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Where do the next opportunities lie for savvy tech entrepreneurs?

By Denzil Doyle

Having just completed 50 years in the computer industry ( I joined Digital Equipment Corporation on March 21, 1963), I would like to reflect upon some of the major advances in the industry during that period and to speculate on those that we might witness in the next 50 years.

As for the past, by far the greatest advances have been in the cost and size of computer memory. In 1963, Digital sold a computer called the PDP-5 which was unique in that it used both core memory (4096 words of 12 bits each) and transistors ( 500,000 bits per second clock rate) as opposed to drums and vacuum tubes. Additional memory could be obtained by ordering a “Memory Extension Unit” for $10,000 and 4096 word blocks of memory at $10,000 each – all in 1963 dollars.

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The third way that government can, and must, support Made-in-Canada tech

By Leo Valiquette

“Canada is open for business.”

So said Jason Kenney, Canada’s Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, in a media release issued last week to promote Canada’s new Startup Visa.

In what the federal government is touting as a “first of its kind in the world,” the visa is intended to accelerate the immigration and citizenship process for entrepreneurs from abroad, particularly technology entrepreneurs, who are vetted by criteria that include investment, and endorsement, by Canadian VCs.

“The new Start-Up Visa will help Canada attract the world’s best and brightest entrepreneurs to build businesses, create jobs, and fuel economic growth,” Kenny said.

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Why shouldn’t it be made in Canada?

By Leo Valiquette

Last week I had the honour of being involved with Canada 3.0, a digital technology conference put on by the Canadian Digital Media Network. Over two days, the conference explored the many ways that digital technology is transforming our lives and how we are progressing toward the CDMN’s “moonshot goal:” That anyone can do anything on line by 2017.

In addition to a variety of breakout sessions, there were some incredible keynotes about the profound transformations gripping the media and content-distribution industries and how the need for individual self-expression through social media is redefining traditional marketing and advertising.

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Today we celebrate Victoria Day

By Leo Valiquette

Today we take a break from our regular blogging schedule in celebration of that great Canadian kick-off to summer, Victoria Day.

For our readers who do not hail from some corner of the Commonwealth, Victoria Day is in honour of Queen Victoria, the grand old dame who ruled the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 until her death in 1901. Her rule was longer than that of any other British monarch and the longest of any female monarch in history (Queen Elizabeth II still has more than two years to go to do better).

We will return tomorrow with some takeaways for entrepreneurs from last week’s Canada 3.0 conference in Toronto.

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The business of evolution: We’re not as clever as we think we are

By Bob Bailly

When I was first asked to contribute to this blog, my stated interest was writing a piece that “is really all about you and how evolution has contrived you to be who you are, acting and feeling the way you do. It’s also about how to improve your business performance.”

Since then, I’ve tried to explore how evolutionary sciences can be used for predictive modeling for our business stragegies.

I’m more convinced than ever that if you are looking to build better brands, increase your marketing effectiveness, shorten sales cycle times, improve communication at all levels of the organization, and foster loyalty with customers, stakeholders and employees, you can benefit by understanding how we came to be the kind of animal that we are.

The first thing to remember is we’re not as clever as we think we are.

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