writes about OCTIE, also hosting “The $1,000 Minute” contest for Canada’s tech startups

November 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , covered a story on OCTIE today. They are also hosting a competition called “The $1,000 Minute” for Canadian Tech Startups. is an award-winning, online-only publication and one of the electronic news outlets owned by IT World Canada with a mission to provide valuable technology news and insights for business professionals.

They cover Canadian technology news from a unique perspective. Focused squarely on small business owners, operators, and employees, they deliver the tech news and information that matters.

No other publisher covers IT from a uniquely Canadian perspective like and IT World Canada. They know Canada’s IT industry: the key players, the important issues, the decision-making processes. They understand the regional and linguistic distinctions that make Canada a unique market place. Their informative, incisive and unbiased coverage examines Canadian case studies, news stories and applications. It provides an overview of trends and technologies, and looks at Canadian product availability and costs.

Christine Wong wrote a story today on the preliminary results of the OCTIE study making a call to all the individuals in the community to participate in the study. In the article, Mark Ruddock, a member of’s editorial advisory board who has led and advised successful tech startups like Viigo which was acquired by RIM last year, comments on some of the findings of the preliminary report. “It’s so easy today to collect contacts using things like LinkedIn. Or very often you’ll meet someone at a conference and you’ll bring them into your network,” Ruddock says. “When you’re going to (get) funding though, you need to be up another level…There’s no way you can do that with thousands of people.” is currently hosting a competition for Canadian startups called “The $1,000 Minute”. They want to give your startup $1,000! That is, if you can convince them you’re worth it by making an amazing “elevator pitch” video that is no longer than one minute in length. They’re calling on all Canadian tech startups to send them their videos pitching their business concept and making the case for why they need the money. The videos will be featured with other entries on ITbusiness Web site in a special section and they’ll choose some of their favourites to write stories about. At the end of the contest, their staff, which includes Mark Ruddock, will select the best submission to be awarded $1,000! You can find out more information, including how to register for the event, on their website.


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