Justin Kozuch | Ruminations and Reasonings on Marketing, Social Media and PR

Meet A Toronto Startup: pd.id


In a 2009 Canadian national survey, women reported 460,000 incidents of sexual assault in just one year. Only about 10% of all sexual assaults are reported to police. When it comes to sexual assault, women are frequently not believed, blamed for being assaulted, “or subjected to callous or insensitive treatment, when police fail to take evidence, or when their cases are dropped arbitrarily.” Only a handful of reported assaults ever result in a conviction: each year, only about 1,500 sexual assault offenders are actually convicted.

To put it plainly and without oversimplifying, these are alarming statistics.

David Wilson and Daniel Pirvuti are looking to prevent these incidents through the use of technology, and have recently joined forces to create pd.id.

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Meet A Toronto Startup: DownToJam


Remember the days when bands used a “Wanted” poster for a drummer and tacked them up in a local bar or on a hydro pole? OK, maybe that’s a dated reference, but searching for a potential band member hasn’t really changed much over the years. The advent of classifieds sites such as Craigslist or Kijiji or enlisting the help of a guy who knows a guy has helped make that process a bit easier, but for the most part, the process is still just as time-consuming.

Enter DownToJam, an online community for musicians.

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Meet A Toronto Startup: Ringo


Toronto, like many towns and cities across Canada and the rest of North America, is home to a plethora of apartment buildings and condominium towers. It’s almost impossible to walk through the downtown core and not see a condo under construction, or see a sales office along the way.

One of the challenges associated with renting a unit in Toronto – especially one within an older building, as I do – is that most legacy intercom systems don’t work with mobile devices, instead requiring a landline in order for your guests to call you when they’ve arrived. One can hardly blame the manufacturers of these intercom systems: a good number of them were built in the days when the concept of a mobile phone wasn’t even on the horizon.

Fortunately, Ringo is here to save the day.

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Review: Hailo Toronto Black Car Service


Hailo is no new entry to Toronto’s personal transportation space. While they’ve been operating in Toronto for almost 2 years now1, they’ve recently launched HailoBlack in a bid to bring a more diverse set of transportation options to Torontonians needing a ride for a night out with friends, a lift to the airport or a classy way to make a great first impression.

In 2012, Hailo was solely a taxi service-only company. “The landscape is changing. People can on-demand get a vehicle that suits the occasion. Our customers have been asking for it. There’s certain times when they want the reliability of a taxi cab, but then there’s certain times when they want the higher-end car, be it an SUV for more people or an evening out with their wife. It’s important to match the vehicle with the occasion”, said Justin Raymond, Co-President of Hailo North America.

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Meet A Toronto Startup: Giftagram


There’s an app for everything these days, it seems: Hailing a taxi with Hailo, task automation with IFTTT and reading Internet content offline with Pocket.

However, there are very few apps on the market that allow you to send a gift via your mobile device. Giftagram solves this problem by offering consumers a safe, secure, and convenient shopping option.

“We make it simple to buy a gift and send it to someone without having their physical address. We have something for every occasion, and all you need is their email address or mobile number”, said Jason Reid, CEO and Co-Founder of Giftagram. “In a sense, we’ve built this as a marketplace or platform for best-in-class retailers and national brands to have a mobile distribution channel, while it making it convenient for consumers to send someone a thoughtful gift.”

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