Oct 5, 2010
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Digital Puck Interview with Wantsa CEO David Strebinger

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Oct 4, 2010
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Digital Puck Interview with MetroLyrics CEO Alan Juristovski

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Oct 1, 2010
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Digital Puck Interview with Unbounce CEO Rick Perreault

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Sep 30, 2010
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Bridgescale Leads $7 million investment in Rypple

Bridgescale Partners led a $7 million Series A round in Toronto-based Rypple Wednesday. The news has received some great press and we’re all excited about the deal.

Additional Rypple investors include: Edgestone Capital Ventures, Extreme Venture Partners, Peter Thiel, Seymour Schulich, Roger Martin and Joe Sigelman. To date, Rypple has raised a total of $13 million.

Here’s what peHUB had to say about the deal:  Bridgescale Partners, which is known more for its growth stage investments, is making some waves in Canada. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based firm, which has an office in Toronto, announced earlier today it led a $7 million Series A for Toronto-based Rypple, which develops HR software that makes it easier for employees and managers to share feedback about each other’s performances within their organizations.

Daniel Debow, Co-CEO of Rypple

The investment is Bridgescale’s third deal in Canada this year, and the firm plans to announce a fourth Canadian investment “in the next few weeks,” said Toronto-based Partner Howard Gwin, a former senior executive with PeopleSoft, who is joining the Rypple board. More here.

There was more great coverage of the investment in the Financial Post, TechFinance.ca, ITWorldCanada, GigaOm and the Sacramento Bee.

Rypple plans to use the money to market its hosted social networking tool, which it says will help business, IT and HR managers provide better feedback to their teams.

“Employees want frequent, useful feedback to do their jobs better. Managers are busy and need software that’s fast and effective. Our users stay on track, learn faster, and consistently hit their goals.” said Daniel Debow, co-CEO, Rypple. “Our customers are innovative companies including Mozilla, Rackspace, and VivaKi (Groupe Publicis). Their employees use Rypple because they love it, not because they’re forced to.”

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Sep 29, 2010
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Digital Puck Interview with Visibli CEO Saif Ajani

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Sep 28, 2010
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CIX deadline for Canada's Hottest Innovative Companies is Oct. 1

With the deadline to submit your profile fast approaching, the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) is strongly encouraging Canadian companies breaking new ground in Information and Communication Technology, Digital Media and Clean Technology to take part in the Canada’s Hottest Innovative Companies showcase.

A central component of CIX, the showcase introduces key players in the innovation economy to an expertly-curated index of some of the country’s most innovative companies.

There is no cost to submit a profile to the selection committee, and the CEOs of chosen companies will showcase their company and its innovative technology-based product or service in front of an audience of important Canadian and international investors, technology companies and their peers. Each CEO is also invited to take part in all of CIX, meaning a day of facilitated meetings and other opportunities to connect with potential partners.

CIX is proud to offer this program designed to support and accelerate Canadian innovation through top-level exposure and networking opportunities for pioneering companies and initiatives.

Deadline is October 1st ― Submit your profile today! Visit us at http://www.canadianinnovationexchange.com/registration-canadas-hottest-innovative-companies.php

As the premier event for members of the Canadian innovation community, CIX attracts a large list of important investors from Canada and around the world, including:

·         Chris Albinson, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Panorama Capital

·         John Albright, Co-Managing Partner, BlackBerry Partners Fund

·         Chris Arsenault, Managing Partner, iNovia Capital Inc.

·         Roger Chabra, Partner, Rho Canada

·         Rob Chaplinsky, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Bridgescale Partners

·         Paul Cummings, Principal, Honda Strategic Investment

·         Patrick Eggen, Senior Investment Manager, Qualcomm Ventures

·         Barry Gekiere, Managing Director, MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund

·         Jeff Grammer, Partner, Rho Canada

·         David Henderson, Managing Director, XPV Capital Corporation

·         Charles Lax, Managing General Partner, GrandBanks Capital

·         Mike Lee, Vice President, Venture Investments, Rogers Communications

·         Drew Lipsher, Partner, Greycroft Partners LLC

·         Rick Nathan, Managing Director, Kensington Capital Partners Limited

·         Scott Pelton, Vice President, Investments, GrowthWorks Capital

·         Parminder Singh, President, Intellectual Ventures Canada

·         Trond Unneland, Vice President and Managing Executive, Chevron Technology Ventures

·         David Unsworth, Director, RBC Venture Partners

·         John Varghese, CEO and Managing Partner, VentureLink Funds

·         Boris Wertz, CEO, W Media Ventures

·         Andrew Wilkes, Chairman, National Angel Capital Organization

To learn more about CIX and to register, please visit www.canadianinnovationexchange.com

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Sep 28, 2010
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Digital Puck Interview with Tio Networks CEO Hamed Shahbazi

Here’s the latest in our series of CEO interviews. Watch the rest of our interviews here.

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Sep 27, 2010
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Hunt for VC Money Tough, But Money Is Out There

Ian Barker had a business idea and experience to back it up — key ingredients for an entrepreneur seeking financing. He thought finding venture capital for Symtext, his Toronto-based startup that compiles “liquid textbooks” for college and university courses by aggregating content from multiple sources, would be fairly easy. It wasn’t.

Read more here at CBC News:

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Sep 27, 2010
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Digital Puck Interview with Polar Mobile CEO Kunal Gupta

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Sep 24, 2010
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Dayforce, Polar Mobile, Neuralitic and Tynt are Deloitte Companies to Watch

Digital Puck is pleased to report that four companies within our Bridgescale/Digital Puck network made it on to Deloitte’s prestigious Canadian Companies to Watch list for 2010.

The honored companies include Dayforce, Polar Mobile, Neuralitic and Tynt.

A total of 10 Canadian companies made the list. Neuralitic is a leading provider of mobile data intelligence solutions. Tynt develops user engagement solutions that allow online publishers to increase site visits, user engagement and maximize revenue, through deep insight into how their content is being consumed and shared. Polar Mobile is a global leader in mobile solutions and Dayforce is a leading provider of on-demand workforce management solutions.

“We are honoured to be included in this year’s ranking among other very accomplished companies”, says Kunal Gupta, CEO of Polar Mobile. “The Polar Mobile team is to credit for their tremendous efforts and dedication into building this into a world-class company in less than three years. We are excited for the next three years!”

The majority of Companies-to-Watch winners are global leaders in technology sectors that did not exist five years ago. To win the award, companies must display the kind of management expertise and superior technology that mark a successful early-stage company poised for continued growth. To qualify for the Companies-to-Watch Award, candidates must have been operating less than five years. They must also be headquartered in Canada and devote a significant portion of their operating revenues to creating proprietary technology and/or intellectual property.

Neuralitic CEO Audry Larocque

Deloitte gives out awards in four categories annually, including the Technology Fast 50, the Companies to Watch, the Technology Fast 50 Leadership Award and the Technology Green 15 Award.

Deloitte yesterday also announced its Canadian Technology Fast 50 list for 2010. Clickfree (storage appliance corp.) of Richmond Hill, Ontario, topped the list.

The Technology Fast 50 ranks the country’s 50 fastest-growing technology companies based on percentage revenue growth over five years. Deloitte launched the program over a decade ago to celebrate the world-class achievements of the Canadian technology sector. The Technology Fast 50 awards and rankings are presented in distinct categories that characterize and define the unique strengths of Canadian innovation, according to Deloitte.

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