Video games get cerebral

When youth find inspiration in video games where the objective is to steal cars, it’s no wonder that video games get stereotyped as being antisocial and counterproductive. A small group of developers is trying to bury that stereotype by creating video games that make players better people and the world a better place. On platforms … Continued

Retailers down on daily digital deals

Sharon Townsend points to her own use of “daily deal” websites to question just how beneficial their proliferation is to Vancouver retailers. The South Granville Business Improvement Association executive director bought a 50%-off meal coupon to her favourite Vancouver restaurant a few weeks back from one of the city’s nearly dozen daily deal sites. Each … Continued

BIV Profile: David Buffett of Radiant Communications

Radiant heat: David Buffett is as much at home leading a smaller broadband player like Radiant as he was leading Nortel Networks’ European invasion. Mission: Capitalize on Radiant’s momentum after being first to market with a suite of new broadband products Assets: 25 years of climbing the ranks at Nortel Networks Yield: A drastic restructuring … Continued

New semiconductor startup debugs the high-tech commercialization model

A Vancouver-based startup claims it has developed a breakthrough technology for debugging chips in the semiconductor industry. Veridae Systems Inc., which includes former members of technology heavyweights PMC-Sierra Inc. (Nasdaq:PMCS) and Teradici Corp., also has some lessons about the importance of adapting to the new realities of the venture capital environment with a lean commercialization … Continued

Techs-Mex mix sees expansion opportunities in Metro Vancouver

The Mexican government has launched an accelerator program in Vancouver to help Mexican digital media startups expand into Western Canada and other international markets. Vancouver is the second city in Canada in which TechBA has set up shop since it was launched four years ago. The accelerator program is funded by Mexico’s Ministry of Economy. … Continued

Mobile manouevres in app land

Every week Techvibes republishes an article from Business in Vancouver. This article was originally published in issue #1097 – November 2 – 8, 2010. The flood of new mobile devices to the market in recent years has brought consumers more choice in how they communicate, but the same flood is presenting a challenge to web … Continued

Octothorpe Software’s decisive action plan

Every week Techvibes republishes an article from Business in Vancouver. This article was originally published in issue #1094 – October 12 – 18, 2010. The annual New Ventures BC (NVBC) competition has faced some growing pains in recent years. “The challenge we’ve had is that as we’ve become bigger, with more companies and more judges … Continued

School tech sector provides lucrative lessons in overhauling business plans

Every week Techvibes republishes an article from Business in Vancouver. This article was originally published in issue #1093 – October 5 – 11, 2010. Faronics Corp. looks nothing like it did in 2001. In that year, the Vancouver company, which was founded in 1996, switched from being a maker of hardware to being a developer … Continued

Company says landlords failing to ink best deals for rooftop cellphone tower leases

Every week Techvibes republishes an article (or two) from Business in Vancouver. This article was originally published in issue #1089 – September 7 – 13, 2010. They’re contracts that can provide a zero-maintenance revenue stream for building owners, but there’s more to leasing rooftop real estate for cellphone towers than meets the eye. This according … Continued