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DemoCamp Toronto 27 – Oct 6, 2010

Again it’s been a long time since we’ve had a DemoCamp in Toronto. The event has grown from a small group of startups, entrepreneurs and developers meeting in a board room to an auditorium packing show. Keeping with the big names and bright lights show format, I’m happy to announce DemoCamp Toronto # 27.

Big thanks go to our friend William Mougayar at Eqentia for his support in recruiting our keynote speaker:

Fred Wilson, Union Square VenturesFred Wilson of Union Square Ventures

Details

  • Date: October 6, 2010 [Hold the Date - iCal]
  • Time: 11:30am – 3:30pm
  • Location: To be determined

Tickets

The goal with ticket pricing has always been cost recovery. We’re having to pay for a venue this time around. The goal is to keep ticket prices at $25 or less. And to help manage demand during the workday, we will be live-streaming the keynote and demos. Sign up to be notified when tickets go live.

We need great demos

We’ve finalized the list of demoers for this DemoCamp.

This is a great set of early stage Toronto and region (Waterloo) based startups. Some of the folks are getting their second shot at a demo. It will be interesting to see how far they’ve come from their launch. I hope that everyone takes the time to understand the need for “wow” in the demo. And remember the goal is not to heckle but to give entrepreneurs a chance to show what they’ve been working on, how they’ve improved and to get feedback.

The core of these events are the demos. Why should you demo?

  • 6 minute on-stage presentation
  • 9 minutes of Q&A
  • Networking opportunities
    • Local media and investor awareness
    • Local talent and recruiting connections

We’re also looking for up to 5 local demos that match the investment thesis at Union Square Ventures. If you think your company has the right stuff then you should apply to demo.

Sponsors

We continue to run DemoCamp on a shoestring budget. Sure it sucks that it’s during the day. Sure it sucks that it costs $15. But we run these events at cost recovery. Sometimes we loose money (uhm, StartupEmpire anyone). Venue, food, Audio/Visual, and special things like a movie. They all cost money. BTW don’t forget the tax. The ticket price reflects the maximum we think people are willing to pay plus the maximum sponsorship amount we think we can cover. Did you know that for a theatre + A/V + special feature + lunch is about $30/person+tax, almost $34/person. So we reach out the community of companies and include the least amount of advertising and sponsorship. Make sure you check out:

  • Anand Agarawala and Bumptop! This is an EPIC sponsorship. You have to be at DemoCamp from 4pm-6pm to find out what it is.
  • Eqentia builds the a semantic publishing platform for knowledge tracking & competitive analysis
  • XtremeLabs is hiring agile engineers and ui designers for the hottest mobile development company on the planet.
  • Microsoft BizSpark jumpstart your startup and speed up your time to market.
  • FreshBooks is the fastest way to track time and invoice your clients.
  • Mercanix develops tools that enable organizations and their people to do good work.
  • Rob Hyndman is the bee’s knees & the cat’s pajama. Startups looking for a lawyer. Start here.
  • Rypple builds social software that makes workplace feedback easy and fun.
  • Dayforce is the an enterprise software company in Toronto. Hiring dev, qa, ui and sales ninjas.
  • Kontagent is a Facebook Fund funded startup that is hiring rockstar developers in Toronto.
  • OCE helping commercialize the next generation technologies like Bumptop & Sysomos.
  • KPMG Information, Communications & Entertainment (ICE) practice helps startups to succeed in turbulent markets.

These are organizations that are looking for funding, PR, and they are hiring. Are you a developer? designer? marketer? pr professional? Are you looking for a job? Make sure you check out each of these companies. They are part of our ecosystem. They support events like DemoCamp. And they make it possible for you to have a great experience.

April Dunford in Guelph

DemoCamp Guelph
Did you know that the next DemoCampGuelph is happening Wednesday July 21, 2010 at the The Ebar (41 Quebec St., Guelph, ON)?

It’s a chance to see April Dunford talk about Startup Marketing. April brings a unique enterprise focused view of product development and marketing. She is a world-class speaker talking about product marketing, product development and go-to-market strategies for emerging companies. April provided the keynote in Toronto in March 2010.

Sign up to attend on Guestlistapp

DCG13 – April 14 in Guelph

DemoCamp Guelph

Brydon and the gang in Guelph are hosting the next DemoCamp Guelph on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at the The Ebar (41 Quebec St., Guelph, ON). They are hosting our good friend Rob Hyndman who is a co-organizer of #HoHoTO, MeshU, and Mesh Conference. He’s also startup lawyer to the high tech stars. You can follow Rob on Twitter.

It’s great to see the efforts to connect the community in Guelph.

Wrestlemania 26

CrowdReel.com DemoCamp

Wrestlemania 26 happened on Sunday, DemoCamp 26 was on Monday. Coincidence? Probably. We had some fun tussles with technology and time last night. Thank you everyone for coming out to DemoCamp Toronto # 26 last night. It was a great night. We’re always happy to get your feedback, suggestions and comments. The list of demos included:

There were a number of other links mentioned. You can find local tech calendar information at StartupNorth and YouSayYeah!.

If you are hiring or looking for a new gig, make sure you check out:

April added her presentation and commentary for startups. It’s really worth reading and walking through.

Ottawa – April 15

DemoCamp Ottawa

DemoCamp is great opportunity to demo your application that may be a work in progress, close to release or even in full production. The room will be filled with fellow developers, designers, marketers and other professionals interested in startups and web applications. A great crowd to garner some valuble feedback, find a collborator, potential clients and employees.  

Please keep in mind that no powerpoint slides are allowed! only working applications. We will do our best to have a reliable internet connection available and will follow up with all those who have signed up for demos to go over what is available. 

Looks like a roadtrip to Ottawa.

DemoCamp Toronto 26

It’s time for DemoCamp again. Our friends at Liberty Noodle are providing food. So there is not a made rush to the hot dog cart.

DemoCamp Toronto 26

Monday, March 29, 2010
Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, 55 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON
Purchase tickets: http://guestlistapp.com/events/16851
$12 regular ticket | $10 student ticket | Flexible sponsorship

Why should I attend?

Its time to launch your product? Do you need to hire designers? engineers? marketers? biz dev? This is a great spot to meet and connect with the Toronto community.

For nearly 5 years we have built a track record of helping connect, promoting and making successful for some of the most engaging products to emerge in Canada. The goal is to connect the entrepreneurs, designers, marketers, developers, and others that are the fabric of emerging technology and media companies in Canada together to share, to educate, to connect with each other and other valuable members of the ecosystem.

How do I present?

Fill out the form

Help me help you. Explain the problem you solve, your market, your customer, how you are different, and why now. We’re looking for startups/companies/products that have third-party validation (external funding; real customers; etc.) and traction.

Why do we do this?

The strength of the network is based on both the number of nodes and the quality of the connections. DemoCamp is one of many local events to help local emerging technology entrepreneurs, startups, designers, marketers, connect with each other and a support ecosystem. Ranging from lawyers (CognitionLLP, Hyndman|Law, Laberge Weinstein, others), accountants (KPMG), recruiters, and others (OCE).

It’s a great way to see 5 minute pitches and demos. To see what else is going on in Toronto. To connect with interesting people. And to get noticed, find talent, locate funding, or just be social.

Looking for talent, a new job, check out:

University of Toronto

I missed tonight’s DemoCampUofT sponsored by the cool kids at Web Startup Society. They had a kickass keynote speaker, my friend and startup lawyer, Rob Hyndman.

  1. Sidra Mahmood, “Typography and Design” for WebDevelopers
  2. James Cash, Building a Social Writing Site in Rails
  3. Alexander Synaptic, Online Music Portal
  4. James An, Social Network for LGBT
  5. Rafal Dittwald, Skule online voting app
  6. Kirk Williams, Facebook App: Garrison
  7. Andrew Trusty, Language Learning in Browser – firefox extension
  8. Danial Jameel, Location Based Mobile Startup

Love this team for pulling together a great event.

Random rantings of a grouchy old man: I wish I could take all students out and tell them job titles in a student organization are pretty much irrelevant. Vice president, technical director, consultant. Yes they are industry titles, but they only demonstrate that you are worth of buzzword bingo. My recommendation, stop with the bullshit titles, start with 140 characters describing what you did.

Keep up the great work at UofT. Details about DemoCamp Toronto 26 in the next day or so.

The Schedule for DCT#25

What is your preferred order for DemoCamp?

Donation Matching

We have raised $2930 ($2330 + $600), that Gurbaksh has generously agreed to match. There are 2 options for making a donation.

  1. Make a donation directly to MSF and publish your receipt tagging #democamphaiti (it’s also really helpful if you send me the link, but this is the easiest option)
  2. donation matching closed

Demos (in no particular order)

I also managed to offer Greg Balajewicz, Realm of Empires a spot, thinking that I had invited him after sending email to the also invited Greg Thomson of Tall Tree Games. Realm of Empires team has been fantastic in cutting me some slack on a mistake and will present at the next DemoCamp.

Donations for Haiti

To help support relief efforts in Haiti, 100% of the DemoCamp donations will be going to Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans FrontièresGurbaksh has elevated the challenge to DemoCamp attendees. He will personally match the donations from the DemoCamp crowd (at a minimum, we’ve been talking about him donating a multiple of the DemoCamp number).

Just to make sure there are the appropriate checks and balances, I will publish the donation receipt on Jan 27, 2010 on DemoCamp.com. This is not a cash grab, I am happy to make as much information available to make sure that everyone understands all moneys will be donated. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have concerns at david at davidcrow dot ca or using my contact page.

Silver Anniversary – DCT25

Gurbasksh 'G' ChahalIt’s the 25th DemoCamp special edition in Toronto. We’ve been very lucky to have Yossi Vardi, Gary Vaynerchuk and now Gurbaksh Chahal join us for DemoCamp. Don’t know who “G” is?  Check out the Request for Help for details.

For the Chahal family, as for many immigrants, education was paramount, but G left high school at sixteen to form Click Agents, an Internet advertising company, which he sold two years later for $40 million. In January 2004, he launched a second company, BlueLithium – the next generation in Internet advertising. The company was focused on data, optimization, and analytics and became a pioneer of behavioral targeting. BlueLithium was named one of the top 100 private companies in America three years in a row by AlwaysOn, and in 2006, it received highest honor as Top Innovator of the Year. (Previous winners included Google, Skype, and Salesforce.com.) On September 4th, 2007, Yahoo! announced that it was acquiring BlueLithium for $300 million in cash.

How do I present?

Preference given to social gaming and virtual world companies (think Facebook, Myspace, Zynga, Playfish, etc.). We will not be excluding other companies, but G will be apart of the selection process and he has indicated this is his personal area of interest for both gWallet and angel investing.

Demos are 5 minutes long. There is an opportunity for a question and answer period after the demo. The recommendation, it’s a very strong recommendation, is that you present functioning software, i.e., no slide ware. The goal is for entrepreneurs, startups, developers to get on stage and show what you’ve been working on. It’s okay to have a couple of slides to explain your market opportunity, the stage of corporate development, identify your competitors, but it’s really key that you show us working software, hardware, network services, etc.

DemoCamp Toronto 25 Details

Calendar

DemoCamp Toronto 25 iCal

DemoCamp Toronto 25
When:
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 6:00 PM
Where:
Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
55 Dundas St West, Room 1067
Toronto, ON Canada

Sponsors

  • SIFE Ryerson
    siferyerson
  • Ontario Centre of Excellence
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  • StartupNorth
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Request for Help: Gurbaksh Chahal

I’m hoping to get Gurbaksh Chahal to speak at DemoCamp Toronto # 25 on January 26, 2010  January 27, 2010 (sorry needed to change the date).

Who is Gurbaksh Chahal?

Gurbaksh Chahal: Award Winning Entrepreneur

Gurbaksh is a successful entrepreneur having sold Click Agents for $40M and in 2007 BlueLithium for $300M to Yahoo. He has started his third venture, gWallet, which recently raised $12.5M.

For the Chahal family, as for many immigrants, education was paramount, but G left high school at sixteen to form Click Agents, an Internet advertising company, which he sold two years later for $40 million. In January 2004, he launched a second company, BlueLithium – the next generation in Internet advertising. The company was focused on data, optimization, and analytics and became a pioneer of behavioral targeting. BlueLithium was named one of the top 100 private companies in America three years in a row by AlwaysOn, and in 2006, it received highest honor as Top Innovator of the Year. (Previous winners included Google, Skype, and Salesforce.com.) On September 4th, 2007, Yahoo! announced that it was acquiring BlueLithium for $300 million in cash.

How can I help?

@gchahal asking about fB devs at DemoCamp on Twitter

If you’re a social platform developer, this Facebook, MySpace, OpenSocial, etc. and you’re interested in learning about gWallet and what Gurbaksh is currently working on, I need you to update your Twitter or Facebook status and @gchahal or Chahal Wow! indicating that you’re interested in hearing him speak at DemoCamp. Just like our friend Mark Zohar did.

Thanks!