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Montreal Data Science Summit

October 23rd, 2015 | by kylie

posted in Big Data, Events, Montreal, People and Interests

Montreal’s first data-science summit is happening on Wednesday 28th and members of the Wajam team are going to be there!

There are a few big names in Big Data that the crew is looking forward to hearing speak. Francis Piéraut, administrator of the Montreal Big Data Group, founder of Qmining and, and Senior researcher a Nuance will be giving a talk around the integration of data science in IT restricted companies. He will also present iPython Notebook, a tool for data scientists.

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Shawn Rogers, Chief Research Officer at Dell will be giving a talk about data science at 2:00 PM.

Jeremy Barnes, Founder and CEO at Datacratic, will be attending the event. Datacratic is known for developing Machine Learning models and the Machine Learning Database.

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Many other major actors in the data science world will attending this event from National Bank of Canada, to Bandsintown, and Mondobrain. Check out the whole list of speakers on the official website.

Find out more at the official site and hurry to buy your ticket as there are very few free spaces remaining! If you aren’t fast enough to get a ticket, the @Wajam Twitter account will be live Tweeting their time there, so follow along!

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 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 CEO Martin-Luc Archambault featured on the cover of Les Affaires

March 22nd, 2013 | by alainwong

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

Wajam founder and CEO Martin-Luc Archambault made the front page of last week’s edition of Les Affaires business newspaper for his angel investments. He’s been steadily giving back to the community by investing in over a dozen startups, including promising Canadian companies like Frank & Oak, Crowdbase, PasswordBox, Planbox and Playerize.

“When I invest, I’m primarily investing in the person or the team. Before investing in someone, I ask myself if I can be their friend, and if I can tell them that something isn’t working without having to put white gloves on.”

You can find out more about the article here.

We’re proud to be led by our angel… our leader… our king. AH-ROO!

Martin-Luc Archambault dans Les Affaires 2013

Martin-Luc Archambault Les Affaires 2013

McGill Tech Think Tank: Connecting Startups With University Students

December 2nd, 2011 | by alainwong

posted in People and Interests

A few weeks ago, my colleagues and I attended a meetup of the McGill Tech Think Tank, organized by Jon Volkmar and Alex Moskovitz. The club’s goal is to promote startup culture at McGill, and for this session, they had invited us to demo Wajam and talk about startup culture.

It was actually my first time back at McGill since I graduated, and it was great to connect with students and potential future recruits. It also reminded me of the importance of having experienced mentors to guide you on your career path, which is why our CEO Martin-Luc loves mentoring and actively participates in GrowLab and FounderFuel.

The meetup also featured guest speaker and ex-Googler Christian Lavoie, a McGill alumni. It was great listening to him share his experience working at Google. He also had kind things to say about the Montreal tech scene, and along with us, gave students great reasons to work at a startup.

One insight stood out: although McGill does a great job teaching you theory, the university programs lack the practical knowledge you need to succeed in the workplace. Thus, doing an internship or starting your career at a startup gives you the perfect opportunity to get up to speed with hands-on experience.

Although the Tech Think Tank gathering was small, there was no shortage of students with big ideas. It’s inspiring to see this entrepreneurial spirit at Mcgill!

More about the Tech Think Tank

The Tech Think Tank was founded in March 2011 by Jon Volkmar and Alex Moskovitz, both undergrad computer science students. It started as an effort to get students, faculty, and members of the Montreal tech community to share knowledge and ideas. This year they’re focusing on interacting with the Montreal startup community, with Hackathons co-organized with Startupifier. To get updates, sign up to their newsletter.