Good news, and a giveaway
Win a return flight to Seattle!
I’ve got an awesome giveaway for you this week.
As the world begins to open up, Vancouver businesses are deepening their ties — and doing more business — with Seattle. How do execs get there? The quickest, easiest, (and coolest) way to reach the home of the space needle is via seaplane.
Since the close of the pandemic, Harbour Air has resumed its flights direct from downtown Vancouver to downtown Seattle, which whisks passengers on the “nerd bird” from Coal Harbour to Lake Union in under an hour.
We’re giving away a return flight to Seattle (worth over $600) to one of our Vancouver Tech Journal members. It can be used on any date, and not just for a business trip (if you love the Seahawks, Mariners, or Kraken — or want to check out those sweet REI deals — this one’s for you too).
Entry is simple. If you’re a VTJ member, you’re automatically in the draw. We’ll pick a name next Sunday (December 4), and contact you the next day.
If you’re not already a member and you want to be in with a shot of winning this amazing prize, you can become a member before next Sunday. (Bonus: as well as giveaways like these, you’ll get exclusive and in-depth stories, daily briefings, playbooks and cheatsheets, startup watch-lists, access to a members-only community, and discounts to all our events. Not bad, eh?)
Now onto today’s briefing. It’s 1,112 words: a four-minute read.
P.S. Join us and our partners at CBRE's High Technology Facilities Group (HTFG) for a special Year End Holiday Tech Industry Social on Wednesday (Nov 30). Your first drink is free!
Axis Communications opens Vancouver office and experience centre
The Swedish security technology company welcomed partners and clients to its new showroom within the Broadway Tech Centre. Start reading »
Viridis Research lands $300K from Mitacs
The cleantech company seeks to accelerate the development and commercialization of its first unit thanks to this funding. Start reading »
VTJ member exclusive: What do 71,000 people think about Vancouver tech?
For those who pump Vancouver tech’s tires, it’s plain to see what’s being built here. But what do international tech professionals think about the city? Start reading »
59 finalists announced for Victoria’s tech community awards
It’s the most-ever for the annual celebration of local tech and innovation shepherded by VIATEC. Read in Victoria Tech Journal »
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🤝 Funding and deals
Tribe Property Technologies acquired a portfolio of strata property management assets from Warrington PCI Management, growing Tribe’s property management services across Greater Vancouver. Continue »
PanGenomic Health has acquired Mindleap Health, the world’s first telehealth platform for psychedelic integration. Learn more »
Nirvana Life Sciences has acquired Medsmart Dispensary, the North American distributor of a patented herbal treatment for addictions called SOSA.
Learn more »
Ethos NFT is working with the Hockey Hall of Fame and Network Entertainment to launch their first digital collectible: the Greatness Calling book. Learn more »
Spring Activator has launched the Spring Investing Collective, a diverse community of people who are passionate about deploying capital to make the world a better place. Learn more »
Partner message from Switchboard Public Relations: When it comes to giving back, time can be much more rewarding than money
🗞️ In other news
The provincial government has streamlined business registry services online, making it easier to register and manage general partnerships and sole proprietorships. BC Registries and Online Services »
Clio launched its payment solution in Canada, marking its first international expansion. Clio Payments was launched in the U.S. last year and allows lawyers to efficiently bill and collect from clients. Learn more »
Thanks to a new collaboration with Lululemon, UBC Okanagan researchers and their partners are working to develop a next-generation fabric that will keep a person warm, dry, and comfortable regardless of temperature or exertion level. UBCO News »
Airswift — a Richmond-based fintech company offering crypto payment solutions — launched a full-stack payment gateway for merchants, called Airswift Connect. Learn more »
Charli AI announced the launch of Ancaeus, its new generative AI platform that can discover, understand, and use facts from millions of pieces of content to generate insights, spreadsheets, presentations, and well-written natural language reports. Learn more »
Partner message from BCIT Computing: 3 reasons to have a student team work on your IT challenge in January. Submission deadline: December 5
💼 Take your career to the next level
Everyone’s talking about hiring. And while Dapper Labs and Hootsuite have laid off team members earlier this month, there are hundreds of other Vancouver tech businesses searching for talent, including Hop, AbCellera, Tsunami Solutions, Seaspan ULC, Inetco Systems, Tantalus Systems, Withe, and PayPal.
Check out who else is hiring on our Vancouver Tech Journal Job Board »
Growing your team? Post a job with us »
💡 Ideas and insights
CBC meets Vancouver Web3: A number of Vancouver leaders share insights on the future of Web3 in an eight-part series with the CBC, including Anthonia Ogundele of Ethos Lab, Ashley Smith of Bored Becky, Evan Keast of Doodles, and Dieter Shirley of Dapper Labs.
Darian Kovacs, founder of Jelly Digital Marketing and Jelly Academy, writing in the Globe and Mail’s Report on Marketing: Why marketing and tech have a talent retention problem
Chris Neumann, general partner at Panache Ventures, writing on his blog: The 2022 fundraising window is now closed
Raghwa Gopal, president and CEO of Innovate BC, shares the local tech stories that caught his eye recently on LinkedIn, including Verdi and Mintlist.
Sarah Applebaum, investor at Pangea Ventures, is featured on Foresight Canada’s Cleantech Forward podcast, speaking to the state of cleantech and what it means for ventures and investors.
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