Platforms and health

All Images copyright Gizmodo Live Blog. LifeScan’s app is for people with diabetes in order to “simply diabetes management.”   In their example, they’re putting themselves into the shoes of Maddie, a 15-year-old girl with diabetes. She tests herself six times a day and injects insulin multiple times a day. First she needs to prick […]

Where are the RIM alumni?

GigaOM has a great story about "The Growing Ex-Amazon Club and Why It’s a Good Thing”. This is essentially an extension of the Fairchildren model for seeding companies and talent. Jevon has placed MaRS in the deadpool. Austin, Joey and I have wondered about the role of early employees from successful companies at leaving to […]

Startups and Agencies

Web2Expo was last week. There were a large number of startups kicking around the conference including FreshBooks, Octopz, GetSatisfaction, Aviary, ThoughtFarmer, ZeroFootprint, BrainPark and others. One very interesting story is the business development relations that Brookly-based startup Drop.io has built with Organic. AdAge has writing a great article, How Start-ups and Ad Agencies Can Collaborate, […]

StartupNation

Jevon announced our efforts to continue to facilitate the opportunities for entrepreneurs in Canada. The goal was to have a grand gesture. To create a point in time to bring people together to learn, to connect and to inspire each other to build the NEXT BIG THING. What? Canada’s conference for startups Who? Students, entrepreneurs, […]

Millennium Development Goals

The Mozilla Labs Concept Series seems to have really struck a chord with me. I like the idea of projects that help designers “get involved and share your ideas and expertise” to “collectively explore and design future directions for the web”. It is a different approach to the Imagine Cup which is a student technology […]

Provoke thought and provide inspiration

The Aurora project has always intrigued me, a successor to the famed SR-71 Blackbird (though I thought it was designated SR-75 and not SR-91). In a vain of building a next generation experience, the team at Adaptive Path and  Mozilla Labs have partnered to build the Aurora Concept, “a video presenting one possible future user […]

Hacking LanSchool

From Greg Wilson. Hopefully, someone like Rob or Michael (or one of Michael’s students) will step in and provide these kids some pro bono legal advice for dealing with a company looking to manage their online profile. LanSchool has requested that the Tony Targonski and Dan Servos remove the details of an exploit to an […]

A Microsoft venture fund

Kevin Merritt has a great suggestion for creating a Microsoft venture fund. This is not new, I wrote about my displeasure with the proposed Yahoo! deal back. Kevin has thought about a YCombinator-esque microfunding model. A three person team comprised of Ray Ozzie, Don Dodge and Dare Obasanjo would be the investment committee. Anyone can […]

Dissident, Citizen

Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in […]

Anniversaries

Today is my 1 year anniversary at Microsoft Canada. I’m guessing there are a lot of unhappy gamblers in the pool. It’s been a fun year. May and June are always full of surprises and changes, fortunately this year the changes were much less scary and exciting. Less scary.  Anybody remember DemoCampToronto6? Unfortunately I don’t, […]