Canada’s Anti-Spam Bill Passed

January 27, 2011

Just before Christmas, Parliament passed Canada’s new anti-spam and anti-spyware law, commonly referred to as FISA, or the “Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam Act” (Industry Canada release here). The law will be bought into force later this year to give Canadians time to prepare. Broadly, the law prohibits the sending of commercial messages without recipient […]

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Using my iPhone 4 as my only travel camera

January 4, 2011

When I travel I normally take a lot of pictures. I’m by no means a “photographer” – I just like to take snapshots for memory’s sake. And like many people, I’ve been taking more and more of my pictures with my phone – an iPhone 4. So much so, that on this trip to Argentina […]

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Mobile Internet Access in Argentina

January 4, 2011

If you’ve been following my twitter or flickr feeds you know that I’ve been in Argentina for a few days. It’s my first trip since I bought an unlocked iPhone 4 and I was curious to see how easy it would be for a non-native person to understand the local system, and how expensive mobile […]

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Next is Now

April 29, 2010

I’m completely infatuated with this fierce, inspired, brilliant video about the ‘net produced by Rogers. I think it’s remarkable.

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Why You Can’t Work at Work

April 7, 2010

A great overview by Jason Fried of workflow problems in the modern workplace, and how the web helps to fix them. His new book, Rework, elaborates on these and related ideas and is a great read.

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Before you start your startup

March 29, 2010

I see a lot of people who are at the very early stages of planning a new business. As a result, I’ve developed an informal standard ‘laundry list’ of cautions to pass along to these clients in the first call I have with them. Many people are surprised to learn that there are legal steps […]

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Help us program a panel at mesh10

February 16, 2010

We’ve just announced mesh10 (details here and tickets here) and over the next few weeks more information will appear on the site about our keynotes, panels and workshops. This year we’d like to include a panel in our Society stream that focuses on how the always-on, real-time Web is changing the way we learn, think, […]

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Organization – The Shareholder Agreement

January 14, 2010

I’m getting a lot of requests these days for information on and help with shareholder agreements, so I thought a post explaining what they are and how they work would be helpful. Background But before I start, I’d like to introduce you to two guys I suspect wish they’d had a shareholder agreement in place […]

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Pre-Launch Marketing for Stealthy Startups

January 6, 2010

If you’re not following April Dunford, you should. Her post today titled “Pre-Launch Marketing for Stealthy Startups” is a good example of why. April’s one of my hohoto colleagues, and spoke at our inaugural meshmarketing last year – she’s a keen observer, and you should add her blog to your reading list.

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Hyndman | Law Site Named One of Canada’s Best Law Firm Websites

December 21, 2009

What a lovely surprise to learn that CBA’s National Magazine has named my firm’s site one of Canada’s best law firm websites (co-winner, Small Firm/Solo category).

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Please support #HoHoTo

December 10, 2009

It’s been about a year since we launched #HoHoTo. Last year this community raised about $25,000 for the Daily Bread Food Bank at our inaugural holiday party, and in the summer version (HoHOTo) raised another $15,000 or so. This season our goal is $40,000 and the team has been working furiously to make it. And […]

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Staffing – Employees vs. Independent Contractors

November 30, 2009

I’m often asked whether it’s better for the company to work with people as employees or as independent contractors (also called contractors or consultants – the differences are of style, not meaning). Consulting is common in the technology business in Canada, particularly during any recession, and as businesses staff up it’s an important question to […]

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