"Every second can literally save a life"
Inside VodaSafe CEO Carlyn Loncaric's journey from lifeguard to lifesaver. Welcome to the Sunday Briefing.
Unfortunately, the fear part of my brain likes to fire when I go out on the water. I’m what you would call an indoorsman. So, I have immense appreciation for those who commit themselves to making the great outdoors safer for us all. Rocketing to the top of that list is Carlyn Loncaric. Her experiences as a lifeguard and an engineer combine in VodaSafe. As you’ll read this week, the company’s tech is literally a lifesaver. Back on land, Lynk is out of stealth and on a mission to reduce processing fees while Covalent seeks to train Web3’s next generation.
Now onto today’s briefing. It’s 828 words, a 3-minute read.
- James, @jimmermatthews
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VodaSafe’s AquaEye offers a lifeline against drowning
The Vancouver company’s handheld sonar device can locate people submerged in water or trapped under ice. Start reading »
Dieter Shirley, NFT pioneer, talks about his creation’s past and future
Notes from the Dapper Labs-hosted International NFT Day event. Start reading »
Covalent launches program to train Web3 data analysts
The company seeks to recruit and teach 1,000 workers to help address the shortage of tech talent. Start reading »
With $4M in seed capital, Lynk launches a payment platform for marketplaces
The startup's product is meant to reduce the burden of high processing fees, for both merchants and consumers. Start reading »
🤝 Funding and deals
Monos, a fast-growing travel goods brand, closed a USD $30 million Series B investment led by Venn growth partners with participation from Strand Equity and Michele Romanow. Pitchbook »
GameOn Entertainment is partnering with the Crypto Jets Club, a metaverse for aviation enthusiasts that centres on future gaming and membership utility. Continue »
For more news like this, check out our weekly Money briefing: Lynk, Monos, GameOn Entertainment, and BDC
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🗞️ In other news
Meet the 26 new companies joining entrepreneurship@UBC’s Venture Founder program this fall. Continue »
Here’s how UBC Sauder’s new dean, Darren Dahl, embraces curiosity and positivity in business. Continue »
The Canadian Securities Administrators announced a new exemption that will free some public companies from filing another prospectus (financial overview) if they’re looking to raise between $5 million and $10 million from investors. Business in Vancouver »
Trulioo appoints tech veteran Eric Morse as its new chief revenue officer. Continue »
InBC, the $500 million strategic… err, now they’re saying impact investment fund is holding online information sessions for anyone interested in learning more about their investment strategy next month. Continue »
Katie Lowen, a modern dance artist turned software developer, will be graduating from Northeastern University Vancouver with an ‘Align Master of Science in Computer Science degree in spring 2023’ Continue »
Hydra Energy broke ground on what it’s calling the world’s largest hydrogen refuelling station for heavy-duty trucks. Hydra Energy »
How Ilya Brotzy and VanHack are connecting global tech talent with remote jobs. SaaS Mag »
B.C.’s Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy has expanded its B.C. Hydrogen Changemakers Consortium (BCHCC) announced in June 2022 to include three new members: BC Hydro and Power Authority (BC Hydro), Air Products Canada, and Toyota Tsusho Canada. Continue »
💼 Vancouver Tech Jobs
Everyone’s talking about hiring. And while some local companies have laid off team members, there are plenty of other Vancouver businesses searching for talent, including LandSure, Seaspan, and, INETCO Systems.
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💡 Ideas and insights
Roger Patterson, president at Later, writing in his newsletter Engineering Success: Many creators don’t make a living wage — but that’s about to change
Ryan Wong, CEO of Visier, writing in his newsletter People Powered: 3 HR Changes To Make Right Now To Recession-Proof Your Business
Diego Rios, writing in his Web3 newsletter TheMustach3: Challenges with launching digital clothes, fashion, and accessories
Chris Neumann, general partner at Panache Ventures, writing on his personal blog: Sorry, you can’t sneak in the side door (on why, after being rejected by an investor at a firm, you won’t be successful talking to someone else there)