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Michael Tippett

Michael is a 2 time Emmy nominee & has been a successful entrepreneur for almost two decades. He founded and managed several early stage technology companies in New York and Vancouver.

In 2005 he founded and later sold Nowpublic. NowPublic was named one of the top five most useful new sites on the web by The Guardian and Time magazine named it one of the Top 50 Websites for 2007. He ran GrowLab in 2011. For 2 years he ran Hootsuite Labs and was Director, New Products at Hootsuite. I am currently the CEO and founder of wantoo.

He's also on the Provincial Steering Committee for Startup Canada also donate my time to run Vancouver’s Startup Weekend.

He's a member of the University of British Columbia’s School of Journalism Advisory Board, Capilano University, Bachelor of Professional Communication Advisory Committee and was a board member of CABINET, a Vancouver-based arts organization.

Many years ago, he graduated magna cum laude from Queen’s University with a degree in Philosophy. he's the co-creator of Grafik Dynamo (, a work that was commissioned with funds from the Warhol Foundation. His collaborator on the work was Kate Armstrong.

Specialties: Startups, Digital Media, Consumer Internet, Saas, Social Media, Enterprise

All the things Trump has broken

Six months ago I wrote a post about how Trump was operating at a more foundational level in his rhetoric. He began this campaign by challenging the way that we can tell fact from belief. But...

Oil and the unseen threat to Canadian innovation

On the industrial edge of downtown Vancouver, amid towers of shipping containers and rundown warehouses, several tons of steel is slowly coming to life. Engineers at a Canadian research group called...

Total tragedy

Thousands of dead American soldiers. Hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis.   And Iraq is a mess. These are the facts 10 years and 1 trillion dollars later. What a waste. How American People...

BC pot industry vulnerable to Silicon Valley disruption

Transformation of U.S. marijuana regulations will be felt by Vancouver pot markets.

What does it take to be one of Canada’s 1%?

So what does it take to be counted as part of Canada’s 1%?  Well if you earned just over $200k you’re in the club.  On average, the top 1% of Canadian earners, make just under half a...

Vancouver start up raises 3.1 M$ without VC’s and conventional angels

This news came out last week but what’s interesting abut Jostle’s $3 million round is where the funding came from.  Here is their release: “Jostle Corporation revealed today that it has secured...

Cops Release Sketch of West Side Sex Assault Suspect

  Vancouver Police are releasing a composite sketch and are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in a sexual assault that took place on Vancouver’s west side. At about 8:00 a.m...

China’s super-rich and the Vancouver economy

Since the 1950′s Vancouver has been one of the most desirable destination for Chinese emigrants.   But with the growing wealth in the country, the impact of Chinese wealth has never been more...

Startups and the search for Canada’s untapped mother lode

The most valuable resource we control is not our water, our oil, our fish stocks or our forests. It is our people and their ideas.

Vancouver beats NYC as most expensive city in North America

The city ranks 35th globally and is followed by Manhattan – Yes, followed by New York City!