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Toronto Life asks the question, is Toronto/Waterloo "The New Silicon Valley": Barry Hillier has a visceral reaction against this, believing we can be something better.
Barry Hillier meets with Peter Aceto to present eQuo. He agrees to help co-found eQuo and act as key advisor and first investor.
The first eQuo prototype is completed, most of it on Barry Hillier's dining room table.
Peter and b]Barry meet with Chris Carder, who becomes a partner and our first evangelist-in-residence.
Meetings with Kirstine Stewart (Former EVP, CBC, Twitter Founding Head of Canada) Susan Radojevic (Founder, KaDIMA Village), John Reid (CEO CATA), Bill Hutchison (Chairman, i-CANADA Alliance), Al-Karim Awadia (Head of Industry Tech, Google), Anthony Di Lorio (Founder, Decentral/ Co-Founder of Ethereum), Michael Serbinis (Founder, League), aron Manett (Founder, per Say Brand Experience), Idris Mootee (Co-Founder, Idea Couture Inc), Kevin Stolarick (Chief Discovery Officer, Catlytix/Researcher OCAD), Mohan Markandaier/Marat Mukhamedyarov (Managing Partners, Good News Ventures), Michelle Holland (Chief Advocate Innovation, City of Toronto), Ryan McCartney (BDC Communitech Partner), Mark Cohon (Chairman, Toronto Global), John Ruffalo (CEO, OMERS), Hilton Barbour (Consultant), Ben Baldwin (Founder, Scaledriver/ Founder City Project), Michelle McBane (Managing Director, Standup Ventures), Chris Rickett (Manager, Entrepreneurship, City of Toronto), Sean Moffitt (Founder, Wikibrands), Tony Chapman (Speaker, Host, TV & Radio Personality), Joshua Brown (Community Lead, Asia Pacific, World Economic Forum) in addition to over forty other influencers.
Feedback was fantastic and often very critical. we took it all to heart, recognizing the need for changes.
The team develops our 2nd prototype. We meet with data scientists Geoffrey Hunter, Saroop Bharwani and Nick Seelert to discuss AI and our strategic platform.
We show our 2nd prototype to Dr. Brynn Winegard (Principal, DrBrynn.com), John Sclapari (Founder, Fuel Digital), Tom Corr (President and Ceo, OCE), Claudia Krywiak (VP, OCE), David Scharbach (Founder, Toronto Machine Learning Summit), John Martinovic (Advisor, National Research Council Canada), Matt Zilli (Director, Vuka Labs), Nicholas Offord (President, Offord Group), Frank Erschen (Executive in Residence, Communitech), Alana Kayfetz (Director, Tech TORONTO), Roger Chabra (CIO, Tribalscale), Shane Schick (Chair, Blockchain Summit), Jordan Jocius (Co-Founder, Rebels of Design), Caitlin MacGregor (Founder, Plum), Bert van den Berg (Director, NSERC), Brandon Vlaar (Co-founder, Lending Loop), Larry Lau (Serial Entrepreneur and Investor), Peter Cowan (Global Innovation and IP Leader), Amber Mac (Tech Entrepreneur and TV Host), Sherry Colbourne (President and CEO, Spark Centre), Dean Hopkins (CEO, Oneeleven), Tonya Surman (CEO, CSI) and over thirty additional influencers.
Feedback was encouraging and very productive with more changes needed. we began to develop some key partnership opportunities with influencers and ecosystem pillars.
The third and final prototype is developed and refined.
eQuo shoots our launch video for the eQuo Alpha community launch.
eQuo meets with FrontFundr to review and discuss their crowdfunding platform.
Sean Moffitt prepares the first eQuo/ Wikibrands ecosystem Pulsecheck, interviewing over 30 influencers in addition to 167 respondents in the Toronto/Waterloo region. Interviews include Bruce Croxon (Managing Partner, Round 13 Capital, TV Co-Host), Alex Norman, Tech Toronto Co-Founder & AngelList Canada Partner, Tonya Surman, Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Social Innovation, Laura Buhler, Executive Director, C100, Sonia Sennik, Executive Director, Creative Destruction Lab, David Ossip, Ceo, Ceridian and Douglas Soltys, Editor-in-Chief, Betakit to name just a few of the key people shaping our innovation sector.
eQuo creates the Founding Funders. The eQuo Founding Funders is a group of influencers and investors who support the growing eco system in Toronto/Waterloo and who have stepped forward to be recognized as the first investors to fund eQuo.
The first annual eQuo/ Wikibrands ecosystem Pulsecheck is scheduled to be released.
Closed Alpha is in development, tested and 5,000 Alpha members are being onboarded.
eQuo to launch publicly in beta.