News for July: Joist moves to SF, MaRS is fully leased, LegalSwipe empowers youth with legal rights

It’s been a busy month for Toronto’s startup community. There were departures from the city’s ecosystem (Joist and,) launches (LegalSwipe), raises (Overbond and League) and more, like the news that MaRS is fully leased and has doubled its revenue. We’ve rounded it all up below.

Joist moves to SF, lays off at least 60 employees: Joist has relocated its HQ from Toronto to San Francisco, laying off at least 60 employees in the process, citing a lack of “senior talent” in Toronto as a motivating factor. Former employees spoke with BetaKit about their experience and about the larger issues at the company leading up to the decision. A significant discussion took place on the Startup North Facebook group, in the BetaKit comment section and #Joist60 was launched on Twitter to help those affected by the layoffs make connections for new employment.  (BetaKit) files for bankruptcy: BetaKit has reported that has laid off 30 of its 40 employees filed for bankruptcy, and is making a final effort to sell the company. The e-commerce startup had raised $72M since 2011. (BetaKit)

MaRS is fully leased, doubles revenue: MaRS’ innovation hub is fully leased and has doubled its revenue to nearly $400M, though the building and its use of space remains a controversial subject in the startup community. (Financial Post)

Launched: LegalSwipe: Inspired by his own experience of being carded and tackled by police when he was 19, LegalSwipe founder and practicing lawyer Christien Levien has created a smartphone app and a series of workshops to educate youth on their rights and how to interact with police. (Toronto Star)

Maayan Ziv wins Leadership in Accessibility award: Access Now founder Maayan Ziv has been recognized with the David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility, which comes with a $5,000 award from the Government of Ontario. (BetaKit)

Overbond raises a $7.5M seed round: Overbond, a digital bond issuance platform that has spent time in the MaRS FinTech cluster and Communitech, has raised a $7.5M seed round from Morrison Financial Services Ltd. to expand the platform. (BetaKit)

League raises a massive Series A: League has raised a massive Series A round of ~$32M led by OMERS Ventures—which was more than double what the health tech startup set out to raise. (BetaKit)

As Jiffy turns one, co-founder Paul Arlin looks back on the origins of the on-demand home services company, on building a two-sided marketplace and what they’ve learned. (Jiffy Blog)

Aviva Ventures will mark its Canadian debut with a pitch day where startups could receive up to $10M in investment. Applications close August 26 and the pitch day will take place October 11 in Toronto. (Aviva Canada)

Fiix, an on-demand auto repair service by licensed mechanics, got $20k from Y-Combinator after pitching via Snapchat. Must-read: the story of catching their flight to SF with little more than 12 hours notice for a meeting at YC. (Medium)

Flashfood is connecting people who want to eat food with people who are planning to throw out food. They’ll be launching later this summer. (BlogTO)