Startup Chooses Vancouver over Toronto, New York City, and Silicon Valley

Eight months ago Techvibes covered startup Picatic.

At the time they were part of an Extreme Startups cohort in Toronto and launching a crowdfunding platform called EventTilt that promised event organizers that they would never lose money again.

More specifically they EventTilt “guarantees successful events” by “completely eliminating risk for event organizers.”

This month Picatic settled down in Vancouver and the six-person company is in the process of relocating permanently.

But the decision to move to Vancouver didn’t come easily. Born in Saskatoon, Pictatic spent six months in San Francisco at Rocket Space before moving to Toronto in August of 2012 to join Extreme Startups and work with MaRS. Next stop was a three-month stint in New York City at the Canadian Technology Accelerator at General Assembly before heading back to Saskatoon in April 2013.

It’s been a whirlwind year with addresses changes from Silicon Valley to Hogtown to Silicon Alley. But after sampling three of North America’s hottest tech startup ecosystems Picatic made the call to come west to Vancouver. Why? Techvibes sat down with cofounder Jayesh Parmar to find out why.

“We know that Picatic and most startups are are most likely be a marathon and not a sprint, so we chose a Canadian city where we want to live in for the next five to 10 years with great engineering talent, good local VC’s, good startup community,” he explained to us.

Based in Vancouver, I have to agreed with Jay. Want to find out for yourself? Picatic is hiring a Backend Software Engineer in their new home city and they’re willing to assist in your relocation.