Happy 2016 to all, and welcome back to our TechTuesday monthly get-togethers. The first Tuesday of each month, as always, and starting on February 2nd this year. Those who are aware of such things will also know it as Groundhog Day. And while we don’t have a guest appearance by Bill Murray to entertain us over and over again, we certainly will have a couple of great presentations to kick the year off.
To start, you will hear about and meet the local Directors of the Founder Institute, an exciting Silicon-Valley-based start-up Accelerator that will be opening a Chapter here in Ottawa over the next few months, with ambitions going forward to launch more than 25 meaningful and enduring new technology companies per year in the Region. One of the most challenging and effective Accelerators in the world, this new Chapter will provide more outstanding fuel for the continued resurgence and growth of the local tech community.
Next, you will meet Tyler Nelson, a local technology executive with a string of corporate and start-up successes on his resume, including senior roles at Research in Motion/RIM, Bridgewater Systems, QNX Software, Adenyo Inc., YOU.i Labs and Ackroo Inc. Currently, Tyler divides his time between his most recent start-up (mobile security and privacy firm Article 12 Technologies), and a variety of advisory engagements with companies in our own SaaS Accelerator, L-SPARK, as well as others.
Tyler will be with us that evening to speak to a topic he has become quite biased about over his career – that of Invention versus Innovation. In his view, too many start-ups try to ‘invent’ value in their new products, when experience has taught him that ‘innovation’ (iteration toward a given market fit) is likely to create more predictable and durable outcomes.
We hope you can come out and hear both these stories …
Date: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: The Marshes Golf Club, 320 Terry Fox Drive, Kanata
Cost: No charge
5:00 – 5:30 PM: Arrival, Networking
5:30 – 6:15 PM: Pre-show cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
6:30 – 7:45 PM: Presentations, Q&A
7:45 – 9:00 PM: Post-show networking
We are fortunate to be attracting large crowds to these gatherings, but as a result, space can become limited. Please help us in our planning by registering by January 29th at: www.wesleyclover.com/philanthropy/techtuesday/register.