How to Build A Web App Business with Freshbooks CEO, Mike McDerment

How I met Mike McDerment
In July 2008, my company Strutta was selected out of over 100 applicants to be one of 11 companies to demo at Twiistup 4. Our team, dressed in white to celebrate the launch of our new white label contest platform, descended on the Viceroy in Santa Monica, CA to make some noise.

On top of attracting some new customers and dominating the Skee Ball table in the Twiistup Arcade late night (oh yes, I did!), I met some really great people including Saul Colt, the Smartest Man in the World, who introduced me to Mike McDerment, the CEO and Founder of Freshbooks.

I really enjoyed meeting Saul, Sunir and Mike and learning more about the itch that caused Mike to start Freshbooks.  Upon returning to Vancouver, I continued to hear rave reviews about his company and read stories of how the Freshbooks team went out of their way to deliver exceptional customer service time and time again. It was abundantly clear that Mike and his team had successfully started and built a customer driven product and organization. Not an easy feat!

Vancouver Enterprise Forum, November 24
So, when I sat down with the VEF Ops committee last May to help put together a wish list of engaging speakers for the year ahead, Mike’s name immediately came to mind. Lucky for us, Mike happily accepted our invitation to come West to share his start-up story and answer your questions at the VEF on Tuesday, November 24.

How to Build a Web App Business, November 25
While Mike is in town, he will also be delivering a very informative workshop on How to Build a Web App Business at Earl’s V Lounge in Yaletown on November 25 at 9am.  Mike will cover everything from building your app and your team to marketing, product management, metrics and financing.

For an entrepreneur, who recently graced the cover of Entrepreneur magazine as the Founder of 1 of 100 Brilliant Companies that has attracted more than 1M users, I trust Mike knows a thing or two about building a successful web app business.  Sign up now while there are still some spots left!  Tickets are $100, includes lunch and refreshments.

Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week with Paul Kedrosky

There’s a reason why CNBC asks Paul Kedrosky to weigh in on everything from Google Acquisitions to Microsoft to smartphone wars.  He is insightful, experienced, and a highly regarded equity investor and as a result, he is in demand and always on a plane.  I am happy to report that on November 19, 2009, Kedrosky will be flying in to Vancouver this time to share his thoughts on entrepreneurship, early stage investing and answer your questions.

And it’s Global Entrepreneurship Week!
From November 16-22, people around the world will be coming together to “foster a global culture which recognises entrepreneurs as drivers of economic and social prosperity.” So, at 6pm on November 19, close your laptops, leave the office or get out of the garage and come meet other entrepreneurs, who are just as crazy and illogical as you are for choosing to make a difference and change the world.

Register now. $10 bucks gets you a beer, some snacks and access to Kedrosky’s big brain.

Kedrosky’s Latest Appearance on CNBC
Is Google Evil?  Kedrosky shares his insight.

Coworking @ BOB

Andrew got in touch to tell us that Building Opportunities with Business (BOB) is opening up their space for co-working:

From their business development page:

To further our mission we would like to make available to select partners, individuals, and businesses the main floor of 163 East Pender Street. We hope that this open shared work space can contribute to the revitalization of the inner-city by providing a space for creative professionals to flourish, for ideas to percolate, to cross pollinate, for businesses to grow, a place where stuff gets done.

What we’re offering is a work surface, be it a desk, a chair, a table, a couch, or the bay window, wherever you’re most comfortable. Of course we’ll offer wi-fi and other niceties such as an electronic white board and a projector to facilitate discussion and creative thinking. There’s a fridge for your food, a microwave, filtered water cooler, and secure storage for your bike. The price is a flat $200 per month and includes keyless access.

We’re looking for creative professionals, progressive thinkers, the socially responsible and ecologically conscious who want to be surrounded by others of like mind. Folks who want more than a cubicle and a 9 to 5 and dream of bigger things and a better Vancouver to call home. If this sounds like you, contact Andrew “Muskie” McKay 778-328-7672 or write

They’re looking for people to get in touch if they’re interested in the space, and hope to be up and running by late November.