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Regular updates will resume next Monday



I’ve updated this blog with the latest happenings on a regular Monday-Friday basis for years now, but the last couple weeks have been dreadful for updates. If you’re a long time reader, you’ll know that I’ve been trying to finish up my PhD at McMaster. Right now I’m in the process of writing the draft of the final paper + thesis introduction and conclusion, which means it’s been tough to update regularly the last couple weeks, and will likely stay that way this week. Expect regular updates to resume next Monday!


Riipen and OneBase at DemoCamp

Art Gallery of Hamilton


More demos for DemoCampHamilton21 have been announced!


Demo 6
Riipen helps companies pick the best graduating talent. Through our platform students are able to demonstrate the specific skills that companies are always looking for, and companies are able to easily identify top talent earlier to fuel their future success.



Demo 7
OneBase is a web platform that allows teams to effectively and efficiently onboard their members. OneBase lets you track the effectiveness of your initiatives, engage your new team members, and offers a one-stop-shop that is accessible anywhere – desktop or mobile.



Don’t miss an amazing line-up of locally built technology demos + community Q&A at DemoCampHamilton21!


When: Wednesday June 24th 2015 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Where: The Art Gallery of Hamilton – Joey and Toby Tanebaum Pavilion – 123 King Street West Hamilton, Ontario



#JerkTech: Is ReservationHop a Disruptor or Not?

Originally posted on


res-2A couple of terms here to explain I’d imagine before you even get the thrust of this post would be in order…. #JerkTech is a phrase that is fairly new, and refers to what TechCrunch labels as “…emblematic of a compassionless new wave of self-serving startups that exploit small businesses and public infrastructure to make a buck and aid the wealthy. Let’s call these parasites #JerkTech. It’s one thing to outcompete a big, stagnant company with new technology. It’s another to screw over the little guys just because you can sell what’s usually free…”

So….#JerkTech (also a real live Twitter handle!) is something not so good, right? Wrong in my world…because I’ve always been a “let the market decide” type of guy.

From the days that I first ran our own ThePhonies company back in the start of the 80′s where we offered up those brand new home telephone answering tapes so that you could buy John Wayne (or a great impersonation of same) answering your home line to just last year when we helped get a brand new biz card company off the ground using a transparent media that is eco-friendly….we know startups and disrupting is the bestest way to go! </chest pounding with pride>

That all said, what’s ReservationHop? Not the first (in fact not in the first ten either, see Table8 or Zurvu or KillerRezzy etc) to come up with the idea that the marketplace (you and I) might pay for a reservation to a great restaurant that’s always fully booked. A reservation that is normally free….but you go to their site, pick out a restaurant they have a valid reservation for, pay them (current prices range from $5 to $12) and after they debit your creditcard, you get the name under which that reservation was made by ReservationHop.

res-3Simple, cheap and yes, if you’re travelling to a new city, what a great way to get “into” a restaurant that you should have called weeks ago to have dinner in!

That’s disruptive? Bulls**t I claim…that’s a whole in the marketplace that this founder, Brian Mayer came up with a week ago or so.

But that’s only my own thoughts on same, and yes…there’s a ton of the anti-JerkTech style writings on this already….

There will undoubtedly be more fallout on this…

I’ve already seen comments on many of the sites I just listed threatening boycotts, asking to merge with someone who runs the same scheme to sell ‘spots’ in women’s washroom lines at concerts to someone who wants to franchise same for Minnesota…

You? What do you think? Is this just another #JerkTech example or a valid way for a startup founder to fill a whole in the marketplace? Challenge

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