Nelson native did a BBA at SFU), he did learn hard and fast lessons while starting a company in...

Mar 9, 2020
Pot Shots: The jury is still out on CBD
Guy Saddy

Gather ’round, ladies and gents! You sir, with your thumbs hooked into the belt loops of your dungarees! Come on in, get a little closer. We’re all friends, right? And as your friend, it is a true honour to share...

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