Here are the top 10 stories about Tectorians most shared and celebrated by other Tectorians in 2014:
1. Victoria’s Own Ho Kim Recognized as Top Entrepreneur
Ho Kim, President and CEO of local tech company CAMACC and volunteer chair of VIATeC’s board of directors, named Ernst and Young’s 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year in the Information Technology category for Canada’s Pacific region.
2. Desert Bus Shows Tectoria Cares
This November, Victoria’s Desert Bus team smashed a record, and they did it all with a bit of song and dance, a lot of social media savvy, and a preternatural ability to withstand punishing amounts of tedium.
3. Erin Athene & LLC Introduce Young Women to Coding
Helping create new technology entrepreneurs and high-growth businesses is Erin’s passion. With this in mind, she helped encouraged Ladies Learning Code (LLC) to launch in Victoria. LLC is a Canada-wide not-for-profit group that is working to empower everyone to feel comfortable learning beginner-friendly technical skills in a social, collaborative way.
4. TinyMob Engages in Global Warfare
It’s hard to believe TinyMob, led by Tectorians Chris Hoefgen, Alex Mendelev and Jamie Toghill, opened their Langley Street studio just over a year ago after quickly raising a whopping $2 million in seed funding. And that was just the start of their success.
Image Courtesy of Photographer Sama Jim Canzian
5. Pretio & Tap for Tap
Pretio, the first graduate of VIATeC’s Accelerator Program, acquired the 2012 VIATeC Award Recipient for Online Strategy of the Year, Tap for Tap.
6. Graham Baroday: the Quintessential Tectorian
“When I thought about life in Victoria, I knew I would be getting healthier and happier,” Kiind’s Graham Baradoy writes on his excellent blog. But since settling here Graham has also become a leader and driving force in our community of Tectorians.
7. Technology Awards: Our Biggest and Best Yet
The 756 attendees wasn’t the only record broken at the sold-out 2014 VIATeC Technology Awards. This year there was also a record number of 100 nominations. It was an amazing night.
8. Economic Impact Study
The numbers came in and we were astounded by the results.
9. VIATeC 25
We were also startled by the year-over-year growth of the 25 highest revenue tech companies headquartered on Vancouver Island. These 25 companies generate $1.16 billion in combined revenues and employee an astounding 3,630 employees.
10. Warren Brown: Where We’ve Been, and Where We’re Going
Warren Brown and the team at Procura together represent the potential of Victoria’s tech community, and show where we’ve been and where we’re going.
And that’s it for 2014! What a year! And 2015 looks like it’s only going to be better!
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