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

We’re seeing challenge coins pop up in the cybersecurity industry as a swag/keepsake item.  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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Ian’s Guide to SR&ED Loans (for Canadian Tech Companies)

(Updated Dec 2018 with new lender ‘Rapid Capital’) 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: 12–18 months isn’t uncommon. As a result, a

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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 program. I attended with Plurilock early in our lifecycle, and had a mixed

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Growth Hack to Meet 54 Angel Investors In a New City (without a network)

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 don’t have a existing network who 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 Terapeak’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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