Thursday, August 28, 2014

My #GrowHack2014 report - at Techvibes

Phil Jama and Jeff LaPorte - Team Daft Hack sporting their Recon-equipped gear, part of their JumpSquad winning hack at #GrowHack2014, Whistler August 2014
20 teams. 70 people. One room. 30 hours to build something to make Whistler the "smartest, most connected resort destination in the world." I wrote about it for Techvibes here...


Monday, August 11, 2014

Who's connecting the tech startup dots in Vancouver? @WeAreYVR that's who

I like what WeAreYVR is up to: community building focused on the tech startup scene in Vancouver. It's something they want to foster in other parts of the region – Vancouver Island, for example (more on that later). 

What WeAreYVR is doing is about growing the kind of "ecosystem" that entrepreneurs need to really make stuff happen. You know, like jobs with real wages and salaries, cool products and services that address real issues and needs - for starters. Claire Atkin is the project lead at WeAreYVR. I interviewed her about the project here...

I've put together a little SayZu project to show what's up with WeAreYVR on Twitter (see below). It's "live" cloud. I'm hoping to be on hand September 3, 2014 for their hackathon event. In the meantime, click on the cloud and see what people are saying in and around the WeAreYVR space... 

Background on WeAreYVR

Here's the blurb from their site at

WeAreYVR is Vancouver's startup community hub. We aim to aggregate information and resources to help connect & level up our tech startup community. Read more about the project.

We're in beta! Please ... browse the features on the support site..

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Build your online presence with a tech - web sector profile

Does your business get enough online exposure? Do people in your industry and marketplace really know who you are, what you’re selling, what makes your products or services different from the competition? Do they understand how you can help them with your products and services?

CVWebPosse and are offering a “rich” profile service for the tech and web-related businesses in our region. We are doing this because there is a regional economic and business development vacuum, i.e. no one is marketing our sector as a sector with talent and resources, products and services, to sell to the region, to the world. We figure it’s time we – those of us involved in the sector – simply did it ourselves. If your business needs marketing support, look at what we’re doing.


  • Mastermynde is a marketing and SEO business founded by Leif Jason. See the Mastermynde featured rich profile here.
  • is an illustration and design company founded by Ian Adams in the Comox Valley. See the Ian Adams/DoneCreative rich profile here.
  • EcoPeak Strategy is an online marketing and strategy service founded by Sean Kerrigan. See the EcoPeak rich profile here.
  • Island Telemetrics is an innovative technology company combining remote sensors, cloud computing, and real-time data collection to industry and government. Watch for the rich profile coming soon.

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Our goal with the CVWebPosse rich profiles is to create content – online “presence” – for your business, together with others in our sector. This will attract clients, investors, and talent to your business – and to our region. We doing this by creating “content” about the region’s tech/web sector. Our profiles about regional tech/web businesses are focusing on 3 basic questions:
  • Who are you and what is your business?
  • What makes your business or service unique?
  • Who is your target market?

Profiles are posted to the CVWebPosse website. You receive a link to the post, and your profile post is circulated via social media channels at and

More importantly for your business, this content belongs to you. Use it! Here's how:
  • Embed the videos on your website and blog. 
  • Publish to your social media sites. 
  • Use the text as the basis for press releases. 
Profiles are the start of a content marketing campaign for your bsi will also provide material for print and online promotions and articles (planned).


Prices for profiles start at $750. This includes up to 3 video interviews, 500-1000 words, and some basic PR service (publishing to various social media services, etc). Additional content marketing services can be arranged with me. See my rates and packages here  ( I'm offering a 20% discount to members of CVWebPosse or QBWorkstation for 3 month subscription to one of my basic content marketing packages – please mention your connection to either CVWebPosse or QBWorkstation!).

Note: 5% of this cost goes to support CVWPosse educational activities.


It is our belief that you and your business represent an important part of the economic future of our region. Telling the story of your business lets others know more about what the tech / web sector is achieving. The more businesses profiled at, the stronger and more impressive the presence of our sector and community online. We look forward to seeing your story online.


Thanks to all of you who’ve signed on for the “early adopters” plan. If you haven’t seen their profiles yet, stay tuned. We’ll be posting to as they are ready.


For more information please contact me directly via or @hanspetermeyer on Twitter.


This was originally published at on January 29, 2014 at It has been revised with current information and content.

-hpm / @hanspetermeyer on Twitter 
updated August 6, 2014

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

What is WeAreYVR? Claire Atkin says It's about connecting tech startups in Vancouver - and beyond.

Claire Atkin is working on a project to create an "information hub" for Vancouver's tech startup community. The project is called WeAreYVR, and it's using a new community resource mapping software called Startup HealthCheck. Related to the Startup Genome Project, WeAreYVR is an entrepreneur-led initiative to measure the scope and the impact of the tech startup sector in the City of Vancouver region. The goal, "to aggregate information and resources to help connect & level up our tech startup community."

Claire talked to me in June 2014 about WeAreYVR and why it's important for tech entrepreneurs and to civic economic development.

The WeAreYVR / Startup HealthCheck people are interested in other communities' experiences, especially with the Community HealthCheck software. For more information, see or follow them on Twitter at @WeAreYVR.

Watch this space for information on how to connect to the We Are Vancouver Island initiative that's linked to WeAreYVR.

Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Technology

This is part of a series of interviews with innovators and entrepreneurs. Follow me on Twitter via @hanspetermeyer or @InnovateVI for updates.

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