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Office Renovations – How To Make Your Staircase Awesome, Wajam-Style!

May 12th, 2014 | by alainwong

posted in Company, Culture, Montreal

Wajam staircase with graffiti artwork by Scaner, Axe and Earth Crusher in Montreal

This past month, we collaborated with architect Geneviève Bégin and graffiti artists Scaner, Axe & Earth Crusher to completely redesign the staircase connecting to our second office. They came up with a snowy mountain concept matched with dangling balls of light, and incorporated drawings that illustrate Wajam values like teamwork, collaboration and determination.

Each travel up and down the stairs now feels like a totally magical experience!

BDW14 MTL – Wajam at Big Data Week in Montreal

May 8th, 2014 | by alainwong

posted in Big Data, Company, Engineering, Events, Montreal, Startups

We’re happy to be taking part in Big Data Week happening in Montreal this week featuring speakers like Alistair Croll and representatives from Datacratic, Nexalogy, Radialpoint, and more. Great initiative by organizers Built in Montreal and Exitlist.

Wajam was represented by Suhail Shergill, who gave a presentation on “What Makes Big Data Hard”: what hinders a data scientist when working with ‘Big Data’ and how can we hope to overcome these hurdles.

Wajam Spartans Training Hard For Spartan Race At Mont-Tremblant

May 6th, 2014 | by alainwong

posted in Culture, Montreal, Startups, Team Activities, Wajam Spartans

Last year, we crushed our fellow Montreal startup competitors at Spartan Race, the world’s largest obstacle race that challenges entrants to “discover their inner warrior”.

We’re challenging startups again this year and training hard. See you all at Mont-Tremblant in three weeks. AROO!

A special thanks to David Nault at iNovia for the extra motivation.

Spartan Race gift from David Nault at iNovia Capital

Wajam Spartans - Jerome Gagnon

Wajam Spartans - Elazar Gabay

Wajam Spartans - Manu Laflamme

Wajam Spartans - Manu Laflamme

“Good To Great” – Entrepreneurs Cocktail at Notman House with PasswordBox, Frank & Oak, Wajam and Provender

May 2nd, 2014 | by alainwong

posted in Company, Entrepreneurs and thought leaders, Events, Montreal, Startups

JCCM 2014 Entrepreneurs Cocktail with Caithrin Rintoul, Ethan Song, Magaly Charbonneau and Martin-Luc Archambault

The Jeune Chambre de Commerce de Montréal recently hosted their Entrepreneurs Cocktail at the newly renovated Notman House. This year’s event with the theme “Good to Great” featured visionary entrepreneurs who have dared to dream big and challenge the status quo in their industries: Magaly Charbonneau COO of PasswordBox, Martin-Luc Archambault CEO of Wajam, Ethan Song CEO of Frank & Oak, with Caithrin Rintoul CEO of Provender as panel moderator. The event was produced in collaboration with FounderFuelSDEVM.

During the talk, these tech leaders covered topics such as how to build and launch products internationally, how to make strategic alliances to scale your startup, how to surround yourself with the right team and partners, and finally, challenges and lessons learned.

Building The Right Team Culture

Each of the three panelists outlined how important it was to align their teams with the big vision as well as building the right team culture and fostering communication within the company as you scale.

Tips on maintaining team culture as you grow:

  • Adapt the team culture as the company scales. What works during the early  stage may not necessarily work as you grow.
  • Consider using processes to document your onboarding procedure to help integrate new hires and promote your company’s culture and values by putting them on paper and on the office walls.
  • Find new ways to engage your team: Lunch and Learns, team outings, holiday parties.

For more events focused on startups and entrepreneurship in Montreal, visit Notman House and the Jeune Chambre du Commerce de Montréal.

JCCM 2014 Cocktail Entrepreneurs at Notman House

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Martin-Luc Archambault - JCCM 2014 Cocktail Entrepreneurs

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Wajam Free VPN Mobile iOS App Now Available on the App Store on iTunes

March 5th, 2014 | by alainwong

posted in Company, Mobile, Product

We’re happy to announce the new Wajam Free VPN Mobile App, which gives you access to US exclusive content and offers free, secure and anonymous browsing on your iPhone, iPad or iPod while giving iOS users recommendations from friends while they search on Google, Google Maps and Apple Maps.

Wajam Free VPN mobile iOS App in iTunes Store

Wajam Free VPN in the iTunes App Store

Currently available in the U.S., Canada, U.K., New Zealand and Australia (and soon-to-be available throughout Europe), Wajam Mobile VPN app can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store.

HOW VPN BENEFITS YOU

Secure your data. A VPN (virtual private network) secures your device’s internet connection to guarantee that all the data you’re sending and receiving is encrypted. Read this great article on Lifehacker on Why You Should Start Using a VPN.

Lower data usage. The Wajam VPN app also compresses your data, which may save you money in data usage.

Unlock US exclusive content. VPN acts as the intermediary between you and the website you access, letting you access exclusive content in other countries. For Canadians, this means that you will be able to access Hulu, PandoraSpotifyRdio and watch US Netflix.

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM FRIENDS

The Wajam VPN app also includes the Wajam social recommendation engine, which gives you access to results from friends while you search in Google Search on Safari, as well as on Apple Maps, Google Maps.

Wajam Map Recommendations from Friends on Mobile Phones

ABOUT WAJAM

The Wajam social search engine offers you an easy way to get your friends’ input on places to go, products to buy, as well as videos, photos and links on searches conducted in Google through Safari. This new VPN product gives you the ability to access other countries’ exclusive websites and keep your data safe from unsecured Wi-Fi networks and harmful sites.