Dave MacLeod

Local company wins at BC Tech Summit

Thoughtexchange recently beat out seven other companies to win $5,000 in the Innovation Showcase pitch at the BC Tech Summit 2016.

Thoughtexchange recently beat out seven other companies to win $5,000 in the Innovation Showcase pitch at the BC Tech Summit 2016.

During the showcase, Dave MacLeod, CEO of Thoughtexchange, had four minutes to present on the company, followed by one minute to answer questions. Following all of the presentations, the crowd voted on which company they would be most likely to invest in.

“We narrowly won that competition amidst some very tough competitors,” said MacLeod.

Thoughtexchange launched over five years ago, providing software that allows school districts and other organizations like the City of Rossland to “engage tens of thousands of people from diverse backgrounds in a single coherent conversation.”

“We effectively do large online discussion, where we take a wisdom of crowds approach,” explains MacLeod. “So we ask people their thoughts about things, and then people get a chance to review and consider the thoughts of everybody else, and put some stars on the things they like the best. Then we see what comes up to the top, what’s important to a group of people.”

Thoughtexchange has a staff of about 20 in the area Rossland, Castlegar, Nelson and offices in Vancouver, with a total staff of 65.

“We were exceptionally proud to be an Interior-based company, with our home office in the Interior, and then win a BC tech prize,” said MacLeod. “We’re also going to be hiring a lot of people this year and we’re going to hopefully hire a lot more people in the Kootenays, as well as out of Vancouver.”

The win helped earn Thoughtexhange a place on Techvibes GoToMeeting Five: Canadian Startups Innovating Today list at the end of January. The company was also recognized as one of the Reader’s Top Choice products by school administrators across North America in District Administration magazine in December.

 

Just Posted

Rossland’s farmer’s market is wilting, but organizers hope to spur new growth

12-year-old market considered taking a year off, says manager

Police investigating man’s death in Winlaw

Foul play not established, but major crimes unit is investigating

Rossland Legion supports Skool Aid

Skool Aid assists low-income families in the Lower Columbia

Bilingual child care spaces coming to Castlegar

New daycare opening this summer will teach kids French and English

Motion calls on Rossland city council to recognize ‘climate crisis’

Andy Morel wants to raise awareness of urgent need for action by higher levels of government

VIDEO: Protesters in Penticton gather to rally against sleeping-on-sidewalk bylaw

The proposed bylaw would outlaw sitting or lying on the city’s downtown sidewalks

Kamloops girl, 9, recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning now out of ICU

Her mother who was sleeping in the same tent with her did not survive

‘I think he’s still alive’: B.C. mom pleads for help finding son last seen a month ago

Family offering $5,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of Tim Delahaye

New poll suggests one-third don’t want politicians to wear religious symbols

Local politicians shouldn’t be allowed to wear hijabs, crucifixes or turbans on the job, survey suggests

Raptors fans far from home adjust plans to watch pivotal playoff game

Raptors currently lead the playoff series 3-2, and a win Saturday would vault them into NBA finals

Five takeaways from the Court of Appeal ruling on B.C.’s pipeline law

It’s unclear how many tools are left in B.C.’s toolbox to fight the project

Kootenay man arrested and charged in 2015 murder

Nathaniel Jessup 32 of Creston has been charged with the second-degree murder of Katherine McAdam and offering an indignity to a body.

Scheer says it would take Conservatives five years to balance budget

Scheeraccused the Liberal government of spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds

B.C. man, 30, arrested for driving his parents’ cars while impaired twice in one day

The Vancouver-area man was arrested after officers caught him driving impaired twice in one day

Most Read