A Canuck In The Machine

Mark Relph - Senior Director - Startup and VC Team

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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Canada & OCAD – Igniting the next generation of software design & user experience

    Did you know that Toronto has the third-largest design workforce in North America, behind only New York and Boston? That’s good news for the GTA, especially given the current economy. Design is a growing, dynamic and increasingly important industry. As we heard at MIX09, the future of software and device...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark: Preparing the next-gen workforce

    I have been thinking a lot lately about the IT skills shortage. According to the Information and Communications Technology Council , from 2008 to 2015, Canadian employers will need to recruit as many as 178,800 technology workers. But based on their projections we’ll likely fall short of hiring requirements...
  • Blog Post: An Interesting Fact About The “Blackberry Fund”

            Rick talks about the recent announcement of the fund here .  It’s a $150M fund to drive mobile software/technology innovation. It’s a great idea and I am proud to see it headquartered north of the border. I had to read Rick’s post twice to notice something...
  • Blog Post: PR: Microsoft Canada Announces Blue Sky Award

    Inaugural award recognizes significant contributions made by the technology community MISSISSAUGA, ON – March 17, 2008 - Microsoft Canada Co. is pleased to announce the creation of an ISV Innovation Award – the Blue Sky Award – recognizing exciting, cutting-edge solutions developed...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Blue Sky ISV Award

    Some blog coverage here and here and press coverage here .  
  • Blog Post: Rick Segal’s VC Roundtables

    My good friend and Canadian VC extraordinaire Rick Segal has started a set of interesting events called the “VC Roundtables”.  His idea – build a great environment for startups and entrepeneurs to meet with a VC and discuss how to grow their businesses.  Rick is doing this...
  • Blog Post: MESH - We will be there, will you?

    We are a sponsor.... we will be speaking.... we will be meshing. Drop me a line if you will be there as well. del.icio.us tags: mesh07links
  • Blog Post: Hanging Out In Waterloo

    I have my first "Office Hours" at the Microsoft / Infusion Innovation Centre in Waterloo today. I'll let you know how it goes.
  • Blog Post: Today We Open The Innovation Centre @ Waterloo!

    I am really excited today because I am heading down to Waterloo to open the first Microsoft Innovation Centre in Canada. Our good friends at Infusion Angels teamed up with us on this one. The Infusion Angels Innovation Centre is located in the very cool Accelerator Centre in the research park at the...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Canada Code Awards

    Who’s doing the best development in Canada? Submit your nomination now in for the very first MSDN Code Awards The MSDN Code Awards are your opportunity to tell Canada who you think is doing the best development work in Canada. Who has created the most innovative application? Who’s driving business performance...
  • Blog Post: Relph Sr. -> Startups and Shredding (Bikes, not Documents)

    http://thelaunchfactory.typepad.com/tlf_blog/2006/11/shredding_and_t.html Shredding and the Art of the Start As I was panting my way up “The Walrus” a favorite trail on Vancouver Island that I ride with some friends on Sunday mornings, I began to ponder that starting a technology venture and mountain...
  • Blog Post: Exciting Roles Open On The Canadian Developer and Platform Team

    My organization is hiring! We are looking for some great people to join our team (which is a very unique group inside Microsoft) If you are a high energy person looking for a unique challenge in technology, get in contact! Architect Advisor - The mission of the Architect Advisor is to demonstrate the...
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