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Goose Lane Editions has recently published Unicorn in the Woods: How East Coast Geeks and Dreamers Are Changing the Game, written by Gordon Pitts.
As tech investors the world over search for elusive unicorns (start-ups valued at over $1 billion), acclaimed business journalist Gordon Pitts asks whether there can be a place for high-tech innovation and unicorn-like value creation outside of major urban centres, whether in Atlantic Canada, rust-belt New York, or Northern Ontario.
Journeying back to the origins of Radian6 and Q1 Labs — two New Brunswick companies that sold for a combined $1 billion — in the basements and offices of a group of geeks and dreamers, Pitts tells a story of two remarkable companies and the legacies that continue to this day. But theirs was not a simple tale of overnight success; there were sellouts and firings, comebacks and vindication, and still unfulfilled promise.
This is a story of high-tech value creation far from Silicon Valley, a story of the mythical unicorn in the woods. Are the stories of Radian6 and Q1 Labs outliers, rogue datapoints that should be discarded, or the foundation for a new knowledge economy outside of the mainstream?
“Gordon Pitts, the dean of Canadian business storytelling, expertly maps out how a province with ‘too much infrastructure and not enough people’ produced not one but two of Canada’s most successful start-ups of the early 2010s.” — Sean Silcoff”
The behind-the-scenes skinny on one of the most compelling Atlantic Canadian business sagas in recent memory. Gordon Pitts provides entrepreneurs with a roadmap for what is possible when ambition and smarts meet opportunity, regardless of geography.” — John DeMont
“You can’t beat Gordon Pitts. No guff, straight-up, Pitts always gets to the guts of things and keeps the story moving. Unicorn in the Woods is an engrossing read for anyone interested in the future of Canadian innovation and the promise of a new age of prosperity for a part of the country looking to write a proud new chapter in its economic history.” — Howard Green
“A must read for the thousands of entrepreneurs building their companies, progressive policy makers, and business and community leaders. It’s also a real story about the challenges and excitement of building new ideas and new companies in emerging markets.” — Annette Verschuren, OC
Entrepreneur David Alston is at it again. He’s started a new business, and this time he wants to help tackle the lack of marketing talent in Atlantic Canada.
Jaza Energy recently won Global Warming Mitigation Project’s, “Keeling Curve Prize” in the Energy Category. Projects in this category decarbonize energy, support zero-carbon energy innovations, and lead the way in improving the supply, distribution, and access of low or zero-emissions energy systems worldwide.
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Forbes Article by Leeno Karumanchery, of MESH Diversity:
In the nearly 20 years that I’ve been actively teaching anti-racism, diversity and inclusion, the one universal truth I’ve had to accept was that the business world just wasn’t ready for the “hard stuff.” I mean, D&I was considered incendiary enough. So in lieu of the real language of anti-oppression, I had to settle for comfortable, easy euphemisms. Of course, I still taught the material that needed to be taught; I just wouldn’t come in “guns ablaze.” I used language that made it accessible. But hey, that’s the work. It can’t just be about saying what you want or need to say. It’s about providing material in a way that others can hear, understand, process and want to engage.
It’s mixed messages these days from both startups and investors in travel as they navigate the COVID-19 crisis and issues around diversity and inclusion.
During a panel discussion as part of Phocuswright’s Battleground: The Americas online event, startup founders spoke with optimism about the pivots their companies have made to ensure their sustainability through this crisis.
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About a month into the lockdown, I’ve been trying to assess the mood and experiences of Atlantic Canadian startups, and it’s difficult to sum up in a few sentences.
Some companies have seen revenues vanish and are wondering if they’ll survive. Others have found sudden demand for their products. Cash-rich companies developing medical products are waiting to get into the lab again. And some IT startups are focusing on product development because there’s no point in trying to generate sales now.
A New Brunswick startup that uses the Microsoft HoloLens to connect experts with technicians in the field is seeing its business inquiries more than triple since the COVID-19 crisis took hold – many from the healthcare sector that’s on the front lines of fighting the virus.