Box Prepares for its IPO With a Trove of Pending Patent Applications

Box CEO Aaron Levie. Box has fewer patents than its competitor Dropbox, but dwarfs its competitor in patent applications

Box, Inc.’s S-1 filing for its IPO was released last week. Envision IP reviewed the filing to understand how Box has protected its technology, and how its patent portfolio compares against its peers. Box states in its S-1 that “[a]s of January 31, 2014, we had four issued U.S. patents….and we had 80 pending patent [...]

Canada’s Five Most Interesting Social Media Companies

Hootsuite CEO Ryan Holmes and Mika, at the company's Vancouver headquarters.

Social media has become the new normal. Do you remember what using the internet was like before Facebook or Twitter? Me neither. It seems amazing that the former will only celebrate its tenth birthday this coming summer. The way things are shaping up, it seems likely that we’ll look back five years from now and [...]

It’s unlikely that Wi-Fi is making us sick, concludes Royal Society of Canada

Royal Society of Canada: ""There is a consensus among these major international reviews that there is no conclusive and strong evidence that exposure to low levels of electromagnetic radiation as stated by the current guidelines would pose any risk of adverse outcomes to humans."

Our increased exposure to electromagnetic frequencies from the recent proliferation of things like wireless local area networks, wireless technologies and smart meters is most likely at safe levels, says The Royal Society of Canada. In a 165 page report prepared for Health Canada entitled “A Review of Safety Code 6 (2013): Health Canada’s Safety Limits [...]

Art Mesher joins board of Difference Capital

During Mesher's tenure with the company, Descartes Systems Group's market cap rose from under $100-million to nearly a billion

Difference Capital (TSX:DCF) today announced that former Descartes CEO Art Mesher will join its board. Cantech Letter caught up with Mesher this morning and asked for his thoughts on joining the publicly traded merchant bank. “I believe there is a strong need for a research driven merchant bank with advisory services focused on thematic investing [...]

Ten Canadian Tech Analysts Share Their Current Favourite Stock

Espial Group President Jason Dolvaine. In an anonymous poll, two analysts selected Espial as their current favourite Canadian technology stock.

Are there bargains to be had in the tech sector? “Yes, if you know where to look,” was the answer we got from Stableview Capital Partners’ Ron Shuttleworth recently. Shuttleworth, who recently left the sell side to join Colin Fisher in a new hedge fund that will focus on technology, acknowledged that increased liquidity “has [...]

TSX looks to innovate with Ignite and Private Market Initiatives

The TSX today debuted TSX Ignite, a national program dedicated to the growth and development of Canadian companies.

Faced with increased competition, Canada’s largest stock market is responding with innovation. The TSX today debuted TSX Ignite, a national program dedicated to the growth and development of Canadian companies, with a primary focus on small and medium-sized enterprises. The program, explains the TSX, provides companies and entrepreneurs with tools and resources to help them [...]

Up in Smoke: Canadian Marijuana Use by Province

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A slate of publicly listed Canadian marijuana companies will likely test the waters in Canada in the coming months, led by the pending listing of of Tweed Marijuana, which raised $30-million through an RTO last week. Tweed is one of twelve companies that earned a license to grow medical marijuana through Health Canada. It will [...]

Silicon Valley’s Founder Institute Lands in Montreal

Infochimps CEO and Founders Institute mentor Jim Kaskade.

The Founder Institute, the Silicon Valley-based “world’s largest idea-stage accelerator”, has expanded to Canada, choosing Montreal as the staging ground for its first foray here. The Founder Institute claims to have helped its graduates launch 1,017 companies over the last five years, creating more than 10,000 jobs. “Jobs” are a hinge concept in the Founder [...]

Canadians Support Criminalizing Texting (But Not Eating) While Driving

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The province of Ontario raised its fine for using a “handheld wireless communications device” while driving from $155 to $280 on Tuesday. That amount holds for people who don’t contest the fine. But if you take the case to a hearing and are found guilty, the fine can go as high as $500. The fine [...]

Ten TSX Venture Tech Stocks Trading at or Near 52 Week Lows

Shareholders of semiconductor player Dynex Power fell after announcing a$1.4-million writeoff.

At the Cantech Investment Conference in Toronto in January, Paradigm Capital’s Barry Richards said 2014 was going to be the year of smallcap tech. The former analyst turned banker noted that even though tech has been pacing the TSX in recent years, the bulk of the work was being done by large and midcap stocks. [...]