CIX 2011: Who’s Who in Ontario Innovation?

November 30, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) is at the top of everyone’s agenda this week and the OCTIE Team is working closely with organisers to urge all CIX participants to to complete the OCTIE survey (yes! please do it now, it only takes 15 minutes).

Robert Montgomery, the CEO of  Achilles Media commented “As facilitators of innovation communities internationally and domestic, this is the first research approach where I have seen a combination of established social capital measurement and social network analysis that can focus players on the value we deliver at events like the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX).”

CIX is the leading Pan-Canadian technology conference that draws the critical mass of entrepreneurs, investors and corporate brands that is advancing Canada’s innovation economy and showcases the newest and most promising companies in the digital media and information and communication technology (ICT) spaces.

Download Preliminary Report here

The merits of CIX tie are aligned with the goals and purpose of the OCTIE study, to support the cultivation of relationships that lead to successful startups.

In the final report, we expect to release a series of recommendations which can be acted upon at the individual, organisational and government policy level that works towards building a social community that can utilize its resources to its full potential. The final report will be sent to all the survey respondents.

The CIX conference has a large presence of business development representatives from major corporations in the national, North American and global innovation spaces. It is a great focal point for entrepreneurs, investors, experts and other players in the technology sector in Canada and the U.S. to meet face to face with companies such as Facebook, Rogers, Bell, Microsoft, and Google – who have the audience, capital, distribution channels and brand power to help cultivate junior tech companies.

I look forward to meeting some great innovators at the CIX on Thursday. Feel free to approach me at the event! You can also reach me at 6472949220 or email me at salnaib at ryerson dot ca.


Thoora participation confirmed

November 27, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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OCTIE welcomes the participation of Thoora.

Thoora is a unique online news delivery platform that solves the noise and fragmentation problem caused by an abundance of news-related sources online. Thoora believes the sheer amount of online news and social reaction makes it increasingly difficult for people to quickly get the news they want, when they want it.

They bring many new voices to the forefront by clustering stories from mainstream media with social media and by using their technology to recognize originality, quality, and relevance of posted content that is hidden deep within the blogosphere.

Thoora provides a unique perspective on what’s newsworthy driven by the level of social reaction – in a truly unbiased and uncurated manner.

The founders of Thoora are:
Chul Lee
Kyu Lee
Byron Ma participation confirmed

November 27, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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OCTIE welcomes the participation of is the online marketplace where business people connect with voice actors and professional voice over talents.

Radio and television stations, advertising agencies, marketing professionals, casting directors and voice talent agencies rely on to easily search for and hire narrators and professional voice over talents by using their innovative SurePay™ escrow payment service and award-winning web service. Voice talent looking for voice over work can register for free as a Guest or subscribe as a Premium member and are equipped with a comprehensive set of self-managed tools to effectively market themselves and conduct business online.

From independent contractors to small businesses and Fortune 500s, serves over 107,220 people from around the world. Some clients that have worked at include NBC, ESPN, PBS, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, Reader’s Digest, Audible, Comcast, Bell Canada, Sony Picture, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, ING, Western Union, American Airlines, Ford, GM, Toyota, US Army, the US Government and thousands more.

The team includes:
David Ciccarelli, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder
Stephanie Ciccarelli, Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder
Ben Jackson, Director of Sales & Marketing
Ashley Hall, Social Media Manager
Whitney Stewart, Search Marketing Manager
Laurynda Pasma, Product Manager
Megan McVey, Web Developer
Kevin Ronson, Finance Manager
Jessica Campbell, Human Resources Manager
Lin Parkin, Customer Care Manager
Scott Lumley, Customer Care Manager

500px participation confirmed

November 25, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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OCTIE welcomes the participation of 500px.

500px is a photographic community powered by creative people from all over the world that lets you share and discover inspiring photographs. 500px is the easiest tool to create an awesome free online photo portfolio. You can register with Facebook Connect in few seconds and start uploading photos right away! Vote, comment, create list of favorites and follow your favorite photographers!

500px has started as a community for great photos almost 8 years ago. They launched a web-site a year ago, and has since then been growing at an amazing rate, adding thousands of excellent photographers and their works, creating the most vibrant and friendly photo community on the net.

Their mission: Find the best talents in photography and help them excel to new heights.

The founders:
Evgeny Tchebotarev and Oleg Gutsol

TravelPod participation confirmed

November 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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OCTIE welcomes the participation of TravelPod.

TravelPod is an online service which allows users to create travel blogs. TravelPod lets you share your trips using your own online travel blog (also known as a travel diary, travel journal or travelogue). You can post travel blogs from previous trips or use TravelPod for your ongoing trips. By updating your travel blogs while you travel, you can share your adventures with everyone back home.

Because your travel blog is on the web, your friends, family and other visitors interested in your travel blog can view it ( If you would rather keep your travels private, you can also choose to password protect your travel blog ). You can even have TravelPod notify friends and family through email when you write a new entry. It’s an easy, exciting and interactive way to document and share your travel adventures!

Luc Levesque is the founder of TravelPod.

Visibli participation confirmed

November 25, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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OCTIE welcomes the participation of Visibli.

Visibli is a Social Marketing and Analytics platform that helps you optimize your social media engagement. Visibli helps companies and content creators expand their digital audience, and promote their products through shared links.

Using Visibli, marketers can analyze their own shared content to better understand what followers are engaging with, as well as segment and target followers based on their interests. Visibli’s innovative Engagement Bar™ also helps content creators extend their brand and promote their products through shared links.

Visibli’s platform provides detailed, real-time analytics for all links shared on social networks and the web, helping publishers optimize their content for maximum engagement.

The team includes:
Saif Ajani, CEO and Co-founder
Minaz Abdulla, Architect and Co-founder

Mygazines participation confirmed

November 25, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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OCTIE welcomes the participation of Mygazines.

Mygazines is a digital publishing software-as-a-service provider. Mygazines empowers marketers, publishers, professionals, educators and corporations with the tools to produce, distribute and track their content on any web enabled device. Their clients have been converting traditional print versions of magazines, flyers, catalogs, brochures, corporate documents, textbooks, and newspapers into branded digital editions with Mygazines since 2008.

As the leader in the interactive marketing and digital publishing industries Mygazines has continually been first to market with the features which have “e-defined” how content is communicated. Their web based software as a service platform converts a PDF into an interactive Flipbook experience where embedding links, integrating with social media and adding videos is just the beginning. The sophisticated yet easy to use Mygazines backend allows the content owner to meet all distribution, security, monetizing, and tracking requirements for their content. Mygazines’ solutions help their customers save costs and make money through new revenue streams.

The management team includes:
Yoav Schwartz, Co-founder & CEO
Randy Frisch, COO & Partner

GelaSkins participation confirmed

November 25, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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OCTIE welcomes the participation of GelaSkins.

GelaSkins works with artists and designers from around the world to create the best looking protection for your portable devices available anywhere. They are the proud concocters of artist-designed skins for iPods, Laptops, mobile phones and gaming devices.

GelaSkins are removable covers for protecting and customizing your portable devices. They feature stunning, photo-quality graphics ranging from fine art prints to contemporary urban images designed by our growing family of artists from around the globe. Stand out in the crowd with personalized protection from GelaSkins.

GelaSkins was founded by Drew Downs.

FluidSurveys participation confirmed

November 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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OCTIE welcomes the participation of FluidSurveys.

FluidSurveys is a do-it-yourself online survey software tool that is meant to allow customers to create surveys, collect data and analyze results. Their web survey tools are designed to be intuitive and full-featured so that both beginners and advanced users can make the most of FluidSurveys.

FluidSurveys allows you to create online surveys using an easy to use drag and drop interface. Coming from the enterprise world, FluidSurveys has advanced survey features such as piping, looping, data extraction, advanced branching, role management, survey versioning, copy and paste.

The team includes:
Eli Fathi, Co-founder & Co-CEO
Aydin Mirzaee, Co-founder & Co-CEO
Rich Fialkoff, VP of US Sales

Crowd Science participation confirmed

November 25, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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OCTIE welcomes the participation of Crowd Science.

Crowd Science is revolutionizing audience targeting and segmentation by providing innovative solutions and technologies to online publishers and brands. Companies like Federated Media, Turner Network, Meredith and Everyday Health use Crowd Science’s combination of web analytics and survey research to improve marketing and advertising precision.

But why should all the big sites have the fun? Crowd Science levels the online research playing field with FREE web tools that help small and mid-sized websites & blogs better understand who their visitors really are, and how satisfied.

Crowd Science is a Granite Ventures portfolio company and has locations in Silicon Valley and Toronto.

The management team includes:
Corey J. Leibow, President & CEO
John Martin, Co-Founder & Chief Crowd Scientist
John Wainwright, Co-Founder & CTO
Matt Pasternak, SVP Business & Partnership Development
Paul Neto, Co-founder & VP Research and Operations
Sandra Marshall, VP Research
Bill McHargue, VP Sales
Nerissa Sardi, VP of Marketing

Their Board of Advisors include:
Don Albert
Bill Halter
T.S. Kelly
Calvin Lui
Bruce Rogers
Ted Shergalis

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