Archive for May, 2013

Wajam Spartans Destroy Fellow Montreal Startups PasswordBox and Mate1 at Spartan Race

May 31st, 2013 | by alainwong

posted in Company, Culture, Team Activities, Wajam Spartans

Wajam Spartans Group Roar

AH-ROO!!!

We beat out destroyed fellow Montreal startup competitors PasswordBox and Mate1 at Spartan Race in Morin Heights this past weekend and collected 12 medals along the way.

PASSWORDBOX TOP4

251 485 Noble, Ross 00:58:50
1648 1091 Hould, Jean-Nicholas 01:19:43
1834 533 Malherbe, Sebastien 01:21:55
2822 520 Beaulieu, Olivier 01:32:55
Team average: 1:18:20.75

WAJAM TOP4

223 Trépanier, Félix-Étienne 0:58:17
624 Li, Ronny “Hellfire” 1:06:25
853 Koivikko, Heikki 1:09:52
935 Gagnon, Jérôme 1:11:06
Team average: 1:06:25

MATE1 TOP4

1108 Tomaro, Jann 1:10:24
896 Potter, Andrew 1:10:24
1108 Bateman, Jordan 1:13:40
2185 Fersing, Boris 1:25:38
Team average: 1:15:01.5

Spartan Race uses the times of a team’s top 4 racers to configure finishing times.

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Wajam CEO Martin-Luc Archambault wins Young Entrepreneur award in Quebec at Concours ARISTA 2013

May 30th, 2013 | by alainwong

posted in Awards and Press Mentions, Company

We’re proud to announce that Wajam founder & CEO Martin-Luc Archambault won as Young Entrepreneur in Quebec – Small Business – at the Concours provincial ARISTA 2013 awards gala last night. He was recognized for his vision and efforts in leading a Quebec-based company to worldwide success.

Martin-Luc Archambault Gala Concours Arista 2013

Other winners include Richard Speer of Attraction, Audra Rényi from Fondation World Wide Hearing, Dany Michaud from Moisson Montreal, Eric Castro from Recyc-Matelas, Frédéric Gilbert from Fasken Martineau and Jean-François Denault from Impacts.ca. Congratulations to all the winners!

A word from honorary president Marc-André Dépin during the evening: « Les succès qui ont été reconnus au terme de ce concours ne sont pas le fruit du hasard. Ils sont le résultat d’une combinaison d’intelligence, de créativité et de persévérance, des qualités qui méritent d’être reconnues et célébrées chez les jeunes du Québec qui se lancent en affaires et qui y performent de façon exceptionnelle. »

About Concours ARISTA

For over 35 years now, the ARISTA Provincial Competition has set out to recognize the success of young business people (executives, entrepreneurs, professionals and self-employed workers) in Quebec. It is the most important yearly event that the JCCM organizes and the winners will be announced during the May 2013, ARISTA Gala.

The winners of this year’s Concours provincial ARISTA in Quebec

Lauréats Concours ARISTA Quebec 2013

Wajam founder & CEO Martin-Luc Archambault

Martin-Luc Archambault - Concours provincial ARISTA 2013

Martin-Luc Archambault Gala Concours Arista 2013

Lunch & Learn with Nicolas Bélanger co-founder and executive chairman at W Investments

May 27th, 2013 | by alainwong

posted in Company, Entrepreneurs and thought leaders, Montreal, People and Interests, Startups

Every month at Wajam, we host a Lunch & Learn where we invite guest entrepreneurs and thought leaders to come and share their experiences with our team. Last month, we hosted Frank & Oak founders Ethan Song and Hicham Ratnani, who shared with us their humble start as Modasuite and their dramatic pivot into world-renowned online clothing shop for men, Frank & Oak. And we previously hosted Daniel Robichaud, CEO of Passwordbox, and Jeremy Toeman, CEO of Dijit Media.

This past week, we had the pleasure of hosting Nicolas Bélanger, co-founder and executive chairman at W Investments (Groupe W). From his first foray as a coffee shop owner in Prague to his sale of DTI Software, the world’s leader of in-flight entertainment technology, it was inspiring to see and hear from a fellow entrepreneur who persevered through hardships and succeeded because he believed in himself and made it happen. Nicolas won an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2007 and that same year DTI was ranked in The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 recognizing the 50 fastest growing tech companies with the highest percentage revenue growth over five years.

Nicolas Bélanger and Wajam CEO Martin-Luc Archambault

A Startup Success Story

In 1995, Nicolas borrowed money during the plan Paillé days to be the first to bring content to hotel rooms while operating from his parent’s basement. Discovering new opportunities for their product in 2000, the company transitioned into interactive content for airlines. A big break came when, during a trade show, without a functional product in hand, Nicolas was able to secure an order from Air France for 200 planes. From there, he worked hand in hand with Air France to bring the product to market— the entertainment consoles that you can find on the majority of airlines around the world.

The Diaper Story

In 1999, Nicolas was living with his girlfriend in her parents’ basement. At the time, he was living off 10k a year, and was also raising his first child. He didn’t know how he would be able to pay his employees’ salaries, nor the office rent.

But he had this crazy dream of being an entrepreneur, and he stuck to it.

So one day, while he’s dealing with this intense pressure of somehow finding the money to pay salaries, his girlfriend calls at 3pm. She tells him not forget that at 5pm, he needed to come home with diapers and milk.

So he asks his business partner, “Do we have money in the bank?”.

“No”.

“Do you have $60?”

“No.”

He doesn’t remember that day where or how he got that money, but later that evening, he came back home with diapers and milk.

Lessons For Entrepreneurs

As an entrepreneur, you’re always dealing with challenges and constraints. And this can bring out the best in you. Take the opportunity to become creative, and to get things done.

  • Always believe in your dreams. You are your own best motivator. Believe in yourself and what you can accomplish.
  • Listen to others. By listening to everyone, you can find the quickest path to success.
  • Never see things bigger than they are. From the outside, 113 airlines might seem like a huge market. But at each airline, you’re dealing with one person. One person has the power to make the purchasing decision. If you look at business as being about dealing with ordinary people just like you and me, nothing will seem too big.

Lessons for Investors

After earning his first profit with DTI Software, Nicolas started investing in private companies and founded W Investments, focusing on businesses with recurring revenue just like DTI Software. From 2004 to 2008, he invested in 8 startups, and today, he has over 20 businesses in his portfolio including Lumenpulse, IBwave and Audiokinetic.

He shared his investment criteria with us:

  • Are you a fighter, will you get things done when the going gets tough?
  • Are you focused? By being passionate enough about something, you will work hard and execute.
  • Are you receptive. By listening to others, you can find the quickest path to move forward.
  • Are you capable of surrounding yourself with good people, people who are better than you? Are you able to build a good team?

Thank you Nicolas for inspiring us with your visit!

Wajam Lunch & Learn with Nicolas Bélanger

Nicolas Bélanger with the Wajam team

Wajam wins three awards at the 8th Annual 2013 Hot Companies and Best Products Awards in Las Vegas

May 15th, 2013 | by alainwong

posted in Awards and Press Mentions, Company

We’re proud to announce that Wajam is a Gold winner of the 8th Annual 2013 Hot Companies and Best Products Awards in the Best New Information Technology Company of the Year category, a bronze winner in the Company Growth of the Year category, and a Silver winner in the Innovative Company of the Year category, in addition to being named a 2013 Hot Companies winner. Winners from all over the world were honored in Las Vegas on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 during the 8th annual dinner and presentations.

From our CEO Martin-Luc Archambault, “All of us on the Wajam team are honored to be recognized as winners in three different categories by the Network Products Guide. We’ve worked hard to enhance the Wajam user experience for businesses and consumers alike and we continue to build our team as we plan new features and services for our product offering. ”

About Network Products Guide

As industry’s leading technology research and advisory publication, Network Products Guide plays a vital role in keeping decision makers and end-users informed of the choices they can make in all areas of information technology. You will discover a wealth of information and tools in this guide including the best products and services, roadmaps, industry directions, technology advancements and independent product evaluations that facilitate in making the most pertinent technology decisions impacting business and personal goals. The guide follows conscientious research methodologies developed and enhanced by industry experts.