Box CIO Paul Chapman

Box CIO Paul Chapman opens up about the evolution of IT, working with line of business execs and more

By all means, you can try cold-calling Box CIO Paul Chapman or sending him a hopeful e-mail. You can invite him to your event, webinar or roundtable. You could reach out on social media or other channels and see if he’ll download your white paper. None of these standard marketing tactics, however, will work as […]

Testfire Labs Hendrix

Testfire Labs CEO wants to prove AI can take the pointlessness and misery out of office meetings

Testfire Labs is applying artificial intelligence to one of the most challenging aspects of working in an enterprise — no, not finding, converting or retaining customers. Surviving the agony of office meetings. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Testfire Labs’s initial product is bot dubbed Hendrix.ai, that captures and transcribes conversations from business meetings. Beyond acting as a […]

B2B SaaS VCs

B2B SaaS VCs identify the traits that define successful startups at Collision 2019

The variety of startups attending and exhibiting at Collision 2019 in Toronto this week might be dizzying for marketing, IT professionals and other potential buyers, but top venture capitalists said the B2B vendors with staying power will be vertically focused and architect their products in a very specific way. A panel discussion at the event’s […]

Liquid Media Group Joshua Jackson

How Joshua Jackson’s acting career led him to launch Liquid Media, a B2B entertainment brand

For all the enterprise product announcements being made, Dell Technologies World holds little of the drama you’d find on Dawson’s Creek, The Affair or Fringe, but if a good story unfolds, Joshua Jackson is ready to provide the technology and services to bring it to life. The actor and co-founder/chairman of Liquid Media Group was […]

20-Min Term Sheet Romanow Clearbanc

Clearbanc’s Michele Romanow explains how her ’20-Min Term Sheet’ could finance 2,000 firms’ paid marketing efforts

Michele Romanow knew she had to do something to help entrepreneurs better market themselves — and keep control over the companies they create — when she first saw the wooden iPhone cases. As a judge on CBC’s Dragon’s Den — a sort of Canadian alternative to the U.S. hit show Shark Tank — Romanow regularly […]

incubators and accelerators

What if incubators and accelerators are doing more harm than good to startups and scaleups?

They may have been conceived as engines for producing innovative new technology companies, but experts told the first annual Drive Conference in Waterloo on Thursday that incubators and accelerators are largely failing the startups and scaleups who participate in them. Much of the Drive Conference, which was held at the Lazaridis School of Economics at […]

product positioning vs. category creation

The truth about all the self-described ‘category creators’ in tech

Most successful companies are not category creators – even though they may look like that to folks that come from large companies. Startups should be very, very wary of advice they get around this.  I recently had two startups come to me talking about their attempts “category creation,” for example, when what they were really […]

FPX digital transformation 2019

FPX research shows 58% of B2B firms pursuing digital transformation want to improve buying processes

The majority of B2B firms pursuing some kind of digital transformation projects are trying to improve customer experiences — particularly the ability for buyers to make purchases, according to research from configure-price-quote (CPQ) software maker FPX. Based on a survey of approximately 230 B2B firms with a strong focus on the manufacturing sector, the study […]

enterprise XR CES 2019

CES 2019 experts identify enterprise XR opportunities based on virtual and augmented reality

The competitive advantage offered by early enterprise XR use cases may make it difficult for other B2B professionals to learn how they can apply things like VR and AR in their own firms, a panel of experts told this week’s CES 2019 conference. Speaking from the week-long gadget showcase in Las Vegas via Livestream, several […]

NewtonX B2B influencers

NewtonX offers AI-based service to source B2B influencers faster and better than expert networks

A pair of former management consultants have created a company and service, NewtonX, that aims to address a problem they experienced first-hand: finding qualified B2B influencers to participate in market research projects. Based in New York, NewtonX was launched quietly in 2016 but is beginning to market itself more aggressively following a $3 million round […]

Mark Opauszky

PathFactory CEO Mark Opauszky predicts two big trends influencing customer adoption as a growth metric

PathFactory’s CEO is betting the future of growth in B2B will come from adding more value through post-sale data and taking a more granular approach to customer advocacy programs. The Toronto-based company, which rebranded from its original LookBookHQ moniker earlier this year, recently landed on the Deloitte Canada Fast 50, a list of companies the […]

Tealbook procurement CPOs

How Tealbook, Fluxym, Eved and others are trying to transform enterprise procurement

The digitization of purchase processes in the enterprise are creating a greater need for supplier management applications that work better together than allow chief procurement officers to get a “seat at the table” among senior decision-makers, according to a gathering of CPOs in Toronto on Thursday. Former procurement leaders from Google, GE and other large […]

Rangle rebrand

Rangle begins rebrand that puts creative and strategic DX capabilities in the foreground

Rangle has begun a rebrand that aims to show how an organization that began as a technical consultancy has the creative and strategic capabilities to help enterprises achieve digital transformation faster and more successfully. Based in Toronto, Rangle launched several years ago specializing in helping businesses create mobile-first web sites and other digital challenges, with […]

WeWork Julie Rice

A WeWork exec explains the little stores popping up in its spaces

WeWork has already disrupted the traditional approach to setting up office as a startup or small company by offering a series of spaces where people can get things done together. Now Julie Rice wants them to become spaces where they buy from each other, too. The pioneering coworking provider has recently launched WeMRKT, a series […]

RBC Reach

RBC Reach accelerator program offers commercialization opportunities to B2B startups in its first cohort

The Royal Bank of Canada will be starting with a focus on B2B startups with an accelerator program called RBC Reach that will offer $100,000 in funding to entrepreneurs from around the world. RBC Reach, which is accepting applications until the end of the month, is being launched in partnership with Highline BETA, a company […]

startup sector

The stakes are high to build a startup sector that becomes a pillar of the future

Watching two heavyweights in the Canadian startup sector wage war in the media should not go unnoticed, as there are major implications for the sector in general, especially in a newly uncertain and volatile provincial political environment. On one side is a MaRS-led contingent that is startup-focused, largely apolitical, (despite promoting a we’re- not-Trump-based new […]

hackathon

We may have reached peak hackathon — here’s how enterprise innovation gatherings must evolve

As a means to foster innovation by giving developers and other smart people a creative challenge, there has arguably been nothing as popular as a hackathon — in fact, research suggests they may almost have become too popular. In its most recent Developer Marketing survey report, Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Evans Data showed a 13 per […]

Slack's enterprise growth

Slack’s VP of engineering breaks down the message he’s using to convert e-mail holdouts

It’s already one of most talked-about startups innovating in workplace productivity and collaboration, but Slack’s Michael Lopp is working hard to respond to enterprise decision-makers who say they just can’t let go of traditional e-mail. Though it is based in San Francisco, the firm’s vice-president of engineering has been making a series of in-person appearances […]

Crowd Machine

Crowd Machine seeks to ‘democratize’ blockchain technology for non-developers who want to make decentralized applications

Marketing and sales teams might cringe at the thought of asking their IT department to help them with a blockchain project today, but a startup called Crowd Machine is promising an easy way to create decentralized applications without any technical skills. Based in San Jose, Calif., Crowd Machine has set up a system whereby everyday […]