Member Profile: Flock Audio

Member Profile: Flock Audio

Darren Nakonechny is excited. In a few weeks, the first PATCH units — a digitally controlled analog routing system for audio recording — that he and his colleagues at Flock Audio have been developing for almost two years, will be shipping out to the customers who had preordered them in 2018.

“You go through such rough times along the way it makes you wonder, ‘Is this going to actually be something, or is it going to fail?’” explains Nakonechny, founder and CEO of the Edmonton audio company. “But when you step back, you go ‘Wow, this is very cool.’ We started literally in the basement of my home and now we have an office and work with a network of professionals building a product that people are excited about. Shipping out our first units is a milestone we’ve all been working toward for a long time.”

January Update: Harness the energy of a new year with Startup Edmonton

January Update: Harness the energy of a new year with Startup Edmonton

hope you had a wonderful holiday break and found time to relax, reflect, and reenergize. I'm grateful for the time spent with family over the past few weeks and feel more ready than ever to tackle the potential of 2019! 

Our team was hard at work before the break to get you a full roster of events, workshops, and programs confirmed for the first quarter of the year. There is no better time than the start of a new year to learn a skill, meet more people from the start and tech community, or get to work on your idea. 

Here are my top picks for January! 

Facebook Live: Welcome back! Tiffany chats all about keeping your New Year's resolutions (and how we can help)!

Facebook Live: Welcome back! Tiffany chats all about keeping your New Year's resolutions (and how we can help)!

Our CEO, Tiffany-Linke-Boyko, sat down for a quick chat about what we have on the go this month and how you can harness the energy that comes with a new calendar year. New Year's resolutions can be tough to keep, and we’re here to help. Here are Tiffany’s top recommendations to help keep you motivated:

Facebook Live: Tiffany's top podcast picks to binge over the holidays!

Facebook Live: Tiffany's top podcast picks to binge over the holidays!

Our CEO, Tiffany Linke-Boyko, is an avid listener of podcasts. She’s always on the search for fantastic content to share with the team, our members and the community. (Seriously, we have an entire Slack channel dedicated to her recommendations!)

Tiffany is always willing to take a risk on an unknown podcast if the topic and guests look promising. In this Facebook Live, she shares her favourites of the last few months and how you can make the spare moments you have in the car (or on the bus) really count towards improving your leadership skills, sales, or personal development.

From Hacking to Habits - High School Students Make Big Changes In Just 24 Hours!

From Hacking to Habits - High School Students Make Big Changes In Just 24 Hours!

Between all the assignments, presentations and exam prep, it can be tough for students to squeeze in enough Zs.

Rather than groggily shuffle from class to class, a group of students from Harry Ainlay High School and Old Scona Academic created an app to help them get a solid eight hours.

Habit Creator is a game-enhanced habit tracker that helps users set, track and achieve personal goals. It was developed as part of HackED Beta — a 24-hour hackathon put on by the Computer Engineering Club of the University of Alberta.

Recommended Reading | So you just raised your seed round, now what?

Recommended Reading | So you just raised your seed round, now what?

We get a lot of questions about access to capital from Founders of early-stage tech startups. It often is one of the first questions we hear when we meet with someone interested in pursuing their idea for a product. There is a lot of work to be done before seeking angel investment or a seed round for your company - like problem/solution fit, minimum viable product development, and even preparing to sell to customers (and we’re happy to support your efforts through the Preflight program.)

In this article Boris Wertz, founding partner of Version One Ventures shares some of the patterns he has observed while sitting on the boards of the companies in their portfolio of investments, from pre-seed to Series B, and beyond. Version One Ventures has ten years of experience and comprehensive portfolio of tech investments including Jobber, Nexopia, TechVibes, IndieGoGo, and Indochino.

What I like about Boris’ advice is it’s incredibly practical, and what I’ve watched happen in our local community when startups successfully secure funding and then use it to prepare themselves for rapid growth. As I go through Boris’ checklist of what to focus on (and not focus on), three, in particular, stand out.

Facebook Live | How to get the most out of mentorship

Facebook Live | How to get the most out of mentorship

In this Facebook Live, Adam Danyleyko, our Community Program Manager, sat down with Dave Bellous to chat all about mentorship. Dave is a longtime member of the startup community, is currently working with the team at ZEPT (a Launch Party alumni company,) and is a sought-after mentor for CEOs and Founders. 

Facebook Live: How to use the Lean Canvas after you leave Business Model 101

Facebook Live: How to use the Lean Canvas after you leave Business Model 101

In this week’s Facebook Live, Stephanie chats about how you can use the Lean Canvas after our Business Model 101 workshop ends. Even though it's just a piece of paper, the Lean Canvas can help hold you accountable to finding success quickly by supporting your efforts to make decisions based on data. 

How early is too early to explore a new market? It's earlier than you think!

How early is too early to explore a new market? It's earlier than you think!

We're proud members of the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN). In addition to connecting with our peers across accelerators and incubators across the country, CDMN provides valuable programming for tech companies to propel their growth and connect them with founders around the world.

The Get There program is a unique opportunity that offers early-stage, high-growth high-potential Canadian tech startups a chance to demystify an international market. The program is designed to amplify the founder’s network and provide tips and tricks to make future visits easier and more cost effective. Each company receives pre-trip coaching before spending one week in market and financial support to offset some of the costs of the trip.

We sat down to chat with Laurie Maier, Manager Network Programs - CDMN, to talk about how early is too early to explore a new market (hint: it’s probably earlier than you think) and how to get the most out of a Get There trip.