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The StartCanada Blog provides insights about some of the work that we’re doing; including web design / development, design thinking, social media marketing, small business information, trends, tips, ideas and inspiration for start-ups, professionals, non-profits and small businesses.

Design Matters

  • Companies with good design outperform others by 219%
  • Design is a competitive advantage. It can capture consumer desire. It can speed up production. It can reduce cost. It can fatten margins. And the companies that grasp these realities are more likely to win in the marketplace
  • But exactly how valuable is design? The Design Value Index tracks a portfolio of publicly traded U.S. companies that excel at design, including Apple, Disney, Nike and IBM. Over a 10-year period, this basket of 14 companies outperformed the S&P 500 by 219%

Source: Canadian Business, April 2016
Photo: Ceiling of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto by Angelo Narciso

Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the Automotive Industry

Aaron Lewis, a design intern at Uber, ended an article he wrote with... "Owning a car will one day be like owning a horse - fun for the wealthy, but financially foolish for everyone else." It makes sense to me. However, the road towards that idea continues to inspire a lot of design ideas and opportunities. Here is FastCompany's Most Innovative list for the Automotive Sector in 2016:

  1. Hyundai - For augmenting autos with gesture-controlled heads-up displays
  2. Ford - For embracing e-bikes and ride sharing
  3. Tesla Motors - For adding autopilot features overnight and making your car come to you
  4. Quanergy - For developing software that makes driverless cars cheaper for the rest of us
  5. Sober Steering - For breathing a better breathalyzer into being
  6. Local Motors - For 3D printing a car we can actually drive
  7. Harman - For giving each passenger a "sound zone," paving the way for peaceful road trips
  8. Hudway - For creating the only app that keep's drivers' eyes on the road
  9. Getaround - For turning car owners into car loaners
  10. Evenflo - For building a car seat that alerts parents if a baby gets too hot or her seat belt unbuckles

Source/s: FastCompany Magazine, March 2016
Photo: Charging the Tesla Model S at Tesla, Robson Street, Vancouver by Angelo Narciso

So You Want To Move To Canada?

Lots of people are thinking about it these days. Here's an excerpt from the So You Want To Move To Canada article of Lloyd Alter that provides insights worth knowing...

Canada has been welcoming Americans for a long time, although the country loses more to its bigger, richer neighbour than it gains from it. Canada was popular during prohibition, and again during the Vietnam War, when thousands of Americans came along with writers, architects, educators and others who added so much to the richness and economic vitality of the country. No doubt the welcome mat will be put out again.

There is a buzz out there that some Americans are thinking that it might be a time to consider moving to Canada; Even starchitect Frank Gehry is thinking of returning after 70 years away. Many American news sources have taken note of a website“Cape Breton if Trump Wins,” which is full of useful information. But most Canadians would say Cape Breton? Really?

Right now the country is a mix of good and bad news; economically it's not so hot, with its addiction to oil and commodity revenues. That’s caused the loonie (what Canadians call their dollar) to drop like a rock; this is hard on Canadians but just wonderful for Americans who find their dollar goes way farther up here. If you have a telecommuting job that you can do in Canada while getting paid in U.S. dollars, you have scored.

It's an excellent read. Love the old postcards, too. Go for it. Read the complete article.

Source: Mother Nature Network
Photo: Angelo Narciso, Canadian Pacific Railway, Banff National Park, Alberta

10 Breakthrough Technologies for 2016

The MIT Technology Review picks 10 emerging technologies that have a chance of solving big problems and opening up new opportunities. The 10 technologies that you need to know about are as follows:

  1. Immune Engineering: Genetically engineered immune cells are saving the lives of cancer patients. That may be just the start.
  2. Precise Gene Editing in Plants: CRISPR offers an easy, exact way to alter genes to create traits such as disease resistance and drought tolerance.
  3. Conversational Interfaces: Powerful speech technology from China’s leading Internet company makes it much easier to use a smartphone.
  4. Reusable Rockets: Rockets typically are destroyed on their maiden voyage. But now they can make an upright landing and be refueled for another trip, setting the stage for a new era in spaceflight.
  5. Robots That Teach Each Other: What if robots could figure out more things on their own and share that knowledge among themselves?
  6. DNA App Store: An online store for information about your genes will make it cheap and easy to learn more about your health risks and predispositions.
  7. SolarCity’s Gigafactory: A $750 million solar facility in Buffalo will produce a gigawatt of high-efficiency solar panels per year and make the technology far more attractive to homeowners.
  8. Slack: A service built for the era of mobile phones and short text messages is changing the workplace.
  9. Tesla Autopilot: The electric-vehicle maker sent its cars a software update that suddenly made autonomous driving a reality.
  10. Power from the Air: Internet devices powered by Wi-Fi and other telecommunications signals will make small computers and sensors more pervasive.

Source: MIT Technology Review
Photo: Angelo Narciso, Presto Lumo at the Art Gallery of Alberta.

2016 Nonprofit Communications Trends

Top 3 Most Important Communication Channels

  • Website
  • Social Media
  • Email

Top 3 Social Media Sites

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube

Source: Philanthropy News Digest

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StartCanada is a Canadian company that designs, develops and manages elegant and effective websites for start-ups, professionals, non-profits and small businesses. StartCanada also provides social media marketing services for its clients.

Angelo Narciso leads StartCanada and is involved with business development, the design thinking process of web design / development, website management and social media marketing.