March 26, 2016 – “Worries about fraud and fragmentation may prompt a shakeout in the crowded online-ad industry. This year, for the first time, advertisers in America may spend more online than on television. Worldwide, online ads may surpass television in 2017, predicts the forecasting unit of Interpublic, a giant ad agency. Digital advertisers’ ambitions border on the divine. They are omnipresent, nestling their ads in news sites, search results and Instagram feeds. They are increasingly omniscient: no longer do advertisers know just general things about you—a worldly professional, say, with superb taste in journalism—but they target you, specifically. Omnipotence, however, is proving harder to achieve.” Read the full story at the Economist
March 17, 2016 – “The study from the National Foundation for American Policy, a non-partisan think tank based in Arlington, Va., shows that immigrants started more than half of the current crop of U.S.-based startups valued at $1 billion or more.
These 44 companies, the study says, are collectively valued at $168 billion and create an average of roughly 760 jobs per company in the U.S. The study also estimates that immigrants make up over 70% of key management or product development positions at these companies.” Read the Full Story at WSJ
March 14, 2016 – “Once driven by fear of missing out on the next Uber or Airbnb, formerly frenzied venture investors have turned circumspect, waiting to see how far the tech market will fall. Dropping valuations often kick-start a fresh round of dealmaking, but anemic initial public offerings and billion-dollar markdowns for the likes of Snapchat and Dropbox are causing venture capitalists to sit on their hands — leaving some startups to starve.” Read the full Story at Bloomberg
March 9, 2015 – “He had $1 million in the bank, and he was shutting down his company. Crazy, right? Not really. He had set a benchmark for progress and failed to reach it, and so he was returning the remaining capital to investors — saving us all from making millions in wasted, additional investments. We were so impressed that we’ve since handed him the reins at two other problematic companies.” Read Full Story at ENTREPRENEUR
March 7, 2016 – “Ten years ago, bored by the repetitive nature of his work as a private-equity analyst, Ryan Caldbeck began to think that the job could be done as well by software. Today, he’s the co-founder and chief executive of CircleUp, an online crowdfunding platform specializing in consumer-goods companies—think food, cosmetics and chain restaurants. Mr. Caldbeck’s firm has built software that he says does more or less what he once found so stultifying. Internally, this software is called the Classifier…” Read Full Story at WSJ
March 31, 2016 – “Aew years ago, Sam Molyneux was finally finishing up a research paper he had spent three years working on at Princess Margaret Hospital. But when it came time to be submit, he found out that his research had already been scooped and published six months ago. “We realized that this problem is rampant in the science community. Everyone is unaware of what’s going on unless you’re spending a significant portion of your day just looking at the horizon,” said his sister Amy Molyneux. The Molyneux siblings are the founders of Meta, formerly known as ScienceScape. Since 1809, 25 million biomedical research papers have been published, while the Internet has made it easier than ever to continue publishing — which also means that scientists struggle to make sense of the information. Meta’s publication-agnostic big data platform uses machine learning to organize the information in those papers and deliver it to different industries within science depending on their interest.” (more…)
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)
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