Speaker: Vince Dimanno
Mr. Dimanno is a graduate of Simon Fraser University, where he completed a Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology) with Minors in Physics and Biology. He also obtained a Business Diploma from Kwantlen College.
In 1992, Mr. Dimanno took the position of General Manager of Helinet, a subsidiary of Helikon Technologies Inc. Helinet was an internet service provider (ISP) specializing in dial-up internet access and website development. Over the next two years, Mr. Dimanno transformed the company into one of the leading ISP’s in Vancouver and pioneered the introduction of ISDN digital internet access to business across British Columbia.
From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Dimanno acted as a private consultant. He was responsible for the development of two unique internet technologies. The first was virtual tour technology and the underlying software that drives the panoramic views. The second was a new design for database architecture for many of North America’s residential real estate property-listings databases. Eventually, he brought together both technologies by developing the business model that allowed thousands of realtors to create virtual tours and include them in their online listings. Additionally, Mr. Dimanno provided Investor Relations and Marketing Consulting services to many public companies. He is personally attributed with more than $500 million in stock value growth.
His ability to develop new technologies but also market them on both the private and public markets made him a sought after public speaker across North America.
Between 1997 and 1999 Mr. Dimanno was nominated twice (by ICBC and Telus respectively) for Business in Vancouver’s “Top 40 Under 40” Award.
In 2000, Mr. Dimanno’s company, Truevista, changed its name to Deep Blue Creative Inc. and also changed its focus to product development. PC Magazine, in 2001, called Mr. Dimanno’s company one of the top 10 anti-virus developers in the world for having created one of the very first email gateway appliances. That same year, Mr. Dimanno opened Vancouver’s first Internet Design Training facility and his staff trained employees from such companies as Intrawest, CreoScitex, and the Pattison Group.
From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Dimanno slowly began to downsize his company so that he could spend more time with his family. However, product development didn’t slow down. Turning back to the internet, Mr. Dimanno created a conversion system to display PDF documents in Flash. Now Deep Blue displays books and magazines online that capture more than 100,000 readers each month.
From 2005 to present, Mr. Dimanno has enjoyed working exclusively on web and web-related software development, focussing on government and non-profit clients. More than 25 million people visit his website creations each year.