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Canada’s Startup Communities: Shining brighter than the California sun

Silicon Valley may be the first place that comes to mind when you think of tech startups, but when considering resources, financial support, and a welcoming atmosphere, Canada has been steadily putting itself on the map. The startup communities in cities such as Vancouver, Waterloo, Toronto,  Calgary and Montreal have proven to be a sought after home for some of the...

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3 High-Tech Halloween Costumes for Your Inner Nerd

I think we can all agree costumes that require effort, intelligence and some technical know-how are more interesting than the average 'sexy nurse' costume you pick-up at the nearest pop-up shop. For all you nerds out there, here are some of the coolest technically advanced DIY Halloween costumes. You won't find fish-nets or crop tops here, mostly just microcontrollers and Raspberry...

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‘Poynt’ed in the Right Direction

Security has always been a factor when considering things like digital wallets and mobile payments. With the increased number of financial fraud cases, it is hard to know who to trust with your digital currency. Many believe that if you are going to put your faith in anyone, it’s safe to trust Osama Bedier, former PayPal and Google Wallet employee,...

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1, 2, 3 … When Will Retail be Omni?

Omnichannel refers to the omniscient retail experience. In other words, it is the multichannel approach  to convenience and customer satisfaction. Retailers have been talking about its impending actuality for  years now, but we have yet to see many of them master its basic principles. The benefits of omnichannel for both retailers and consumers are obvious. For retailers, having a  coherent customer...

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Part 2 – The Global eCommerce War

Due to the natural competition we see between China and North America it is easy to debate the significance and power of Alibaba/JD.com and Amazon/eBay. In my previous article I discussed China and its ever-growing respect as the worlds new eCommerce leader. Today I want to delve deeper into the commonalities and variations we see between the worlds largest eCommerce kings. There’s...

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Part 1 – Alibaba: Showing the World Why China is the eCommerce Leader

The largest IPO in history is certainly something to brag about, but Alibaba is bringing some much-needed  attention to eCommerce in China as a whole. Year over year China experiences exponential growth in their  eCommerce market, and although the growth rate of internet users has slowed down, the online shopping  population has continued to grow rapidly. Last year China had...

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Bitcoin: A Digital Currency for a Digital World

                                Bitcoin may seem like the elusive internet currency that isn't quite relevant yet, but Bitcoin is steadily making its way into mainstream consumerism. Bitcoin is a decentralized virtual currency that allows anyone with an internet-connected device to instantly send or receive value to anyone in the...

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Digital Convenience : Just a “tap” away

A digital wallet (or e-wallet) is exactly as it sounds. It is a blanket term for a range of technologies that are changing the way we pay for things. The days of inconvenient swiping and PIN entry are over. We are well on our way to a world where a mere “tap” is all that is needed. With the recent announcement...

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Insider View into the Product Team of a Startup

Designing, building and marketing a product in the startup world is a very different process than that of a mature business. There are similarities, but the approach has to deviate from the norm for a  startup to succeed. Yes, a larger company can implement agile methodologies, short-term sprints and goal oriented product roadmaps, but startup based product teams must be...

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Mobile: A point for bricks, not clicks

By the mid-2000’s every retailer was accepting that mobile shopping or “m-commerce” was transforming consumerism. Both online and offline stores had reasons to fear the change but also just as many reasons to embrace it. Seemingly the greater fear was with brick-and-mortar stores as they wondered if they would eventually become obsolete. The added convenience of mobile shopping, coupled with online...

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