🏙️ VTJ events beyond downtown Vancouver?
Tell us where you'd like our meetups to be held. Plus, find out which unicorn company laid off a further 51 employees.
This week on our VTJ Community Slack group, Shobhit asked whether we run any of our Vancouver Tech Morning Coffee events outside of downtown Vancouver. We don’t run many right now — but I’ve been thinking about how we can make it happen! Is that something you’d find useful? Let me know at [email protected], or shoot me a DM on our VTJ Community Slack.
(Oh - and if you haven’t already, be like Shobhit and join the VTJ Slack group!)
Now onto today’s briefing. It’s 1,112 words: a four-minute read.
The dot-com bust? Been there, done that. Post-2008 difficulties? Crushed it. Even this current downturn is no match for the GetFresh Ventures founder.
The company, co-founded by SFU and UBC grads, has created one of the planet’s most-used AI agents.
The startup founder, who previously climbed the ranks of the corporate auto industry, is on a mission to empower consumer car purchases.
Boast’s CEO Alok Tyagi on staying focused in a competitive marketplace.
The Web3 company maintains that it is well-capitalized, despite the ongoing “crypto winter.”
🤝 Funding and deals
PacifiCan launched its Business Scale-up and Productivity program, which provides no-interest, repayable funding between $200,000 and $5M per project to support high-growth firms.
The Province of British Columbia announced an Intellectual Property Strategy to increase IP knowledge for startups and SMEs.
Digital (formerly Digital Supercluster) partnered with the Coordinated Accessible National (CAN) Health Network to advance the healthcare economy.
BBTV has signed a content management deal with an unnamed top U.S. commercial television network, leading the network’s digital channels and audience-building.
GameOn has partnered with Professional Fighters League to launch playable collectibles and next-gen fantasy games.
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🗞️ In other news
Legible, en ePublishing company, has secured exclusive global rights to develop and publish a select number of new Stan Lee Comics characters and storylines.
Verdi launched the latest application of its technology, allowing growers to automate traditional farm infrastructure.
myMomentum was nominated for the WorldFestival Startup Awards and looks for votes to secure a spot in the top 50 finalists.
Hive Digital Technologies debuted a new name and a strategic expansion to power the future of AI with its Nvidia GPU Cards.
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Montra Interactive is hiring a Backend Developer
Expeto Wireless is hiring a Senior Technical Support Engineer
SunTracker Technology is hiring a Software Engineer
The BC Public Service is hiring for multiple roles
UrbanLogiq is hiring a Senior Software Engineer - Product Implementation
Ari is hiring a Lead Engineer
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💡 Ideas and insights
Boris Wertz, founder and general partner of Version One Ventures, was interviewed on The Hard Part podcast about why fund size should be part of your strategy, why branded categories are too late to invest in, and more.
Traction Podcast interviewed Immad Akhund, a four-time founder and co-founder and CEO of unicorn Mercury, who shared how the company got to 80,000 customers in more than 180 countries.
Pocket Sun, investor at SoGal Ventures, was featured in Forbes: Small, diverse, emerging fund managers are changing venture capital
Keith Ippel, co-founder of Spring Impact Capital and Spring Investing Collective, reflects on the importance of properly communicating market opportunity to investors
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