Guide to Startup Community in Victoria, BC

I moved to Victoria, BC in 2009 and it took me quite a while to really โ€˜plug inโ€™ to the community.  Iโ€™ve listed out the key resources, events and locations that I wish I had had back then. Main Slack channel  – YYJTech:  http://yyjtech.slack.com   Tech Job Boards in Victoria Two main job boards:  https://github.com/sendwithus/vic-startup-jobs

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YYJ Tech Compensation Survey 2019

The most active and vibrant online watercooler for the Victoria tech scene is the #YYJTech Slack community. Employee compensation is a hot button issue there. So much so that the community self-organized and created a salary survey that saw 200+ respondents anonymously submit their salary data, along with details about their role and company. I

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Why Investors Invest – Tax Credits

One of the peculiarities about early-stage investing in BC is the 30% EBC (“Eligible Business Credit”) tax credit for investors. Qualifying investments can see 30% of their principal investment returned as a tax credit within the year. This means that an investor who invests $100k gets $30k back via a tax credit. It’s great!

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The Secret to Distributing Challenge Coins as Swag

Weโ€™re seeing challenge coins pop up in the cybersecurity industry as a swag/keepsake item.ย  Today, coins are given out to show affiliation with certain groups and having been through special events.

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6 Insane Spy Books I Read in 2018

I travel. A lot. Which means lots of plane trips, and usually the sort of planes too small (or too cheap) for WiFi. While I pack light, one of my non-negotiable travel items is a fully-charged Kindle Paperwhite. It’s enabled me to learn about the military-industrial complex that I now work in. Here are the

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Monthly Investor Updates FAQ

Every month, I send an email out to our shareholders letting them know the key performance indicators. This monthly was a habit drilling into me by a former board member turned advisor. Over the years, I’ve picked up a few tricks to get the most out of these communications.

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SR&ED Loans Overview

Guide to SR&ED Loans for Canadian Tech Companies (Updated Oct 2019 with new lenders) The Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive (SR&ED) is a staple in Canadian startup financing. It can provide an annual cash infusion for qualifying tech companies. But the lag from filing a claim to getting cash can be long:ย 12โ€“18 months

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Creative Destruction Labs – Review

What I Wish I Knew before going through Creative Destruction Labs (CDL) Accelerator Creative Destruction Labs (“CDL”) is a startup accelerator/incubator that originated in Toronto, and is opening up branches across North America. Their model is unique in that they take no equity, and seek to create successful companies through a monthly goal setting/check in

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Meeting Angel Investors In a New City (without a network)

aka Growth Hack to Meet 54 Angel Investors In a New City (without knowing a soul) They say the best way to get in front of an investor is to get a referral from someone in your network. What if you donโ€™t have an existing network that can refer you? Easy. Buy one!

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Alternative Data and Consumer Sentiment for DSLRs

(This article originally appeared on http://terapeak.com/blog prior to their acquisition by eBay). Previously, we looked at how to retrieve trend information from Terapeakโ€™s flagship market research application, for 4 of the current Canon EOS DSLR cameras: Canon 1D X (MSPR: $6,799.00) Canon 5D Mk III (MSRP: $3,499.00) Canon 6D (MSRP: $2,099.00) Canon 650D (MSRP: $849.99)

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