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SpaceX Wants to Deliver High Speed Internet in Canada From Space

In today’s world where everyone is hanging on their phones, personal computers being part of one’s daily living and online transactions are more convenient. We can see the impact of internet in this innovative world.

From a single swipe, we can unleash a lot of task, actions and even information at the convenience of our own hands. Internet really did great on putting us on a whole new perspective where connection becomes a vital part to every situation wherein.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has applied to Canada’s telecom regulator for a license to start a beaming high-speed internet to hard-to-reach areas.

Daniel Doucette, a resident of South Cariboo region mentions the difficulty of having no reliable access to the internet which is one of the million voices of Canadian people living outside of the major cities which pays a higher cost for a substandard internet connection. The unreasonable irregularity of internet connection that results to poor technological advancement is the main reason why the idea of reaching first-grade internet connection to rural areas is a must.

In this pandemic where social distancing and lesser human interactions are practiced, internet plays a major role not just for recreational reasons but also includes job-related tasks, online transactions, education, and even health care consultations and treatment.


With that being said, a poor internet connection will result to impoverished virtual connection that may result to greater problems such as health problems, unemployment and unproductive education.

Musk’s petition to operate a high-speed internet connection is not just an opportunity to people in rural areas but also a stepping stone and an eye opener to the different telecommunication companies to raise the standard of internet with respect to the amount of payment being received.

The approval is still on its process but if it is fairly examined by the government and the appropriate sectors, it is a key to innovation that everyone is entitled to have and no one should be deprived of.

In this given time, the world is changing and so are we. We need to break more boundaries of hindrance and focus more on expanding internet technology to each and every one who needs it. This is not simply about “internet connection” but the connection that brings us together. The virtual connection that connects people, creates opportunities, and brings innovation. Internet is a useful tool to bring our world on a whole new level of innovation and success.

US Judge to Canada – Hands Off Google

California Federal judge blocked the Canadian ruling that was trying to make Google delete search results from its system.

This is definitely a nice win for Google as it is telling other countries to stop interfering with US jurisdiction where Google servers are based.

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This is the first time when US judge tells a foreign country to buzz off and weighted its opinion on who gets to police the internet. Not Canada apparently.

This debate is much larger in Europe where French court has “ordered” Google to remove searches when it comes to “right to be forgotten” privacy rules. European top courts are recently reviewing the legality of that decision.

Back to Canada – British Columbia provincial court sought to block Datalink Technologies Gateways Inc. from showing up in the results as it deemed that it was stealing trade secrets and wanted its website shut down. Google balked at the order, and took it to Supreme Court which sided with British Columbia order. Not giving up, Google filed a case in United States asking for US to consider Canadian decision unconstitutional and unenforceable in the U.S.

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Google said that First Amendment rights were violated and if enforced this can have disastrous effect.

US Judge Edward Davila said that Canada violated US federal law.

“We’re pleased with the court’s decision to uphold the legal principle that one country shouldn’t be able to decide what information people in other countries can access online. Undermining this core principle inevitably leads to a world where internet users are subject to the most restrictive content limitations from every country.”” Google senior product counsel David Price said Friday.

Even though the ruling is now not enforcable in the US, it is still enforceable in Canada.

It will be interesting to see over the next 10-20 years, how some countries decide that they want to police the internet and try to apply the ruling around the world.

Google is still fighting 2015 order by France to apply the privacy law (right to be forgotten) not just in France or European Union but around the world.

Calgary Alberta mcThings is Connecting Things to the Internet since 2014

mcThings is a full stack enabler in the IoT space. The platform that mcThings has developed solves the problem of collecting and sending vast amounts of sensor data to the cloud. The platform consists of three key technologies: ultra-low power hardware, mcOS and the mcCloud. The combination of these technologies allows customers to deploy and scale IoT solutions at a low cost and in as little as three months. The platform includes sensor modules with various connectivity configurations, gateways, software as well as Platform as a Services (PaaS) to manage all aspects of your project(s). Because of this easy implementation, no specialized staff is required for development allowing for a rapid ROI. Refer to the attached for further company detail.

McModule in a motion sensor
McModule in a motion sensor

Who started the company?
The company was started by Tom Groenland in 2014.
Do your team members have tech background? Seven of the 12 team members have a technical background and include firmware and software engineers.

How are you being financed?
Financing to date has come from family, friends and other angel investors. In addition, we have received government funding of approximately CAD $450,000 with respect to research and development activities. Strategic fund raising planned for mid-2017 in the range $5M- $10M.

What do you think will be / is a big obstacle to overcome?
The major challenge is the customer adoption rate – that is the time it takes for customers to understand the opportunities that IoT generally and our platform in particular offers, how it can be applied to their business and then to implement a solution.

How do you go about finding good developers / IT guys for your company?
Most employees have come from relationships with existing staff. This has been supplemented with the use of LinkedIn.

Who is your biggest competition?
Our major competitors are Electric Imp, Samsara, Particle IO and Helium

How are you intending on taking your company to million dollars in revenues?
We are in various stages of proof of concept trials with several customers. We expect that most of these customers will move to large scale deployment of our devices resulting in the sale of between 10,000 to 100,000 devices per year and revenue of up to US $ 2.0 million per year and growing thereafter. Over the next three to five years we expect the revenue from our Platform as a Service offering to make up the majority of our revenues.

In what markets?
We expect most of our customers to be in the logistics and asset tracking / monitoring business – primarily mid-sized companies located in the US. Our secondary market is asset performance monitoring.

What is the big lesson you’ve learned (success or failure) with this project?
The time to identify customers and bring them through the development cycle i.e. from the identification of the opportunity, completion of preliminary trials and then full scale implementation / deployment has generally taken longer than originally anticipated.

Video: mc-Things: Cochrane Town Company Overview

Toronto startup Akira provides access to a doctor from your cell phone

Akira is a doctor in your pocket – we provide instant, on-demand access to Canadian doctors & nurses through our mobile app. You can get help with troubling symptoms, renew prescriptions, get specialist referrals – all without having to leave home or work.

Long-term, we’re on a mission to bring high-quality healthcare to all of humanity. We plan to do that by building “Akira”, a smart medical assistant that can help healthcare providers around the world make better decisions. Think of it like an Iron Man suit for medical professionals.

Who started the company? Do you / team members have tech background?

The three founders are:

Dustin Walper (CEO) – Previously co-founded Myplanet, a technology company with 75 employees & $10MM in revenue that builds web and mobile products for Fortune 100 companies (Apple, Cisco, New Balance, etc.)

Dr. Taha Bandukwala (Chief Medical Officer) – Entrepreneurial radiologist with several startups under his belt, including the e-consultation platform Consult Conduit. Taha and Dustin met when they were 16 at nerd camp (Shad Valley).

Matt Zukowski (CTO) – Trained in cognitive science & AI, formerly the lead architect at AdTech company AdParlor. Matt is the one who keeps Taha and Dustin grounded in technical reality.

Our goal was to build a company that was ambitious in all areas – clinically, technologically, and as a business.

How are you being financed?

We’ve mostly raised from super-smart angels thus far, like Shopify CEO Tobias Lütke and Dragon’s Den personality Harley Finkelstein. We’re currently wrapping up a seed round that we will be announcing in early 2017.

What do you think will be / is a big obstacle to overcome?

Our biggest obstacle lies in changing behaviour – the delivery of healthcare has functioned in a very similar way for almost 100 years. We need to help people understand exactly what role digital health should play in their lives (and conversely, where it’s not the right tool).

How do you go about finding good developers / IT guys for your company?

Our two biggest secrets: work on something that people really care about, and pick a technology stack that good developers want to work in. The former is really helpful because having a clear, meaningful mission attracts people who are tired of the meaningless hype that can sometimes pervade the tech industry. From a tech stack perspective, we have lots of interesting problems to work on – we have native iOS and Android apps, a complex React web app used by our doctors, a Ruby back-end, and lots of different analytics platforms that need to work together. We’ve built a strong engineering culture and have a get-shit-done bias that I think is unusual in the healthcare space.

Interestingly, our engineers work on software that directly impacts peoples’ lives. There’s no greater satisfaction than hearing a patient talk about the impact we’ve had and knowing that your code made it possible.

Who is your biggest competition?

We compete with business as usual. Most people, particularly most Canadians, have never experienced what services like Akira can offer. So their default behaviour is to continue going to walk-in clinics or googling their symptoms. Education is one of the most important facets of how we market our service – people want to know what they can and can’t use Akira for, whether it’s appropriate for their kids, etc.

How are you intending on taking your company to million dollars in revenues? In what markets?

We’ll surpass a million dollars in revenue in 2017. We’re focusing right now on the Canadian market, since we think it’s essentially a blue ocean, but our long-term goals will take us into other parts of the world like Asia or South America. We think we can get to $100MM in revenue in Canada alone given the sheer scale and scope of the healthcare industry.

What is the big lesson you’ve learned (success or failure) with this project.

Charge for your service/product as quickly as possible. We gave away too much for free early on and missed a valuable opportunity to debug our business model – as soon as we turned on payments, we realized that a bunch of our assumptions were wrong and we had to scramble to fix things. Realizing that 6 months earlier would have saved us a tremendous amount of headache.

Website: www.akira.md