Shop Talk With Vertical Motion | June 2022 Edition

Welcome to Shop Talk With Vertical Motion, where we recap industry and tech news, events, and headlines to keep you in the know.

Oh Baby! Consignment Co. Named the 2022 Best New Business in Kelowna

Oh Baby! Consignment Co. is recognized as the Gold 2022 Best New Business in Kelowna. Photo: KelownaNow

On June 14, Okanagan media company KelownaNow announced the finalists of the 2022 best of Kelowna awards which recognize the top Kelowna businesses across over 100 categories. Among the city’s top businesses recognized this year, our Product Launch client, Oh Baby! Consignment Co. was selected as the 2022 Gold winner of The Best New Business in Kelowna.

Oh Baby! Consignment Co. is a local e-commerce and retail consignment boutique selling pre-loved, quality, modern, and boho children’s clothing in downtown Kelowna. Since launching in 2021, Oh Baby! Consignment Co. has made it its mission “to provide parents an enjoyable shopping experience. Generating a sustainable reduce, reuse re-love ecosystem for pre-loved clothing filled with encouragement and support: Bringing together quality and consignment.”

On behalf of everyone here at Vertical Motion, we’d like to congratulate Oh! Baby Consignment Co. on winning the 2022 Best New Business in Kelowna award. It has been our great pleasure working alongside your team to help grow and scale your business over the last year. We wish you continued success and look forward to continuing working with you in the future.

New Reality TV Program Featuring Indigenous Canadian Entrepreneurs Is Set to Premiere This September

The Bears’ Lair will feature Indigenous entrepreneurs on APTN this fall. Photo: The Globe and Mail

For years, shows like Dragon’s Den and Shark Tank have offered budding entrepreneurs the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pitch their products to a panel of the world’s most successful business owners. Well-known companies like Vertical Motion clients Bin Breeze and Origenair, plus Saxx Apparel, Magic Whiteboard, and more have benefited from their air time on these two popular sets. This fall, however, they will need to make room for a third reality business competition show featuring the talents of Canadian indigenous entrepreneurs.

The Bears’ Lair premiers September 2022 on APTN and will showcase 18 indigenous entrepreneurs pitching their businesses to the panel of bears. The Bears’ Lair season one panel includes Dave Tuccaro (owner of Tuccaro Group), Tabatha Bull (president and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business), Rob Louie (owner of Indigenous World Winery and Distillery), and Geena Jackson (executive producer and CEO of Bears’ Lair).

The winning entrepreneur will take home a $180,000 grand prize, several business products and services, as well as ongoing mentorship from the bears. Executive producer Geena Jackson notes, that “while The Bears’ Lair has all the drama, suspense and excitement of the other business competition shows that came before it, the common thread connecting the participating entrepreneurs is a drive to give back to their communities and create a business that will sustain them financially while also making a difference.” 

James Webb Space Telescope Releases Its First Images

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope prepares to unveil its first operational images. Photo: Kevin Gill

After long anticipation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced on June 1 that the first operational images taken by the James Webb Space Telescope were released to the public on Tuesday, July 12. In the months since its launch on December 25 of last year, the James Webb Space Telescope has been through several alignments, calibrations, and testing procedures in preparation for this exciting day.

Although preliminary images have been released over the last few months, the July 12 images showcase Webb’s impressive capabilities in full colour. NASA says it has taken five years of planning and discussion among several participating space agencies to decide what those first images will show. In a quote from NASA earlier this month, they explain that Webb’s first images represent a substantial first step in “exploring the early universe, the evolution of galaxies through time, the lifecycle of stars, and other worlds.”

View the NASA press release here!

This Month in Tech History

Founded in 1972, Atari is considered a tech pioneer of the video game industry. Photo: Medium

June 1, 1999 – Co-founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker launch the filesharing service Napster which allows users to copy and distribute MP3 music files. Napster will later face legal trouble for mass copyright infringement leading to a forced shutdown in 2002.

June 6, 1984 – Alexey Pajitnov, software engineer at the Soviet Academy of Sciences in Moscow, invents Tetris to test the Electronika 60 computer based on a puzzle from his childhood. Tetris would later expand beyond the USSR and be considered one of the most successful video games ever.

June 25, 1981 – Founded six years earlier by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, tech giant Microsoft becomes officially incorporated as a company and will later go public in 1986 trading 3.5 million shares on its first day for $28.00 USD per share.

June 27, 1972 – The iconic console game company Atari is founded by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney in Sunnyvale, California, USA.

June 23, 1868 – Known as the first commercially successful typewriter, the Sholes and Glidden typewriter (also known as the Remington No. 1) received patent approval with the QWERTY keyboard, which remains the most popular keyboard layout globally.

This is your communications officer on the bridge at Vertical Motion saying Godspeed and see you next month!

Vertical Motion Inc. is a trusted Canadian software development and entrepreneur assistance company that has supported the global efforts of startups, non-profits, B2B, and B2C businesses since 2006. With headquarters in Calgary and Kelowna, and team members coast to coast, Vertical Motion Inc. is recognized as an award-winning leader in the technology industry.

Our team of executive advisors, project managers, software developers, business analysts, marketing specialists, and graphic designers have extensive experience in several industries including — Energy, Finance, Blockchain, Real Estate, Health Care, Clean Technology, Clothing & Apparel, Sports & Recreation, Software as a Service (SaaS), and Augmented & Virtual Reality (AR/VR).

Come chat with us and let us take you “From Idea to Execution and Beyond!” 🚀

Vertical Motion Marketing & Sales, Ty Mikitka.

Written By Tyler Mikitka, communications officer on the bridge at Vertical Motion.

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