Hey there. I'm Jonathan Tonge from Toronto, Canada. If you are visiting this page, it might be because your last name is Tonge or you received an email from me at tonge.com.

So where did the last name Tonge come from? Some say it is geographical in nature, having come from a tongue of land or peninsula. Others say it is derived from the Olde English pre 7th century "tong" which refers to a fork in a road or river. Some also theorize that it refers to a man of speech.

Our lineage has been linked to the Vikings who landed in what would be England in the eighth century. However the Anglo-Norman family name Tonge was founded in the intial rule of England in Yorkshire beginning after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Here in Yorkshire we Tonges held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Manningham which emerged in that shire before the 12th century and becoming more established at Manningham by the 15th century.

Tonge Hall is a Grade II Elizabethan manor house in Tonge, Greater Manchester, England and was built by the Tonge family in 1584. Tonge is also a township in the historical county of Lancashire. It is thought that Tonges gave name to this place, as Elizabeth 43rd was in love with a gent named Christopher Tonge.

In the 18th century, challenges in England and opportunity overseas brought the Tonges to the New World. Many of us went on to make important contributions to early emerging nations such as Canada and the United States.

For instance Joshua Tonge U.E. settled in St. Mary's Bay in Nova Scotia circa 1784 where he served the Loyalist Regiment. Interestingly, my great great grandmother told my father that our lineage also descends from Sir Admiral Rodney of the British Navy. That puts our family back 83 years before Canada was founded. Another early settler, Connise Tonge landed in Virginia in 1666, 110 years before the United States was a country. Other places settled included New York City (1812), Colorado (1883) and Aukland, NZ (1884).

Here in Canada, us Tonges have spread from Nova Scotia to Quebec then to Ontario (and Alberta). Personally I have ended up in Toronto which is often ranked as one of the top places in the world to live.

The Tonges have a proud history that shows us exploring and establishing new worlds. I am leading the Tonges into building a new digital world and I hope that same spirit survives in the next frontier including space, Moon and Mars.

Ford GT used with permission from Team Detroit but is not an endorsement.

North American Tech Tour

May 22, 2016

Hey Tonges. Anyone familiar with the talent in the Kitchener-Waterloo ecosystem knows it's awesome. The small city has created BlackBerry, OpenText, Desire2Learn and hundreds of other succesful tech companies. But it's great to see people from the outside recognizing it to. Today Paul Singh from 500 startups came to Kitchener on his North American Tech Tour.

Paul Singh is incredibly resourceful. Apparently his Airstream was modified for this tour as well as his F-150 pickup, whose suspension can take a 8 foot drop. Paul also has a popular newsletter that I read and you can subscribe to it at resultsjunkies.com

Paul was fielding questions from entrepreneurs over coffee and donuts. I listened to him as he spoke to other founders. The most important message that he shared was that when you ask for investment, make sure you can spell out to the investor how they will get a return in a year through an increased valuation (Series A or buyout for example). That is key to investors. Entrepreneurs are often too focused on their own interests such as the technical or sales aspects of their product. Make sure your message to investors spells out how you plan to get this return. Investors understand that you don't have a crystal ball and that the risks are high. But an intelligent convincing plan will assure investors your goals are aligned and increase your odds of attracting capital.

In Silicon Valley successful startups understand that you need to reach out to many investors, similar to a job search or sales. Here in the much smaller VC ecosystem of Kitchener we are often unaware of just how many investors there are in this world. You can't just give up after contacting a few poorly targetted individuals or sit and wait for what seems promising. Promises are warm leads, they deserve nuturing but they should cause no reason to pause. Investors are very busy people and they are often too busy to respond, especially to a deal that has no other investors chasing it. Discover which investors are actively investing in your space at your company stage and industry. Then set up an investor funnel and track your leads. If you don't have a serious approach or can't afford the resources to seriously go after investment, then you are significantly less likely to be successful.

Keep in mind that no investor will give you their money if they don't like or trust you. Be professional but personable as well. It is common for entrepreneurs to entice investors by making their deal look hot. They often bounce interest from one investor off of another to try to steam roll a deal. Experienced investors know your game. The investment community is often tight-knit and cheaters are called out. It's great to try to build momentum, but work hard enough to ensure that it is true. And never bluff to get a deal because you'll be thought of as dishonest or a chump if nothing comes through!

The lesson? At the end of the day, going after investment sounds alot like how we structure marketing and scale sales. And yes, just like you can document your sales process, you can establish a formal investment process. With a process and your expectations aligned, you are free from the emotional baggage of feeling failure from rejection. Noone has rejected you. They're just not that interested enough to respond. That's life for everyone. Make sure you're talking to the right person at the right time and make your pitch interesting. This reminds me, people love stories ;) ;) and a good story needs conflict.

Other than amazing coffee and high-end donuts, the day was full of meeting people and was later followed by an amazing dinner buffet and presentation by some successful founders from larger companies such as Sandvine and Freshbooks. How spoiled are we?

I also had the opportunity to meet a mother entrepreneur and her daughter and show them around Communitech, one of Canada's most recognized innovation hubs. I think by the end of the day, everyone was very impressed with what is going in this city. Thank you to Paul and Communitech for making this great day happen!

Zoom and Pan using Scale and Transform-Origin

October 21, 2016

A little over 2 years ago Chris Coyier offered to pay me to write a guest article about using zoom to scale an image and transform-origin to pan on CSS Tricks. Unfortunately I had two business partners and at that moment they didn't see the value in it (oh yes, it does work that way).

I thought I'd share the technique as this basic functionality is important to many websites and who doesn't want simplicity and hardware acceleration for buttery smooth animations? Warning. There is some JavaScript, CSS and HTML involved. Nothing complicated.