Welcome to edition #3 of my weekly look at what’s happening within the Canadian startup landscape, as well as interesting blog posts about startups.
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- How Does a Startup Grow: a story by the Financial Post’s Quentin Casey putting the spotlight on six “Canadians with influence” within the high-tech sector:
- Uniiverse launches its “collaborative living” service: The Montreal/Toronto-based company attracted an extensive review by TechCrunch’s Rip Empson. Look for a story next week on Uniiverse in my Globe & Mail “Start” column.
- There are a growing number of startup accelerators emerging in Canada. Canadian Private Equity puts the spotlight on four: GrowLab, Extreme Startups, FounderFuel and Launch36.
- Shopcastr, which makes it easy for retailers to create an online store and for consumers to discover them, launched earlier this week. I’ve been working with them for several months, which included the decision to pivot after their original idea failed to gain much traction. Here’s my blog post, as well as a story by Mike Connell in the Toronto Standard.
- Just F*%king Sell: A passionate blog post by Graphic.ly CEO Micah Baldwin in which he contends the most important metric for a startup is “building something worth selling, and selling something worth building”.
- A couple of my other blog post this week included a look at the startup roadkill that’s will no doubt materialize, and a look at how generous startups should be with stock options given the many people Facebook turned into millionaires.