Tech & Science
For years industry giants such as Electronic Arts have ruled Vancouver’s digital media roost, employing thousands and pumping billions into the local economy. But in the wake of the mobile revolution, a burgeoning crop of pint-sized competitors is muscling in on their territory, offering up innovative new games and applications more quickly and more cheaply. Too bad nobody’s making any money.
What HSBC’s new nerve centre might mean for Metro Vancouver’s IT industry. There’s a cold drizzle falling in Burnaby, where the sky has been overcast all day. Now, with almost theatrical gloom, crows have started circling, climbing in menacing gyres above HSBC’s brand new global software development centre, the five-storey, 146,000-square-foot building it has dubbed Discovery Green.
If interactive industries in Vancouver and Seattle can link up, we may be able to emerge from the shadow of Silicon Valley. It's no secret that Vancouver has become a powerhouse in the world's games and interactive industry. The flow of companies like EA, Disney, Pixar and others to here indicates that.
What if, asks TEDx fellow Marc Stoiber, green innovation was just about making money? Not so long ago, North America shifted into full-blown climate change panic. Although there were multiple causes, the event that seemed to galvanize everything was Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. Fast forward a few years. As the recession takes our eye off the environment, a robust climate change denial movement has gathered steam.
Vancouver is at the vanguard of the impending mobile revolution. Fifteen years ago, an unknown investment banking analyst in New York published a report on the Internet. At the time, most people were aware of a new Internet phenomenon, but big...
How to ride in the wake of the tech giants. Despite their creative energy, startup companies usually have a tough time breaking into any market, let alone a brand new one. In response, some clever companies have adopted a strategy that involves riding in the slipstream of a much bigger company...
From Victoria, software developer Edwin Braun engineers the collapse of California. Behind a sliding glass door in his tiny basement office at Vancouver Island Technology Park, Edwin Braun surveys the total annihilation of Los Angeles with all the twisted enthusiasm of a comic book villain destroying the world from a distant underground lair.
B.C technology companies have a chance to shine during the Games – and, after that, on the world stage. The Winter Olympics are upon us. After seven years of planning and preparation, these are exciting days. Billions of viewers will be glued to their TVs watching virtually unknown, mostly amateur athletes do sports that only get attention for 16 days every four years.
Incinerating our solid waste to produce electricity would seem to be a win-win: solve the landfill crisis while producing energy at the same time. However, even proponents admit it’s not that simple. A pink, foamy kids’ chair, the kind of cheap prize won at a carnival ball-toss, stands out in the sea of plastic, cardboard and other unidentifiable refuse in the cavernous garbage pit at the Burnaby incinerator.
Sometimes the best way to finance a startup is with your own money. Iam often asked for advice about the right way to fund a new technology venture. The answer is that there is no “right” way; just know that it will be the hardest thing you do as an entrepreneur. Given that in the current economy it’s harder than ever to raise money in Canada, when you start a business you have to ask, Do I need to raise any...