Not your daddy’s remote

A new program called Apptui can turn any smartphone or tablet into a wireless mouse and universal remote for the Internet, says its inventor. Apptui president and founder Dan Clark was inspired in 2009 by the launch of the iPad, and envisioned the impact that touch devices could have if intermingled with traditional computers. “The…

20 questions: Kevin Browne

WHO: Kevin Browne COMPANY: Software Hamilton/Mohawk College TITLE: Founder/Professor LOCATION: H amilton 1. Who is your business hero? Bill Gates 2. Other than your own, what is your favourite company? Khan Academy 3. What business book would you most recommend? Startup Communities. It’s a must-read book for anyone in Hamilton interested in developing a stronger…

AREND-KERSTEN-featured

Is the city open for business?

If ‘yes’ then rezoning applications should be subsidized   By Arend Kersten Executive Director, Flamborough Chamber of Commerce Is Hamilton open for business? I mean, really open for business? It’s a question I have posted before in this space. And it’s a question the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce put to council recently regarding the 2014…

An Act Labs worker tests a sample at the company's Mexican facility.

Testing the global markets

By Lisa Grace Marr, The Hamilton Spectator If Activation Labs had not gone global, it likely wouldn’t have gone far. The analytical services company does testing for mineral exploration, metallurgy, environmental analysis, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. While there is a solid market for such services in North America — particularly resource-rich Canada — there was…

Karimi-cropped

The Rug Rebuilder

Alexanian Carpet and Flooring first opened in 1925, and is opening its 19th store this month. While the business has changed over the years, one element has not — the ancient art of hand making and repairing beautiful Persian carpets.  By Kathy Renwald The tools don’t seem to have names. There is a knife with…

Going global 101

Some advice from local businesses that have gone global:  COMPANY: Sunrise Metals, scrap metal dealer operating in several foreign markets, particularly India and Southeast Asia. About 70 per cent of the company’s market is offshore, 30 per cent is domestic. ADDRESS: 42 Keefer Court, Hamilton EMPLOYEES: 18 PRESIDENT: Amandeep Kaloti VICE-PRESIDENT: Ajai Lahore LESSON No.…

Michael Desnoyers, president of Etratech, with the company's mini-circuit boards.

Either go, or get left behind

By Lisa Marr, Hamilton Spectator In 2004, a significant customer came to Michael Desnoyers and his executive team at Etratech with a proposition, if not an ultimatum. “(The customer) said either you go with us or we’ll go without you,” he remembered. “What they meant by that was they recognized that in order to remain…