Startups in Toronto and Montreal have been making positive moves in the past week. Here is the latest in product launches, partnerships, and company milestones from Canadian tech companies.
LANDR partners with Native Instruments to offer DJs a new way to mix music
Montreal-based LANDR, which offers an automated audio mastering platform, has announced a partnership with Native Instruments to offer instant mastering for the Stems format.
Native Instruments’ Stems, which allows DJs and producers to create edits and mixes by making the elements of a track available independently, will be available on LANDR’s platform. Users or “masters” will be able to drag and drop files created on Native Instruments’ Stem Creator onto LANDR’s platform for instant sound optimization.
“When mastering Stems files, LANDR masters each different stem so that they can be used on their own, but we still create a multi-track master so that the combination is also mastered to perfection. Then the user can simply deliver these, so that the actual stem file is available for usage and distribution,” says Pascal Pilon, CEO of LANDR.
To celebrate the partnership, various artists will be releasing LANDR-mastered Stems files for purchase on global music distribution platforms, including Turbo recordings DJ, producer, and founder Tiga and electronic music pioneer Richie Hawtin.
Figure 1 announces over 1 million users, 2 billion case views
Figure 1, an app that allows healthcare professionals and medical students to share clinical knowledge and gain feedback on difficult cases, announced that the 1 million healthcare professionals using Figure 1 have viewed medical cases on the platform more than 2 billion times.
The platform’s 2 billion case views come at a time where the company has hit several milestones: more than 100,000 healthcare professionals in Brazil use the platform; more than 70 percent of American medical students are registered on the platform; and Figure 1 has gained partnerships with the American Cancer Society, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and the University of Chicago.
“Reaching more than one million users is a meaningful step toward our goal of democratizing medical knowledge,” said Dr. Joshua Landy, co-founder of Figure 1. “The global demand for Figure 1
shows how important immediate collaboration is for the healthcare community, and we couldn’t be
happier to see medical professionals and students come together on the platform to improve their
Flexiti Financial is now in over 1,000 new retail locations
Toronto-based Flexiti Financial, which provides point-of-sale (POS) financing and payment technologies to retailers, announced that its platform is now being used in over 1,000 retail locations, including Spence Diamonds, Starky Hearing Technologies, and Andre’s Electronics.
In November 2016, Flexiti Financial raised a $5 million Series A from investors like Globalive Capital. The company’s lending platform allows retailers to offer low or no-interest financing in big ticket purchases, and emphasizes that it partners with the retailers it works with to increase sales.
“Our goal to help retailers generate more business through the creative use of financing, while offering consumers flexible payment options is clearly resonating,” said Peter Kalen, the founder and CEO of Flexiti Financial. “Retailers across Canada continue to see the value in our industry-leading technology and financing service, which requires no integration with a merchant’s current POS system, offers customers the ability to quickly apply and receive approval for financing, and consistently approves more customers than our competition.”