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Day 12: Culture, the PasswordBox Way

February 24, 2015 at 4:01 pm

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Yesterday afternoon we had a visit from 4 core members of the PasswordBox team. They came to chat with the current Cohort about team culture, how you instill it and how you can maintain it through growth and acquisition by Intel Security. On the panel were Marc-Antoine Ross (Co-Founder & Director of Data Engineering), Greg Whiteside (Employee #1 & Director Engineering), Olivier Beaulieu (Employe #8 & Technical Team Lead) and Ian Jeffrey (Employee #32 & VP Product Marketing). 

Some of the key topics covered were:

1) Hiring
- Always hang-out with a potential employee before hiring them.  Would you want to have a beer with them on a Friday night after a long week of work? 
- Always hire people who are smarter than you. If you feel dumb in the interview, that’s a good sign!
- PasswordBox has instilled a culture of attracting great people to the company and spending time with them before hiring them.
- Everyone should have options. 

2) Transparency
- PasswordBox has a culture of transparency. This is key in building a strong culture. Every employee is always aware of everything going on, from potential investors to potential acquirers and deals on the table. 
- Set a weekly time to meet with the entire company, Monday works great because everyone is pumped up for the week. At PasswordBox they do all hands lunches every Monday where Dan gives the updates on the company and every team goes over what they’re working on. 

3) Firing
- If after one week you aren’t convinced about someone, you should let them go. After 1 week it gets harder and harder to fire someone.
- The biggest mistake is trying to keep someone who you know isn’t a good fit

Here are some of the tidbits shared with the Cohort:

“Invest in the culture of people, not in the space you work in”
“Dan comes in every morning and fist bumps every single employee, he did it when we were 3, 8 and now we’re 50+ and he still does it.”
“Culture creates retention.”
“When does culture start? It starts day 1, when you meet someone and want to work together and build something. From there, it grows organically.”
“Every morning when I show up to work, my colleagues are genuinely happy to see me and greet me with high-fives, it’s like one huge family.”
“We’re 50+ employees and I honestly can’t imagine PasswordBox without any of them. They’re all part of who we are. That’s when you know you have a strong culture.”

 

Alumni Companies who are Hiring

July 28, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Ever dreamed of working for a startup? Now’s your chance! A bunch of our alumni companies are hiring. Click around below to see what kinds of jobs are available.  

MyCustomizer   Instagrad CMJN de base  

OpenCare   Truth     Vanhawks   loginradius

  

DoBundleCrew  OOHLALA   Provender

Want to get involved in FF_logo ? We’re looking to hire a rock star intern for our Fall Cohort.

Free Job Listings on Techvibes for Montreal-based Startups

September 16, 2013 at 10:08 am

Starting today and until the end of 2013, Montreal-based startups can use their Job Board for FREE.

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You read that right. Startups can post as many job listings on Techvibes as they like until December 31, 2013 and they’ll remain live online until the position is filled (or the listing is removed).

Getting started is easy. First make sure your startup is listed in the Techvibes Directory. Once it’s in there, fire a note to montreal@techvibes.com to let them know you’re interested.

They’ll flip a switch on the backend, send you some instructions and you’ll be good to go.

Read the full announcement on their site here.

Freelancers, Please Stand Up

April 16, 2013 at 8:43 am

Are you a Designer, Developer, CFO For Hire, Translator or other startup friendly service provider?

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The FounderFuel teams are always on the lookout for talented freelancers as they crank through the 12 weeks leading up to Demo Day (not to mention post “graduation” too). To help them do more faster, over time we’ve assembled a list of FounderFuel approved talent, which of course we’re always looking to grow longer.

If interested in helping our teams, send us a short email about you and we’ll add you to the list if we like what we see.

Jobs at FounderFuel Alumni companies

March 26, 2013 at 2:16 pm

These FounderFuel companies are hiring!

Get in touch with them directly or send us an email (info@founderfuel.com) and we’ll connect you with them.

 

Seeking “Work Hard – Play Hard” Intern

January 28, 2013 at 9:23 pm

We’re looking for someone who is passionate about startups to lend us a hand with the day-to-day tasks of running FounderFuel. 

You are:
– A “Jack/Jane of all trades” interested in Startups, Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, etc.
– Ready to take on any task.
– Self-driven and proactive.

Whatcha gonna do?
– Support management in day-to-day tasks.
– Organize meetings for guests: Mentors, Partners, Investors, etc.
– Plan logistics for upcoming events.

Why do it?
– Grow your network faster than you can ever believe.
– Get office space at Notman House, Montreal’s home of the web.
– Take advantage to everything that happens during the program: Talks, Workshops, Mentor Day, Demo Day, etc.

What to expect?
– Instant access to Montreal’s thriving startup ecosystem.
– Tons of unique learning experience via influential startup veterans.
– Hard work in return of huge networking benefits.

Interested? 
– Point us to your Blog, LinkedIn, Twitter, About.Me, Etc.
– Tell us why we’d be crazy not to pick you info@founderfuel.com.

You must be available part time (days, evenings or whenever needed) for 14 weeks starting April 8th 2013.

ooomf is hiring!

October 3, 2012 at 5:05 pm

FounderFuel alum ooomf is hiring! They put together a great post on how their “merry band of idiots needs another.” We’ve included it below [and we're pretty sure you'll be laughing by the end of it]

Our Merry Band of Idiots Needs Another

(A developer to be precise.)
 

At some point, we got it in our heads to fix mobile app discovery. We wished there was a better way to find apps and a better way for developers to get their apps out there. What a glorious world that would be, we thought!

We even got VCs excited about it, and they gave us money to do it. Money. Us! They must be nuts. Then we went to the market and got back much love. So now we’ve got a long list of customers waiting for us to deliver and a pile of investors breathing down our necks, ready to slap us around if we don’t.

We need help.

We may have gotten a little sauced one night (read: week) and now have some brilliant ideas in the queue.

We just gotta build ‘em, market test ‘em and rebuild ‘em a few more times. Our current dev team is a little under-staffed and over-intoxicated so we want some fresh blood. Your blood. (BLOOD!)

We’re not looking for anything specific beyond ‘developer’, so you tell us why we want you. Love PHP? Awesome, we use that. Rather spend your days tweaking jQuery until every animation makes your pants wet? Cool, bro. Even if you’re one of those freaks who gets aroused at a 0.2ms database query-time reduction, we wanna talk to you.

Perks include cool work, beer in the fridge and unlimited free hugs from a handsome Mexican.

We’ll also pay you and stuff so you can buy food and whatnot.

If you’d like to apply, get out your resume, throw it away, and talk to us like we’re human. Send us something cool you made or a long rant on how terrible the app stores are right now and how, if you were in charge, everything would be better.

BTW, We’re located in sunny Montreal, Canada.

Written by Angus Woodman, Lead Builder @ooomf
You should follow him @angusw
Email us: hi(at)ooomf.com

HealthAware is Hiring!

July 13, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Hey everyone, HealthAware (Spring 2012) is hiring! If you’re looking to become a part of this awesome FounderFuel grad, you can find details below, as well as all the details and an application form here. They’re looking for an Inside Sales Guru and a Community Support Rockstar. They’re a great team to work with and have an awesome dynamic. We encourage you to apply!

Inside Sales Guru

We are growing, but we want to grow faster! Sales at HealthAware is not about pushing product to clients, it’s about getting them infected with our vision. It’s not about how many prospects you talk to, it’s about delivering concrete results – sign-ups and sales. There are no rules and no limits, it’s up to your creativity to push the quotas beyond possible. If in a sane state of mind, you have made your career choice to be in sales, we want you to join us and take our groundbreaking service nationwide.

You will:

Hunt and grow our user base of health practitioners (anyone from an optometrist to a dentist) through cold calling and warm calling inbound leads

Help health practitioners grow their practice by upselling them to premium subscription packages

Develop and formulate effective sales scripts, processes and objection handling tactics

Design and execute test sales campaigns for new specialties, new regions, and new services

Develop, qualify, organize, nurture, and rank leads in CRM

Gather intelligence and work with the team to improve our offering

Provide daily and weekly status reports to chief janitor (CEO)

Do all of that with a spring in your step, a song on your lips and a sparkle in your eye.

We need you to have:

2+ years experience with telephone-based outbound sales or telemarketing, preferably targeting small/medium sized businesses

Made more than 100+ outbound calls per day at least once per week for the last two years and loved every minute of it

Consistent track record of being a top-tier rainmaker (top 25%) in your peer-group

Facts and stories from the battlefield to exhibit how you’ve been excellent in your recent past

A knack for thinking on your feet, handling objections and turning “no” into “please, yes”

An itch to constantly improve, set hairy ambitions goals, dig up ways to achieve them

An ability to understand what makes a business tick

Fantastic written and verbal communication skills in English

A supreme comfort with computers and the Internet (you are going to be working with technology after all!)

It would be cool if you had:

An understanding of healthcare market, as well as how clinics think and operate

Experience in building and managing a team of in-house or remote inside sales reps

You will receive:

Competitive, uncapped compensation (base + commission)

Share options – everyone that works at HealthAware owns a part of HealthAware

Great downtown location

Flexible working hours – we want you to be with us at your most productive hours

Fun environment – an incredible team of A-players who are fiercely intelligent, share a passion for their work, and know how to have fun!

Limitless growth opportunity – the company is young and growing rapidly, so it is all up to you to reach the stars

Working with us:

Work in a team of young and successful entrepreneurs who are eager to help you grow

Boost your skills and talents in a company where innovation and out-of-the-box thinking are an everyday thing

Build an amazing network in Canada’s Tech community – connect with cutting edge companies in Toronto!

Does this sound like you? Hit “Apply for this position” and explain why you’re the one we’re looking for.

Nine to fivers need not apply.

Only qualified candidates will be contacted directly.

Community Support Rockstar

When we say “community” at HealthAware, we don’t mean it in the way you’re probably used to. We mean: we really make HealthAware customers feel part of our community. We’re there for them. We take an active interest in their business, cheer them on, and go out of our way to make their day better. Community support is never an afterthought; never something we have to do – it’s what we want to do. That’s one of the things that defines us.

You will:

On-board and train newly joining health practitioners and clinics, make them feel part of big and happy family.

Provide advice on how our customers can better use HealthAware to get the maximum juice out of it

Spark and fuel conversation with customer to keep the pulse on their thoughts about our service.

Passionately assist customers via phone, e-mail, chat and go above and beyond to provide the best experience ever!

Keep community up-to-date about new features and improvements via blog and e-mails.

Do all of that with a spring in your step, a song on your lips and a sparkle in your eye.

We need you to have:

Fantastic written and verbal communication skills in English

Passion for providing extraordinary customer service experience for all customers

An ability to see projects through to completion with minimal oversight

A supreme comfort with computers and the Internet (you are going to be working with technology after all!)

A knack for empathy: to really listen to our customers and think yourself into their shoes

A jones for learning; growing and continually taking on new responsibilities

It would be cool if you had:

Passion for writing (for FAQs, blog posts, etc.)

Sense of design/layouts to help create some user-facing pages, e.g., FAQ entries, how-to guides, etc.

You will receive:

Competitive salary

Share options – everyone that works at HealthAware owns a part of HealthAware

Great downtown location

Flexible working hours – we want you to be with us at your most productive hours

Fun environment – an incredible team of A-players who are fiercely intelligent, share a passion for their work, and know how to have fun!

Limitless growth opportunity – the company is young and growing rapidly, so it is all up to you to reach the stars

Working with us:

Work in a team of young and successful entrepreneurs who are eager to help you grow

Boost your skills and talents in a company where innovation and out-of-the-box thinking are an everyday thing

Build an amazing network in Canada’s Tech community – connect with cutting edge companies in Toronto!

Does this sound like you? Hit “Apply for this position” and explain why you’re the one we’re looking for.

Nine to fivers need not apply.

Only qualified candidates will be contacted directly.

 

ooomf is hiring!

June 13, 2012 at 8:17 pm

FounderFuel alumn (Spring 2012) ooomf is hiring! ooomf is a social app discovery platform, currently backed by Real Ventures, and one of our alums. 

Their development cycle is extremely fast. They operate in true lean startup fashion, with code pushes daily. They love what they’re building and value the engineering behind it.

iOS Developer (more info)

Responsibilities

- Make UI/UX decisions

- Help with product direction

- Implement flows and mockups as provided by our design team, while creatively “filling in the gaps”

Software Developer (more info)

Responsibilities:

- App recommendations

- Help make UI decisions

- Help with product direction

Contact mikael@ooomf.com with a link to your portfolio or website.

Start-Up Career Fair at McGill

February 8, 2012 at 1:28 am

The Start-Up Career Fair is a yearly event held by MUSE (mcgillentrepreneurs.com) which allows start-ups to connect with McGill students who are looking for summer internships or even full-time opportunities.

The event is being broadcasted across all faculties but with the emphasis on Engineering/Computer Science and Business.

Join them Friday, February 10th on the 2nd floor of the Bronfman Building (1001 Sherbrooke West).

For more information or to register, visit their website.

Think your team has what it takes?

Apply