This post is part of our Lunch & Learn series. At Wajam, we’re inspired by fellow Montreal startups who bring new innovation to the world. At our Lunch & Learns, we invite guest entrepreneurs and thought leaders to come and share their experiences with our team.
This week, Intel announced the acquisition of PasswordBox®, a Montreal-based and award-winning provider of a cross-platform identity management service that gives users a convenient way to log into all of their websites and applications from any device without having to type or remember passwords. As a result of this acquisition, PasswordBox became a part of the Safe Identity organization within Intel® Security Group.
This was an amazing announcement for the Montreal startup community. For today’s very special edition of our Lunch & Learn, Wajam had the pleasure of hosting Dan Robichaud (CEO) and Greg Whiteside (VP of Engineering) from PasswordBox. They came to share their experience of the past couple of weeks.
Naturally, we are incredibly happy for the success of our friends at PasswordBox, and also had many questions. It was particularly interesting to hear about our startup fellows transitioning into the bigger Intel family.
A key element that Dan felt united PasswordBox and Intel Security was the passion of working on a great product; and it will continue to drive the growth of the team.
Other tips for scaling the team? According to Dan, it’s simple: more people = a bigger beer fridge! Jokes aside, every single morning, Dan goes for a stroll within his company to say a quick hi and fist bump everybody. By doing so, he can feel the pulse of his team and make sure that everybody is happy.
Greg spoke of the potential positive impact of the sale of a Montreal startup, on the local tech community. While a lot of technology companies are focused on Silicon Valley, it’s great that Intel saw the talent and creativity we have here in Montreal.
PasswordBox also sponsored the Notman Café as a way to give back to the community. Dan hopes that it will become a place where people share their startups, host events and exchange ideas and opportunities in the future.
Thank you Dan and Greg for coming to our office and inspiring our team. We hope you enjoyed the red velvet cake with cream cheese icing, because we sure did!
Kudos to Jérôme Gagnon for the great pictures.