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Busbud Hosts 1st Startup Grind Montreal

11 Nov

Startup Grind photo

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.

Startup Grind logo

Busbud Selected for Accelerate C100 Event

11 Jun

Accelerate Montreal Logo

Busbud was selected as one of the “10 hottest startups in Montreal” and invited to pitch as last week’s Accelerate Montreal event hosted by the C100.

AccelerateMTL celebrates and showcases the technology entrepreneur community. It’s where the hottest technology companies in Montreal come together with leading Canadian and Silicon Valley investors and influencers to further accelerate the development of the Canadian start-up community.

The C100 is a non-profit, member-driven organization that supports Canadian technology entrepreneurship through mentorship, partnership and investment.

Here are a few pictures from the event:

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Want to join a great team working on challenging projects? We’re hiring!

Photo credit: Eva Blue

Growtalks Montreal Recap

20 Feb
Growtalks conference Montreal - 2/19/2013

Growtalks conference Montreal – 2/19/2013

Busbud was at the Growtalks Montreal conference today!

GROWtalks is a one day conference focused on how to create simple, actionable metrics, and use them to make better product and marketing decisions. Industry experts share actionable advice on how to improve design, product and customer development, acquisition, retention, and more.

There were great presentations from author Brant CooperGreg Isenberg of Fiveby.tv, Kate Rutter of Luxr, Laura Fitton of Hubspot, Scott Kveton of Urban Airship, Dan Martell of Clarity, Alistair Croll of Solve for Interesting, and iNovia’s David Nault, who also performed double duty as MC for the event. Topics covered ranged from customer acquisition, lean UX, scalable business models, growth hacking and financing.

Allistair Croll at Growtalks Montreal

Alistair Croll at Growtalks Montreal

Personally, my favorite presentation was Alistair Croll’s, who gave us a preview of his upcoming book Lean Analytics. Interestingly, Alistair challenged the crowd to find the one key metric that matters for their business. He also gave a few interesting examples of Airbnb and other companies that use metrics to carry out experiments in order to better understand the key drivers in their business models. The Lean Analytics book, co-authored with Ben Yoskovitz, is scheduled to hit the (virtual) bookshelves in early March 2013.

The conference definitely gave audience members plenty of ideas to go back to their startups and “measure, test and try” towards product market fit.

Thanks to the organizers, presenters and sponsors. Lots of great content and it was great to see so many familiar faces at the event!

If you missed it, you can also catch the conference in Toronto on Feb 21st. Register here.

Startup Weekend Montreal 2013 Recap

11 Feb

Startup Weekend Montreal Masthead

It has been my pleasure this weekend to serve as a mentor at the 2013 edition of Startup Weekend Montreal. The event, held at the HEC Montreal business school, allows budding entrepreneurs to pitch ideas and work on startups during an exhilarating 54 hours.

Busbud is proud to help support the local entrepreneurship system and to contribute to this event. Events such as Startup Weekend help foster connections amongst members of our startup community, and hopefully give rise to innovative new products that make the world a better place.

Startup Weekend Montreal 2013 local sponsors (including Busbud!)

Startup Weekend Montreal 2013 local sponsors (including Busbud!)

The Startup Weekend organization is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Participants come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups. Created in USA in 2007, there have been more than 672 events organized in more than 320 cities and 90 different countries.

The event in Montreal kicked off Friday with Pitch fire, where every entrepreneur gets 60 seconds to pitch an idea. The best ideas make it through to the next round. On Saturday, the teams brainstormed and started producing early prototypes to implement their idea, even working into the late hours of the night. On Sunday, the teams got their pitches ready for the judges. All of this happens in a fun, fast-paced environment where entrepreneurs work feverishly to get the most done before their final pitch.

The teams in action

The teams in action (source: Startup Weekend Montreal)

To get an even better feel of the event, check out the cool recap video our own Alain Wong had made for the 2012 edition:

That said, for the 2013 edition, the winning team on Sunday night was CrowdMedia, a platform allowing users to sell eye-witness photos to media outlets instantly. Congrats also to runners-up Dashbook and Smartalyzer, as well as all the teams who poured their passion into their pitches.

SW 2013 participants - the big group pic!

SW 2013 participants – the big group pic!

Thanks again to other local sponsors like Fasken MartineauBDCReal Ventures, iNovia CapitalSAJECEIMGoogle MontrealGithubFounder FuelGrowtalksAnges QuebecRho VenturesTandem LaunchTP1F & CoExecution LabsFrank and OakStartup Academie and others.

A big shout out goes to amazing organizers Julie-Anne Larose, Komary Ly and Marc-Antoine Baril for investing time and energy to make this event happen for our local startup community.

Startup Weekend: you were great, see you next year!

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