What is a Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

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Here’s a video preview of how all this goes down.

Startup Weekend Toronto is a non-profit event and all ticket proceeds go towards creating an awesome event for everyone to enjoy. Purchase your tickets here for their next weekend in Toronto from Nov 9th to Nov 11th 2012.

Kiinzel is looking for a Co-Founder / CTO

A few months ago we posted about Kiinzel in our Featured Startups. They’re now looking for a CTO/Co-Founder to help lead the evolution of their platform and lead their technical team on this journey. Check out the posting for this position on Startup North!

There’s a new kid on the block with speed and agility who passionately wants to disrupt traditional classified sites with a social commerce platform that’s intuitive, super fast and trustworthy. This new startup is an online person-to-person marketplace for trading, buying and selling unwanted items socially. This company’s mission is to turn anyone into an entrepreneur, while encouraging bartering through offline interactions for more sustainable living; their vision is to provide a vehicle for collaborative goal achievement – say what? Marlina Kinnersley, CEO, explains:

“Swapping happens all around us, between people all over the world throughout our lives because we want something we deem valuable that someone else has. Together we can trade our unused items for something we will treasure.”

Users will be able to create a store, post for free, specify their wish lists and ultimate goal, share their swap or sale items socially and achieve their goals through uptrading activity.


“Marlina has a really innovative and compelling concept here, and she is looking for some talented developers/coders who are excited about the intersection of social media and e-commerce.”

 Bohdan Zabawskyj, VP-Technology, Mercatus & Advisor.

 

Please contact Marlina Kinnersley at marlinakinnersley@gmail.com for further details.

Check out her About Me page – http://about.me/marlinakinnersley and connect with her on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

An Important Announcement about #devTO 17

if you’re coming to #devTO 17, there’s something that we need to tell you:

Hey everyone,
We’ve got good news and bad news. I know it’s a weekend, but better we didn’t have too many surprises to look at a few days before the event. First, the bad news:

Tom Green will not be able to present this month…

Now, for the good news:
Doesn’t mean that Adobe is TOTALLY out of the picture at the upcoming #devto! Matt Fabb will be taking helm of the technical talk with PhoneGap, joining Jason Theodor. As for Tom, we’ll be seeing him next month! Same presentation, but different time! #devto is STILL on, people! Still. On.

Well… it wasn’t all THAT bad, was it?

See you guys in a couple of weeks!
The #devTO folks

Featured Startup: Tunezy

 

Tunezy is a Music Experience Marketplace. This Toronto based start-up company allows independent artists to pursue their passion for music, while allowing them to effectively monetize fan engagement. Users are able to earn Tunezy’s virtual currency called “Notes” by listening to, commenting on, and sharing music. They can then use these notes to “tip” artists and purchase experiences such as virtual concerts, concert tickets, and back stage passes.

 

“Tunezy is an idea that sprouted from what we viewed as trends and gaps in today’s music industry – record labels aren’t what they used to be and more musicians are now opting to stay independent. We’re hoping to create a new way for fans to enjoy and appreciate music and, support their favorite artists. We believe that artists can stay independent and still thrive by leveraging the social web. We are motivated by the individuals who are creating music and sharing it with the world and – we want to help” says Derrick Fung, CEO

Having won first place out of 80 teams at the National Business and Technology Conference in Toronto, they have continued to grow and impress. Currently featuring artists all over the world on the website, Tunezy is set to launch to the public in Fall 2012. For more information feel free to contact the team at hello@tunezy.com or even better, see for yourself at www.tunezy.com and start discovering and supporting new artists today!

#Devto 17 – Create More Better Different and Take It To The Edge

We’re at it again! After #devTO got through its’ preteen years, we’ve decided to creatively take #devTO 17… to the edge!

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Always good to reminisce about the #devto we’ve had previously – learn about last month’s speakers here. See you out there on September 24th folks!
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Jason Theodor – Create More Better Different

Jason Theodor

Armed with a true definition of creativity, your creative type, and a few exercises for your creative toolkit, you can do so much more than you ever imagined.

Jason Theodor is the Creative Director of Publicis Modem in Toronto, and
has been working in digital advertising for the last 16 years. He is
also an accomplished speaker, teacher, and writer on the subject of
creativity. His goal is to demystify creativity, and inspire everyday
people to do extraordinary things.

 

Tom Green – Let’s Take It To The Edge

Speaker change announcement

Sorry folks, we had a slight change in plans for this month. Please read the full announcement here.
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Tom Green

In August of 2011, Adobe Edge was quietly offered on Labs and within a few days Adobe received a rather pleasant shock: Over 200,000 copies of the app had been downloaded and designers and developers were doing things with the app that Adobe had not even envisioned. Since then the application has undergone 7 revisions from an app that simply shoved pixels from here to there to one with a full compliment of pro grade tools that will appeal to everyone from hard core JavaScript programmers to designers looking for a visual motion graphics and interactivity application that get’s them into the HTML 5, CSS3 and JavaScript game.

Tom Green is also an Adobe Community Professional, a member of Adobe’s Higher Education Leader Program in the Post Secondary area and is a member of the Customer Advisory Boards for Flash Media Server, Fireworks and Edge at the Adobe Corporation.

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