Tech & Science

May 19, 2009
The Idea Economy Arrives
Tony Wanless

Most reporting and commentary, including this blog, concentrates on problems, complaints, arguments, and just plain bitching. But I’m going against the grain for a change and concentrating on some of the good. In particularly, I want to highlight how the Vancouver region appears to be reinventing itself to become a...

May 6, 2009
Looking for the Exits
Brent Holliday

All entrepreneurs are fuelled by dreams of success and wealth, and in the technology industry employees have bought into the dream. Especially in startups, tech staff typically have a significant ownership stake in the company. Sure, they get salaries, but unlike most of us, they receive their bonuses in more stock...

Apr 20, 2009
Cellular On The Move
Peter Severinson

Every once in a while, a company throws in all its chips for one big hand. Such was Sierra Wireless Inc.’s purchase of French rival Wavecom SA in March. Before the deal, Sierra employed roughly 500 people to build and sell its wireless computing products. The addition of Wavecom brings the head count to about 900, creating a large-scale, multinational wireless conglomerate.

Mar 20, 2009
Where's Government 2.0?
Garth Buchholz

Anyone remember the Campbell government’s e-B.C. Strategy? Not too surprising if you don’t, because it’s been more than four years since the B.C. government formally announced it, with the vision of “transforming the way people every­where engage the British Columbia government and receive services they need, at the time and...

Mar 20, 2009
The Tech Pendulum: Fear and Greed
Brent Holliday

In January you may have missed the 200th birthday of Edgar Allan Poe, celebrated American writer. One of his more famous stories was “The Pit and the Pendulum,” a gruesome tale about a dungeon made of a deep pit and...

Mar 19, 2009
Big Bodyguards for Isohunt's Gary Fung
Tony Wanless

When confronted by a huge and aggressive competitor, most small business operators simply fold up and go away. But not Gary Fung, 25, of Richmond. He turns the aggression into a marketing moment. Fung runs a small company called IsoHunt...

Mar 1, 2009
The Profit Myth
Brent Holliday

A smart technology-industry observer here in the Northwest had a great saying when he spoke of the dot-com companies that flashed and fizzled last decade: Profits: Nature’s Way of Saying You Belong. Mark Anderson made and sold T-shirts and bumper stickers that tech geeks like me thought were hilarious. The...

Feb 1, 2009
The Fallout
Brent Holliday

“That don’t kill me, can only make me stronger” – Kanye West, “Stronger” For some technology companies created before 2000, this economic downturn is, in the immortal words of Yogi Berra, “like déjà vu all over again.” The B.C. technology sector contracted by more than 30,000 jobs in the aftermath of...

Jan 19, 2009
Why Nortel Fell
Tony Wanless

Left: CEO of Nortel Networks, Mike Zafirovski So Nortel Networks (TSX: NT) is issuing its last death rattles behind the door of bankruptcy protection. This, according to the pundits who always have something to say, signals hard times for others in the technology industry. Expect the fallout to affect...

Jan 1, 2009
Investing in Technology Startups
Brent Holliday

How does this sound? I want to start a business. It will not make a dollar of revenue for 24 months. It won’t be profitable for four years, at least. It has no assets whatsoever. In fact, the only asset...

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