A while ago I noticed that Hyve App was mentioned on the VancityBuzz website titled – Hyve helps answer “what’s going on tonight?” – and it was so thrilling to see that one of the startups that we’ve been helping is getting the spotlight in town. The Hyve App promotes local bars and restaurants to the population of college and university students and yes they are a Vancouver mobile startup.
Few years ago Hyve’s founders, Andrew Lackie and James Isaacs, dropped by our office at rmdStudio and pitched their idea to us. At first we didn’t accept their project, because building such a service requires a lot of commitment and at that particular moment we weren’t sure if they were willing to take on the challenge. They proved us wrong by keep following up and not giving up. We agreed to help them as long as they promised to put together their team and take over the future development cycles.
That is an important issue, because a startup must be able to take care of its own technical needs rather than outsourcing them, however the value that we could offer was to provide them the infrastructure they needed using our social networking platform Anahita and mobile development experience and to help them execute their idea to the point of an alpha release.
The idea was to put them in the right general direction while they focused on customer discovery, fund raising, and putting together their team. We told them that we were going to give them a ride close to the finishing line, but they have to go across on their own and continue from there.
I must say that they have done an incredible job. Since our delivery, they have gone through several development cycles on their own and they even have paying customers too. Now here is an inspiring story about a Vancouver startup. Big congratulations to the Hyve founders and team.
Are you a health practitioner in the greater Vancouver area? Until now the information about the available local programs and resources were delivered to you in PDF files and spreadsheets. These documents are very hard to search and update, but now you can simply download the HealthConnection iOS app from the Apple app store or visit HealthConnecBC.ca to obtain those information.
My friends in LaunchAcademy are crowd funding their startup on Indiegogo. It is called My Green Space which is aiming to make it possible for us to grow food no matter where we are. They will be offering web and mobile apps to manage your own urban garden and the mobile app will notify you and keep you updated on how to take care of your greens. In fact their mission is to cover 100,000 acres of urban space one garden box at a time. Their goal is to raise $20,000 initial funds. So if you want to support an awesome Vancouver startup, here is a good one. You can also follow them on twitter @mygreenspacevan, Instagram @mygreenspacevan and their facebook page.
There is an awesome event coming to Vancouver where participants get down to hacking, developing, and experimenting with cutting edge technologies. DevFest Vancouver is a week-long workshop-series and hackathon for experienced developers. To be more precise, there will be 7 workshops and 1 hackathon. The focus will be on cloud computing, Android TV, wearables, 3D printing, Virtual Reality, and Arduino Platform.
Time: November 3rd to 9th
Location: #200 – 375 Water St, Vancouver
Price: $10 each of workshops or $95 for a package of all workshops and the hackathon.
For more information and to sign up go to DevFest.ca
So this Wednesday I gave a talk about building insightful knowledge apps and Anahita project at the LaunchAcademy in Vancouver. Most of the audience members were from the LighthouseLabs coding school and Startup founders and employees who work from this work space. In this talk I also mentioned a couple of iOS mobile apps that we have developed at rmdStudio for our clients. Here are the slides if you are interested to take a look.