Register for Co-Founder Speed Dating

Are you ready to start dating?  Registration for Co-Founder Speed Dating is now open on Crowdvine.

Log in, answer 6 easy questions and get ready to meet your match!

Event Details:

Wed Jan 5, 2011 @ Bootup HQ 163 West Hasting St, Suite 200

6-6:15p            Kickoff

6:15-7:15p       Speed Dating

7:15-8:15p       Drinks & Networking

Register here:  http://co-founderspeeddating.crowdvine.com/

Business + Technical = Cool New Company

This unique event will bring together 10 internet business entrepreneurs (people who sell stuff) and 10 technical entrepreneurs (people who build stuff/developers) with the goal of you finding the right partner.  You’ll get to spend some focused time with each of them discussing you and your big ideas.

Who should attend?

You may already have a business idea and now need a developer to help build the product.  Or you may be a developer looking for a way to break into the entrepreneurial world by syncing up with an idea person.  Perhaps… you have no idea yet, but in your soul, you are an entrepreneur. You need the right partner to kindle the startup spirit and ideas.

Whether you are technical and excited to create something or you have an internet business idea that you are passionate about or you’re looking for the vision, this event is for you!

Next Co-Founder Speed Dating is Jan 5

Co-Founder Speed Dating aims to bring together talented entrepreneurs with different backgrounds and skill sets to start innovative new companies.

Picking a co-founder is your most important decision. It’s more important than your product, market, and investors.  All too often you know people with similar backgrounds and skills sets to your own.  We help you find co-founders with complimentary skill sets.  Entrepreneurship can be lonely.  It’s important to have someone else there with you to help you ride out the lows and celebrate your successes.

Business + Technical = Cool New Company

This unique event will bring together 10 internet business entrepreneurs (people who sell stuff) and 10 technical entrepreneurs (people who build stuff/developers) with the goal of you finding the right partner.  You’ll get to spend some focused time with each of them discussing you and your big ideas.

Who should attend?

You may already have a business idea and now need a developer to help build the product.  Or you may be a developer looking for a way to break into the entrepreneurial world by syncing up with an idea person.  Perhaps… you have no idea yet, but in your soul, you are an entrepreneur. You need the right partner to kindle the startup spirit and ideas.

Whether you are technical and excited to create something or you have an Internet business idea that you are passionate about or you’re looking for the vision, this event is for you!

Save the date

We will be hosting the next Co-Founder Speed Dating Event on January 5, 2011 at Bootup HQ, 163 West Hasting St, Suite 200.  Keep your eyes peeled for a registration page coming soon, or email me directly.

After the event, we will continue the conversations over refreshments at Bootup.

Launch Party Vancouver 10 Gratitude

We kicked off the season with a bang at our 10th Launch Party Vancouver event on December 1st.  There were many familiar faces as well as newcomers, who dropped by Canvas Lounge to check out some fresh Vancouver startups, mingle with friends and colleagues and even sit on Santa’s lap:

Santa's Helper, kk, Santa, and Danielle Sipple

Launch Party is not just about the startups but about bringing our community together to have fun.  Thank you so much for joining us and for showing the world that Vancouver is one of the best places to start a company. We hope you had as much fun as we did.

Good peeps at LPV10. Photo Credit: John Biehler

Please Raise Your Glass to:
We have said it before but it has to be said again – Our sponsors + a whole lot of love and passion are what makes all of our events and existence possible.  If you are starting a company and need help finding the right lawyer, bank, SEO company etc, you should consider some of partners. They are giving back to the community and want to work with startups:

  • Canpages – fastest growing local search company in Canada with a nationwide API for smart phone application developers.
  • Clark Wilson – Mark Longo & Brock Smith are two of the best startup lawyers in town.
  • Outcome 3 – Need help with SEO? Want to improve traffic and conversion rates, contact Outcome 3. This team has helped Bootup with our site and many other startups in town.
  • HSBC –  This bank is interested in working with startups and has inexpensive packages that could work for you.
  • Fasken Martineau – Their office may boast one of the nicest views in town, but Keith Spencer and Shahrooz Navabi have definitely given back to the startup community many times. Good guys & lawyers.
  • KPMG – Most startups may not need the services of a big accounting firm in the early days but KPMG wants to work with and support startups at an early stage.  Don’t hesitate to reach out to learn how they can help you.
  • FMC – Lawyer, Gal Smolar has worked in the Internet startup Industry for a long time and loves it. He moved to YVR via Israel. Reach out.
  • Strutta – the platform behind the LPV10 Startup Competition. (disclosure: Maura & Danny are founders)

Big thanks to our Media Sponsors for helping us spread the word and share your startup stories:

  • Techvibes – If you want to get the word out about your startup or an event, then look no further than local tech blog, Techvibes. Rob Lewis had to miss LPV10 (a 1st!!) to cover the Canadian New Media Awards in Toronto but as always, did a great job spreading the word ahead of time.
  • The Next Web – Tris Hussey, who is now writing for the Next Web Canada did a great job interviewing of all of the LPV10 Startup Showoffs.  Thanks Tris!  If you haven’t seen their videos yet, check them out!
  • Startup DigestJon Chui, the curator of YVR Startup Digest is doing an amazing job keeping us all informed of weekly tech events. If you are feeling out of the loop, sign up to receive your Monday morning update in your inbox every week.

We may be a small team by day but when we need help, awesome people like this always have our back:

  • Jodi Day – talented UI Designer and member of Team Strutta, who makes us laugh and kept things rolling at the LPV10 door!
  • Chrissy Chrzan – Communications Junkie, who happens to be new to Vancouver, made sure everyone got thru the line on time.
  • Maral Artang and marketing pro, Nicole Steele helped check everyone in-and-out at LPV10.
  • Laurent Munier – Big shout out to Laurent for helping us with event logistics and planning.
  • John Biehler – Thanks for all the great snaps of LPV10, JB.
  • Lyal Avery – For making sure Santa showed up on time and for always being there.
  • Jeff Magnusson – For lending a hand with set-up and LPV10 candy canes for Santa. 🙂

And Last but DEFINITELY NOT LEAST:

Sonia Ryan – is my right hand at Bootup.  Thanks for hustling everyday and caring so much about Bootup and the startup community.  You are the best. I have enjoyed working with you and watching you come into your own this past year.  BAM! ❤

Sonia Ryan, Shelly Roche, Derek Shanahan Photo Credit: Weston Trimestra

You can find more photos of the event on Flickr, of course. 🙂  Until next time, keep on rockin’ Vancouver

This Week in Tech Events: Dec. 6 – Dec. 12, 2010

We hope everyone had a great time at LPV10.

This week is a slow one for events but it ends with a bang with the Meetup of Meetups. Third Tuesday Meetup, WordPress Meetup, Blogger Meetup, Happy Hour Meetup, Small Business Meetup, ByzHub Meetup and Social Media Club Vancouver are all joining forces to bring you to you a holiday party.

Holiday Meetup of Meetups

  • Friday, December 10
  • 5:00pm
  • Caprice Nightclub, 967 Granville St., Vancouver
  • Recommended donation – $10 (which will be donated to the Vancouver Food Bank)
  • Sweet deal – 1st drink courtesy of Caprice Nightclub

LPV10 Winners

The results are in and it’s time to announce the winners in the LPV10 Startup Competition. A panel of 7 judges casted their votes for the “Startup Most Likely to Succeed” and awarded Geotoko. From Judge Andre Charland’s comments: “It seems like all sorts of businesses big and small are going to need an easy way to take advantage of location based promos. This is like a quick and easy way to do that.” So, a huge kudos to Geotoko.

Geotoko's Adarsh Pallian receiving Super-hero trophy

The people care where their food comes from and they have spoken. Foodtree takes home “People’s Choice”. Congrats Foodtree!

Foodtree's Anthony Nicalo and Derek Shanahan

A huge shout-out to all the startups, who were busy showing off their stuff all night. Stay tuned for details of our next Launch Party Vancouver event.