October 2, 2008
So we just moved into our new office this week. lots of offices, lots of common space and lots of designated scrum space. Huge paint on white boards. Fun people. What more could you ask for? I have a much longer and comprehensive post coming on office space, but for now check out some of the photos here.
August 9, 2008
Last week we closed our first round of VC financing for MyFrontSteps
and I have been too busy to blog! The release
hit the press Thursday and we were very fortunate to have it picked up by many publishers.
Our local news paper the Star Phoenix also ran a story on VendAsta
. I have also done interviews for CBC radio and the Dow Jones Venture Wire. No links for those yet.
Thanks very much to the many people that helped along the way, you know who you are.
June 5, 2008
Some interesting news from the news people at Inman. Jessica is moving on and Joel and Glenn are moving up. All of us at VendAsta are going to miss Jessica.We have gotten to know and appreciate her over the years. Jessica we wish you well in your new adventure. I hope we still have the pleasure of crossing paths.
Congrats to Joel and Glenn. Joel certainly has a a keen insight into the future of real estate marketing. He is especially apt at identifying and dissecting the latest and greatest. Joel you will make a great VP Content.
I have had the pleasure of being interviewed and meeting Glenn over the course of the years. He is a super nice guy with a mild demeanor, but don’t let that fool you. Glenn does his homework and has a way of capturing the essence of the story and getting all the facts. Glenn you will make a great managing editor.
March 11, 2008
We are heavy users of Google Docs and other free services. but the fact is we don’t use them because they are free – we use them because they are the best choice for us. I have always believed that “Free”, in the right context, makes sense. Chris Anderson, author of the Long Tail and editor of Wired thinks so too. Check out his latest cover story on Wired.” Free! Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business
You may not agree with all his statements but ultimately the ideas he espouses are dead on. There are some particularly insightful statements such as “Technology is giving companies greater flexibility in how broadly they can define their markets, allowing them more freedom to give away products or services to one set of customers while selling to another set.”
Any provider of an online service should take note. I know we
January 30, 2008
Starting a new company is both challenging and rewarding but most of all it is refreshing. Imagine, for a second, that you could walk away from whatever it is you are doing for a living. Really walk away. Not just take a holiday, but walk away for good from all the day to day triviality. Walk away from the phone calls to return, the full inbox, reporting requirements, and the ever present pressure of management responsibilities.
Just imagine what you could imagine. :) Essentially this is exactly what I, along with 7 of the smartest guys
I have had the great fortune to cross paths with have done. It is amazing at what a great group of people, instilled with persistence and determination can conceive and create when given the environment, opportunity and time.
Just a few short months ago the 8 of us were bogged down with daily responsibilities and duties. Dreams and visions seemed hard to achieve. Product development felt like it was mired in molasses. The list of bugs, maintenance and improvement tasks counted in the thousands. This doesn’t just happen in individual companies. It seems it can affect entire industries as one of the really smart guys, Michael Wurzer points out in this blog post
But, for now at least, we are free to huddle up here in far away Saskatoon Saskatchewan free from the melee of meetings, inboxes and telephone calls. We are free to hire the brightest minds
and build the greatest software
. We will make the most of this refreshing opportunity, and we will try, for as long as we can to stave off the weight of daily duties and responsibilities. Ironically, success itself will take its toll on our new found freedom and ensure a return to duties and responsibilities of daily life. But with a little luck, and a ton of persistence, determination and effort we will create a company that sustains and encourages this creative culture no matter our size or success.
January 30, 2008
Two brand new T2000 Stainless Steel Tornado Foosball tables arrived yesterday. I want to put down a challenge right here and now. If anyone comes and visits us and beats us on these tables we will pay for you’re flights and hotel. Russ Caper, if your reading this practice up! Russ was my foos partner at the GooglePlex party at Inman New York. You can see the tables in action here.
January 25, 2008
I was going to put up a little video of Guy and Jeff installing our new refrigerator but then something much more interesting came along. Robbie Burns day! My roots are Irish and Scottish so Robbie Burns day is a great reason to celebrate (that and its Friday!).
Its a lot of fun working in this environment – always something happening! Check this out! But before you do you might want to check out this not so subtle clue as to some of what we are up to!