Archive for July, 2012

Wajam Social Shopping Gives You Product Recommendations From Your Friends While You Shop

July 24th, 2012 | by alainwong

posted in Company, Features, Social Search, Social Shopping

Today, we’re happy to announce Wajam Social Shopping, a new feature that gives you product recommendation from your friends while you shop.

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Shopping Made Easy

When you shop for a smartphone on eBay or Amazon, see what your friends have said about the phone you’re considering.

Get recommendations from your friends no matter what product you’re shopping for: books, games, electronics, clothing, toys, cameras and much more.

Both Social Recommendations and Shopping Comparison

We’ve made the experience even better by listing alternative shopping destinations as well as their prices. We’ve partnered with Shopping.com to offer you an integrated comparison shopping service from more than 3,500 merchants.

With Wajam Shopping, not only do you get to see what your friends say about a product, you also get to compare prices at the same time. It’s the easiest and best way to shop.

Bring your friends with you while you shop! Sign up today at http://wajam.com

Wajam’s Martin-Luc Archambault selected as finalist for Entrepreneur Of The Year

July 18th, 2012 | by alainwong

posted in Company, Press

We’re proud to announce that Wajam CEO and co-founder Martin-Luc Archambault has been selected as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award 2012.

Each year, Ernst & Young features game-changing entrepreneurs who continue to drive sustainable growth and job creation in Quebec and across the country, and we’re happy to be included in this list of prestigious companies. It’s great to see all these great examples of entrepreneurship and innovation in the country.

In Martin-Luc’s own words, “I am honored to be recognized as an innovative business leader and selected an Entrepreneur Of The Year finalist. We at Wajam look forward to representing Quebec entrepreneurship at the regional banquet this October, and sharing our focus on providing the easiest and most compelling social search experience.”

The Québec winners will be announced at a banquet on 25 October, and the overall winner will represent the region at the national gala in Toronto on 16 January, 2013.

About Entrepreneur of The Year
Entrepreneur Of The Year honours the spirit and contribution of entrepreneurs here and around the world. Nominees are reviewed by an independent judging panel composed of several distinguished business leaders and previous award recipients.

About Wajam
Wajam is a social search engine that gives you access to the knowledge of your friends when you need it. The Wajam Social Search Everywhere Plugin makes searching the web more personal by adding results from friends to standard searches on Google, Bing or Yahoo! It elevates search relevance by featuring your friends’ likes and reviews for products, places, links, photos and videos within your regular search habits, even in places like Amazon, Yelp, Trip Advisor, YouTube and Ebay.

Welcoming New Members To The Wajam Family

July 13th, 2012 | by alainwong

posted in Company

Since the beginning of this year, we’ve welcomed many new members to the Wajam family. Here’s a glimpse at the talented individuals who’ve joined our team.

Felix Trépanier: After finishing his Masters in Computer Systems Engineering in New Zealand, Felix honed his coding skills at Oz Communication, Nokia and Synchronica before arriving at Wajam. Little known facts: Felix is a runner, having ran multiple half-marathons, and he’s also visited every continent except Antarctica. That’s his next vacation destination!
Alexandre Bergeron comes to us from l’École de Technologie Supérieure after stints at Ericsson and Arthrovision. Although we prize him for his exceptional backend development skills, Alex has surprised us with his keen interest  in journalism, improv theatre and game development.
Heikki Koivikko is our lead mobile developer. He has been developing applications on mobile for the past eleven years, and will be spearheading our social search efforts on handheld phones. Originally from Finland, he’s now firmly anchored into Quebecois culture and has recently started playing hockey.
Ronny Li joins us straight out of McGill University where he studied finance and marketing. As part of our business intelligence team, he helps us make good decisions based on numbers, numbers and more numbers. When not coming up with better ways to crunch said numbers, Ronny loves to play poker and always wins at paintball.
Laurent Fortin is our resident Javascript ninja-master. He comes from a family of ninjas, and is a big fan of beer, movies, and the Montreal Canadiens hockey team.
Vincent Surette is our Chief Financial Officer. Currently CFO of five startups in Montreal, Vince is an expert on raising money and strategic planning.
Last but not least, we’d like to welcome Miriel Robidoux, our Director of Operations. Previously a Game Producer for Beenox/Activision, Ubisoft and Behaviour as well as a Management Consultant, she brings a wealth of maturity and knowledge to Wajam.

With these new additions, we’re looking forwarding to providing you with an even better social search experience, whenever you need it.

P.S. We’re still hiring— please visit the Wajam career page and spread the word!