Entrepreneurship Theme Song

Yesterday, I asked the question “If Entrepreneurship had a theme song, what would it be?” Some laughed and thought the question was weird. But, I think ENTREPRENEURSHIP should have a theme song. Everything has a theme song, you win a football game and there is a theme song. you go on a road trip and there is a theme song, you get my drift.

From those that responded, I compiled a list. If you have a song to add to the list, please comment. The holiday season is approaching and who doesn’t want an “Entrepreneurship ROCKS” playlist?

1 – Stronger – Kanye West

2 – Ride of the Valkyries – Wagner

3 – A Team Theme Song

4 – Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

5 – Combination Pizza Hut & Taco Bell – Das Racist

6 – The Great Escape Theme Tune

7 – Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

I know with all the entrepreneurs around, we can double this list easily. So, please feel free to add 🙂

Connect ’09 Ticket Winners

During our Under the Launch Party Event (LPV8) on September 16, we held a draw for two free tickets to Connect ’09, a premier event for technology startups hosted by the BC Innovation Council (BCIC) on October 19, 2009 at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver, BC.

And the Winners are…
Congratulations to LPV8 attendees, Carly Franklin of Magpie Social Media
and Dan Coburn of Atomic Robot for winning the tickets to Connect ’09. 
That night, Carly and Dan will enjoy panel sessions with industry experts, a technology expo, awards ceremony and great networking with other innovators in the BC technology community including BES Board members, Leonard Brody and Danny Robinson.

Leonard is the Keynote Speaker this year for Connect ’09. Among his many achievements, Leonard is an experienced entrepreneur, who co-founded NowPublic, a citizen generated news website that recently sold to local news network, Examiner.com. Having heard Leonard speak before, I believe you will walk away feeling inspired.

Danny has been starting and advising companies for over 15 years.  As Managing Director of Bootup Labs, he helps early stage digital media companies go from “concept to proof.”  Danny will be sharing his wisdom on the Accelerator Factor panel at 5pm. If you are launching a startup, you will want to attend this session.

Join Carly, Dan, Leonard, Danny and many more innovators and technology professionals at Connect ’09.  If you haven’t got a ticket already, you can learn more about the event and register at http://www.bcic.ca/connect

DemoIgniteCamp Wrap Up

It’s more than a week after DemoIgniteCamp that we had at the Vancouver Convention Center thanks to Microsoft Canada and Joey deVilla. You can find his wrap up post on the Microsoft Canadian Developer Connection blog. My excuse is that I was involved in 6 events in 5 days and am just surfacing again 😛

I really enjoyed the opportunity to get really really techie. As Avi said, “Surprised that the demos (including mine) are all of tools vs. products”. We purposefully kept the list very developer / programming / cool tools focused, and I’m pleased with the result.

We had 7 presentations, none of them really in Ignite style aside from Joey’s. I think it would be fun to do “real” Ignite style presentations at some point, but in Vancouver, the original Pecha Kucha does a good job of that.

The 6 presentations aside from Joye’s were as follows:

  1. Clamato — Hot Smalltalk on JavaScript action by Avi Bryant
  2. TransitDB – Carson Lam’s online guide for Vancouver Transit users that won the PHP FTW contest earlier this year
  3. RestfulX Framework – Dima Berastau’s framework for bringing Rails-esque goodness and RESTfulness to Adobe Flex and AIR development
  4. PhoneGap and Ayogo’s use of it for iPhone Game Development
  5. Joyent’s Smart – Joyent’s server-side Javascript cloud platform
  6. Walruz — Ruby framework for managing complex authorization policies

My sincere apologies to Mobify for not having time to fit their presentation in at the end. It just goes to show that I really do need a gong for timed presentations (/me looks at DaveO).

Thanks again to Joey and the rest of the Microsoft Canada / TechDays crew for making the space available AND for buying a round of truly “Free beer” at the Lion’s Pub afterwards, and to everyone for attending and presenting.

So, this wasn’t really a DemoCamp event, and it wasn’t really an Ignite event. It was a lot of fun, and I’d like to do more like this. As I said at the event, I need help in programming and organizing these events – get in touch or leave a comment if you have some ideas.

We’re also announcing another DemoCamp Vancouver event on October 22nd. If all goes as planned, we’ll be announced some startup funding related news at the event. If you want to present, please follow the link and sign up for a “Pitch Presenter” ticket.

Under the Launch Party – our hottest event yet!

by Maura Rodgers (@Maurar)

Another Launch Party is under our belt.  Our 8th Launch Party to be exact. Aside from finding a venue with a PA system that doesn’t make us sound like Charlie Brown’s Teacher or has sufficient AC to keep all 400+ of us a little cooler, I would call it a success.  I enjoyed seeing many familiar faces as well as meeting visitors from Seattle, Ontario, Kelowna, California and abroad.  We hope you left with a smile on your face and a pocket overflowing with new business cards that lead to meaningful relationships.

If the PA system had actually worked at the event, there were a few things we really wanted to say:

First of all – thank you very much for coming out to celebrate and support the entrepreneurs in our digital media community.  As Danny has said many times before, we believe Entrepreneurs are the Superheroes for our economy.  Entrepreneurs are the ones, who will lead us out of the tough times. The ones who understand that in order to solve a problem and change the world, you need to take a risk and go where no one else has gone before. (hence, the Superhero Trophies!) And that is why LPV exists – to salute entrepreneurs for their innovation and surround them with the right people, who can help them take their idea to the next level.

Speaking of the right people…
Many thanks to Debbie Landa from Dealmaker Media for flying up from San Francisco to co-host our 8th event.  Debbie founded Dealmaker Media in 2000 and organizes a number of high quality conferences and events in the Valley, LA and NY each year. When it comes to the digital media and VC landscape in the States, Debbie is plugged in.  49% of the companies that have been selected to pitch at her events have gone on to raise funding or be acquired.  Not only is she an experienced entrepreneur, who knows how to spot a winner, she’s also Canadian!  Debbie is @deblanda on Twitter.

Check out Dealmaker’s next event Under the Radar on November 19 in Mountain View, CA

And if it wasn’t for…
Sun has always been a big supporter of our Launch Party events and the Vancouver technology community. We hope that you had a chance to meet with Jeremiah from Sun Start-up Essentials, who flew in from San Francisco for the event.  As many of you already know, for your startup to succeed, you need more than a good business plan–you need a way to implement it quickly and cost-effectively.  If the mic actually worked on Wednesday, Jeremiah would have told you that the Sun Start-up Essential Program provides you with discounted hardware and services, free support and training, and access to a network of investors and startups around the globe. If you are interested in learning more, you can Apply online or follow-up with Jeremiah directly. You can also find him on Twitter @jshack.

Big Thanks to:
Our media sponsor, Techvibes, Layer 7 and all the crew at Strutta, who designed and managed the LPV8 Start-up Competition.   Thanks to Sonia, Jordan, Tina, and all of the volunteers, who worked the door. Your support and enthusiasm are what make each and every event so wicked awesome (that’s Bostonian for really good!).

Just Bootup
You may have heard that Strutta hired Ben Pickering as their new CEO, which means I am now working as the Executive Director of the Bootup Entrepreneurial Society with Sonia Ryan as my wingman.

The Bootup Entrepreneurial Society (BES) may share the Bootup in the Bootup Labs name (and their coffee maker) but it is NOT part of Bootup Labs.  While they help early stage companies too, BL is all about turning a profit.  BES is a non-profit that exists to build a solid infrastructure to help all entrepreneurs (not just BL companies) take a brilliant idea and turn it into a real business.  BES is thrilled to have Leonard Brody, Boris Wertz, Danny Robinson and Boris Mann on our Board.  All of these Superheroes want to see more digital media companies take root and flourish in BC and are investing their time and passion to make this happen.

Launch Party, which was founded by Danny, Dimitri and I and will now be managed by BES. In addition, BES will be organizing a number of events and workshops on a monthly basis to help digital media entrepreneurs start, build and grow their business.  Stay tuned for more.

Thanks again for coming!

AND the LPV8 winners are…

The results are in and it’s time to announce the winners in the LPV8 Startup Contest. A panel of 8 Judges casted their votes for the “Startup Most Likely to Succeed” and awarded Hootsuite. From Judge Gary Yurkovich’s comments: “For social marketers, this is a great platform. Almost mandatory to have something like this when managing multiple Twitter accounts”. So a big congrats to Hootsuite!

Judges Choice winners Hootsuite

The people have spoken and their votes went to MyWeddingMatch.com whose witty video made them a favorite among voters.

People's Choice Myweddingmatch.com

As for the event itself, the 8th installment of Launch Party was again a huge success with the highest number of attendees. The 9 demo companies were busy all night spieling to the crowd. Stay tuned for our announcement of our next Launch Party Vancouver event.

OH at Launch Party 8

Here are a few “over heards” from last night’s Launch Party Vancouver 8 event:
  • 6oz: Great job on #LPV8 last night @sonsryan ! It was teh hotness – both literally and metaphorically 😉 – Kirsten was demo’ing Hootsuite, and perhaps remarking on the fact that it was the temperature was a *little* high last night
  • tinatinatinah: my friend just asked me how the “nerd convention” went last night. well, i replied to my disconnected friend, #LPV8 went rather well! =) – Tina is the newest Strutta employee, and this was her first Launch Party
  • davidascher: Enjoyed the #LPV8 event last night — saw old friends, made new ones, and got great feedback about Thunderbird 3. Lots of “wow!”s – David is the CEO of Mozilla Messaging, and was demo’ing Thunderbird 3
  • quickmobile: great party last night at #LPV8 – best event of the season so far! Kudos to @dannyrobinson and the team – thanks… – thanks Patrick – we attended and/or helped organize 4 events in the past 3 days, so it was a pretty intense kick off to the “season”
  • gheer: Fun night last night at #lpv8, met a lot of interesting people. Really enjoyed meeting the @yowza and @gist folks. – all the companies were great, and LP makes it easy for lots of one-on-ones; forget standing up and pitching once – you’re pitching to 200 – 300 potential users, partners, and investors, one at a time 😛
  • justincumby: #LPV8 = fantastic event. Kudos to @yowza @hootsuite @angelpui @zed5000 @gist @lilipip for the great demos – awesome west coast innovation! – Justin was part of the Sun Startup Essentials crew that sponsored the event
  • SeattleCityGirl: sad I didn’t know about #lpv8 until now. Would have been fun to attend! Guess I’ll just have to wait for #nPost event Tues night! – Gist and Lilipip were up from Seattle, and Groove Systems was representing Kelowna; every Vancouver Launch Party is likely to feature folk from elsewhere. Portland, I’ve got my eye on you for LPV9!
  • launchpartyhq: Hey @stewarttownsend – we met with @thinklondon and @jshack at #LPV8 – maybe we can do Launch Party London? – hmmm…who tweeted this?! No promises, but sounds like fun!
Thanks to everyone for coming out. We’ve got a couple of good prospects on deck for LPV9 already. Want to launch your company or new feature with us in Vancouver? Head on over and apply.

Presenting companies at DFAIT Bootcamp

Today is Bootcamp day in Vancouver. The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service is running California Market Access Bootcamps throughout the west.

The Entrepreneurial Society helped organize the event in Vancouver along with other local connections from BCIC, SFU TIME Center and the Vancouver Economic Development Commission.

In the morning, the event is open to all the companies that applied. Chris Gill of SVASE is running a session on tuning your pitch and putting together what investors want to hear.

In the afternoon, 24 selected companies are presenting to three panels of investors and advisors from San Francisco, San Diego, and local firms.

The selected presenting companies are:

Congratulations to all the presenting companies, and good luck with your pitches this afternoon!