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Wajam wins Best Video of the Year and Business Development Executive of the Year at Best in Biz 2014

December 11th, 2014 | by pierrecleaud

posted in Awards and Press Mentions, Company, Montreal, People and Interests, Startups

We’re happy to announce that Wajam won two awards at the Best in Biz Awards 2014, an independent award which honors companies, teams, executives and products for their business success. It is the only independent business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts.

In the marketing team we are particularly proud that Wajam won gold for Best Film or Video of the Year for our 2013 Year in Review video. Kudos to Alain Wong for this great video. We are already working on the 2014 video, and we hope we will be following these great footsteps.

We are also very proud that Amir Mansour, our VP of Business Development & Corporate Partnerships, won silver for Business Development Executive of the Year. This award is a true recognition of the hard work our business development team is doing every day here at Wajam.

Amir Mansour, on accepting the award: “2014 has been a very positive year for the company. I am very happy that such a prestigious award recognizes the hard work of the entire Business Development team. We are all working hard in order to keep the ball rolling.”

Wajam's VP of Business Development won silver for Business Development Executive of the Year at the 2014 Digi Awards.

A few words on Amir Mansour from Elazar Gabay, app producer here at Wajam: “Amir lives and breathes business, his preoccupation with the most minute contract details have landed him very profitable deals with some of the largest players in the industry.  Amir’s success isn’t limited to the external deals he closes, it’s displayed also internally, by the way he rolls up his sleeves to get things done with his staff. Good is never good enough for Amir!”

We are looking forward to more exciting growth, innovation and fun in 2015!

For more media coverage and a complete list of award recognition, visit our Press page.

Lunch & Learn with Dan Robichaud and Greg Whiteside from Intel Security (previously PasswordBox)

December 5th, 2014 | by pierrecleaud

posted in Entrepreneurs and thought leaders, Montreal, Startups, Team Activities

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.

PasswordBox's CEO and VP of engineering and Wajam's CEO share there experience

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.

Tech Meetups in Montreal: Learning Functional Programming techniques

November 20th, 2014 | by pierrecleaud

posted in Events, Montreal

Yesterday, we were pleased to host a Scala meetup conducted by Felix Trépanier.

This meetup was about learning Scala and was divided in two parts:

  • An introduction to Functional Programming
  • A hands-on part where participants solved bioinformatic problems taken from ROSALIND using Functional Programming techniques.

Once again, thank you Felix for the moderation of this great Scala meetup. We are looking forward for the next one which will be announced on Meetup. Thanks to all the participants for coming. We hope you learned something and had fun in the process :)

Host your meetup at Wajam!

At Wajam, we thrive on keeping our minds fresh and free to innovate. Learning new things and experimenting with new ideas helps us do that. So we’d love to invite you to come over to our awesome lounge so that together, we can share our best high-tech adventures. Send an email to pierre [at] wajam.com for more details.

Wajam free VPN app wins best mobile utilities app at 2014 Digi Awards

November 19th, 2014 | by pierrecleaud

posted in Awards and Press Mentions, Mobile, Product

Great news for the Wajammers last week, the Wajam Free VPN team won Next Media’s 2014 Digi Awards in the mobile utilities category. This award honors Canada’s most successful digital media companies and practitioners, and is one of Canada’s most prestigious recognition program.

Every single day, we see how much the mobile team thrives to deliver the best possible experience to our mobile users. Huge kudos to Pierre-Alain and Heikki (developers), Miranda (designer) and Elazar, the leading light who nailed the acceptance speech.

Wajam's mobile team wins Next Media's 2014 Digi Award in mobile utilities category

It’s fantastic that such a prestigious prize recognizes their hard work. Here at Wajam, we are all genuinely proud of them especially considering the fierce competition in finals (AXS Maps, Voices and Yellow Pages).

They initially launched the app in March earlier this year, and we have seen it evolve so much in the past few months. Not only does the app provides users with free secure VPN access on the go – protecting users’ privacy and security, but it also provides the user with social results (from Facebook, Twitter, etc.) when searching the Web on Google, Bing, Yahoo! and more. And the beauty of it… it’s completely free!

You haven’t tested this super handy app yet? Download it now!

A spooktacular Halloween day at the office

November 7th, 2014 | by pierrecleaud

posted in Company, Culture, Team Activities

Last Friday for Halloween, we decided to spice things up by organizing a little shout-out costume contest. The Wajammers played ball and dressed up in some crazy costumes. Miranda’s handmade hommage to Lego’s minifigures drove the crowd wild and won with flying colours.

Miranda won the 2014 Wajam Halloween contest

Check out our video and decide for whom you would have voted. Enjoy!