Drew Curtis: How I beat a patent troll
||Drew Curtis, the founder of fark.com, tells the story of how he fought a lawsuit from a company that had a patent, "...for the creation and distribution of news releases via email." Along the way he shares some nutty statistics about the growing legal problem of frivolous patents.
Communitech Launches $30 Million Hyperdrive Incubator
By Anthony Reinhart
Waterloo Region - Communitech is placing itself among the world’s leading startup incubators with a $30-million-plus program aimed at building early-stage companies into Series A funded companies.
Book Review - Growth
The “Grow or Die” Lie: Why Everything You Think You Know About Business Growth Is Wrong (and Six Enlightening Truths)
For decades entrepreneurs have been boldly following what they think they know about business growth. And for decades, they’ve folded under the pressures of improperly managed growth.
Stanford, CA All growth is good. Bigger is better. All businesses must either “grow or die.” If you’re a small business owner, you might have been nodding along as you read those business mantras, agreeing wholeheartedly with each one.
BEST WESTERN PLUS KITCHENER-WATERLOO RECEIVES DIRECTOR’S AWARD FOR QUALITY
Kitchener The Best Western Plus Kitchener-Waterloo in Kitchener has received the Best Western Director’s Award for outstanding quality standards. The Director’s Award recognizes Best Western International hotels with a cleanliness and maintenance inspection score of at least 950 points out of a possible 1,000. Hotels must also meet Best Western’s requirements for design and high customer service scores to qualify for the distinction.
Arts & Culture
Three Nights of World Music
WATERLOO - Neruda Productions presents three nights of World Music guaranteed to satisfy the restless souls of Waterloo. Starting with local maestros of reggae, rock steady, and afro-beat fusion -- eKhaya will shake up The Jazz Room on April 19th. For those who don’t know eKhaya -- prepare to dance, a lot!!
More Than Half of Global Workforce Considering Job Change According to Annual Survey
TROY, MI - Employees across the globe have experienced unprecedented economic turmoil, and, as a result, are restless regarding future career goals. Many are unhappy in their jobs and are actively searching for new opportunities. Others are content with their current employment position but are seeking greater engagement and meaning from their positions.
Global Food Crises
Latin American Leaders Urge Collaboration and Action to Ensure Food Security
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Latin America can play a key role in ensuring global food security, leaders said yesterday at the World Economic Forum on Latin America, taking place in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. However, realizing this potential will require new approaches to ensure sustainability in the long term.
Prime Minister Rajoy Says Spanish Economy Is Being Transformed
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico “Spain’s economy has to be transformed and go back to the idea of creating jobs and [fostering] stability,” Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Brey told participants at the World Economic Forum on Latin America in his special address yesterday in Puerto Vallarta.
The 3 A’s: Ingredients for a Peaceful Office Life
By Esther Francis Joseph
With many different personality types in an office setting, the workplace can either be a pleasant place to be or hostile territory. A lot depends on the dynamics and interactions between personnel. When a coworker has done something inappropriate in their role as a manager or as an employee, destructive emotions and reactions can arise. In either position the repercussions can affect the entire department and ultimately the company’s bottom line.
North American Markets
Future Is Bright Despite Significant Reform Challenges Say Mexican Business Leaders
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Mexico should be a successful and globally competitive economy if it is able to meet significant reform challenges, Mexican business leaders agreed in a session on the future of the country at the seventh World Economic Forum on Latin America.
University of Waterloo awarded US$1.6 million to establish virtual incubation program
Waterloo was the only Canadian university to receive funding this round.
WATERLOO - The Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre (Conrad) at the University of Waterloo yesterday received a US$1.6 million grant that will boost countless student businesses.
Digital Economy Canada 3.0
The 8th edition of the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN) monthly newsletter
by Kevin Tuer, Managing Director Canadian Digital Media Network
Stratford - Last month, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) published an international study which revealed how Canada ranks amongst other G20 nations in the "Internet economy." The report shows that Canada's projected Internet economy growth rate of 7.4 per cent by 2016 is still far behind other developed nations in the G20 - which are expected to grow by an average of 8.1 per cent by 2016.
University of Waterloo to award eight honorary degrees at spring convocation
Toyotas Ray Tanguay will receive an honorary doctor of engineering and address convocation
WATERLOO - A leading physicist and officer of the Order of Canada, and a champion of co-operative education at Waterloo are among the eight recipients of honorary doctorates to be presented during the University of Waterloo's spring convocation ceremonies from June 13 to 16.
DRIVE TO 125 - Canadians encouraged to join hearts and hands and volunteer 125,000 hours for charity
WATERLOO - In celebration of its 125th anniversary, Manulife Financial is encouraging Canadians to collectively pledge 125,000 hours of volunteer work for causes near and dear to their hearts.
Latin American Leaders Say Region Should Take Action to Boost Trade and Investment
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Latin America must address pressing economic and social challenges to ensure that it can attract the trade and investment it needs to drive growth, government leaders stressed in the opening session of the seventh World Economic Forum on Latin America.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Scaling-up existing sustainable transportation technologies can play a significant role in creating jobs and driving long-term, sustained economic growth. However, implementing these technologies is often delayed due to conflicting interests among diverse stakeholders.