Newchip- November Cohort

We have been working diligently on working with various funding sources. As previously posted we are working on various strategies, working on our pitch, etc. We got pretty far in the Techstars PropertyTech Toronto but did not make the final cut (disappointing). We were not surprised since we are not really a commercial property product, but we thought we would try anyway and are proud…

Data, Age, Success, & a Ted Talk

Looking through TED again and found a new TED Talk on “The Real Relationship between your Age and your Chance of Success” by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi. If you talk to enough Accelerators and VCs, you get told that data is everything. The interesting thing about start-ups and funding is that funding goes overwhelmingly to the young, but the older entrepreneur is twice as likely to have…

Ethical AI?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a topic that many of us read about. If you think about AI, it very well could (and should) concern you. Algorithms, machine learning, etc. are already out there churning away at massive amounts of data every second of every day. This article by Dr. Polli points out some interesting facts and reminds us that, at least for now, we are…

High Fashion & Privacy

I read a few interesting articles- one on DeepFace (Facebook’s face recognition program) and one on an art project that uses jewelry to foil face recognition. An older article in the Huffington Post (updated in December of 2017) reported that DeepFace recognized the same face from two different photographs with a 97.25% accuracy. How good is that? Humans score 97.53% accuracy, so really “good” and…

Gimmer of Hope

Just read the article below on an interesting company named Bitwise. It’s a short read, but fascinating.   This is what we are going through to a lesser degree ourselves.  As the year progresses I do see more articles and more discussion about the VC world and the lack of service to “non-tech” cities. There is also a lot of discussion about the lack of funding…

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