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ThinkRF is looking for a software developer

Think RF is looking for the next rockstar software developer.

C/C++; Python, Qt application framework; Java, Linux, embedded systems architecture and statistical computing in numpy/scipy, and Matlab.

If you meet the above qualifications apply now to be part of a great team.



By Natasha D'Souza

Lead To Win sessions starting Oct. 30th 2012

Are you (or someone you know) serious about establishing and growing a business?  Do you think you have the next killer idea/product/service but don’t know how to go about starting a successful, growth-oriented business?  Do you already have a business, but your growth has stagnated, and you need to figure out how to reinvigorate it?  If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then the Lead To Win (LTW) Bootcamp is for you.


The LTW Bootcamp will provide company founders with:

  • The knowledge necessary to establish and grow a successful business;
  • The confidence, encouragement and motivation to succeed;
  • The foundation to sell to first customers, raise funds and attract talent;
  • Access to a large and diverse business network;

All tech founders are welcome, as well as founders starting businesses in any sector.

The next session of Lead To Win is scheduled for October 29-30-31 and  November 27-28-29, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The 6 days of training are free, but you must apply!




By Natasha D'Souza

Local startup acquired: MediaMiser acquires InfoGlutton Solutions

A great Ottawa startup success story! You may recall we reported almost a year ago that MediaMiser had received $1Mil in funding, now the Ottawa media monitoring and analysis firm has annnounced its acquisition of Gatineau-based InfoGlutton.


Here’s the official news release:

MediaMiser acquires InfoGlutton Solutions

OTTAWA – MediaMiser, a media monitoring and analysis technology company, has acquired Gatineau-based social media and online reputation monitoring firm InfoGlutton Solutions.

The acquisition will provide MediaMiser with its own built-in, automated toning engine able to gauge the sentiment of news stories, tweets, blog posts and other content in multiple languages.

Previously, InfoGlutton’s technology had conducted online reputation management and social media listening specifically for the restaurant and hospitality industry. It was founded in 2009 and incubated via the Talent First Network’s Lead To Win program.

“This is our first acquisition and an extremely important one,” said MediaMiser CEO Brett Serjeantson. “Integrating InfoGlutton’s market-tested sentiment technology with MediaMiser’s own social media monitoring and analysis tools will help the company provide real-time, as-it-happens feedback to both large enterprises and SMEs.”

Mr. Serjeantson added the acquisition will allow MediaMiser to roll out a standalone social media product separate from its flagship software, MediaMiser Enterprise.

InfoGlutton co-founder and CEO David Nadeau, a PhD in computer sciences from the University of Ottawa, joins MediaMiser as Chief Science Officer.

“We see this opportunity as a chance to grow from a relatively small firm into a large company almost overnight,” said Mr. Nadeau. “Working within MediaMiser gives us the means to achieve our ambitions.”

MediaMiser is based in Ottawa and was founded in 2003.

By Kelly Rusk

Sam Zaid gives you a step-by-step plan for funding via

In case you haven’t heard, is the hottest “startup for startups” with an all-star lineup of successful entrepreneurs who share their founder recipes on how to do everything from getting amazing press for your startup (Adrian Salamunovic) to building a content strategy to drive millions of readers to your blog (Dan Martell).  Past and upcoming authors include Jeremy Olson (Tapity), Cameron Herold (1-800-GOT-JUNK), and Aaron Hall (DressRush, Member of 500 Startups).

Today we launched the newest Play with local startup celebrity Sam Zaid on how to raise money for your startup.  I had the chance to sit down with Sam (CEO of and winner of 2011 TechCrunch Disrupt) to talk startup funding and he had some great insights on how startups should structure their business and focus on milestones to make funding much more straightforward (and successful).

Here are some of the highlights:

  • How to determine when you need money and alternative funding mechanisms
  • Do your research and hand-pick investors that will be a good fit
  • Setup milestones for your business.  Check with investors to see if they’re the right milestones
  • How to know when you’ve nailed a pitch
  • Tips on how to negotiate the best terms (and to get term sheets)

Raising money is a prerequisite for most startups – especially startups that want to scale and are working on the BIG idea.  If you’re launching a new startup or thinking about raising money in the future – you should buy this play NOW – not the night before your first pitch.

(note: I’m affiliated with the website… but I still think its ingenious!)

By Scott Annan

Hangin around with the smart people at Wherecloud

So it’s always nice to work with really smart people.  I’ve been pretty lucky in that respect, in that almost everything I have done has kept me in contact with people who are trying to change the world.  

I’ve known Martin Dufort for about six or seven years now.  We first met when he was working on Kakiloc which was an incredible company that was ahead of its time.  Lately, I’ve been doing some advisory work with Martin and his new company Wherecloud.  

Wherecloud is one of the most amazing mobile app development companies out there in that not only do they make great apps for their clients but they also make great apps for themselves.   If you’ve noticed the mobile revolution that has been going on at the Yellow Pages Group, it’s Wherecloud who have made that happen.

Well, earlier today my relationship with Wherecloud became a little more formal with the announcement of their new Advisory Board.  For me it’s a great, not only do I get to help out an amazing company but I also get to hang around super smart people like Martin, his partner Fred Brunel and advisor Jean Boisvert.  


By Scott Lake

IRAP’s the new Dragon: VC Recruiting & Vetting

I just got an email from IRAP (who have recently been singing a familiar tune here in Ottawa: that they have no money for startups) that surprised and bothered me enough to stop building my business and write this blog post.

Here’s an excerpt from the email:

Subject: IRAP-Sponsored, VC Pitchfest Opportunity in January

Body:IRAP in the National Capital Region is organizing an event around mid-January for early stage IRAP client companies in the ICT, digital media, and mobile sectors looking for VC financing.  IRAP has arranged to have at least five Toronto VC’s available.  The Toronto VC’s feel they are missing potential investment opportunities in the Ottawa area.  Critical mass of start-ups makes it worthwhile for VC’s to come to Ottawa and see the companies in one day.

…. IRAP will select the top 25 – 30 companies based on submission of one page executive summary (see the attachment for an example).  The company selection process will be completed by IRAP ITAs who will choose the best candidates amongst their client base in the target industry sector of VC’s.

The format of the “event” is a typical dragon’s den format where each company is bestowed 5 minutes of valuable “VC time” to pitch.

I know what you’re thinking -> “Hey, awesome that IRAP is bringing money to Ottawa.  I gotta get my pitch polished up!”.  But that wasn’t my reaction.  Here’s what’s wrong with this:

  1. At what point did the government (more specifically, my tax dollars) get in the business of doing VC’s job of recruiting portfolio companies?
  2. What skills and background does IRAP have in “selecting the top 25-30 companies”?  What objective criteria will they use?  Should the government be implementing any program that is completely subjective?  How does an IRAP field officer have the VC skills to do this?
  3. Um… what does IRAP do?  Is this part of their mandate?

This falls into the same pathetic bucket as most programs run by the government and administered by government groups (see OCRI, OCE, etc…).  ”We’re just trying to help startups succeed”.  Really?  Are you?  If you looked long and hard at IRAP “client companies”, is a dragon’s den event helpful?  Is creating efficiency for VC’s the big problem we have here in Ottawa?  Or could this be a justification for continued government funding – a line item on a list of “great things we’re doing for startups”.

If you’re a great startup, you can contact those VCs directly – they’d love to talk (and I’ll make an intro).

If you’re the government, we want our money back please.

By Scott Annan

City Hall Open Data Hackfest – this Saturday!

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
Free – City Hall, Champlain Room

As population densities increase, neighbours stop talking and start becoming estranged. Isn’t that weird and interesting?

Join user experience & interaction designers, indie video game developers, musicians, urban planners, citizens, librarians, data wranglers, debutantes and government officials in dreaming up and prototyping ways to change the way we interact with our neighbours using public data. This event is basically a party inside of city hall where we talk, draw on giant pieces of paper and make real, working stuff.

What kind of stuff are we talking about here? Think along the lines of impromptu supper clubs for your block that investigate local eateries and vernisages/gallery openings together. Pull knowledge of new places opening from the city’s health inspection reports and arts & events news streams, push it to a tiny Facebook group, and you’re done! Or are you?

Everyone curious is welcome. No skill sets necessary. Show up curious and we’ll take care of you.

More details at



By Scott Lake is a social food journal.

If you take pictures of what you eat, this is a great tool to help you keep them together and share them.

Please sign up and join us; it is free to use.  Create a food journal for yourself.  Follow other members to see what else everyone else is eating.

For the time being, our website provides the best way for uploading and viewing the food journals.

For uploading from mobile devices, we also provide a mobile web view of the site for Android, Blackberry and other non-iPhone devices.  The mobile web view is optimized for smaller-sized screens.

For uploading from iPhones, iPods and iPads, it is not possible for now.  We are working on an app for that.
We would love to hear from you.  Please feel free to contact us at any time at


Forktime is the brainchild of my good friend An-min Kuo.  Have fun..

By Scott Lake A Great Resource for Entrepreneurs


As a startup entrepreneur, you have to be really good at lots of things to build a world class business – creating a business plan, raising money, IP protection, viral marketing, getting customers, etc….  I know a lot of entrepreneurs, and none of them are experts in all these areas, but they need to execute like an expert to grow their business.

So what do you do?  Well, if you’re well funded, you can hire experts with these skills.  Otherwise, you have to read a lot of blogs and books, seek out experienced mentors or advisors, and ask a lot of questions until you are an expert.  Which takes a lot of time – something no entrepreneur has enough of.

Which is why we launched  The service incorporates concepts, advice, and recommendations from experienced entrepreneurs and packages them into executable, step by step actions that you need to take to nail a part of your business.  Each activity is called a “Play” – “How to pitch a VC Play”, “How to get on TechCrunch Play” – which when combined adds to your “Startup Playbook” of activities that you can execute.  Each Play has three sections:

  1. Brainstorming
    Full of content, videos, presentations that explain the concept and provide a place for you and your team to brainstorm ideas about the Play
  2. Tasks
    A checklist of all the specific activities you need to execute with detailed instructions on how to complete them – which can be assigned to team members with a due date
  3. Files / Templates
    Excel, powerpoint, and document templates that you and your team can collaborate on.

For example, say you wanted help Incorporating your business.  In that play there is brainstorming sections with information on choosing a name, selecting a location (federal or provincial, Canada or US), and deciding on structure (LLP, INC).  There are tasks for each of the brainstorming activities as well as filling out documents (which are in the files section), doing a name search, registering the company, and a bunch more very specific things that you can check off as you complete “the Play”.

Each Play tells you how long it should take to run, how many people you should need, and level of experience needed to execute.  The cost for a play is between free and $99.

What’s cool about it is that it can save entrepreneurs days or weeks of trying to figure this stuff out on their own, when so many other entrepreneurs have already done it.

The sites currently in closed beta.  Check it out at


By Scott Annan

Foursquare Hackathon

John Criswick @ Magmic is hosting a Foursquare hackathon on Saturday the 17th.

Here’s a little more about the event from John:

"Reminder that this Saturday the 17th is Foursquare’s global hackathon.

Magmic has offered to host it at our offices at 126 York St 4th Floor. Attending doesn’t mean having to stay 24 hours – some people may want to just attend the first hour during which one of Magmic’s developers will go over what the Foursquare API is capable of and our experience using it.

Some of us will stick around after and do some coding. There will be coffee / food plus Foursquare has sent us a bunch of t-shirts and other swag."

Check it out!

By Luc Levesque