Microsoft to open new R&D center in Vancouver, B.C., hire up to 400

Microsoft is expanding its footprint in Canada, announcing today that it plans to open a new training and engineering center in Vancouver’s Pacific Centre. The new facility — dubbed the “Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre” — is slated to open by late 2015, eventually growing to house up to 400 employees. “Vancouver is a vibrant international hub for… Read More

Boris Wertz

Venture capitalist Boris Wertz joins Andreessen Horowitz in part-time board partner role

Many in the Pacific Northwest technology scene may already be familiar with Boris Wertz, the Vancouver, B.C. super angel who started his own venture capital fund at Version One Ventures. The former AbeBooks exec is involved in a number of startup companies along the Cascadia corridor, from Seattle cosmetics upstart Julep to Vancouver fashion startup… Read More


Vancouver, B.C. looking to spend $30M in digital push

Cities throughout the world are trying to capture more tech talent, and our neighbors to the north are no different. Vancouver B.C. is planning a big push to bolster online government services, boost free Wi-Fi and strengthen its entire technology ecosystem, using efforts from Chicago, New York and other cities as a model. According to… Read More


Facebook establishing temporary engineering center in B.C.

Facebook already has a growing engineering operation in Seattle. Now, the social networking powerhouse is heading north of the border — but not in the traditional sense. The Vancouver Sun reports that Facebook is looking to establish a temporary facility in BC with room for up to 150 staffers. The office is set to open… Read More


A big win for BC: Annual TED conference headed to Vancouver

TED is heading north of the border. To mark the organization’s 30th anniversary, it just announced today that it plans to move its West Coast conference from Long Beach, California to Vancouver, B.C. in 2014. The event will take place March 17th to March 24th at the stunning Vancouver Convention Centre, with the TedActive portion… Read More