Rock Your Vote – 2 days left in the LPV10 Startup Competition

At Launch Party Vancouver 5, we introduced the first ever LPV Startup Competition to provide the startup showoffs with additional exposure. It’s been a fun addition to our live event and a great way for the startups to reach people, who can not make it to LPV in person.

Vote for People’s Choice – LPV10
The 9 startup showoffs for LPV10 have all uploaded 2 minute videos about their companies and the polls have been open now for the past two weeks. If you have not voted for your favorite startup yet, go to the LPV10 Startup Competition Website and VOTE by 12pm, December 1.

The 3 startups with the most community votes right now are:

  1. Foodtree – a site that helps you discover where your food is from and connects you directly to it’s origin, so you can feel confident about the food you eat.
  2. Clinicbook – helps people find healthcare and check wait times at clinics in their area.
  3. Xkey – From fishing charters to adventure expeditions, activity operators use XKey to manage bookings, collect reservations, and generate bookings online, 24/7.

Judges Choice
In addition, we select high profile judges for each competition, who invest in and/or have started their own Internet companies. Each judge takes the time to review and rank each video as well as provide valuable feedback to each startup. And as usual, we think the judges for LPV10 are kind of a big deal:

This Week in Tech Events: Nov. 29 – Dec. 5, 2010

Hope to see you all on December 1st for our event filled day 🙂

User Experience Design with MySpace’s VP of UX, Mike Macadaan

  • Wednesday, December 1
  • 8:30am
  • Bootup – 163 West Hastings St., Suite 200, Vancouver
  • $50. Buy here.

Bootup Garage Pilot Program Open-House

  • Wednesday, December 1
  • 12:30pm
  • Bootup – 163 West Hastings St., Suite 200, Vancouver

Launch Party Vancouver 10

  • Wednesday, December 1
  • 6:00pm
  • Canvas Lounge, 99 Powell St., Vancouver
  • Regular Ticket: $30
  • Buy here.

Building a Successful Start-Up with Dave Schappell hosted by VEF Momentum

  • Friday, December 3
  • 6:00pm
  • Republic – 958 Granville St., Vancouver
  • Early Bird Ticket: $10
  • Buy here.

UX & Design for Startups with Mike Macadaan, Dec. 1st

For most startups, user experience is considered a luxury rather than a necessity. Many of us are just trying to get our product/site out there fast and plan to focus on design and user experience when we have more resources. But everyone from startup superheroes Eric Ries and Paul Graham to Dave McClure will tell you that UX is incredibly important and startups should be thinking about it from day 1:

“It’s very important in the first phase [of Y Combinator], perhaps more important than anything else. We encourage startups to build the smallest thing they can as fast as they can and then get it in front of users immediately to test whether they like it.” – Paul Graham on UX .

“Design and marketing aren’t just as important as engineering: They are way more important.” – Dave McClure on the Value of Design.

We have hosted talks and workshops on everything from lean startup methodology to term sheet negotiations but we have yet to cover the importance of UX from the get go. So, I approached one of the best people in the biz, Mike Macadaan-  the current VP of UX & Design at MySpace and asked him to come speak in Vancouver.

Mike Macadaan with team and new MySpace logo

Knowing that Mike has spent the last year Redesigning MySpace, I thought it would be a perfect time for him to come to Vancouver to share his recent UX challenges and experiences, as well as what he has learned over the past 10 years.  On top of his experience, Mike is an all around good guy, who is very plugged in to the tech and startup communities in SF & LA.  Some of you may remember that Mike visited us once before when we co-hosted our second Launch Party event together, Launch Party with a Twiist in December 2007.

Few Tickets Left
Whether you are an Internet entrepreneur, investor, designer, product marketer, or a web developer- you should not miss what is sure to be a very informative and fun talk on December 1, 2010 at 9am-12pm at Bootup HQ, 163 West Hastings – Suite 200.  There are still some spots left, so scoop one up now.

Bootup – We are Just Getting Started.

As many of you have heard, Bootup Labs Managing Director and Co-Founder, Danny Robinson recently accepted the role of CEO of BCIC.   There has always been a bit of confusion with the Accelerator and the Non-profit b/c we share the Bootup name and understandably so.  But, BES has always been an independent organization. We have our own team, an independent Board, have to make our own money and raise our own funds. When Danny moved on to BCIC, the only thing that changed was he stepped down from our Board and Boris Wertz of WMedia Ventures stepped up as our Chairman.

In the past two years since we started Bootup Entrepreneurial Society, we have organized more than 40 of our own events and supported many other associations, organizations and international companies in their efforts as well.  These events include mentor talks and workshops, Democamps, Mentor speed dating, Co-Founder speed dating, Launch Party Vancouver, Facebook Developer Garage and more.  We have seen companies like UnbounceMobifyHootsuiteAyogoGistYowza and Weddingful attend and launch their companies at various BES events and continue to thrive.  We are their biggest fans and we want to see all of these companies and more hit it out of the park.

We have come this far with a team of 2 full time employees and the support of some amazing volunteers including Mack FlavelleParveen KalerLyal AveryBoris Mann, Angela Baldonero, Jodi Day, Tina Hoang, Ross Howard Jones, Alexa BoothJordan Behan, and Derek Shanahan, a rock star Board of Directors,  our sponsors and countless others, who have stepped up to help at many of our events.

What’s Next – Bootup Garage, an open space for Founders to Bootup
Bootup (BES) has always had an open door policy. We love having people drop by, plug in and work away while they are visiting from Toronto, SF, Boulder and even France.  Working in an environment like this is exciting and inspiring.  And as an entrepreneur, who’s first startup’s HQ was in my garage, I really appreciate and thrive on being surrounded by others, who are taking the same risks or have been there and can help me navigate through the sometimes unpredictable and challenging waters of entrepreneurship.

With this in mind, BES is launching the Bootup Garage Pilot Program.  The Bootup Garage is something we believe every healthy startup ecosystem needs and we want to create a space where Internet founders and developers know they can come, connect and hack away on their idea in a very supportive, collaborative and inspiring environment.  It is not meant to be a co-working space, where you rent a desk on a monthly basis.  The space will support new ventures from their earliest single-founder ideation stage through small-team prototype development, until the startup has achieved proof of demand and is ready to accept funding or establish their own workspace.

Mentors
We have lined up dozens of mentors already, who love Vancouver and want to support Canadian entrepreneurs.  Mentors will be on site, hosting office hours on a weekly basis (if not more) at Bootup Garage and you can set up meetings based on their schedule.  Everyone from Jason Bailey of Super Rewards, Boris Wertz of W Media Ventures, Boris Mann of IQMetrix, Angela Baldonero of Return Path, tech artist Kris Krug, David Ascher of Mozilla Messaging and Stewart Butterfield of Glitch and Flickr are on board and we are just getting started!  The list and mentor calendar will be posted soon.  Thanks to everyone for your support.

Funding
Bootup is a non-profit, supported by many wonderful partners and sponsors including BCIC, who has been a big supporter of us before Danny ever interviewed for the CEO job.  While BCIC has funded us again this year, which includes this pilot project, we are also talking to many other private and government organizations to help us in our mission to support and inspire entrepreneurship in BC and Canada.  If you are interested, please contact us or come to our Open House: 

Open House
On December 1, from 12:30-2:30pm – we invite you to an Open House at Bootup – 163 West Hastings St., Suite 200. Come find out more about the Pilot program, ask questions, meet other entrepreneurs and mentors and check out the space.

If you are interested in the new space, sponsorship or being a mentor, you can send me an email – maura [at] bootup [dot] ca or jeff [at] bootup [dot] ca or sonia [at] bootup [dot] ca, come to the Open House on Dec. 1st or connect with all of us at Launch Party Vancouver 10, http://lpv10.eventbrite.com

VIP Packages available at #LPV10

Is kicking the season off with style your thing? Well then, Team Bootup has a great offer for you. We have coordinated VIP Packages for LPV10, starting at $600. If you’re a startup or a tech company this is a great way to celebrate the holiday with your team. Packages include:

  • tickets to event
  • VIP service & canapes for your guests
  • drink tickets a plenty
  • VIP Table with Company Signage

And who knows, maybe even Santa will pay you a visit with his friendly helpers 🙂

Fore more details, contact Sonia Ryan at sonia (at) bootup (dot) ca by Friday, November 26th at 2pm.

This Week in Tech Events: Nov. 22 – Nov. 28, 2010

Bootup’s been extremely busy prepping for some awesome upcoming events and we’re excited to team up with the VEF for Term Sheet Theatre this week. See you all there.

Term Sheet Theatre hosted by Bootup & VEF

  • Tuesday, November 23rd
  • 5:30pm
  • Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour St., Vancouver
  • Free for members. $45 for non-member.
  • Buy tickets here.

Upcoming Bootup Events

User Experience Design with MySpace’s VP of UX, Mike Macadaan

  • Wednesday, December 1
  • 8:30am
  • Bootup Entrepreneurial Society, 163 West Hastings St., Suite 200, Vancouver
  • $50. Buy here.

Launch Party Vancouver 10

  • Wednesday, December 1
  • 6:00pm
  • Canvas Lounge, 99 Powell St., Vancouver
  • Early bird: $20
  • Buy here.

Bootup Names Boris Wertz as New Chairman

Maura Rodgers, Danny Robinson, Dave Shea, and Boris Wertz. Photo Credit: Raul Pacheco, #LPV5

The Bootup (BES) board is filled with entrepreneurs and investors, who are committed to helping the Vancouver startup ecosystem grow and thrive including Danny Robinson. Danny has acted as Chairman of the BES board since our very first meeting and has done an amazing job helping us stay true to our mission to inspire and support Canadian Internet entrepreneurs.

Over the past two years, Danny has invested in 10 new Internet companies (8 via Bootup Labs), co-founded BES and Launch Party Vancouver with me and mentored many other startups. I have known Danny a long time both professionally and personally. But anyone, who has seen Danny interact with startup founders can easily see that rolling up his sleeves and working with entrepreneurs is the thing he loves the most about his job. It’s truly inspiring to watch a founder(s) Danny has worked with take an idea, get traction and go on to build a great company.

As of today, Danny is leaving Bootup to become the new CEO of BCIC. Board member Boris Wertz of W Media Ventures has accepted the role as BES’ new Chairman. Like Danny, Boris is incredibly passionate about entrepreneurship and has invested a lot of his time and money into Vancouver’s startup ecosystem. We are really excited to have Boris step up as Chairman to build on what Danny has started. In addition, Jeff Magnusson has joined me as the interim COO at Bootup to help roll out our plan for a cool new space for Founders, which we will be sharing more details about very soon.

Thank you, Danny for sharing your knowledge and passion with us. We will miss you around here but are incredibly excited that you will be able to continue your work at BCIC. We think they are pretty darn lucky to have you and wish you all the best in your new role.

More good things to come in 2011!

Maura Rodgers, Danny Robinson, Dave Shea and Boris Wertz – Photo Credit: Raul Pacheco, #LPV5″