Introducing: CoFoundersLab

Hi DevTOer’s,

We just want to let you know about a great event happening tomorrow, June 25th at CSI. Do you want to start something up, but just don’t have the means or know where to start? CoFoundersLab will help you match up with the right people to make your business happen.

CoFoundersLab is a relatively new entrepreneur and developer matchmaking site in Toronto. They have a great co-founder matching platform online that you can peruse here.

Here is more information about their great event happening tomorrow:

Co-Founders Wanted of Toronto

When: Tuesday, June 25th, 6:30 PM

Where: Centre for Social Innovation (720 Bathurst Street)

Cost: Free

What: Co-Founders Wanted is an opportunity to find a co-founder for your business, or to help you find a business to join. Brought to you by CoFoundersLab, come meet other aspiring entrepreneurs and build the team to make your business happen. Start networking now by creating a free profile at!

RSVP Here:


Hacking for Education: #HackForGood Hits Toronto this Weekend

The people who put on the “World’s Biggest Hackathon” at MaRS last month are back again for another great event. EduHack has teamed up with Prepr to bring #HackForGood on June 14th – June 16th. If you’re interested in education and tech, then this will be a great opportunity for you to learn how to bring the two together in exciting, innovative ways.

Here is a small description of the event:

EduHack #HackForGood this weekend!

Date: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 6:30pm – Sunday, June 16 2013 at 2:30 PM
Location: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at U of T, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON
Price: $20

Are you excited about education & technology? Do you have an idea you want to make happen? Then join EduHack this weekend as we bring the tech community together with educators to Hack For Good!

You’ll have a chance to connect with a great community, have fun and test your abilities, all with the chance to win great prizes! Register today at

Collaboration is at the heartbeat of innovation and we are excited to see the great projects that you will develop. Let’s hack education together!

For more information: Please visit, or our eventbrite page at

Tech in Toronto – June 16th to June 20th, 2013

After a bit of a hiatus, we’re back in action with our Tech in Toronto event listings. We have pulled together all the technology related events in the city to one awesome place for you to check up on. Don’t miss another event!

Check back every Thursday to see a new listing curated by us, here at DevTO.

June 13th, 2013

Toronto Code Retreat - Code Retreat @ Bento Miso
6:00 P.M. (Free)

Toronto Entrepreneurs - Mixer for Mobile Industry
8:00 P.M. (Free)

Mac Users’ Group – GTA - CSS 102: Styling with CSS
7:00 P.M. (FREE)


June 14th, 2013

Tech Entrepreneurs - SES Conference Toronto

EdTech Toronto Meetup - Hack Education at EduHack this Weekend!
6:30 P.M. ($20.00)


June 15th, 2013

EdTech Toronto Meetup - Hack Education at EduHack this Weekend!

Freelance Creatives - WordPress Customization
10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. ($149.00)


June 16th, 2013

EdTech Toronto Meetup - Hack Education at EduHack this Weekend!


June 17th, 2013

Mississauga Entrepreneurs Network - Special Meetup: WordPress Website and Web Traffic Q&A
6:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto Drupal User Group - June Meetup
6:30 P.M. – 10:30 P.M. (FREE)


June 19th, 2013

Toronto Apple User Group - Toronto Mac Meet Up
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

GraphTO - A Comparison of GraphDBs and Query Languages!
6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (FREE)

GOV 2.0 Toronto - Crowdsourcing Canada’s Open Data Institute
6:30 P.M. (FREE)


June 20th, 2013

Achievers Tech Talks - So You Really Want to Start A Business?
6:00 P.M. (FREE)

The DevTO Team

If you have an event that I have missed, please email me the info at


Ross & Bank: Toronto’s Tech and Software Development Lawyers

Attention DevTO community!

Are you starting up a company? Do you need tech-oriented legal advice? Well, check out Dan Bank from Ross & Bank. Here is a quick profile:

In 2011, Dan Bank co-founded the boutique commercial law practice, Ross & Bank, in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District. After working previously on Bay Street, at Osler Hoskin & Harcourt, and as in-house counsel for a renewable energy company, Dan shifted focus, launching his firm in order to focus primarily with clean-tech, software and development companies. Offering competitive rates and flat fees that reflect the needs of the often-lean startup world, Dan assists clients with a range of day-to-day legal needs, including establishing corporations and shareholder agreements; drafting supplier, subcontractor or consultant agreements; and preparing license, hosting and software development agreements. He also sits on the board of four start-up companies, which he advises on how to operate in a start-up environment.

Dan can be reached at His phone number is 416-882-5731. Or, simply check out his website:


SurfEasy is hiring! Could you be their next developer?

SurfEasy is hiring!

We’re looking for a front end web developer to join our team! Could it be you?

Here’s a little bit about us:

Our beginnings…

SurfEasy started in 2012 out of a desire to enable people to protect their online privacy and security. Our CEO and founder Chris Houston asked himself, “Just how many Wi-Fi networks do I connect to on a daily basis?” Sixteen networks later he knew there was a real need for online privacy on the go. And so the idea for our Private Browser was born.

With the help of the Kickstarter community, who helped us exceed our funding goal by over 555%, we launched at CES 2012. Today, the browser is used by customers in over 55 countries.

What’s next…

In mid-June, we’re releasing SurfEasy VPN for iOS, Android, OSX and Windows. This next-generation of our product portfolio extends the SurfEasy protection our customers know and love to every device they use to access the web. All Internet traffic in and out of computers, smartphones and tablets will be encrypted through our global SurfEasy Private Network.

That means our user’s personal information is safe and secure from prying eyes; consider it a secure tunnel to the Internet – all in an easy-to-use package. Want to check it out? Download SurfEasy VPN on Google Play and iTunes.

Why you want to work with us…

We’re a friendly and dedicated team of devs, PR, marketing and sales folks. Sharing our King Street West office space with other start-ups means the energy here is palpable. We work hard but never hesitate to connect over a beer from the fridge, conveniently situated near our printer.

The opportunity for growth is high so the sky is the limit. You’ll have the opportunity to share your ideas, be heard and manage projects.

If you’re results-oriented and love a challenge, you’ll fit right in. Don’t delay. Apply today! Visit our Careers page to apply for the web developer position. We can’t wait to hear from you.


Visit our Careers page to apply for the web developer position.

#DevTO 25 – #LevelUp and Financial Tips for Start-Ups

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#LevelUp – Mark Lapasa

Fresh out of school, you’ve hit the job market and learn how difficult it is to land that first job. You stare at the technology keywords and you feel you don’t have what the market is asking. It’s very discouraging. Or you could already be an established developer who is lucky enough to have a lot of open doors to choose from but remain uncertain what would be the best move. Should you stay or should you go? Is the grass really greener on the other side? If so, by how much?
This talk is meant to complement the career-related efforts of both budding and seasoned developers. If these sound like the shoes you or someone you know are in, I can tell you I have been one of the many who have been in them. As a fellow developer like yourself, I would like to share what tactics I’ve learned to deal with these challenges. The audience will walk away with a new set of heuristics to add to their toolbox that are unique to coders of varying experiences. The session promises to be an analytical approach on not what you will code next but where. After the talk, everyone is welcome to take the conversation online via Twitter using #LevelUp #devTO hashtags.
Mark Lapasa is a mobile developer who has released Native Android apps for both phones and tablets. He collaborates with business analysts, development and design teams to deliver engaging user experiences at the client-tier. He has many years of experience developing user interfaces for Enterprise Mobile, Healthcare, Financial, Social Gaming, and Online Gambling sectors. He blogs at

Financial Tips for Start-Ups – Mike Logashov

Takeaways and tips for entrepreneurs in the start-up phase or near it, from a financial planning perspective. Topics covered include understanding the stages of business growth, identifying the time and place for the right action, and leveraging resources for business growth.

Mike is a Toronto based financial security advisor empowering people to achieve their vision of financial independence. Mike’s focus is increasing financial literacy and on solutions to problems rather than on products.  Mike partners with professionals and entrepreneurs across multiple industries, enabling them to excel at what they are great at by ensuring their financial goals are met.
Mike has been a financial security advisor since 2011. He holds a bachelor degree in business management (economics major) from Ryerson University and lives in Toronto’s West End.



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To learn more about OANDA, our website and Forex LabNotes blog are great places to get started.

Genexus Canada delivers a platform to enable you to create software for multiple platforms and technologies in less time. More than 7,000 companies worldwide use GeneXus to create and integrate mission critical applications that adapt readily to relentless technological changes.

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Mercatus Technologies enables retailers and advertisers to achieve competitive advantage, boost brand equity, and improve financial performance. Leveraging Mercatus’ smart shopping technology on a cross-channel marketing level, achieve the ultimate one-to-one relationship with shoppers throughout their buying cycle—from intent to influence to purchase. Check out their career page – they’re hiring PHP developers!

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Ross & Bank is a business-oriented law firm committed to providing its clients with superior representation. We serve a diverse range of clients, including entrepreneurs, large businesses, private individuals and other lawyers. Practicing in the areas of Commercial and Business Law, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Real Estate, Wills and Estates and Energy Law, the firm’s practice is rooted in a commitment to hard work, integrity and professionalism.