b2b growth metrics

Editor’s Note: These are the B2B growth metrics that matter now

Erika Baker may have surprised attendees at #movethedial this week when, during her closing keynote speech, she said she wasn’t going to talk about diversity and inclusion. After all, this was an event designed to help more women achieve leadership positions in tech companies. Baker, the senior engineering manager at Patreon, is well-known as a […]

creative entrepreneurs

3 Tips to unleash the creative entrepreneurs in your community

If you are wondering how to take on the challenges of a shifting global economy, investing in creative industries entrepreneurs tackles economic, civic, and social challenges and is found in every community in every corner of the globe. From Boston to Bangladesh, creative entrepreneurs are building companies at the cutting edge of digital fabrication, augmented […]

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 […]

Blockchain and the Internet of Things

Blockchain and the Internet of Things: Evolution or Revolution?

Even if blockchain technology still must overcome some challenges there is a clear change in attitudes and initiatives regarding the technology behind cryptocurrencies. Moreover, the use cases and spending patterns become clearer and show how blockchain is not just converging with the Internet of Things (IoT) but also with the foundations of a digital economy […]

Outlaw contracts legalese

Outlaw fights back at the incomprehensible legalese that plagues business contracts

It should have been a celebratory time for Evan Schneyer. His travel-oriented startup, Wanderfly, was being sold to Tripadvisor after about five weeks’ worth of discussion. Then, when it came time to sign on the dotted line, the contract challenges emerged that gave birth to his new venture, Outlaw. “It was like a glorified job […]

SaaS

Sales and marketing tools dominate the $1.02B being invested in ‘SaaS North’

The needs of senior executives in marketing and sales roles are driving investments of more than $1.02 billion in software-as-a-service startups across Canada, according to a study conducted by B2B accelerator L-Spark. “State of SaaS 2017” will be formally presented as part of SaaS North, the second annual event of its kind organized by L-Spark […]

AngelList

Former AngelList exec explains what startups could teach enterprises about AI

There are plenty of people betting big on how technologies like artificial intelligence will change consumers’ lives, but Ash Fontana is strictly putting his money on line-of-business applications. Fontana, managing director at Silicon Valley VC firm Zetta Venture Partners, was in Toronto last week as part of the CDO Summit. The former head of fundraising projects at […]

TMX Group

TMX Group global marketing campaign puts the future in closeup

Self-driving cars, delivery drones, robot hands and fields full of solar panels are all starring in a video that marks a rebrand from TMX Group that highlights the importance of public equity to entrepreneurs. The one-minute clip, dubbed “The Future Is Yours To See,” made its debut last week and almost completely fills the TMX […]

L-Spark

L-Spark looks for next-gen SaaS startups with more than ‘vanity metrics’

The next generation of software-as-a-service startups need to go beyond “vanity metrics” and demonstrate plans for sustainable growth if they want to gain the trust of B2B customers, according to the managing director of an accelerator whose application process closes Friday. L-Spark, which has launched 29 startups since 2015 and is about to select 10 […]

How this company specializes in conversion rate optimization

Website performance is a key priority for any brand. It is no accident that high profile companies have well-designed websites; these sites are the result of heavily-customized and multi-faceted optimization strategies designed to convert page visits to sales. If you want to make your website perform better and earn you more revenue, you may want […]

What you need to know about the state of venture capital funding in U.S. and Canada

by Kay Mathews  Fuelling economic growth through investment in startup companies is a priority in Canada and the United States. Leaders of both nations have taken steps to reinvigorate venture capital industries in their respective countries, but the means to that end are distinctive. According to a May 6 National Venture Capital Association press release, […]