As a lead-up to Toronto Tech Week, I was tagged by Dave Forde for five things that make me part of Toronto’s tech community, so here goes:
- I’ve started three technology companies in Toronto: a product company, Imara, during the late 80’s to build a desktop imaging and workflow product; a services company, MetaConcepts, during all of the 90’s to build custom software for business process management and e-commerce solutions; and my current one-person consulting gig. All in all, I’ve been a part of the Toronto technology industry since 1985, except for a 2-year American hiatus.
- I participate in the TorCamp swarm, a Skype chat group that’s been going on continuously since mid-January with topics focussed on technology but ranging all over the map. Lately, I’ve handed out advice about WordPress, Flickr and Windows Live Writer.
- I blog about local technology events and companies on this blog, and on my main business blog when applicable, to help promote the people, events and companies.
- I’m an active participant in local EnterpriseCamp events, and attend DemoCamp and other local camps to help spread all that techie goodness around.
- I’m an indefatigable technology evangelist with my non-technical friends, pushing them to get their own domains, start blogging, discover RSS feeds, upload pictures to Flickr and tag their favourites in del.icio.us.
In turn, I’m tagging five others: Kieran Huggins, Rohan Jayasekera, Mark Kuznicki, Martin Cleaver and Sacha Chua.