January 7, 2015 – “Science fiction will become science fact this year when you take virtual-reality vacations and your dishwasher reorders its own soap. Are you ready for a drone that follows you around like paparazzi? … Here are our best picks for what’s coming, and what you can do to be ready for it… Virtual Reality, Messaging, Drones, Voice-Operated Everything, Chinese Phones, Advanced Cameras, Streaming, Wireless Charging, Independent Wearables, Wireless Headphones and more…” See the full list at WSJ
December 24, 2015 – “In the tech startup sector, the sentiment shared by many entrepreneurs seems to be that things are cooling. Winter is not yet here. But fall is definitely here and winter might be coming,” Vancouver-based entrepreneur and investor Boris Wertz said in an interview. Company valuations, funding amounts, and founder-friendly investment terms are feeling the chill. But there’s a variety of opinion on whether the situation will deteriorate into a full startup winter…” Read full story at FP
December 7, 2015 – “Allowing everyday Americans to invest in today’s high-growth startups—picture grandma and grandpa putting a portion of their retirement savings into the next pre-IPO Facebook—has long been the dream of advocates of so-called equity crowdfunding. This dream was supposed to be enabled by the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act… ‘regulated crowdfunding’ is all the pain of an IPO without the IPO” Read full story at WSJ
November 22, 2015 – “$571 billion. The value of tech deals announced this year world-wide, surpassing the highest full-year level on record. This year’s surge in technology deal-making is doing much to erase the dot-com boom from the record books.” Read full article at WSJ
November 19, 2015 “Square Inc.’s initial public stock offering could prove to be a signpost for technology startups that have long been tapping private investors for deals at lofty valuations. The San Francisco payments startup founded by Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Jack Dorsey jumped 45% in its first day of trading, showing that investors in public markets still crave new tech investments—at the right price. On Wednesday, Square slashed its offering price to $9 a share, putting it millions of dollars below expectations and billions below the value the company was given last year by private investors.” Read full article at WSJ
Startup’s Growth Driven by F500 Companies Looking for Greater Live Marketing ROI; Limelight Signs on BMW, Scotiabank, Mercedes-Benz to Growing Client List
TORONTO, ON–(Marketwired – January 13, 2016) “Canadian martech company Limelight Platform Inc. today announced it has successfully closed $3.1 million in seed funding in its first year. The marketing automation technology company is providing F500 clients with the world’s first end-to-end platform to optimize their live marketing activities at every touchpoint with consumers.
A cloud-based solution, Limelight lets marketers prove and improve the ROI of every ‘live marketing’ experience, defined as every face-to-face interaction between a brand and consumer. Through Limelight, brands can plan, build, communicate and measure campaigns in one place, replacing point solutions and custom work from a multitude of vendors. The live marketing automation platform gives brands the control to track and optimize the performance of live marketing activities such as experiential programs, test drives, trade shows, sponsorships, sampling programs and branded consumer events. Watch how Limelight works here.” (more…)
January 6, 2015 – “Nevertheless, let’s collectively create a list of Canada’s hottest startups. I have bravely ventured into the fray by tapping into a variety of sources: Metabridge, Branham’s Up & Coming ICT, Deloitte’s Companies to Watch, PWC’s Vision to Reality Awards and 48 Hours in Valley’s 2015 cohort, and adding some personal choices…
Limelight Platform…” Mark Evans (See the full list here)
November 18, 2015 – “Meta, a machine intelligence and big-data-as-a-service company for researchers and scientific industries, today announces $6 million in funding led by Rho Canada Ventures (previous investments include: Figure1 & Chango). Additional investors include Western Technology Investment (Palantir, Google, Facebook), iGan Partners (Quandl, eSight), and angel investors from around the world.
Meta recently launched its AI-powered science information platform, an end-to-end service that enables researchers and scientific industries to navigate the entirety of scientific information (25 million papers with 4,000 new ones published daily) and instantly identify key insights that would normally take days or even weeks to find. The platform currently offers 20 machine intelligent services for four core scientific industries — publishing, life science tools and reagents companies, academia and government agencies.” (Read more…)
November 6, 2015 “People across North America tuned in yesterday to watch one of The Rachael Ray Show’s most emotional episodes ever.
Gene from Denver, CO, has been legally blind for 16 years, but once he turned on his eSight on the show, he saw his beautiful wife, Joy, and baby boy, Lincoln, for the first time in his life!” (watch the video here)
November 5, 2015 “Meta has launched a universal machine intelligence platform to make the information that lives inside the world’s scientific papers discoverable to people and industries throughout the scientific universe.
Formerly called Sciencescape, Toronto’s Meta is a big data company for science and intellectual property.” (more…)
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