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Fingerprint scanners on smartphones are SO last year With apologies to local start-ups Jawbone and Fitbit and Silicon Valley's Pebble watch, some of the coolest wearable computers to be shown off in Texas this week will be coming by way of Canada.
Vancouver Startup Clio Raises $18M to Help Lawyers Cut Inbox Clutter Clio is one of many recently funded software-as-a-service companies that focus on the needs of a particular industry rather than creating software to serve the operational needs of any business.
FinanceIt Raises $13 Million To Bring Simple Purchase Financing Options To Small And Medium Businesses Today FinanceIt, a company that brings financing options for consumer purchases to small and medium-sized businesses, announced that it has raised a $13 million Series A...The outsized Series A is directly lined up to help the company expand to the United States, starting in 2014. That specific progression will wait until the conclusion of this calendar year.
New Options for Small Businesses Looking to Go Paperless Academics predicted the rise of a paperless society decades ago. We’re not there yet, but at least on the small-business front, we’re getting closer.
Why Canada is where smart VC money is going in 2014 Katherine Barr, general partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures and a co-chair of the C100, writes about Canada as an overlooked market for VC investment.
Can financing help Main Street retailers beat big-box? As the big-box versus small merchant retail battles rage, FinanceIt is headed for the United States, where it hopes to partner with the smaller players by helping them provide in-house financing for customers.
Can a U.S. expansion establish Toronto’s Financeit as a leader in point-of-sale lending? The financial crisis of 2008 left behind many fiscal casualties, from governments to pensioners.

Michael Garrity, co-founder and chief executive of Financeit, said his company is succeeding because of its focus on overlooked victims of the crisis: owners of small and medium-sized businesses who want to provide customers with payment plans.
Top 5 Technology Secrets To Build Your Small Business in 2014 Michael Garrity, CEO of Financeit, shares tips with small retailers on how to grow their business.
Let Staff Go Rogue on Tech ...let's face it, in most organizations, what should be the simplest tasks—purchasing, booking travel, even email—are Byzantine compared with how we accomplish them on our own.

Which helps explain why 80% of people working for organizations with more than 1,000 employees go around the IT department and use (or even buy) software that lives primarily in the cloud...
Why I built my startup in Vancouver, not Silicon Valley Kenshi Arasaki, CEO of A Thinking Ape, a C100 alum company, writes about why he chose to move his company back to Canada after founding it in Silicon Valley.
GGV’s Bonham takes on co-chair role at C100 The C100 is just four years old, but it has achieved an impressive track record in that short time.

The nonprofit—which aims to bring like-minded Canadian entrepreneurs and executives together in Silicon Valley through its programs, such as 48 Hours in the Valley—reported that startups connected to it have raised US$700 million in venture funding since the C100 launched in 2010.

That’s great news for Scott Bonham, a founding partner at GGV Capital, who has begun serving as co-chair of the organization.
Zen Tips for Tax Time Nearly two decades after small business accounting software hit the market, tax time doesn’t have to be so onerous or so scary. Here are ways to make tax prep a little more zen.
Want Your Clients To Pay Faster? 7 Surprising Tips From FreshBooks Shawn Cadeau, CMO of online billing service FreshBooks, knows a thing or two about invoicing...I talked to [him] to get his perspective on best practice tips for small business owners looking to get paid on time and worry more about their business than their bills.
5 tips for leading your remote staff to success Many small businesses rely mainly on customer references or referrals for much of the new business they develop. What better time to gather feedback when the job or project is freshly completed? That thinking led to the creation of a unique new reviews and ratings feature in the FreshBooks cloud accounting service.
Falling For the Job GroupTalent is a marketplace for software-engineering jobs and relies on lightweight interviews to assist its matchmaking. As he grew his business, one of its incidental features became a hit--brokering "try before you buy" deals, in which workers and companies test compatibility on-site for a few weeks before committing to a long-term relationship.
'Speed dating' you way into a dream job CNBC interviews GroupTalent's CEO Manny Medina on Squawk Breakthrough.

"What's so interesting about this is not necessarily the idea of letting someone try out, but to let them try out while keeping their job and perhaps never leaving it."
5 Tips For Building A Two-Sided Online Marketplace Contributed article by Boris Wertz, founder of Version One Ventures.

If you are building an online marketplace, how do you survive the tough times when you’re trying to get traction and build out your supplier and consumer communities? Here are five tips...
Small businesses tap into cloud for efficiency With so much data stored, cloud companies can also dive deeply into customers' usage patterns for information that may prove useful. For example, FreshBooks offers a feature that compares your business' performance with competitors in several benchmarked areas, including how long it takes you to get paid and the average invoice size.
No VC: FreshBooks CEO Sees Risk Capital as Too Risky Mike McDerment was shacked up in his parents’ basement in Toronto when the first venture capitalist called. It was 2006 and the entrepreneur was in his fourth year of work on FreshBooks, Web-based accounting software he’d created for small businesses.
Financeit raises $13 Million to Bring Simple Purchase Financing Options to Small and Medium Businesses As a company, FinanceIt offers a very interesting service: If you sell stuff, it will finance your customer’s purchase of said stuff, charging you nothing for the help.
The 21 Hottest Cloud Startups Right Now Over the past decade, they [FreshBooks] have quietly bootstrapped themselves to a user base of over 5 million users in the stodgy old world of accounting, invoicing and billing.
Solving IT headaches with a monitoring dashboard in the cloud Thorvaldsen wants to make this process not only easier, but also more accessible to small- and medium-sized businesses that may not have a dedicated IT staff. And instead of completely replacing other security and management software, Panorama9 has been designed to integrate with existing suites.
Lucidpress Slick Web-based Design App for Novice Users People with little time to fuss designing a print or digital newsletter, report or brochure have a solution using Lucidpress...Your finished product, in print or digital form, makes a slick presentation tool, even for novice users.
Small Revolution: Cloud Levels the Playing Field Contributed article by Jack Newton, CEO of Clio.

Access to affordable, enterprise-grade software tools have enabled a new type of entrepreneur to emerge, leading some to call this the biggest change in the employment landscape since the industrial revolution.
3 Ways to Make More Cash in 2014 Contributed article by Avrum Laurie, director of product management at FreshBooks.
Business Day: Helping Small Businesses Grow Michael Garrity, CEO of Financeit, is interviewed in the company's Toronto office and discusses plans for the future.
Hot Hardware: The Smart Money’s Taking Notice Venture capitalists, like Version One Ventures founder Boris Wertz, points to an increase in the number of quality hardware developers coming out of the maker movement, a confluence of cheaper prototyping and manufacturing costs, an increasingly connected world, and easier ways to reach and sell to customers.
20 best Android apps this week This is a useful tool for accountants to create invoices and estimates while out on the job, import expense receipts via the camera, time meetings, manage timesheets and handle other business duties.
Are Cloud Based Accounting Apps Ready For Prime Time? 5 Things You Should Know QuickBooks Online, Sage One, Xero and FreshBooks are competing for the Tier 1 small market. Intacct and NetSuite are competing for the bigger guys. What’s the difference? The vendors selling to the smaller market are doing so directly and are offering less features in their product.
Feast Your Eyes on FreshBooks’ Exquisite Office Video tour of FreshBooks' Toronto-based office.
Lucidpress Launches Web-Based Design And Publishing App For Print And Online If you’ve ever used a desktop publishing app in the past, you’ll feel right at home with Lucidpress, as it features the same kind of standard top-bar menu and layout options as most other publishing apps. In terms of features, it can also hold its own against similar desktop-based apps.
Mobify: Google, Starbucks, Lululemon Sign Up With Vancouver-Based Mobile Media Startup We'll see more and more websites becoming app-like and in a year or two that'll be the (standard) for anybody who wants to do business on the iPad.
‘There’s life after BlackBerry’: Startups’ need for talent may soften landing for laid-off workers Of all the companies seeking BlackBerry’s unwanted talent, FreshBooks is the most direct in its approach. The cloud accounting and billing company recently dispatched its chief technical officer, a couple technical staffers, and a pair of HR representatives to a Waterloo pub frequented by BlackBerry workers.
The Twitter Tax and Zendesk: How Tech Companies Affect the City Zendesk, which moved to Market Street in August 2011, was the first company to take the tax break and submit a “Community Benefits Agreement” that details how the company will support the local community. Soon other big companies such as Twitter will also submit proposals (which are due by January 31).
Today in Small Business Small-business cloud accounting service FreshBooks introduces an android app.
Underdog Lucid takes on Adobe, Microsoft with free design app Microsoft’s Powerpoint is simple, but its functionality is limited. Adobe’s InDesign is incredibly powerful, but it’s costly and difficult to learn. Lucid Software seeks to carve out a healthy middle ground with its new offering.
Keep track of your loved ones thanks to location-based technology You've all heard or asked the panicked question: Where are you right now? On average, kids get their first cellphone at the age of eight. Why not add an app that can help keep up-to-date locations on where all your family members are?

Introducing MyMoby, a new app that helps parents keep tabs on their loved ones.
Effective Software Asset Management in 4 Steps Contributed article by Allan Thorvaldsen, Panorama9 CEO.

While inventory tasks may be taxing, the costs can be even higher when businesses don’t know what software assets they have. Here are four reasons why it makes sense to establish an effective software asset management practice...
Awesome Tips for Entrepreneurs from CEO of @FreshBooks Robert Scoble interviews FreshBooks' CEO, Mike McDerment from Half Moon Bay, CA.
Pricing: You’re probably doing it wrong Do you run a service business? Your obsession with time may be messing with your pricing and seriously limiting how much you make, argues a new ebook from FreshBooks.
Lucidpress Brings Advanced Page Layout Tools to the Browser The Lucidchart team has shown us that web apps don’t have to be basic. Their web app takes on Visio and OmniGraffle — and does a great job competing. And now, they’ve made yet another full-featured app for the web, this time to revolutionize rich print and digital publishing with the brand-new Lucidpress.
Lucid Software brings the power of desktop publishing to the Web with Lucidpress, now in beta With Lucidpress, users will be able to develop professional-looking content for either print or the Web. It’s essentially a competitor to Microsoft Publisher.
Lucidpress: drop-and-drag publishing app simplifies document design Lucidpress, a Web-based, drag-and-drop design app, launched today in beta as a simple-to-use alternative to some of these costly and more complex offerings.
For integrator Control Group, strategy takes discipline In order to spend more time on strategic process consulting and business strategy, Control Group adopted a cloud-based management service from Panorama9 to build ongoing support into its multi-environment, hybrid installations and solutions.
5 Ways Consumer Apps Are Driving The Enterprise Web Contributed article by Mikkel Svane, CEO and co-founder of Zendesk.

Consumer focused apps like Facebook, Twitter and iTunes have become mainstream and expectations around applications are radically changing. Since the software I use every day at home and on my phone are so friendly and easy to use, why is my expensive business application so cumbersome and stodgy?
FreshBooks small business accounting service launches an iPhone app Just like the online service, the FreshBooks app allows you to create professional invoices and get paid right from your iPhone. It's extremely useful to be able to log your hours and keep track of your expenses on your iPhone when you are working offsite. If you've completed your work and are ready to close out a project, you can submit an invoice before you leave the client's office.
BlackBerry’s casualties find hope in a healthy tech sector FreshBooks CEO Mike McDerment...message for the soon-to-be disenfranchised: “Head our way.” The Toronto-based accounting startup has already found spots for BlackBerry alumni on its technical staff and in marketing. Now FreshBooks plans to increase its headcount by 30 per cent over the next four months.
Lucidpress Launches Drag-And-Drop Collaborative App For Design & Publishing Creating a publishable design layout, whether for a paper magazine or a digital poster, is no easy task if you don’t have finely honed Photoshop skills. So Lucidpress, a new publishing tool, wants to make it dead simple to create beautiful designs and collaborate on them with others. This should make it even easier to design and publish your own digital magazine.
4 Ways to Blow It When Pitching For Venture Capital Contributed article from Boris Wertz, GP of Version One Ventures.

Having sat through countless pitches, I can attest that many of them fall flat – and it's not always because of the idea or product. Rather, my biggest red flags have more to do with delivery and style than content.
The Next Big Thing: Startup Visa Investor Boris Wertz featured in the CBC's evening news broadcast, The National.

Canada has a new visa program, designed to lure tech start-ups out of Silicon Valley. But, will it work?
How much of hardware is software, and do the differences even matter any more? Contributed article by Boris Wertz, GP of Version One Ventures.

Software may be eating the words, but good hardware still matters. As more products get connected the lines between the two are blurring, but hardware still matters.
FreshBooks adds Android mobile app Building on the succes of its Apple iOS mobile application, cloud accounting software company FreshBooks has released an Android edition.
Is The Silicon Valley Bubble Forcing VC's To Invest Elsewhere? Landa believes that the hyper-valuations of startups in Silicon Valley are driving smart VC’s to look for startups beyond Silicon Valley, where valuations are lower. Hiring and retention are both easier outside the Valley too. As Landa says, “it just seems smarter to invest, or at least diversify outside of Silicon Valley.”
FreshBooks brings simple, cloud-based personal accounting to Android One of the coolest things about FreshBooks is its time-tracking tool, which can be useful for individuals who work on projects at odd times and places. Just run the timer whenever you engage in any work throughout your day, and attribute the billable time to any of your saved projects.
Freshbooks Invoice Management Comes To Android One of the leaders in personal invoice management, Freshbooks has finally expanded its mobile presence to Android. A native app for Freshbooks users has just appeared in Google Play, and its includes most of the functionality you get from the full website crunched down to fit on your phone or tablet.
FreshBooks expands its cloud accounting service to Android with launch of new app With more than six million users in more than 120 countries, FreshBooks is looking to maximize its reach by giving users of iOS and Android device the chance to use its service. The goal is to help small business owners expedite payment while not needing to waste time figuring out invoicing.
11 up and coming cloud accounting apps The Toronto-based service provider got its start as a billing alternative, but it includes modules for expenses, time tracking and more. There are strong mobile applications for Apple iOS (smartphone and tablet) and the service now boasts 5 million users.
On why the biggest tech companies are built in the Silicon Valley [Wertz] questions the commitment and willingness of Canadian investors and entrepreneurs to devote the years it may take to build an independent multi-billion dollar company with staying power, rather than flipping – typically to Silicon Valley acquirers – and exporting that future innovation and wealth building.
‘We don’t have enough great tech companies’: Boris Wertz on Canada’s tech sector and startup investing Propelled by two buyouts, the German-born entrepreneur shifted to investing, establishing himself as one of North America’s top early-stage tech investors...He has also emerged as a major booster of tech sector entrepreneurship in Canada.
Alibaba is Just the Beginning: How B2B Marketplaces Will Thrive (For Real This Time) Contributed article by Boris Wertz, founder of Version One Ventures.

During the heyday of Web 1.0, B2B marketplaces were, we were assured, the next trillion-dollar gold rush...Like so many other predictions of that era, B2B marketplaces proved to be more fizzle than sizzle.
This Startup Lets You 'Date' Prospective New Employers Anonymously For $1000+ A Week Its recruitment platform supports something called a "try out" period that lets employers and employees work together for a few days, or maybe a couple of weeks, on a freelance basis for an ample weekly salary.
What If You Could “Date” Companies? The office romance is a staple of American life and popular culture. But what if rather than dating people at our companies, we dated companies themselves? What if instead of launching into long-term relationships (employment relationships, that is) with organizations based on little more than an interview and a hunch, we took things a little slower?
The ‘startup visa’: Why Canada made it a priority & why the U.S. should too Contributed article by Boris Wertz, founder of Version One Ventures.

The importance of foreign entrepreneurs building their companies in the US cannot be underestimated. Few realize that nearly half of Silicon Valley startups are founded by immigrants.
Is The Vertical Approach To Enterprise Software Enough To Help You Win The Market? Contributed article by Boris Wertz, founder & GP of VersionOneVentures.

In the new era of enterprise software, the winners will be purpose-built, vertically sliced tools.
Hiring Only the Best? Big Mistake Contributed article from FreshBooks.

Don't be fooled: The best person for the job is not always the one with the hottest skills or the biggest reputation.
The Perfect Hire Starts With The Perfect Job Posting Part 1 of 3, contributed series from Amy Kelman, lead of Zendesk's customer success.

The art of the effective job posting is an often overlooked and vital piece of assembling a great team. Follow these five steps and find the perfect new employee.
GroupTalent Grabs $1M From Founders Co-Op, Menlo & Others To Help Businesses Connect With Top Technical Talent Today, it seems that everyone you know has their own startup. While this might be good for the economy long-term, it also has the makings of a talent drain...To help simplify the job search for the technically proficient, GroupTalent has developed a matching engine that automatically pairs talent with relevant projects and vice versa.
Select the Right Cloud Provider for Your Startup in 7 Steps At Panorama9, we moved our development environment to the cloud in 2010 and made some errors early on by thinking that our previous experience with hosted environments could be directly translated to a cloud environment. Below are some of the lessons we learned along the way.
FreshBooks Cloud Accounting Lets You Track Expenses And Send Invoices On The Go For those of us with no accounting background whatsoever, FreshBooks is a great way to track these important transactions. Now that I can take care of these things on the go, it’s just that much more of a valuable service.
Want the Best Enterprise Software? “Date It" Contributed article by Zendesk's CEO & co-founder, Mikkel Svane.

Today’s dating world is transformed by both changes in culture and technology which lift many cultural barriers. When we talk about the “consumerization of the enterprise,” similar changes have occurred.
14 Tips for Selling Software and Services Online "Try to get a well-respected publication to test your solution/offering," suggests Allan Thorvaldsen, CEO, Panorama9, a cloud-based IT management platform. "This will validate your product (if it is any good) and generate traffic towards your Website for no cost."
The Enterprise Cool Kids No, this isn’t a guest column by Aaron Levie. Though he and his startup Box, the poster child of the “sexy enterprise,” are definitely included in the bunch. “You should definitely kick Aaron off the list. Just to mess with him,” Zendesk founder Mikkel Svane commented when he heard what we were writing.
Inside Zendesk's Tranquil Mid-Market Office Space The three co-founders, chief creative director, and O&A designers envisioned a humble, uncomplicated, airy, and charming space where people could breathe, thus the use of white space, high ceilings and calm colors.
Zendesk's Calm Space Takeover at Mid-Market In 2011, Zendesk moved into a 42,000+ square foot office on mid-Market and took over multiple floors to support their growing business. The culture is very informal and relaxed, so the space needed to be something that reflects and enables the same.
With phone calls from real people, is devops finally getting its day in the sun? One company with a feature-rich online dashboard for IT administrators is distinguishing itself further by offering to have its employees call its clients’ IT people when issues arise, rather than just send emails or texts, and thereby show devops people some much-needed respect.
Another Social Media Inbox? Source Metrics Says This One’s All About ‘Actionable Mentions’ and Breaking Down Data Silos The idea of a new social network listening tool may not set anyone’s heart aflutter, but CEO Scott Lake said the real selling point is the fact that the inbox is integrated with Source Metrics’ other services.
Panorama sets its sights on investment krone Cloud-based IT management platform Panorama9 has raised $900K in seed financing from private investors in Denmark. The company offers a dashboard that small to medium businesses can use to monitor and control all IT operations in their network.
Fix Your Customer Service After testing out five possible solutions, ModCloth settled on Zendesk, cloud-based customer service software that offers reporting and analytics. Why Zendesk? "The ability to customize responses, tag interactions, and collect data on a granular level were super compelling," says Griffith.
The Next Big E-Commerce Wave: Vertically Integrated Commerce Contributed article by Boris Wertz, founder of Version One Ventures.

Web-only brands are vertically integrating the retail value chain, including manufacturing, branding, and distribution. Here are three reasons why vertically integrated commerce is an attractive retail model.
Six Tips For Navigating The MDM Jungle A product such as VerifyCloud, which ensures the integrity of photos taken with smartphone cameras, could be useful to field inspectors but is less clearly applicable to a boardroom, for example. IT managers should be prepared to choose multiple products, as even alleged "end-to-end" solutions might not serve all needs.
FreshBooks adds balance sheet generation to feature list ...This sort of report is more than your average small-business or start-up owner would be able to create on their own without using some sort of application or asking for a report from an accountant.
Zendesk Believes New Design is Way to Lasting Customer Service Peace Zendesk proclaims its redesigned platform will set "a new standard in the consumerization of the enterprise."
This Week in Small Business: An Elevator on the Moon FreshBooks introduces an iPhone app to do billing on the go.
Cloud Accounting: A New Way To Streamline Financial Operations Now referring to itself as a cloud accounting service, FreshBooks lets very small enterprises get their feet wet on invoicing and accounting in a way that’s much more feasible than using QuickBooks.
5 Apps To Help You Swing Back Into Productivity Mode As a small business owner, my company has been using FreshBooks for some time for everyday accounting purposes. There are few cloud-based tools that make invoicing as easy, and dare I say, kind of fun.
20 Best iPhone and iPad Apps This Week Aimed at small businesses and freelancers, this aims to help them create invoices, store expenses details and track time spent on projects, with all the data stored on the FreshBooks server for access on multiple devices.
Freshbooks Invoicing and Then Some Service [Finally] Launches iPhone App I've been a long time Freshbooks user. The online invoicing, expenses, and time tracking service makes it very easy to create professional invoices and get paid faster via PayPal integration. To thank its users, and to grab even more users away from popular services like Intuit and Outright, Freshbooks has repurposed itself as the 'cloud accounting specialist' and launched a native iPhone app.
Cloud Accounting Startup FreshBooks Launches An iPhone App, So Users Can Do Invoicing On The Go In the past, small business owners would have to wait until they got back to their offices to do certain accounting tasks, like entering time or tracking expenses from on the job. With the new app, FreshBooks users can now instantly create invoices, manage client information, track time that they’ve spent with clients and expenses, create estimates, and get reports based on the information they enter.
Vancouver: Hollywood North’s tech scene is growing, growing, not yet grown Americans might think of Vancouver in many ways — but typically not as a tech startup mecca.
Change management: four key components to track Contributed article by Allan Thorvaldsen, CEO and co-founder of Panorama9.

Before you can understand the impact of change in your environment, you've got to understand exactly what's in your environment. Having a clear vision of the big picture right down to the small details of every user and device is the critical foundation for any change management strategy.
Grow Conference aims to create a little Silicon Valley North Now in its third iteration, GROWConference began two years ago after Landa recognized the relative lack of investment in Canada's tech sector and wanted to start bringing players from both sides of the border together to help fill that gap.
Escape From Silicon Valley? Debbie Landa is the founder of Dealmaker Media, whose Grow Conference takes place in Vancouver next week. We caught up with Landa to learn more about why she thinks venture capitalists and startup founders alike should learn to get over Silicon Valley and look elsewhere to build, or invest in, businesses.
Defrosting The Great White North’s Startup Ecosystem “Canadians need to stop complaining when a company moves anywhere,” says Debbie Landa, the founder of Dealmaker Media and Grow Conference in Vancouver. She believes that if they supported the companies, instead of heralding Canadian-ness, successful companies that make a solid exit would be more willing to put back into the community.
7 Simple Strategies to Get Paid Faster and On Time Contributed article by Stu MacDonald, Chief Marketing & Revenue Officer of FreshBooks.
Zendesk, Startup Panorama9 Team Up for Cloud-based IT Help Desk Any Zendesk ticket created by Panorama9 includes detailed information about the issue, along with useful links to the Panorama9 dashboard. This gives IT pros complete visibility into the IT environment and a powerful set of tools needed to troubleshoot and resolve any issues.
Panorama9 Review Panorama9 takes on the time-consuming task of collecting information and organizes them in an amazingly intuitive interface for the IT manager. Even if it's only one person managing the entire business IT infrastructure, the platform makes it simple to see at a glance what is wrong, and to get up-to-date detailed information about the machines.
How the cloud helps build agile companies and encourage experimentation Contributed article by Jack Newton, CEO of Clio.

With subscription-based pricing and low cost of entry, SaaS gives companies the freedom to innovate with their software choices and run with what works.
RewardLoop Raises $1M for QR Code-Enabled Loyalty Programs RewardLoop, a startup offering a nifty new approach to customer reward programs, has raised $1 million in Series A funding...RewardLoop started commercial trials of the technology in August, and LaPorte says the funding will help it expand the merchant network more aggressively.
Monetize your social site without annoying your users Skimlinks CEO, Alicia Navarro, outlines how companies can monetize their site without putting them at odds with their user base. your forum or social site."
BlackBerry Goes Bust With App Maker Contributed article by Clio CEO, Jack Newton.

Lawyers used to be big fans of BlackBerry devices. So why is it that a startup that caters to smaller law firms built an iPhone app instead? The answer lies in RIM’s approach to the consumer market.
What the new iPad means for design Igor Faletski, CEO of Mobify, writes about what the new iPad retina display means for website owners and what's coming down the design pipeline.

"The precise rendering of images on the Retina display reveals rough edges across the Web. Text may be pin-sharp, but put that text alongside photos, and those images don't look so hot. Logos appear blurred. Even shopping cart buttons become grainy."
Why One Canadian Developer Won't Build BlackBerry Apps Contributed article by Jack Newton, CEO of Clio.

As a young startup launching a cloud-based platform called Clio, we needed to select which mobile client(s) to support and decided to skip the Research In Motion BlackBerry. Opting not to develop a BlackBerry app hardly sounds like a tough decision today. However, this was 2007 and the mobile landscape was a vastly different place.
Vancouver-based business woos big-name clients For a small shop with only 25 employees, Vancouver-based Mobify has an impressive list of clients, including Starbucks, Lululemon, Bosch, Conde Nast and Siemens.
Mobify sees opportunity in mobile world So far, 20,000 companies have gone mobile through Mobify, including Starbucks, Lululemon and Conde Nast publications including Wired, GQ, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.
Pinterest Partner: Yes, They’re Making Money from Pins Skimlinks CEO Alicia Navarro told Mashable, “Affiliated networks help companies monetize their sites and there’s nothing illegal or wrong about it. It’s common, effective and smart. It should be celebrated.”
Clio Gives Lawyers the Keys to Cloud Computing Clio may indeed turn computer infrastructure costs into history (for solo or small law firms).
Apple's App Store: An economy for 1 percent of developers Contributed article by Igor Faletski, CEO of Mobify.

Just because the App Store is huge doesn't mean it makes sense to build an app.

The Apple App Store will certainly be part of the mobile commerce ecosystem, but it will be a small part that shrinks proportionally over time for the following reasons...
Mobify launches tablet optimization tool for websites I think that solutions like Mobify...will make sense over time because the same native apps are changing the expectations of consumers, who’ll increasingly want more of a tablet app experience wherever they go on the web.
Pinterest does disclose it modifies links, and we shouldn’t blame it for making money "...There is something to be said for a startup like Pinterest making an effort to simply make money early on."
5 Paradoxes Shaping the Future of Mobile Commerce Contributed article by Igor Faletski, CEO of Mobify.

With that growth comes a new set of user behaviors and consumer trends. What’s the reality when it comes to the new mobile commerce landscape? Here are five facts that will have striking implications for the future of mobile commerce.
How to Hack the PR Machine Contributed article by Rebecca Reeve, seven steps for bootstrapped start-ups to hack their PR with DIY tactics.
Clio Grabs $6 Million To Help Bring Small Legal Practices To The Cloud While the legal industry has been largely perceived as being slow to adopt modern technologies, Clio’s opportunity lies in helping transition the many small practices out there to the cloud.
Mobile email: Six tips for building a campaign that works Contributed article by Mobify CEO, Igor Faletski, part 1 of 3:

As consumers are increasingly browsing, shopping, and interacting with brands on the go, mobile commerce presents a powerful opportunity. However, any new opportunity brings its own set of challenges. Mobile users have specific needs and biases that you have to consider in your email marketing.
Keeping Up With the Shop-Dashians While seven out of 10 luxury brands on the list have set up mobile applications for Apple iOS-powered devices such as iPhones and iPads, less than a third let shoppers buy on the go. Those that ranked feeble...might provide a potential client list for mobile-app developer companies like the startup Mobify.
It's Time For Web Marketers To Cater To Mobile Users Igor Faletski, Mobify CEO, discusses how web marketers can plan for mobile.

By 2014 the number of mobile web users is projected to surpass the number of desktop web users. And those mobile users have specific needs and biases that you have to consider in your marketing.
Mavenlink Raises $3.9 Million for External Collaboration Service Mavenlink, launched about 20 months ago, has more than 130,000 users and has been adding 15,000 users per month. The company, which targets small and medium-sized businesses, has built its service particularly through the Google Apps Marketplace, where it is one of the highest rated project management apps.
Mavenlink Online Collaboration Growing, Gets Funding When you think about online collaboration, popular options such as Basecamp, Chatter or Google Docs likely come to mind. But there’s another rising star in the space garnering the attention of investors and customers alike...
Mavenlink raises $3.9M for start-to-finish project management tool “The workforce that businesses need today is more flexible than ever. A growing number of telecommuters, freelancers, consultants, and outsourced services are replacing the traditional 9 to 5,” Mavenlink CEO Ray Grainger said.
LiveChat Founders Buy Out Investor Naspers, Regain 60% Stake The founding team of LiveChat, which delivers real-time software and web analytics solutions for e-commerce sales and support teams, has completed a management buy-out to regain control over the company, TechCrunch has learned.
Rypple Flow Is Social HR Management On A Big Screen Start-up Rypple brings social networking tools to human resources departments, upending practices like the often-dreaded annual performance reviews.
8 Apps to Help Keep Tots Safe Launched just in time for back-to-school season, Moby shows where children check-in privately, so their parents always know where they are.
Moby's private location sharing hits Android "...Moby is making good on its promise to connect families no matter what devices they may be carrying."
Apps Rush: What’s new on the app stores Android app Moby is the latest app looking to help people share their location privately with friends and family
A service that lets you keep track of our kids/family If you are on vacation at a resort, how do you keep track of where your kids are? Moby has a solution for that. Rob Goehring, Co-Founder & VP of Product Management and Marketing, shows it to me while we sit out back at the Ritz in Half Moon Bay.
Moby’s Private Location Sharing App Released for Android Moby is a private system, so you only reveal your location to people you trust. It's a simple setup that's easy to turn on and off, and now that it's cross-platform, your friends and loved ones don't need to have the same type of phone for it to be usable.
LucidChart Nabs $1 Million From 500 Startups, 2M Companies, and K9 Ventures LucidChart, a web-based diagramming application, announced today that it has raised $1 million in seed funding from 500 Startups, 2M Companies, K9 Ventures, as well as several angel investors.
5 ways to keep your rockstar employees happy Contributed article by Rypple CEO, Daniel Debow:

When Google interviewed its employees about what they valued most at work, none of the extravagant benefits made the top of the list. Neither did salary.
Jive Apps Seek Enterprise Rigor, Consumer Cool "If companies have installed Jive, that means they get and understand social and this way of doing business that is much more open and transparent," said David Stein, a co-founder and co-CEO of Rypple.
Tools That Can Help When There Is Too Much on Your Plate ...[Mavenlink] is one of several online or cloud-based services that do all this and more, including tracking budgets, expenses, billable time and invoicing. They all differ in interface, capabilities and emphasis, and each seems to have its advantages for different types of project-management challenges.
LiveChat Offers Facebook Integration The capability will allow LiveChat’s clients to gather personal information about visitors to their sites...(e-commerce sites) will be able to use information from an unknown shopper’s profile to provide better customer assistance.
See Business, Management, and HR Videos Like to watch flash mobs? I think they're great fun. Rypple sponsored a flash mob at the HR Tech Conference in Chicago. They wanted the attendees to know that work does not have to be boring. They succeeded as far as I'm concerned
Social Performance Platform Rypple Comes To iPhone The Web-based social performance platform Rypple is now available on the iPhone, the company is announcing today. Like the desktop-sized website, the new mobile application will allow managers to give real-time feedback to staff, provide coaching, track goals and publicly recognize colleagues for doing great work.
LiveChat Brings E-Commerce Support to iPad, iPhone Businesses that augment their e-commerce efforts with LiveChat's real-time software and Web analytics tool would do well to check out the recently launched LiveChat for iPad, which lets users respond to Web site visitors, keep track of online traffic, and monitor chat sessions.
6 Tips for Providing Better Online Customer Support LiveChat CEO, Mariusz Cieply, discusses how customer satisfaction has long been the Holy Grail for retailers, and how social media now brings a whole new significance to customer satisfaction.
Seven Keys to Productivity in the Human Cloud Seven tips designed to help independent professionals leverage cloud-based tools from Ray Grainger, CEO of Mavenlink.
Meet the Microworkers: A new breed of online worker is paid by the task Ray Grainger, a former partner at Accenture, says freelancers who specialize in niche skills are able to find higher-paying work in the U.S. He created Mavenlink, an online workspace for independent workers so they can easily collaborate with others, keep track of multiple projects, and network with other professionals.
My Favorite Tool for Collaborating Entrepreneur Paul Gladen explains how he uses Mavenlink to work on projects with his employees, contractors, and clients.
Can Facebook and Google+ Coexist? Mariusz Cieply, the CEO of LiveChat, says that his company hopes to offer its services through both Facebook and Google+ in the near future, so that companies can, for example, provide post-sales tech support through video over Facebook or Google Hangouts.
LiveChat Delivers a Customer-Service Edge It's no secret that we've entered the era of the connected consumer, where information and merchandise are available at the click of a mouse or tap of a screen. Today's consumers truly expect instant answers; a convenient world where everything is as quick and easy as Amazon's one-click shopping.
MobSmith Launches Turnkey Mobile Ad Creation Platform The mobile advertising space is a multi-billion dollar market and startups and companies are battling it out for a piece of this very large (and growing) pie. Today, MobSmith is launching as a turnkey mobile ad creation platform to help advertisers create rich media, interactive ads for mobile phones.
Mavenlink Integrates Collaboration, Project Management and Invoicing The soup to nuts approach to project management seems to set Mavenlink apart from other project management tools that handle only parts of the overall project process.
vChatter takes Chatroulette mainstream with new user discovery features vChatter caused a flurry of interest recently when it launched a stand-alone site that is essentially a family-friendly version of Chatroulette.

CEO Will Bunker, who previously founded dating site Match.com, (has a) vision to make vChatter “The world’s largest coffee shop”.
Vchatter takes video chat outside Facebook walls As a Facebook app, the service has seen impressive growth since its launch in May, with 2.5 million active monthly users. But it’s now betting on growth outside Facebook, by providing personal URLs or website addresses for users, akin to the profile pages they have on other social networks like Twitter or MySpace.
Twitter Drops Tweets Into Users’ Streams: A Visual First Look Twitter client and social media dashboard HootSuite is Twitter’s sole partner in this new advertising experiment. Twitter will be testing this form of advertising among HootSuite’s 900,000 users, before trying it out on Twitter.com.
Zendesk for iPhone gets Twitter, multitasking support Zendesk for iPhone gives your staff mobile access to customer support tickets, allowing them to monitor or respond to tickets while on-the-go, whether customers contacted you through e-mail, Twitter, or your company’s Web form.
Zendesk for iPhone hits 50K downloads in 4 months Zendesk is a help desk ticketing system for both small and large businesses. Their developers recently updated the Zendesk iPhone app (free) with iOS 4 compatibility. Incredibly, the company boasts 50,000 downloads of their app within 4 months.
Zendesk Hosted Customer Help Desk Offers Many Methods of Support Zendesk is a hosted customer help desk service that’s easy to deploy while remaining quite amenable to customization. The service supports multiple methods of providing support, multiple channels through which customers can access that support and multiple routes through which an organization can access and interact with the underlying data.
Start-Up Village Emerges in SoMA's 410 Townsend The technology start-up scene is rebounding strongly from the recession. That's evident at 410 Townsend Street in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood.

Zendesk CEO Mikkel Svane says the building's location—a block from the Caltrain station—is a plus, and prospective hires often go from one start-up interview in 410 Townsend to another.
Lonely Planet consolidates forum, contributor feedback The Zendesk deployment ultimately consolidated Lonely Planet’s forum, which has 870,000 contributors at time of writing, on a single platform rather than the mixture of in-house and out-sourced technologies previously used by the tourism giant.
Einztein Knowledge Network Catalogs Virtual Courses from Around the Web More and more universities are putting video courses online but combing through various collegiate and organization web sites looking for videos is tedious. Einztein gathers videos and virtual courses from across the web for easy keyword and category-based browsing.
Why Online Education Needs to Get Social Marco Masoni is a lawyer turned educator who co-founded Einztein.com to address the related problems of searching for good online courses and real-time coursework interaction.
5 Reasons Virtual Teams Fail Whether creating or communicating the vision, the team leader must be able to do so effectively, using tools such as Cohuman and Mavenlink to further a more cohesive team and work process.
Twitter Begins Publishing Ads in Users' Streams The company will start with a smaller pool of its 175 million users by showing the paid tweets only to people who use HootSuite, a popular third-party client. The Vancouver-based startup, which has amassed a following of more than 900,000 users, will get a cut of the revenue, while Twitter will sell the advertising
Are You Headed for a Twitter Chernobyl? It’s tough to navigate this world when so much is out of your control, but there are elements of your social media strategy that you can and must manage. I recently spoke to Ryan Holmes, the CEO of Vancouver-based HootSuite, a popular social media dashboard for groups, who offered five tips for tweeting entrepreneurs.
Social Media Marketing and Security with Hootsuite Hootsuite is making a lot of cool moves in the market lately...They have their finger on the pulse around security and how to safeguard the integrity of a brand's online (and offline) presence.
Coworking, Online Social Collaboration Create Community Mavenlink co-founder Sean Crafts sees a market opportunity in partnering with the operators of coworking spaces--shared office spaces where sole practitioners come together to share office space, equipment, and each other's company.
Einztein Launches PhD-Curated Online Education Search Guide "We see the trend toward offering free online courses as an opportunity to create an online knowledge network where online learners and providers (including academics) can connect their favorite courses to relevant knowledge and information, exchange resources with other members sharing their academic interests, and join like-minded learners to explore their academic concentration."
vChatter Launches A PG-Rated Version Of Chatroulette The new destination site brings social video chat outside the walls of Facebook. The service, which requires you to sign in with your Facebook credentials, allows users to pick who they want to meet based on geography, gender, and age. By factoring demographic data into the equation, vChatter claims to actually be able to create valuable matches of users for video-chat