Author: thecodefactory

The Four Myths of Business Innovation in Canada – Part 1 of 6

AKA – Tales from the paper dragon … myth or reality? Part 1 – Introduction Industry Canada recently published on their website a consultation paper (Seizing Canada’s Moment: Moving Forward in Science, Technology and Innovation) requesting feedback on Canada’s Science and Technology Policy. The findings in the consultation paper are largely based on an expert report called “Paradox Lost: Explaining Canada’s Research Strength and Innovation Weakness” written by the Council of Canadian Academies.  I have some significant difference of opinion with the report that we will delve into as we explore the four myths of business innovation in Canada. Here...

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Holiday Reset

I find the start of a new year is always both time for reflection upon the year that just passed and time to think about the year ahead. Looking back at 2013, our business has made a lot of progress by expanding, moving to a new location and working toward full occupancy in our new space. Many challenges and bumps in the road had to be overcome but, I think the entire process has provided many valuable lessons learned and a wealth of experience we can leverage as we continue to grow and expand. Looking forward to 2014 I...

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A Festivus for the Rest of Us

With the holiday season rapidly approaching and TheCodeFactory’s very own Festivus celebration a little more than a week away, this presents the perfect opportunity to give thanks in one of our final blog posts of the year. In all of the craziness and day to day hussle that is involved with being a part of small business it’s easy to forget all that we already have. We live in arguably the greatest country in the world. Within that Ottawa is a beautiful, business and family friendly city. We have the opportunities of a tier one city and all the...

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Festivus is Coming!

December is here and with it comes the most wonderful time of the year…TheCodeFactory’s annual Festivus celebration! The festivities begin at 4:30pm on Thursday, December 19 here at TheCodeFactory. Like last year, we will be “charging” two donations to the Ottawa Food Bank as an entrance fee. We recently received an email outlining six items they are particularly in need of: healthy breakfast cereals diapers – especially larger sizes 4, 5 and 6 juice boxes rice soup canned tuna If you are looking for donation ideas, please consider the items on this list. Last year, we were able to...

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SNS15 Recap

First and foremost, we’d like to extend a HUGE thank you to all of the students and startups that came out last Thursday and participated in the fifteenth edition of our Students & Startups event – tickets were sold out! Thank you as well to Invest Ottawa for their support. There was a great vibe in the room, and we definitely increased our smile count to well above the 300 we had going into the event. 🙂 We’ll be sure to keep everyone updated when we find out if we’ve also increased our number of hires! We’d also like...

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Everything in the Uniiverse is Connected

When looking for the best way to host Students and Startups 16 we knew we had to go with a Canadian-born startup. Lo and behold we were introduced to Uniiverse. Uniiverse has allowed us to easily put together the event page for Students and Startups 16, but with a few extra features that really make it stand out. The ease of creating payment options on our own website without redirecting away from it is a huge plus. The coolest features, by far, all pertain to its interconnectivity with social media. Uniiverse has made it extremely easy for us to connect SNS16 with Facebook and Twitter, even...

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