Stewart Butterfield’s Slack Picks Up Spaces, Its First Acquisition


When Stewart Butterfield developed Flickr through his old company Ludicorp in Vancouver, he probably didn’t imagine he’d sell it to Yahoo in 2005. Likewise, he probably didn’t expect he would have developed the most hyped business collaboration app in recent memory, called Slack, via failing at a much beloved multi-player video game, called Glitch. And […]

New Hootsuite App Integrates With BlackBerry’s BBM Channels Platform


A guest post on the BlackBerry blog today, written by Vancouver social media aggregation platform Hootsuite, announced the integration of Hootsuite with Blackberry’s instant messaging platform, BBM Channels. The stated purpose of the integration is to allow “brands to engage directly with mobile audiences across BlackBerry, iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone.” The free app will […]

What will Sandvine CTO Don Bowman tell the FCC Friday?

Sandvine CTO Don Bowman holds several US patents relevant to the discussions, including one entitled Systems and Methods for Traffic Management.

Sandvine (TSXV:SVC) Chief Technology Officer Don Bowman has been invited to an FCC roundtable on an Open Internet. Bowman is one of seven industry experts who will attend the meeting in Washington D.C this Friday. Sandvine has been active in the debate over an open internet which heated up earlier this year following contentious comments […]

For Global Relay, Occupying Gastown’s Biggest Office Space Is Only the Beginning


Global Relay, a software-as-a-service email archiving firm, has just signed the largest office lease renewal in the history of Vancouver’s Gastown neighbourhood, at 220 Cambie Street. The lease was brokered in partnership with Colliers International and Talia Jevan Properties. In 2005, Global Relay rented 2,500 square feet in the building. They now occupy 62,000 square […]

VersaPay is a compelling legacy-to-cloud proposition, says Haywood’s Voci

VersaPay CEO Craig O'Neill.

VersaPay (TSXV:VPY) is well positioned to move to a higher-margin cloud-based business, says Haywood analyst Massimo Voci. In a research report to clients yesterday, Voci initiated coverage of VersaPay with a “Buy” rating and a one-year target price of $1.70, implying a return of 33% at the time of publication. Voci thinks VersaPay legacy business, […]

Montreal’s PPLConnect Closes Seed Funding Round, Updates Virtual Phone App


Montreal virtual phone and text message app-maker PPLConnect has closed a round of seed funding from Sherbrooke Street Capital, for an undisclosed amount, and released several updates to its service, bringing it closer to their stated goal of providing “one inbox for all your messaging apps”. PPLConnect describes its app as “the world’s first virtual […]

Vancouver’s BitLit Looks to Expand Global Footprint Appointing New Head of Content

Former Kobo Director of Global Content Strategy appointed BitLit Head of Content

Vancouver ebook app developer BitLit has appointed Cameron Drew, former Director of Global Content Strategy for Kobo, as Head of Content. Previous to Kobo’s acquisition by Japan’s Rakuten Inc., Drew spent five years working to expand Kobo’s global footprint. BitLit was founded in 2013 to solve the problem confronting book owners not being able to […]

Halifax’s LeadSift Launches Social Media Marketing Platform


Halifax social marketing platform LeadSift has unleashed a new tool for marketers called AIM (Audience Intent Miner) to help advertisers target users based on monitoring social conversations and then mining for data which had previously been difficult to decipher on Twitter, namely building out profiles of user demographics and purchasing intent. Demographics are one thing: […]