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19
Oct

Job Opening at Flow for a Bookkeeper/Administrator

We’ve got an opening for a multi-talented bookkeeper/administrator here at Flow Ventures. Please feel free to spread the word!


Flow Ventures is a thriving consulting company in the lively high tech (“startup”) sector. We require an experienced bookkeeper/admin to be the linchpin of its operations for a full-time position. We are seeking someone who is organized but also creative enough to see the big picture. You will have the latitude to implement the changes you see fit to make the organization run more efficiently and more smoothly. This job is ideal for someone who values their independence, doesn’t mind a little responsibility and can work self-directed.

MANDATORY SKILLS:
  • Min. 3 years experience with Quickbooks including reconciliations and reporting.
  • Experience with government filings like GST/QST, RLZ-1 and DAS
  • Experience with payroll
  • Excellent spoken and written communication
  • Proven ability to keep a small offfice organized, support a team and juggle priorities
  • Very strong aptitude for computers (MS Office, web applications etc)
  • Bilingual

NECESSARY QUALITIES:
  • independent
  • love what you do
  • sense of humour
  • diplomacy

Please forward your CV and a cover letter to jobs@flowventures.com with the “BOOKKEEPER” in the subject line. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.
25
May
El Rorschach: Nuevas aportaciones de J.E. Exner al sistema comprensivo. Estudio sistemático y análisis interrelacionado de variables (Psicología y etología)

Meet Our New Intern: Jeff Talajic!

When we announced our call for interns, I was astounded at the response. The quality of the candidates who applied were really strong but out of this pack, we chose one Jeff Talajic to be the newest member of our team. Jeff is going to be interning with Flow Ventures for the summer, so why don’t I let him introduce himself and what he’ll be doing for us, in his own words:

Jumping on this internship opportunity at Flow Ventures was a no brainer for me. I’m an MBA student with startup aspirations, so I’ve decided to take a break from the classroom for the summer and get my hands dirty in the startup world. I’ve requested to help out with all of the unsexy, seldom-blogged about things that are required to run a company — the payroll, bookkeeping, tax remittances, government documentation, SR&ED credits, and even the filing! If I’m going to found my own startup after graduation, I need to know how to manage the nuts and bolts that I don’t learn about in school and I certainly don’t read about in the blogosphere.

This internship also requires me to get out into the community and meet as many interesting startup people as I can, so feel free to introduce yourself if you see me out. My first stop will be at Mondev, the open-source conference taking place in Montreal, May 24-28. The full schedule is here, and if you see me at any of the events be sure to say hi.

Finally, I look forward to bring some fresh ideas, operational muscle, and strategic thought to Flow and help out any way I can. It’s going to be an awesome summer!

So, as you can see, Jeff’s really as keen as can be. He’s already been invaluable putting his weight behind Startup Drinks CA and saving my hide by diagnosing my PC with a network card problem! As they say, the best job security is making yourself indispensable.

13
Apr

Summer Internship Opportunities at Flow Ventures

Flow Ventures is looking for some amazing entrepreneurial interns for the summer.

You will fit a multi-tasking niche in a tight knit team located in Old Montreal.

What we do:

  • We are angel investors and grow startups from concept to execution.
  • We accelerate startups in Canada and the US.
  • We are startup community agitators (Startup Drinks CA, Startup Digest Montreal)

What you’ll learn:

  • You’ll learn how to research and critically evaluate a business model and contribute to its quick iteration.
  • You’ll learn how to run successful events and meet hundreds of entrepreneurs and investors in the process.
  • You’ll learn how operations fit strategy.
  • You’ll learn that sales is tough but that you’re tougher.

Who you are:

  • Approaching the end of your bachelor’s degree
  • Self motivated and independent
  • Able to juggle projects and priorities
  • Comfortable with the web and social media tools
  • Good networker

This is an unpaid internship that will begin as soon as your exams end and when your next semester begins. Through this process, you will meet startup founders, CTOs, angel investors and VCs. It will be rigorous and demanding and thoroughly rewarding.

Send your CV and a cover letter to Robin Ahn at rahn[at]flowventures.com. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

www.flowventures.com

www.artanywhere.com

www.startupdrinks.ca

UPDATE: Art Anywhere, a Flow Ventures company, is also looking for an intern looking to leap headfirst into the world of PopUp! Galleries.  Learn more here!

19
Mar

Robin’s Ultimate SXSW Survival Guide

South By South West Interactive was, in a word, epic, especially as a n00b and a non-road warrior. This is what I learned in (almost) chronological order:

  • Choose your seatmate well for the flight into Austin – This way, you’re at SXSW even before you land. Mine was Scott Heiferman, CEO of Meetup.com who is an all-round nice guy. Bonus: see if you can get your plane turned around 30 minutes into the flight due to cabin pressure issues to ensure maximum face time and fear of dying.
  • Get some rest – have the airline lose your luggage. You can fritter away your first day pottering around your hotel room in your travel clothes and not unpack your things.
  • Party “plans” – treat them with the same disrespect as you do your business plans. Roll with the posse you find.
  • Shatter your iphone – it makes for a great icebreaker, pun intended (“what the hell happened?”, “how does that thing still work?”, “HOLY CRAP! I HEARD ABOUT THAT PHONE”) Photo credit: Evan Blaustein
  • Run into Sean Power randomly and frequently – highly recommended.
  • Use a car service – Just because you call a cab doesn’t mean it has neccessarily been dispatched (512-573-2486)
  • Have DJs rock your world – namely Flosstradamus (Chicago), Wants Versus Needs (Minneapolis) and Table Manners Crew (Austin represent!)
  • Drink early, Drink often It takes effort to avoid drinking at SXSW so why fight it? Stumbleupon party and Cheezburger party were both excellent. Driskill has great beef jerky (thanks Aidan!) and lots of legit people to meet – just follow the smell of riff raff.
  • Gatorade – the true breakfast of champions
  • Talk about something other than tech – entertain people with videos of your dog Boomer! (thanks John!)
  • Panels – ignore the title, research the speakers (thanks Stevey!) and/or go to things you know NOTHING about and expand your mind (thanks David!). If you’re on a panel, encourage people to participate by offering them free beer (thanks Grace!)
  • Warm up your vocal chords if you’re going to a panel with Tara Hunt. She will probably make you sing and dance. You’ll appreciate the energy boost it gives you.
  • Bring a Sharpie – you never know when you might need one.
  • Extend your stay – have your homeward bound flight canceled due to technical issues and stay in Austin an extra day. Don’t forget to cancel your next day’s meetings! Bonus: try to be stranded with David Dufresne (what a mensch!) and hit the music festival. Super Bonus: make sure it coincides with St. Patrick’s Day and watch the chaos reign!
  • Duct tape – bring it or buy it at 7/11. Your choice.

But enough about me though. How was your week?

24
Jan
Cuaderno de ortografia 7 Primaria

Startup Drinks Around Canada – Wed, Jan 27, 2010

Hi Everyone!

We’re back on track with Startup Drinks with a whole slew of events happening across Canada.  Startup Drinks Waterloo were the first ones out the gate this year kicking us off on January 5.  You can see the recap here

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Next week there are drinks happening in cities all over the country, check it out:

VANCOUVER

When: 5pm, 27 January, 2010

Where: Downstairs, Alibi Room (157 Alexander Street @ Main) (map)

Your hosts: Brian LeRoux (Nitobi), Boris Mann (Bootup Entrepreneurial Society)

EDMONTON

When: 5pm, 27 January, 2010

Where: TBA

Your hosts: Cam Linke, Startup Edmonton

CALGARY

When: 6pm, 27 January, 2010

Where: Bottlescrew Bill’s Old English Pub in the back private room (140 – 10 Avenue S.W.) (map),

Your hosts: Kory Arsenault, eSchedule

Sign Up Here!

TORONTO

When: 7:30pm, 27 January, 2010 (*special post-DemoCamp time*!)

Where: Imperial Pub in the Library Room (54 Dundas St. E)  (map)

Your hosts: Brian Watson and Robin Gittens (CEO Fusion), David Crow (Microsoft), Mark Evans (ME Consulting)

Sign Up Here!

OTTAWA

When: 6:00pm, 27 January, 2010

Where: Patty Boland’s (101 Clarence St) (map)

Your host: Cory Darby, Kelly Rusk (Startup Ottawa), Steve O’Halloran (Assetlabs)

Sign Up Here!

MONTREAL

When: 5:30pm, 27 January, 2010

Where: Brutopia (1219 Rue Crescent) (map)

Your host: Robin Ahn (Flow Ventures)

Sign Up Here!

ST. JOHN

When: 6pm, 27 January, 2010

Where: Big Tide Brewing Company (30 Princess St) (map

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Your host: Jeff Roach (Propel Accelerator)

Sign Up Here!

FREDRICTON

When: 6pm, 27 January, 2010

Where: Garrison District Ale House (426 Queen Street) (map)

Your host: Jeff Roach (Propel Accelerator)

Sign Up Here!

ST. JOHN

When: 6pm, 27 January, 2010

Where: Big Tide Brewing Company (30 Princess St) (map

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Your host: Jeff Roach (Propel Accelerator)

MONCTON

When: 6pm, 27 January, 2010

Where: Vie Tapas & Lounge (196 Robinson St, at the back of Robinson Court) (map

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Your host: Jeff Roach (Propel Accelerator)

Sign Up Here!

HALIFAX

When: Time TBA, 27 January, 2010

Where: TBA

Your host: Jeff White (Kula Partners)

*** updated with 3 cities in New Brunswick! ***

17
Jan

Haiti Tweetup – What’s Next?

Thanks to everyone for their enthusiastic support of our Haiti Tweetup fundraising drive! We need your help on the final drive for participants on Tuesday, 19 January at Casa Del Popolo (4873 blvd St-Laurent) between 5:30pm and 8:30pm

Get tickets here: 

http://haititweetup.eventbrite.com/

Check out the Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/event.php?eid=272804474001&ref=ts

Reasons to come:

  1. Haiti needs help on the ground and they need it yesterday.  This is an international issue (that needs no more explanation from me) AND it’s also a local one.  Thousands of Haitian Canadians are worried sick and losing sleep over their friends and relatives; they deserve to know that we’re with them and we support them. 
  2. DJ Andy Williams will provide the sound and fury for your rump shaking pleasure. 
  3. Prizes! Prizes! Prizes! Raffles and silent auctions will be going on for a list of wicked prizes that won’t stop growing! 
  4. Did I mention something about an earthquake ravaged country just-a-few-short-hours-by-plane away? Yes, that one. 

How to help: 

  1. Send an email.  Copy and paste all of the above in a new message, send it to your entourage then sit back and take the credit. Plagiarism for a good cause doesn’t count. 
  2. Get on the phone – call your friends to come out and meet you for a drink on Tuesday at Casa del Popolo! They’re good people and itching for a way to give – the $10 donation-at-the-door might just be the trick.
  3. Get Social on Facebook and Twitter – shout it loud and proud that you’re coming with the #haititweetup hashtag.  Let everybody know that Haiti has your support and ask them to join you. 
  4. Work your contacts – Do you have friends in high places? Know people well placed in the media who just need to know about this initiative? Point them to this blog! 
  5. Add a Haiti Tweetup Widget to your web page – it’s beautiful and functional. Code here: [<div style=”width: 250px;”><iframe name=”countdown” id=”mgframe” src=”http://www.eventbrite.com/countdown-widget?eid=536979119″ width=”250″ height=”420″ marginheight=”0″ marginwidth=”0″ scrolling=”no”  frameborder=”0″ ></iframe><a href=”http://www.eventbrite.com/r/ecount”><img src=”http://www.eventbrite.com/s.gif” alt=”Events” border=”0″/></a></div>]
As of writing, we are 80% sold out!  
16
Nov

Startup Drinks CA is live!

Big news!

Startup Drinks has expanded to include eight beautiful cities – Halifax, St. John, Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Montreal.  Startup Drinks Canada also has a new home over at www.startupdrinks.ca and twitter account (@startupdrinksca), to keep you informed on what’s going on locally and nationally.

If you’re eager to help organize for the fun and fellowship, contact your local organizer.  Your support in getting the word out from exactly where you’re sitting right now is always appreciated too.  Use the usual or unusual channels, I’m not picky!  This is a completely community run event for all to enjoy.  Thanks to all of our city volunteers who saw the need and stepped up so fast it nearly made my head spin!

If you’ve never been before, it’s really simple.

  1. Go to www.startupdrinks.ca and look up your city’s date, location and time.
  2. Sign up to show your support and let your organizer know you’re coming.  Make a date with yourself or a friend and go.
  3. Order a drink and introduce yourself to someone you’ve never met before. Repeat as needed.

We don’t have presentations or sponsors and fully encourage people just to have a good time while getting to know their local startup community. This is the last one for 2009 so please accept my sincere thanks to each and every one of you who came and made it a success.  The kudos belongs to you.

Here are the need to know details for Startup Drinks Montreal:

When: Wednesday, November 25, 2009, 5:30pm

Where: Brutopia, 1219 Rue Crescent (cnr Ste-Catherine) (map

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Sign up here!

Next Startup Drinks Montreal: January 27, 2010

23
Oct

Seeking an Exceptional Technical Writer

Flow Ventures invests in and accelerates startups. Our unique model combines financing, strategy and hands-on operational services designed to grow new ventures quickly and efficiently. At Flow, you’ll work with experienced technology entrepreneurs who have built, financed and managed high-growth companies. Flow accelerates startups by operating key areas including finance, software development, HR, business development and administration. This allows entrepreneurs to focus on their products and their customers rather than building infrastructure and capacity.

Flow has worked with startups in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. We’re contributors to the tech entrepreneurship community either as organizers, sponsors or participants in various events.

Flow is looking to hire a Technical Writer in either Montreal or Toronto to work with us on a contractual basis, possibly leading to a permanent position. Your role would be to help us gather raw data and information to help us create R&D technical documentation for SRED claims as well as other government grants and subsidies that Flow prepares for our clients.

Responsibilities include:

  • Visiting our clients to gather information from their R & D and Engineering teams
  • Translating raw data into key concepts to create content for technical documentation
  • Writing technical documents for SRED claims
  • Writing and filling in government forms for grants and subsidies.

Skills and experiences required:

  • Previous experience with SRED
  • Exceptional English writing skills
  • Capable to write creative and well structured documents
  • Previous experience in software development
  • Deep understanding of web based & internet technologies
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail

To apply please send your resume to pbailey@flowventures.com

Candidates will be required to complete a writing test.

*Only qualified candidates who match hiring criteria will be contacted.

23
Oct

Startup Drinks, this Wednesday, October 28!

It’s getting a little chillier, which makes it all the better for getting inside and yakking it up at the next Startup Drinks Montreal.  This whole drinks+networking thing has caught on to other cities so if you’re not in Montreal, don’t despair.  Startup Drinks has become your local purveyor of the highest quality tech startup networking.

Here are the details:

Montreal – Sign up here!

Venue: Brutopia, 1215 Crescent St, Sth of Ste-Catherine

When:  Wednesday, October 28, 2009 from 5:30pm

Toronto – Sign up here!

Venue: Fionn MacCool’s,  70 The Esplanade, Btw Church and Victoria

When: Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 2009 from 6pm

Ottawa – Sign up here!

Venue:  Fox & Feather Pub (cnr McLaren), Upstairs, Fox 2 room

When: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 from 6pm

Waterloo:  

Venue: TBA

When: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 from 6pm

This event is for the faithful and the curious – all are welcome!

See you there,

Robin

28
Sep

Reminder: Startup Drinks in YOUR city!

Well, if you happen to be in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto or Waterloo, that is!

Startup Drinks is a monthly gathering of people working in and around startups of every stripe.  In each of these fine Canadian cities, there are people in your community spending their time and energy to keep it alive. The aim is to do what you mostly call networking – it’s fun, easy and involves drinks.  Yeah!

Montreal: SIGN UP HERE!

Venue: Brutopia, 1215 Crescent St

When:  Wednesday, September 30, 2009 from 5:30pm

Toronto: SIGN UP HERE!

Venue: Fionn MacCool’s,  70 The Esplanade, Btw Church and Victoria

When: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 from 6pm

Ottawa: SIGN UP HERE!

Venue: Cornerstone Grill, 92 Clarence Street (in the market)

When: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 from 5:30pm

WaterlooSIGN UP HERE!

Venue: McMullan’s on King, 56 King Street North

When: Wednesday, October 6, 2009 from 5:30pm