There is a lot of buzz going around in the Fintech community about the need for reinvention in the insurance sector. Online rate aggregators have been growing their presence in the life insurance space by offering consumers more options.
Toronto’s tech community converged on the city in September for Elevate Tech Festival, a collection of educational tracks, panel discussions, startup pitches, networking events and keynote speeches from prominent figures in the tech community.
Crowdlinker is one of the fastest growing digital studios in Toronto but we didn’t get here on our own. Having the opportunity to work with the people behind some of the most innovative tech startups in the world has been the real secret to driving our growth. We can only build the websites and apps that we do because we have such awesome clients. Most of our client relationship stem from the vibrant tech community in our home city of Toronto.
That’s why we are proud to sponsor two huge tech events happening here in Toronto this month: Elevate Tech Fest and Startup Open House.
- Register for free pass to Elevate King West Social Parties (including ours)
- Signup for our Startup Open House event
As an Official Tech Partner of Elevate Tech Festival, Crowdlinker is maintaining the Elevate website, just as we do for clients like Freshbooks and League. We also created the iOS app for Startup Open House, which features an Augmented Reality Map of the participating startups.
We just got back from Fireside conference, a 3-day retreat for innovators. The event was fun, relaxing, informative and inspiring. I’d like to share 3 takeaways from the event. But first, I want to give a big thanks to the organizers, Steven Pulver, Daniel Levine and their team, as well as Sol Birenbaum and the staff at Camp Walden for putting on such an amazing event. We got to connect with 400 incredible people in the pristine Ontario wilderness, learn from amazing speakers and enjoy fun activities like zip-lining and water skiing. The first takeaway was the importance of resilience. Getting outside one’s comfort zone is a big part of the camp experience, something especially felt by those of us who did the ice bath or zip lining into frigid waters. This year we were privileged to be joined by Jason Calacanis, who further touched on the importance of resilience, by sharing his story of how he went from being an almost broke entrepreneur to being the world’s greatest Angel investor. Jason mentioned that evolution has made most people risk-averse, yet despite low odds in the short term, it’s much more likely to win in the long run. Many thanks to Jason Calacanis, for joining us. I have been an avid listener of Jason’s podcasts, This Week in Startups and Angel, for the past 8 years, and has been an inspiration to me and my co-founders. The second takeaway was the value of disconnecting. For 3 days we had no…