I’d say for the last couple of months i’ve had a average of 1 VC or Investment banker contact me per week. Since I have started my site I’ve never once got any inquiries from VC’s or bankers in Canada. Until a few months ago I didn’t even think Canada had any, but I happened to come across a few blogs mentioning them.
When I look at alexa, although it really under estimates my traffic it shows Plentyoffish as #23 in Canada and the 4th largest Canadian owned site after 1. The government, 2 MLS online (Realtors), 3 Canada.com (owned by news papers). If you go down the rest of the list you would be hard pressed to find other sites that were owned by people in Canada. There a few other sites but many of them are for companies with offline stores like bestbuy or futureshop.
Most of the time when Canadian reporters call me, they say they heard of the site from some American site, or some American source. I find they aren’t very in tune with technology. Given that millions of Canadians use my site and you’d be hard pressed to find people that haven’t used it or heard about it.
Is Canada really the internet backwater that alexa’s rankings make it out to be? Is there any innovation here? Do all the companies that achieve any measure of success here in Canada sell out and move to the states?