FinanceIT has raised $13 million for its platform that lets small businesses offer flexible payment options to their consumers. So go ahead, buy that Sea Doo.
Editor’s Pick Want a coffee? Now you can pay in Bitcoin.
The world’s first Bitcoin ATM is opening up for business this morning at a coffee shop in Vancouver, Canada. You can now buy, sell, and trade Bitcoin at a real, physical machine, depositing cash and checks for Bitcoin.
Back when cable visionaries foretold the age of 500 channels, did anyone ever expect they’d have to buy them in big bundles at a time? Canada is now reaching for that unrealized Promised Land, where 500 channels means 500 choices.
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Cassiope satellite for the Canadian Space Agency this Sunday. Canada is launching Cassiope in an effort to unravel “the mysteries of space weather.”
The three satellites are part of Canada’s RADARSAT Constellation Mission, which is designed to provide maritime surveillance, disaster management, and ecosystem monitoring capabilities.
“I do think that we have stepped it up significantly,” FounderFuel general manager Ian Jeffery told me yesterday. “In this cohort are some of the most mature companies we’ve ever had. All nine are fantastic, but some have real revenues already, over a million downloads, and upwards of 30,000 active users.”
There are two key problems that require immediate remediation in Congress, according to the coalition of companies, politicians, and nonprofits: jobs, and fairness.
Editor’s Pick Give me your smart, your educated, your startup founders yearning to build companies?
A parachute-equipped flying car designed by a Florida-based company for the use of missionaries in developing countries has crashed in Canada, just feet from an elementary school about to have a sports day event.
Nap rooms are so 2000s. Massage rooms are a dime a dozen. And the in-office gym has been around since at least the 90s. So if you want to up the ante, attract the best talent, and have the most brag-worthy office in the world, you need more.
Editor’s Pick “Something very interesting is happening here,” Google’s top Canadian employee, Steve Woods, told me. “This area has a very high proportion of startups to population. Google loves startups … and we love to hire entrepreneurial people.”
Best known, perhaps, for being the headquarters of BlackBerry, Waterloo is a small suburb of Toronto with a population of 98,000 in which 500 startups were born in 2012.
The Ontario ministry of economic development has invited VentureBeat to check out the center of the universe, AKA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. And I’m the lucky guinea pig.
Guest Post Canada’s federal government moved impressively quickly to implement this new visa, which is aimed at encouraging entrepreneurs from all over the globe to call us home. Why is the U.S. falling behind?
UrtheCast is launching the world’s first high-definition video platform of Earth, streamed live from the International Space Station. Today, “Earth’s video camera” announced a $25 million financing agreement that will bring its vision closer to a reality.
Editor’s Pick The Canadian government hopes its new ‘startup visa’ program will stimulate jobs creation, lure foreign entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley, and bolster its claim to be a technology hub.
After being Amazon.com’s best-selling laptop for 149 days straight, Google is taking its Chromebook show on the road, both internationally and at home.
360 Incentives creates a unified dashboard to create, manage, and measure incentive programs.
Online retail giant Amazon is introducing its popular Prime membership program to Canadian consumers, the company announced today.
Guest Post The nation’s app store can be likened to the state of Nevada in 1951, when nuclear weapons testing sprouted a continuous stream of mushroom clouds throughout the flatland.
Just in time for New Years Resolutions, PumpUp launches a personal trainer app for iPhone that helps users achieve their fitness goals.
Kixeye has also hired a general manager from Kabam.
With a simple software tweak, it looks like Canadian Nexus 4 users can enable nascent LTE capabilities.
Editor’s Pick You’ve got five minutes — the most important five minutes of your life. Everything comes down to this.
I’m in Montreal, Quebec, for FounderFuel’s demo day today. Quebec is known as la belle province in Canada, and investors as well as founders are hoping to see both beautiful pitches and beautiful startups today.
Payments processing startup Square has now brought its service to Canada, its first step outside of the U.S.
In a major turn-around, Android smartphones now account for a majority of mobile web traffic in the U.S and Canada. That’s a massive change from May of this very year, when Apple owned 72 percent of smartphone traffic, compared to only 26% for all Android phones.
Online men’s clothing brand Frank & Oak raises $5M
Stripe expands its payment processing platform into Canada
After a successful U.S. launch, streaming music service Spotify is now turning its attention to Canada.
Editor’s Pick Hollywood North? L.A. with rain? The city that riots whenever its hockey team doesn’t win the Stanley Cup?
Americans might think of Vancouver in many ways, but typically not as a tech startup mecca.
Buyosphere is web celebrity Tara Hunt‘s greatest gamble, and after some shaky months, it might be starting to pay off.
A class action lawsuit was filed today against Research in Motion (RIM), the makers of BlackBerry, after a massive, three-day service outage affected millions of its subscribers worldwide in October.
Netflix on Thursday announced that its Canadian branch has reached one million members in just 10 months.
Starting next week, I’ll be heading up to Canada as part of my quest to find the top entrepreneurs from around the world to launch their new technology at DEMO, the conference VentureBeat co-produces twice a year.
If for some reason you need further convincing that Netflix is taking over our lives, you only need to look at Sandvine’s latest report, which shows that the video streaming company is now the biggest source of North American web traffic, accounting for 24.71 percent of aggregate traffic.
Software architects like to shorthand the spaghetti of interconnected networks that make up the Internet as “the cloud” — an amorphous entity, somewhere distant, that you don’t need to fuss over.