Meet with me in Vancouver

Grow Conf, Aug 19-21, 2010 Vancouver, BC

I’m heading to Vancouver for the Grow Conference. If you’re a startup, an investor or a service provider in Canada you should be at this event. Read my Top 5 Reasons to go to Grow. (Random note: I’m surprised that Peer1 or Q9 or MyHosting or iWeb or RackForce didn’t see this as a potential sponsorship and marketing event. Further evidence that tech startups are the Rodney Dangerfield‘s of Canadian businesses).

Bootup LabsI’ll be in Vancouver Monday, August 16 through August 20. On August 19 & 20, I’ll be at Grow Conference (I am currently open for breakfast on the Thursday August 19 if you’re interested). I am staying downtown so if you’re up for breakfast, lunch or dinner and you want to talk startups, product/market fit, marketing, BizSpark, technology, or better yet if you can show me where to get a bourbon manhattan. I’ll be working out of Bootup Labs, 163 West Hastings Street – Suite 200, Vancouver, BC and WavefrontAC, 1055 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC.

I’m looking to talk to entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, investors, policy makers, technologists and designers. I’d love to learn about new companies in Vancouver that are:

  • Building on the Microsoft stack including Azure, SQL Server, Silverlight, Windows Phone 7, IE9, and other emerging Microsoft technologies. I’m happy to chat about BizSpark and other programs available for startups.
  • Not building on the Microsoft stack, I’d still love to talk to you. I’d love to learn about your choices whether they be PHP, Rails, Android, iPhone, AppEngine, BigTable, Hadoop, Solr, Cassandra, RIAK, VoltDB, open web, etc.
  • Startup fund-raising and Vancouver. I’d love to get an entrepreneurs take on the funding scene. What’s it like to raise capital form W Media Ventures, GrowthWorks Vancouver, VanEdge. Who are the angels? What works? What’s broken?
  • Pitching StartupNorth. We get a lot of submissions of standard press releases. I’ll tell you what works in getting our attention and maybe this can help you get the attention of other bloggers and more credible press.
  • How to demo like a demon! I’d like to see entrepreneurs demo their wares. Come show me your software, the coolest thing about your solution, something that changed your life. Real software always makes me happy.
  • Emerging business models and go-to-market strategy – I’d love to talk about new pricing models, new consumer advertising models, economic and growth models that will allow startups to monetize and survive.
  • Health 2.0 – I’d love to see startups in the patient care space, new health tracking, personal health informatics, aging population support. I think this is a fantastic market segment, though highly regulated, but it’s a area that I have a personal interest in.
  • Social CRM – Microsoft just release CRM5 (ok CRM 2011). Salesforce continues to evolve their platform. There are new competitors like Jive and Lithium. I keep looking at HighRise and BatchBook for my personal contacts. Love to chat about the space, the players, what customers are looking for, etc.

These are all just suggested topics. I’m in town, I actually don’t have an agenda for 3 days.

Find time on my calendar and book a meeting with me at

Top 5 Reasons to go to Grow Conference

Grow Conf, Aug 19-21, 2010 Vancouver, BC

  1. It’s Silicon Valley in Vancouver
    How can you ask for a better lineup of people? You get the opportunity to interact and connect with Lane Becker, Rob Chaplinsky, Dave McClure, Dan Martell, Jeff ClavierDebbie Landa, Chris Albinson and others. This is a world-class list of angels, investors, entrepreneurs and technologists.
  2. It’s Canadian startup royalty
    Royalty is the wrong word. But it’s a chance to get inspired by some of the best Internet startups in Canada. The event is sponsored by the C100 and Debbie Landa, Chris Albinson, Rob Chaplinsky, Lane Becker and Dan Martell are all Canadian. But it’s the connection to all of the others attending and speaking that is most valuable: Rick Segal, Boris Wertz, Mark MacLeod, Danny Robinson, Amar Varma, Chris Arsenault, Steve Woods, Leonard BrodyJonathan Ehrlich and all of the others that will be involved.
  3. Tickets are cheap
    The super early bird tickets were snapped up. Regular tickets are only US$285. It’s not a lot of money for an event. When you consider that food alone is approximately $15 breakfast + $10 morning break + $25 lunch + $10 afternoon break + $30 cocktails = $90, so your ticket is only costing you $195. You might not like my pricing but I can tell you that WiFi at the MTCC is $30/connections. There are hard costs to running an event.
  4. The food
    Vancouver has some of the best food in the world. Tojo’s, Vij’s, Blue Water Cafe, ReFuel, Gotham Steakhouse, Joe Fortes, Lumiere. The list just goes on and on. If you’re creative you can do this on a budget, step one follow someone who is on an expense account or has already had atleast one successful startup.
  5. The Vancouver peeps
    There are some great entrepreneurs, technologists, designers and thinkers living in and around Vancouver. Ben Skelton, Dave Olson, Kris Krug, Meg Cole, Danielle Sipple, Avi Bryant, Andre Charland, Boris Mann, Dave Shea, David Eaves, Kate Trgovac, Alexandra Samuel, Gordon Ross, Jason Mogus, Dick Hardt, Rebecca Bollwitt, Tod Maffin and others. 

And the unwritten sixth reason to attend, though many will tell you this is a reason to avoid, I’ll be there.

Motion Media – Web Developer

Fort St. John, BC

Motion Media, a growing media production firm based in Fort St. John, BC, is looking for a well-rounded Web Developer to join our team as soon as possible.

You will work closely with clients and the rest of the team to build exciting marketing and communication solutions for our clients. We will rely on your expertise to help select the best technical and creative solutions for each project. You will work closely with our designer and programmer on integrating solutions that work.

What we are looking for:

  • Strong foundation and training in web development, web programming and web application development
  • Confidence in your ability to deliver solutions that work
  • Ability to learn, adapt and change
  • Excellent communication skills, telephone, email, networking
  • Great documentation skills
  • Knowledge of Flash and Actionscript
  • Strong knowledge of HTML, PHP, MySQL, jQuery,
  • The ability to learn new concepts and skills quickly
  • Experience with Joomla and Drupal content management systems
  • Strong sense of usability and design
  • Deadline oriented
  • Ability to branch out, try new ideas and new tasks within the company

You’ll be based out of Fort St. John, BC – Please look at a map before applying 🙂 It may be north, but Fort St. John, the Energetic City, is one of the most exciting places in the country. The growth and energy of the community is unlike anywhere else. We are looking for someone who wants to be a part of this exciting community while working for a very community-minded, young and progressive company.

Please forward your resume and portfolio to

Noomii – UE/Web Designer

Vancouver, BC

Noomii is a Vancouver-based web startup in need of a full-time UE/web designer who is interested in making our site look great and work with intuitive ease.

At the minimum, you should be well versed in modern markup and design techniques. You understand the importance of markup validity and keep style and content separate. You should have an established portfolio of web-based work showcasing your visual design and technical layout skills. You have experience dealing with and resolving cross browser CSS issues (*though this is a bit easier at noomii since we’ve dropped support for IE6).

In addition to making things look good, you should be a "UE" nerd. You should be keenly considerate of how every detail in your design affects navigation and usage. You will create mock-ups and paper-based designs for new features, convert mock-ups into working HTML files and sit in on live user-testing for feedback on our product.

Above all the skills necessary to fulfill this job, you are passionate and excited about the emergence of web-based applications and the advancement of UI principles. You focus on the details and get things done right.

This position is being offered as a short-term contract and if you prove to be the the right fit, we want to hire you full-time with additional benefits and potential stock options.

You must work in our Vancouver office. Telecommuting is not an option. Do not contact us if you do not live in (or are not willing to relocate to) the Vancouver area.

Required skills and experience

  • Have ‘owned’ the CSS on an interactive website
  • Understand everything comes down to user experience
  • Paper prototyping
  • HTML and advanced CSS layout / design
  • Photoshop or Illustrator
  • Javascript experience (ideally jQuery)
  • Simplicity
  • Elegance

Nice to have

  • Multiple device/media layouts (ie. for iPhones)
  • Color theory
  • Conducted and observed user-testing
  • Developed a design guide
  • SEO

About Us

Noomii launched in October 2008 ( Since then we have had steady user-growth and positive press.

If you want to directly contribute to a great product, work in an exciting and fast-paced environment, and join our growing team of top-notch developers, send your resume to

LaunchParty Vancouver 6

Rob Lewis and the team at TechVibes is doing a great job. They picked up on LaunchParty Vancouver 6 happening on February 26 at the Steamworks Brewing Company. The LaunchParty web site is powered by Danny Robinson’s Strutta, who happens to be a partner in Bootup Labs with my good friend Boris Mann.

LaunchParty Vancouver 6 (LPV6) startups will be posting 2 minute videos and the audience gets to vote on the startup “most likely to succeed”. Brilliant. TechVibes also provides a handy profile of each of the companies.


Handi MobilityCompany:
Handi Mobility
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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HearWhere is a search engine helping you find live music playing all over the world. With more than one million shows from over one million… [more]


3rd WhaleCompany:
3rd Whale
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Rilli is a map-based online and mobile event creation tool for social people, doing real things, in the real world. [more]

It begs the question when is the next DemoCamp. Leila has been pushing on finding a venue. It has been too long and we’re going to correct this for FY2009, look for an announcement with DemoCamp details in the next few days.

Yelp – Community Manager

From via Geoffrey Wiseman at Toronto Technology Jobs (be sure to read the commentary).

As the Yelp Community Manager, you’ll be a full-time Yelp employee doing whatever it takes to grow the community of active yelpers as the Yelp "Mayor" in your city. Working out of your home and anywhere with WiFi, you’ll lead Yelp’s success in your city, and will be an integral member of a team of all-stars in the field receiving direction and support from Yelp Headquarters in San Francisco.

About you

  • Lives to write; writes to live. You know who you are. Pencils down.
  • Has a fire in the belly. Walks through walls. Takes no prisoners. In a word: driven. Even when no one is watching. Especially then.
  • Social connector. You are the hub of your social world. You know everyone. Everyone knows you. You are the Mayor. The fun one. Diplomatic, too.
  • Have more than a few years of post-graduate professional experience (existing Yelp community managers have 5 to 15 years).

About the job

  • Writing. Write locally compelling newsletters weekly and inspiring reviews daily. Persuasive pitches to venue owners and marketing partners.
  • Event planning. Conceptualize, negotiate, wrangle, plan and execute cool, fun and buzz-worthy (big wow factor!) events/parties.
  • Marketing outreach. Connect with the right local organizations, barter weekly newsletter sponsorships for promotion of Yelp.
  • Socializing and adventuring. Meet up with yelpers. Attend civic events. See and be seen. In the scene. Be the Mayor. Always on.
  • Communication. Be accountable with stellar communication to your peers and those who support you at Yelp HQ.

If you’re interested, please submit the following:

  1. Cover letter/note showcasing your writing skills and general personality and style
  2. Resume showcasing your relevant experience
  3. A link to your (full and interesting) Yelp profile



BigPark – Senior GUI Designer

Vancouver, BC

Job Description

GUI designers are responsible for translating the visual components of the brand across interactive properties, working with photography, typography, video, animation and copy. GUI designers solve various user problems by creating elegant interfaces that clearly execute on design briefs while following user recommendations from various specialists within the web & game teams.

GUI designers are proficient with translating wire frames, persona data, and information architecture diagrams into pixel-perfect, visually compelling designs.

Candidate Responsibilities

  • Define and develop project objectives, implementing project milestones in conjunction with Development Managers and Game Directors
  • Apply user interaction principles to work, demonstrating an accomplished understanding of user centered design
  • Conceptual Development of mood boards, developing photographic style and typographic treatment
  • Produce conceptual storyboards, site grids, and interface demos to communicate interaction and design ideas
  • Work with Software Engineers to ensure correct implementation of designs
  • Present design ideas to Web & Game Directors
  • Lead and mentor other designers to enable effective execution of projects

Candidate Requirements

  • 5+ years of professional experience working in interactive / GUI design. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in both web and game GUI design
  • Design portfolio demonstrating passion and enthusiasm for multi-discipline design techniques including web design and game GUI’s
  • Additional experience in motion, animation and 3D design would be an Asset
  • Experience mentoring small teams
  • Solid understanding aspects of user centered design
  • Ability to communicate and maintain consistent and compelling visual style
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment with limited supervision

Candidate Profile

  • Self-starter who works well with a team
  • Must be able to complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Dynamic problem solver
  • Organized
  • Accountable
  • Collaborative
  • Passion for playing video games
  • Interested in Mentoring
  • Keep up to date on new industry trends
  • Good sense of humor

About BigPark

BigPark ( is a new media company that is creating innovative and entertaining social experiences for the rapidly growing online games and social network markets.  We have assembled a team of world class designers, artists and engineers and have created an energetic and creative culture at our development studio located on the UBC campus.  BigPark is a privately held company, founded by an experienced group of industry veterans.

To apply, send an email with your resume to Please include Senior GUI Designer in the subject line of your email response.

Nokia – Interactive Media Designer

Burnaby, BC, Canada

Position Description
Interested in joining a small team of highly motivated usability and user interface design professionals? Excited by the prospect of bringing best-in-class user experiences to Nokia’s next generation of devices?  If so, we are currently looking for an individual with talents in creating stunning interactive experiences to join our team.  You must be creative, passionate about what you do, and able to thrive in a highly collaborative team environment.

Your role and responsibilities will include:

  • Collaborating with cross-functional teams to brainstorm new design concepts for future music-centric software and services, translating them into mockups and simulations using best practices for visual and interaction design.   
  • Supporting usability and user research efforts by creating and iterating on simulations that may range from a single feature to an entire application.
  • Understanding and aptly applying Nseries and Ovi style and branding guidelines, working with other visual design teams to help evolve those guidelines.
  • Engaging in the user experience design process by producing quick concept designs & prototypes of candidate solutions, demonstrating a flexibility to iterate frequently.


  • Minimum of 3 years of professional experience in a commercial product environment, ideally related to mobile and web applications
  • Expert in using Flash/Flex/ActionScript or similar tools to code robust and extensible applications
  • In-depth knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Strong visual design sense and graphical/illustration skills
  • Understanding of user experience fundamentals, including user-centered design process, information design, and industry UI standards
  • Must be a highly collaborative team player who will thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to travel to collaborate with partners
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • BS degree or equivalent experience in human-computer interaction, interaction design, web design, graphic design or a related field
  • Must have excellent portfolio to demonstrate media design expertise

To apply, please visit the Canada/Vancouver section of our careers website at:

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for interview will be contacted.