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Reboot 10 is on the way

Little green PCWonderful slides
It was at least this bigCommuting to Reboot by bikeThe original toothless tiger

Official Page (will be) here. By good fortune of being nearby in London at the time last year (close enough right?) I managed to catch the first for me, but amazingly ninth annual, Reboot conference in Copenhagen. Reboot is the grand-mum of open/un/bar-like conferences. A lot of smart people, 3 days and the conference is pretty much everything you make of it as an attendee.

You’ll know your in Copenhagen by the downtown bicycle traffic jams, preponderance of impossibly good-looking womenfolk (with babies everywhere, which seems hardly a coincidence), and blinding sunshine at nearly all hours of the day/night etc.

Thomas Mygdal says:

“it’s time to reboot our minds again. the 10th edition of reboot will take place in copenhagen, denmark the 26-27 of june.

reboot10 is an exploration of “free” – in every incarnation of the word. free information, free individuals, free culture, free societies, free markets, free products and services, free ideas, free culture, free knowledge, free tools, free platforms, free minds – you continue the list…

a real invitation to participate and a new version of the website including videos from last year (finally!) will be online and out in some days, but use this opportunity to book you calendar, book your flights and hotels cheaply, etc.

in terms of your planning reboot will start at 10am on the 26th (registration from 8am) and will run into the evening on the 27th with lounge/afterparty. ticket price is 250 euro for early bird and 350 euro for late birds.”

Startup Fuel

Rick Segal is doing a good thing. He’s organizing VC round tables around the country for start-ups offering conversation and “Sample Term sheets, documents, business plans, PowerPoints”. I caught an earlier iteration of a similar event by Rick and some others a year ago. Let me tell you this stuff is gold. If you’re a technologist, even if you are a commerce grad, they don’t teach you this stuff in school. And the opaque world of term sheets and finance structures its damn hard to learn this stuff any other way. The event is also free, I’m sure it will be poplular, it’s worth your time.

StartupCamp Toronto is also back. This isn’t just financing pitches, it’s a full-on public debugging session on your business model. Fun stuff. StartupCampToronto2 is happening at CIX on April 29, here’s how to apply to present.

UPDATEWow Rick wasn’t kidding, the VC roundtable is a serious cross Canada event. Here’s the full list of dates:
Halifax Monday, April 14, 2008 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Moncton Monday, April 14, 2008 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
St. John’s Tuesday, April 15, 2008 5:00 pm – 7:00 am
Ottawa Wednesday, April 16, 2008 10:30 am ET – 12:30 pm ET
Montreal Wednesday, April 16, 2008 4:30 pm ET – 6:30 pm ET
Toronto Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 8:30 am ET
Victoria Monday, April 21, 2008 8:00 am PT – 10:00 am PT
Vancouver Monday, April 21, 2008 4:00 pm PT – 6:00 pm PT
Edmonton Tuesday, April 22, 2008 8:00 am MT – 10:00 am MT
Calgary Tuesday, April 22, 2008 3:30 pm MT – 5:30 pm MT
Regina Wednesday, April 23, 2008 8:00 am CT – 10:00 am CT
Winnipeg Friday, April 25, 2008 12:00 pm CT – 2:00 pm CT
Guelph Monday, April 28, 2008 4:00 pm ET – 6:00 pm ET

Sign up here

Landing on MaRS this month

As though March weren’t bat shit packed with awesome enough events already (TED, ETECH, SXSW, MIXX08, ECOMM) and of course closer to home ICE08, if you’re in Toronto, you may also want to save time for two promising events happening at MaRS.

Thanks to Peter Evans for the tip.

Going Solo

Going Solo conference for freelancers, May 16th, Lausanne (Switzerland).Lausanne, Switzerland If you are on the continent this March, my friend Stephanie Booth is organizing a conference in her lovely hometown of Lausanne (a short train ride from Geneva) on “Going Solo” and freelancing. Looks like it will be excellent, I know people have been thinking of organizing something similar here for a long time. Tickets are on sale now.


UPDATE:Here is Stephanie herself announcing the conference on the main stage at Lift08, embedded video ~4.5min

Upcoming Toronto tech/media events

November 20th – CaseCampToronto6 CaseCamp is back at the century room with presentations from: The Globe and Mail Online, Vortex Mobile,, and Will super-star Pate of CommandN and ConceptShare

November 27-28 NextMedia Monetizing Digital Media – has what looks like an awesome and jam-packed agenda. I’ll be attending vicariously through Mark Kuznicki and hoping for some live swarm coverage [skype link].

December 3rd – DemoCampToronto16 – Back at the Board of Trade with 5 demos and 5 ignite presentations

December 3rd – Mobile Monday – 110 Spadina Avenue, Suite 700 – I don’t think I’ve been more frustrated with an event that I’d really like to attend, but have never been to. Maybe it’s the blog that just posts in the stilted language of repurposed press releases and why, why does this event keep conflicting with DemoCamp? I guess it wouldn’t be mobile Monday if it was on a Tuesday.

December 6th – StartupCamp Voting closes today on the presenters, expect an announcement soon.

January 17 – 18, Game ON Finance – presented by Interactive Ontario, 1 King west Toronto, A one day summit for financiers and entrepreneurs in the emerging indie game marketplace.

February 6-8 – The best tech conference of the year Lift08 in Geneva I hoping to raise a big Cannuck contingent again this time. Early bird registration prices until December 15.

whew. I need a nap already.

UPDATE: I forgot to mention some more good ones:

November 21 – LiveCamp – All about the WindowsLive development platform. WindowsLive as you know are a whole raft of Microsoft’s online services which don’t really have anything to do with Windows. Word is, WindowsLive is getting better all the time.

November 30 to December 2 – Facebook Weekend BETA – A whole weekend of Facebook/Startup goodness.

UPDATE: I’m going to be at MobileMonday

Hooray, CaseCamp is back

Specialized Angel

I’m super happy that Chris Matthews will be flying in* to present at the next installment of CaseCamp. Chris is the marketing genius behind the Specialized Angel and the Specialized Rider’s Club (Specialized’s super-popular social media and real-world community for cyclists). Looking forward to seeing Chris again and hearing about the Rider’s Club and the whole CaseCamp lineup looks great too.

It’s June 12, you can sign up on the Casecamp wiki. As always, expect a very classy event and, amazingly, it’s free. Here’s the official word from Eli:

Here’s the skinny on the next CaseCamp – just posted live yesterday.

+ NEW VENUE, the Century Room on King. Much more space, great patio!

+ Join the Facebook group AND the wiki

+ Three presentations thus far:
BMW Canada
Specialized: Riders Club (Facebook for cyclists with 11,000 paid
Freshdaily, publisher of BlogTO, Midnight Poutine & Beyond Robson

+ Always looking for sponsors. Anyone want to step up? Call, let’s chat! 416-566-2322

+ All 400+ photos from the Istoica booth at the last CaseCamp can be
found at:

+ Looking for proposals for the fourth presentation. There are already a few in, but it would be good to collect more (for this and future events).

* Specialized Angel not included

**Photo of Angel + Chris by karstensrage