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My top three picks from Cape Town’s (disappointing) Design Indaba expo

By Francis Moran

Design IndabaCape Town’s annual Design Indaba conference and expo, which ran here last week, bills itself as “the leading voice on African design, creativity and innovation.”

The conference part, at a hefty R3,000 (C$320) per day for three days, is well beyond the reach of all but the deepest-pocketed around here and was sold out by the time I learned of it a month ago, so I can’t speak to how representative its program of speakers might have been of the rest this vast continent beyond the host country’s borders.

I was limited to attending the accompanying design expo. Even so, I hit the Cape Town International Conference Centre on the city’s waterfront full of great expectations.

It turned out to be about as good as a Christmas craft show back home. A really good Christmas craft show, granted, and one showcasing designers and products that were new to me. But a Christmas craft show nonetheless. And one that failed to deliver much pan-continental flavour as it was dominated not just by South African vendors but by local Cape Town vendors.

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8 Ontario companies to pitch follow-on investment forum

By Francis Moran

FINAL-FOIF-Logo-011The Network of Angel Organizations – Ontario is having its annual follow-on investment forum in two weeks and eight Ontario companies that previously received angel investment will be looking for additional funding to continue their growth. The eight are:

  • Brain FX, which creates web-and-tablet-based clinical assessment tools that help healthcare professionals measure the effects of brain disorders on a person’s ability to function in real life.
  • ChangeIt, a new and innovative way to automatically round up your payment card purchases, creating virtual change that can automatically be directed to a charitable organisation of your choice. Read More

Bayview Yards designs released

By Francis Moran

It was freezing cold, often quite dark, and always utterly decrepit at the Bayview Yards a couple of weeks ago, but it didn’t take an imagination any more potent than the woeful propane heaters that were bravely trying to heat up the chilly space to share the city’s vision that this broken-down and vividly graffiti-tagged former works garage will soon be transformed into a funky, design-rich, entrepreneur-friendly, sunshiny bright and — most critically — welcoming space for Ottawa’s startup and technology communities.

Bayview Yards Innovation Centre draft conceptual design plan

We’ve had a few posts on this blog about the city’s plans to turn the old Bayview Yards into an innovation complex for Ottawa’s startup communities, but earlier this month saw the first chance many people had to eyeball the actual space, as well as the enticing draft conceptual design plan developed by local design firm protoypeD.

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December roundup: What does it take to bring technology to market?

By Daylin Mantyka december2013064

Even though we took our usual holiday break in December, we still covered a lot of ground on the blog throughout the month. Leading the pack was a well-received piece by our resident neuromarker, Bob Bailly, followed by a to-the-point post on improving your presentation skills in the new year.

In case you missed any of it, here is a handy recap of our posts, as ranked by the enthusiasm of our readers:

December 11: Would you kill the Fat Man?, by Bob Bailly

December 18: Five keys to your presentation success in 2014, by Anil Dilawri

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PR, marketing and the clean slate of a new year

By Leo Valiquetteclean-slate

Happy New Year.

The holidays are behind us and it’s time to get back to the grindstone. But while routines are a good thing, slipping back into poor habits, biases, and preconceptions that limit our professional success are not. Consider this a time to wipe the slate clean and make a fresh start.

I personally don’t care to make resolutions. Instead, I look back and consider what lessons I learned over the past year and how I can apply these in a positive way to my life and work over the next 12 months.

So in the spirit of a new year, here are some thoughts to guide founders, executives, and managers of any growing concern as they work to bring their technology to market and earn their time in the spotlight.

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