LaunchFEST at CES 2013 – Yactraq among Top 3 Startups


Yactraq declared among the top 3 startups, chosen by a panel of judges including:

Mark Silva (Angel Investor), Craig Jones (Managing Partner, Ticonderoga Capital), Jamie Kim (California Technology Ventures), Thorsten Claus (Senior Investment Manager, T-Venture of America), Kamram Qamar (Angel Investor), Brad Kayton (Angel Investor), James Conlon (Angel Investor), Aymerik Renard (VP, Accelerator and Strategic Investor, PCH Intn.), Jonathan Richard Staenberg (Angel Investor), Matthew Growney (Managing Partner, Rudyard Partners)

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Yactraq customer DAR.FM implements speech based contextual targeting of ads

“Yactraq’s magic technology combined with their flexible business model means DAR.FM and Yactraq’s interests are fully aligned.  Their software is at the core of DAR.FM’s monetization strategy.  This is the future of internet audio & video.”  Michael Robertson (Founder – DAR.FM,, Linspire, Gizmo5 and Yactraq customer).

Yactraq customer DAR.FM has implemented Yactraq’s Speech2Ads solution for speech based contextual targeting of ads from Yactraq partners like Yahoo, Adknowledge, and others. Presently DAR.FM uses Yactraq software to target ads for three shows:

  • Jim Rome’s Sports show
  • NPR’s All things considered
  • Rush Limbaugh

The next step will be to cover dozens of shows thereby expanding coverage to a large percentage of DAR.FM users.

About DAR.FM

DAR.FM is changing the world of audio !  Its a free service that lets you record radio stations and shows so you can listen whenever you like.  To try it, visit 

CIX Top 20 status puts Yactraq among Canada’s 20 hottest innovative companies

Yactraq has made it into the 2012 CIX Top 20! After reviewing the profiles of a huge field of entrants, Yactraq was selected by a panel of notable investors and technology executives to participate in the CIX Top 20.

As a member of the Top 20, Yactraq CEO Jeh Daruvala is invited to make a signature presentation at the Canadian Innovation Exchange on November 27, 2012 at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto.

As a Top 20 company Yactraq is also invited to participate in CIX. The Yactraq display will be prominently placed on the main floor of the MaRS Discovery District.

About CIX

Taking place November 27, 2012 at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) is the foremost destination for key leaders in the innovation economy to learn from one another, explore new relationships and accelerate the development of the ground-breaking technologies, products and services propelling the Canadian economy into the future.

This one day forum attracts the people behind innovative new technologies “entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, service providers, government, and media” for an unparalleled program of visionary keynotes and panel discussions, facilitated networking opportunities, and the CIX Top 20 a showcase of Canada’s hottest innovative companies working in Digital Media and Information and Communication Technology.

What to expect:

  • An exclusive one-day networking event where investors, innovative companies, entrepreneurs and facilitators converge to accelerate the engine of growth for our economy
  • The CIX Top 20: a showcase of the hottest technology-based products, services and companies in Digital Media and Information and Communications technology selected from entrants across Canada
  • Inspirational keynotes, panels and case studies from industry leaders
  • A nexus of facilitated meetings and networking opportunities designed to launch new relationships and kick-start business development

Yactraq awarded 2nd place at Pitchforce

Yactraq was awarded second place at Pitchforce (formerly Ignite!) on 18 September 2012.  The event was held at Rocketspace, San Francisco.
About Pitchforce:
Pitchforce is a series of monthly fund raising events for high tech, clean tech, medical device, biotech or medical diagnostic companies. Ten companies are chosen each month to have a Demo Table. Attendees vote on the top companies and four are chosen to present to a panel of VC and Angels. The winner gets a meeting with the Sponsoring Venture Capitalist for a full Pitch Session to the Sponsoring VC firm. The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity for exposure and feedback and follow up meetings with VCs and Angel investors. To learn more about Pitchforce visit

Vancouver Mayor meets with Yactraq Founder

Yactraq Founder/CEO Jeh Daruvala & other CTA companies had a working lunch with Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver, on 10 October 2012 at Rocketspace, San Francisco.  The purpose of the Mayor’s visit was to seek input from CTA entrepreneurs in modeling accelerator best practice at Rocketspace and apply those lessons to Vancouver’s economic development.
About the Vancouver Economic Commission:

The Vancouver Economic Commission, an agency of the City of Vancouver, works to strengthen the city’s economic future by helping existing businesses, attracting investment, researching the business environment and making policy recommendations.

VEC works closely with elected officials, the consular corps, and relevant departments of all levels of government. It links directly with peer organizations in the region, broad-based and sector-specific industry associations and ethnic business groups.

It also engages regularly with post-secondary and technology institutions, legal, real estate and business services professionals, and others whose work affects economic development of the region. The purpose of these activities is to bring the best possible information to companies and entrepreneurs interested in business development in the city. Services are comprehensive, confidential and free to clients.

VEC also serves as the voice of business to Vancouver’s City Hall, making recommendations to the City on ways to improve the business climate and make Vancouver more attractive to business from around the globe. In late 2007, VEC delivered a report to City Council on the city’s business climate, based on input from the business community.

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Yactraq joins Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) at Rocketspace, San Francisco

About Rocketspace:

RocketSpace is an accelerator for seed-funded technology startups.  Accelerating the hottest tech startups on the planet, Rocketspace is located in San Francisco’s heart of tech and new media at 181 Fremont Street in the coveted SoMa district. More than a simple co-working space, Rocketspace focuses on seed-funded, post-incubator tech startups, and provides top-of-the-line resources specifically tailored to members’ needs. Partnering with the best of the best in Silicon Valley, linking members to key players in tier-one venture capital, leading universities representing top talent, and blue-chip brands with a desire to drive innovation with market partners. World-class events bring thought-leaders from leading tech and venture firms to RocketSpace. With roughly 130 of the hottest companies in gaming, mobile, and Web 2.0., the alumni network is robust, and includes Uber, Zaarly, PocketGems, Zappos, and Podio. Rocketspace was launched in early 2011 by technology exec Duncan Logan, who was frustrated by his search for flexible office space for a startup that he was launching.

About CTA Silicon Valley:

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service manages the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) initiative in the Silicon Valley, the global hub for technology and entrepreneurship. The goal is to provide qualified Canadian ICT, digital/ social media & other companies with access to unique resources and contacts to help them grow at a global scale.

Ideal candidates are product-ready SMEs with a potential for high growth and in need of:

  • Strategic partnerships;
  • New customer acquisition;
  • Funding;
  • A soft landing for setting up a local business development office.

Participants to the CTA benefit from:

  • Office space amongst inspired and likeminded global entrepreneurs;
  • Introductions to experienced mentors and advisors such as the Canadian executive expatriate group, The C100;
  • Access to industry leaders and talents;
  • Networking events with partners and investors;
  • Additional support from the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service.

Facilities include workspace in leading accelerators like the Plug and Play Tech Center & Rocketspace.

Yactraq presents at WBT 2012

The WBT Innovation Marketplace has emerged as the US’s premier event showcasing the largest collection of vetted and mentored companies and technologies emanating from top universities, labs, research institutions, and the private sector from across the globe.

The WBT Innovation Marketplace (WBT) represents the collaborative, year-long effort of investors, licensees, and tech commercialization professionals. The WBT is deal-focused and diverse, showcasing companies and technologies that vary by geography, funding source, and type of research institution. Participating technologies, each supported by private funding, federal R&D grants or both. Technologies are selected by – and presented to – over 100 seasoned venture investors and Fortune 500 licensing scouts representing a variety of industries.

Up to one hundred (100) presenters are chosen to make a 6-minute presentation. Presenting technologies represent a convergence of industry sectors including Lifescience, Materials Science, Energy, Information Technology and Nano. WBT presenters must demonstrate that their technology has the potential to form the basis for high growth commercial enterprise or be easily licensed to solve a specific market problem. Selection criteria include:

  • Close to market: Few barriers remaining to commercial application
  • First in Space: Having the potential to give rise to a whole new industry
  • Platform Technology: Spawn Many products

Since its inception in 2002 the WBT Innovation Marketplace has presented over 630 emerging companies and technologies representing 49 states and 25 countries. To date WBT presenters have received over $786 Million in early and seed stage funding and licensing. These figures do not consider subsequent federal R&D grants or sources of other government, state, local grant funding, or licensing agreements of undisclosed amounts.

$786 Million in “next round” capital (includes acquisitions) including:

  • Life Science – $359 MM
  • IT and Software – $241 MM
  • Energy – $69MM
  • Advanced Materials – $51MM

Over 10 years of research shows that one in three WBT presenters goes on to license, secure venture funding, or sell their IP outright.