Changing jobs: Now an easier and much more enjoyable process thanks to Workland

Changing jobs: Now an easier and much more enjoyable process thanks to Workland 5824Montreal, January 7, 2014 – The start of a new year for many rhymes with resolutions and the desire to change jobs. According to a study by the Conference Board of Canada, approximately 70% of Canadians of the X and Y generations are unhappy in their current jobs and expect to change in the near future. However, the tedious process that often turns changing jobs into a full time job in itself will hinder and frustrate many. With the goal of solving this work related issue, a Montreal team created Workland, a brand new job search site offering a turnkey solution focused on the needs of candidates. Whether looking for a position in the field of marketing, human resources or even finance, candidates who activate their profile on Workland will be offered positions in relation to their field of expertise and specific needs. The process is made possible through a complex   Read more…

Why Montreal Needs More SaaS Startups

SaaS 5591Disclaimer: This is a guest post by Patrick McTosh. For the last decade, Patrick McTosh has deeply immersed himself into the IT world and enjoys sharing his knowledge with small businesses in Montreal. The Montreal Tech community is constantly growing. As I see a rise in mentions for all those new and innovative tech start-ups, I feel like the companies making the "boring" B2B applications are not getting the praise they deserve. SaaS startups have saved companies tons of money by saving companies the costs associated with software purchases. With the increasingly rapid pace of software updates, SaaS is edging itself into companies’ budgets while the need for on-site IT staff is being edged out. Montreal SaaS producers like ERP Guru, Sharegate, Syntax & FX Innovation to name a few are making it easier to stay on top of the technology curve, while   Read more…


Hexoskin Health and Fitness Monitoring Device from Montreal

Hexoskin Health and Fitness Monitoring Device from Montreal 5647Hexoskin can be described as a smart shirt that is capable of recording your health data on the go. It talks to your smartphone and is capable of capturing data in a seamless way wherever you go. Today Hexoskin's crowdfunding campaign reached their 100k goal and there's still 20 days left before the campaign is officially over. I sat down with one of the co-founder of Hexoskin, Pierre-Alexandre Fournier, to find out how their product became so popular. 
Hexoskin's concept was conceived some 3 years ago. Pierre-Alexandre and his partner Jean-Francois Roy, both passionate about microelectronics and machine learning, were interested in analyzing health data. They were looking for a way to gather lots of data in order to perform data analytics, but they soon realized that conventional sensors were not the way to go. The moment of epiphany came one day when both founders were covered with sensors and wires. They   Read more…

How CorporateStays.com transitioned from a Montreal startup to a company with locations around the world

How CorporateStays.com transitioned from a Montreal startup to a company with locations around the world 5615In 2008 Vladimir De Suàrez had an idea for a business while renting out his apartment on Craigslist. Since then De Suàrez has built his furnished housing company, CorporateStays.com from a small Montreal operation to an international venture with locations around the world. He spoke to us recently about the joys and challenges of rapid growth and the technology that helped him keep it all together. When did you start CorporateStays.com? I founded CorporateStays.com in 2008 in Montreal. It took me four years to develop a deep understanding of my business and, of course, to make a ton of mistakes. Now, we are finally ready for big growth! What inspired you to start CorporateStays.com? I have always loved travelling. Renting spaces to people from all over the world, it's a bit like travel in that you get to know different people and cultures. I also love design and skyscrappers, in fact, CorporateStays.com   Read more…


Vandal Games bringing real time 3D gaming to Facebook

Vandal Games bringing real time 3D gaming to Facebook 5562When the Co-founder of Vandal Games, Thanh Ma, first explained what his company does I was blown away... I had to confirm just to make sure I was hearing things right: "So are you telling me I will be able to play games like Quake on Facebook?" (for our younger audiance "Quake" is like the Grandfather of Call of Duty) This was a dramatic moment. A tear almost ran down my face. My inner gamer and my facebook socialite persona would finally become friends! But I pulled myself together and dug a little deeper. "But how are you going to do that?" "We've already done it... You can already play our flagship game 'Big Story Little Heroes' on Facebook. We are one of the first companies to bring real time 3d gaming experience to Facebook." Vandal Games started in 2011 as a 2 person operation. Forward 2 years and 10 grants later   Read more…


Buildsomething hardware hackathon kicks off 10th of August

Buildsomething hardware hackathon kicks off 10th of August 5426The event titled "Buildsomething" is coming to Foulab on August 10th. Buildsomething is graciously sponsored by authority names such as Robotshop (great selection of robots), Spikenzielabs as well as "Hype" and "Upverter". Participants need to bring their hardware components and will get access to 3d printers, CNC machine, Soldering station as well as Oscilloscope, multimeters, microscope in order to build anything they want. Everyone is encouraged to bring raw components as opposed to pre-built robots. Organizer Andrey Sherbakov hopes that something cool will come out of the 13 hour event: "We have the talent, we have the tools and an awesome hacker space called Foulab whose members are helping out a lot. Our participants,sponsors and prizes are solid, what else do we need? We already have 50 registered participants and there is more to come. There will definitely be lots of cool projects created by the   Read more…

Proximium helps brick and mortar B2C get in touch with customers

Proximium 5187Founded by Benoit Julien, who previously founded and sold Netvention Inc., Montreal-Based Proximium lauched its web site a few months ago (in April). The Proximium ideal came to Benoit in early 2012 after realizing that most small medium size brick and motar B2C businesses had very limited means to get in touch with the clients and prospects once they leave their venue. Since most of us are carrying smart phones, he came up with the idea of a business that would let customers use their mobile phone to become client members of a business in exchange for discounts at their favorite stores. From a consumer perspective, Proximium gets rid of the loyalty cards and let users decide which businesses they like and want to get deals and updates from. As opposed to daily deals (Groupon, Tuango etc.), the users stay in control since they receive exclusive promotions from only   Read more…


Profit 500 2013 featuring 24 Montreal-Based IT companies

Profit 500 5192This year's Profit 500 (which was known as Profit 200 and Profit 100 in its previous years) presents its 25th Annual Ranking of Canada Fastest-Growing Companies. 46 Montreal-Based companies are listed among this year's ranking. Among the 46, we identified 24 that can be linked to the Montreal IT scene. Those 24 Montreal-Based companies grew between 44% and 1859% over the last 5 years. I was surprised to find Longueil-Based Electronic Box at the #2 spot in the Montreal-Area ranking. I had seen Electronic Box new advertisements in the area but was skeptic about its future since the ISP era has ended since many years and I did not see a lot of space for a small private ISP to grow between Videotron and Bell. Looks like Electronic Box has found its niche and a way to grow in that   Read more…


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