Our favorite travel and lifestyle bloggers in Amsterdam (in English)

6 Dec

When planning for a trip, traditional information resources like guides and magazines are always a good start. But the best way to find great insights and well kept secrets about your destination is to checkout what locals, expats and travelers who actually know the city differently have to say about it

Stuff Dutch People Like
Stuff Dutch People like

 

The blog, created by Colleen Geske, a Canadian expat living in Amsterdam, is an awesome resource of all you need to know about the dutch cultural specificity. The blog deals with stereotypes with a sassy and humorous tone, making it a really funny way to get more familiar with people and habits before you reach to the city. It was really hard to choose which posts we like most, so here are two examples: Sinterklaas, and for the linguistics: Speaking in expressions. But seriously, you should read them all, they’re hilarious!
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Your Little Black Book
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Anne is a lifestyle blogger living in Amsterdam. First of all, her blog is very pleasant, full of beautiful pics, and gives you a good global view of what to do in Amsterdam, whether you are a foodie explorer or the shopping addict type. The Amsterdam City Guide section gives great weekend guides, tips on seasonal events and things to do in the city, like the best up-coming new year’s eve parties, or hotspots to discover.

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Amsterdamian
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This blog, created by an Amsterdam lover, takes you to the streets and hidden gems of the city through a beautiful visual journey. If you take some time to wander around this blog, you’ll discover an other point of view on the city, people, seasons and art in Amsterdam, with lots of images. For example, here’s a reason why Amsterdam is a great place to visit in autumn and this one gives you a good sneak peek at the Amsterdam Light Festival
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Life In Amsterdam
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Life in Amsterdam was obviously made for all the foodies out there. What we love the most about this blog is the super simple way reviews are presented. One glance and you have all the key information, like: what is the place perfect for?, is it worth a bike ride?, the best features, etc. After exploring the blog, the places we picked up to try next time we’re in Amsterdam: Caffe Milo for sounding that fancy, and Bistro ‘t Stuivertje for sounding so friendly.
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Some of our favorite worldwide travel bloggers also had their Amsterdam adventure..

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Here’s the Amsterdam experience seen by Matthew from Nomadic Matt, and here Kate from Adventurous Kate tells you more about how she totally fell in love with dutch architecture

Busbud Selected in Top 20 Innovative Companies in Canada by CIX

11 Nov

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Busbud is pleased to announce that is has been named in the Top 20 hottest technology companies in Canada by the CIX.

The CIX Top 20 is an elite index of the most forward-looking companies in the Canadian innovation ecosystem, and connects the key players driving technology-based business both in Canada and beyond.

An expert panel of innovation leaders have selected the 20 technology companies from across Canada to be featured in a live showcase at CIX 2013, taking place November 21, 2013 at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto.

Busbud is happy to join fellow Montreal-based startups Breather, Plotly and Fabric Engine in this year’s Top 20.

Busbud joins Top 20 alums from Quebec such as Frank & Oak, Beyond The RackAcquisio, CoveoTungle and Wajam.

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For more information, check out the official announcement.

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Busbud Hosts 1st Startup Grind Montreal

11 Nov

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Busbud is very happy to host the first edition of Startup Grind Montreal. The inaugural event will be held at Busbud office on November 21st at 6pm.

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. It is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. It hosts monthly events in more than 50 cities and 15 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

In the past, Startup Grind has featured interviews with George Zachary (Charles River Ventures)Matt Rogers (Nest)Dave McClure (500 Startups)Steve Blank (Author)Ben Silbermann (Pinterest)Mike Abbott (KPCB)Charles Huang (Guitar Hero) and 150 more.

The speaker for the Montreal event is Greg Isenberg, founder and CEO of 5By, a video concerge service that scours the internet for the best videos and hand-delivers the ones you want to watch. The company was recently acquired by Silicon Valley company StumbleUpon. The Montreal Chapter Director of Startup Grind is Rami Sayar.

Learn more about the Montreal event on Betakit. Get tickets on Eventbrite.

You can also join the Startup Grind Montreal meetup.com community or like their Facebook page.

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Busbud Selected For 48 Hours In the Valley

8 Nov

Busbud is very excited to announce that it has been selected to participate in the 48 Hours in the Valley program in Silicon Valley!

48hrs in the Valley is the C100‘s flagship mentorship program put on in conjunction with the Canadian Consulate of San Francisco and Palo Alto.

Twice a year, the C100 invites 20 of Canada’s most promising startups to the Silicon Valley for two days of mentorship, workshops, investor meetings, strategic partner visits and networking.

 

The program is scheduled for December 2-4, 2013

For more information, check out the official announcement.

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Busbud selected to attend Brazil-Canada 3.0

7 Nov

Busbud has been selected by Brazil’s Comitê Gestor da Internet (CGI) and the Canadian Digital Media Network, as one of ten companies representing Canada at the Brazil-Canada 3.0 conference from December 4th – 6th, 2013.

The program will include opportunities to meet with potential customers and investors from Brazil, as well as the ability to learn about the Brazilian market from companies with experience in country. The Canadian and Brazilian companies will also take part in a pitch-off competition on December 3rd, with OpenText sponsoring the winning companies attendance at the Canada 3.0 conference, taking place in Calgary May 26th – 28th, 2014.

“This is a great opportunity for Busbud to enter the Brazilian market” said Kevin Tuer, Managing Director of the Canadian Digital Media Network, “Brazil is the seventh largest domestic IT market in the world, and as the host of the upcoming World Cup and 2016 Olympics there will be even greater opportunities going forward.”

Ricardo Sordre, CEO of the Brazilian accelerator Project-1, added “Many large Brazilian companies are in need of technologies that are not available in country, and Canadian companies can help fill that need in the fast-growth, high demand Brazilian market.“

Brazil represents an exciting new market for Busbud. “We are thrilled to participate in the event and eager to make new connections in Brazil with investors and partners alike!”, said LP Maurice, CEO of Busbud.

6Harmonics, ESL Explorer, fSONA Networks, Linquet, Magnet Forensics, Turnstyle, PO-MO, Xomo Digital and Zighra are the other companies chosen out of 164 applicants by a panel consisting of Ricardo Sodre (Project 1), Kevin Tuer (CDMN) and Sid Paquette, the Director of OMERS Ventures. The diverse group comes from across the country, and includes the retail, wireless, security, education and tourism sectors. The companies selected are high growth SMEs, with average revenue of $1.3 million that is projected to increase markedly over the next year through international expansion.

For more info, view the press release.

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Making friends in the UK

10 Oct

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Coming back from the UK energized with new connections and exciting opportunities. 

What a great time we had in London! As winners of 2nd Global Adventure Competition, we were invited by UK Trade and Investment Canada (UKTI) to meet potential partners and generally grow the Busbud network in the UK.

To get started on the right foot, we put together a friendly meet & greet, inviting key UK travel industry innovators to join us for a delicious glass of Québec ice cider from Face cachée de la pomme.

We couldn’t believe the response! Thanks to the help of our partners Smart Move/IRU and the Québec Delegation in London, we got to spend a few hours with over forty-five representatives of local businesses, associations and media involved in the UK travel and tourism industries. We learned a lot, and everyone seemed genuinely excited about what we are doing to simplify the bus traveller’s journey.

We also had a great time pitching Busbud at C100 and are grateful to the UKTI for connecting us with exciting potential partners and travel buddies.

A big “thank-you” to all of you – we truly felt a great sense of community and look forward to building these relationships as we expand our business in the UK.

We’ll be back!

Busbud at Fita 2013 in Mexico City

25 Sep busbud_fita

Busbud will be at Fita 2013 from September 26th to 29th

The best part of building a worldwide bus station is that we get to travel a lot.

This week we are in Mexico City for the International Tourism Fair of the Americas (Fita) 2013, and we are excited to meet current and future partners, each and every one of them helping Busbud make it easier and friendlier for travellers to discover the wonders of Mexico by bus.

Fita 2013, hosted by Mexico City, is a world-class international Tourism Fair that brings together tourism industry professionals from all over the world for the promotion and commercialization of touristic products and destinations. It also aims to generally foster new business and investments and enhancing the tourism positioning of Mexico City.

We can’t wait!

Busbud will also be traveling the country in the next few days. If you would like to meet us, let us know at pr@busbud.com; we always like to make new travel buddies.

Busbud Gets Ready for UK C100 Trip

12 Sep

Busbud is getting ready to participate in a trip to the UK from September 25 to 27th!

We recently announced that Busbud had been selected as a winner for the 2nd edition of the Global Adventure Competition!

Busbud will be organizing a travel event to connect with key innovators in the travel industry in collaboration with Smart Move and the Québec Government! If you’re around London, we’d love to meet you!

The Global Adventure Competition competition looks to introduce Canada’s most promising innovative technology companies to the UK’s vibrant tech community and is organized by the UK Trade and Investment Canada and supported by the C100. UK Trade and Investment Canada helps Canadian businesses launch their global adventures from the UK, and helps UK companies sell into Canada.

A few years ago, Montreal gave London its now famous “Boris Bikes”. Now, another technology from Québec promises to revolutionize the way we travel in the UK and beyond: Montreal-based Busbud is quickly becoming the Expedia for bus travel, all around the world.

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Busbud Shortlisted for 2013 “Innovator of the Year” Prize by PwC

10 Sep

Busbud is happy to announce that is has been shortlisted for the 2013 Innovator of the Year by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) as part of the Vision 2 Reality Awards.

The Innovator of the Year Award acknowledges “the company that has best demonstrated the commercialization of an innovative technology solution. The innovation must be new, unique and a game changer—and customer acceptance must be demonstrated”.

Busbud joins an impressive list of 20 top Canadian startups, including awesome Montreal companies Frank & Oak, Wajam and PasswordBox.

All 20 startups are competing for “Up and Coming Companies” nominations and hope to take home the coveted “Innovator of the Year” prize.

In 2012, the Innovator of the Year prize was won by Wattpad, a Toronto-based company which has created the world’s largest community for readers and writers with 10 million unique users in 2012 who spend about 2.4 billion minutes per month on average with the service.

Winners will be announced in November 2013!

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Busbud Wins 2nd Global Adventure Competition

14 Jul

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Busbud is thrilled to report that it has been selected as a winner for the 2nd edition of the Global Adventure Competition! Busbud will represent Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces.

The competition is organized by the UK Trade and Investment Canada and supported by the C100. UK Trade and Investment Canada helps Canadian businesses launch their global adventures from the UK, and helps UK companies sell into Canada.

The Global Adventure Competition competition looks to introduce Canada’s most promising innovative technology companies to the UK’s vibrant tech community.

As part of the prize, the Busbud team will fly to the UK to meet potential business partners, receive advice and mentoring from international business specialists and network with investors, companies and incubators.

Source: UKTI

Source: UKTI

We’re looking forward to immerse itself in the the UK’s vibrant tech community and connect with world-class investors and leading companies. We also hope to exchange with government officials about transportation, tourism and the future mobility in the UK and worldwide.

Busbud is looking to reinvent bus travel by being a “worldwide online bus station”. Intercity bus travel is very popular in the UK and we look forward to connect with leading bus operators to form strategic partnerships. We also think London, a major worldwide travel hub, will be an excellent gateway to help us execute our broader European strategy.

Read the UKTI’s full press release.

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