Bright lights, big names

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I’ve been thinking about Toronto. It’s almost 4 years since TorCamp and the first DemoCamp. The tech scene has changed significantly since I first posted BarCamp Toronto in September 2005. People are paying attention to Toronto. Just look at the past few weeks, we’ve had Dave McClure, Steve Ballmer, Hugh MacLeod, First Round Capital, Dharmesh Shah, Joel Spolsky, Yossi Vardi and others all in Toronto. There something going on here.

There are startups. They are raising money. They are hiring. They are doing great work. Have you checked out:

There are a ton of startups in Toronto. We have new corporate venture funds, there are incubator programs, there is something in the water. The best part is that there are great companies in Montreal, Vancouver, Waterloo, Ottawa (all across the country really, I’m looking at you Radian6 in Fredericton). It’s be a great four years since the start of this community thing in Toronto. Canada has always been a great place to live. Now it’s starting to be a great place to be a tech entrepreneur.

12 thoughts on “Bright lights, big names”

  1. Love the roundup. Having moved here 4 years ago I can also vouch for the increasing momentum. Building a real entrepreneurial culture takes time. It's great to see it happening!

  2. When I moved to Toronto 5 years ago it was a tech wasteland,. there were zombies wandering around,. wasn't a pretty sight.

    Today it is a much different story.

  3. I recently came back from overseas to start up a company here in Toronto. It is a great city with plenty of talent. It is also North America's 5th largest city.

  4. I wish we had a few more homeruns from the last crop of startups. However, it feels just like Workbrain http://www.startupnorth.ca/2009/04/22/workbrain… that the current crop is going to produce some huge wins and seed another round of spin outs.

    (Oanda feels like one of those companies that is going to be like Algorithmics, and seed a new group of motivated entrepreneurs and developers).

  5. I wish we had a few more homeruns from the last crop of startups. However, it feels just like Workbrain http://www.startupnorth.ca/2009/04/22/workbrain… that the current crop is going to produce some huge wins and seed another round of spin outs.

    (Oanda feels like one of those companies that is going to be like Algorithmics, and seed a new group of motivated entrepreneurs and developers).

  6. I wish we had a few more homeruns from the last crop of startups. However, it feels just like Workbrain http://www.startupnorth.ca/2009/04/22/workbrain… that the current crop is going to produce some huge wins and seed another round of spin outs.

    (Oanda feels like one of those companies that is going to be like Algorithmics, and seed a new group of motivated entrepreneurs and developers).

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