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Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs at Startup Founder 101 – Founder Institute Montreal

February 25th, 2014 | by alainwong

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

This week, Wajam CEO Martin-Luc Archambault joined Busbud CEO LP Maurice at the first Founder Institute Montreal event— Startup Founder 101.

Wajam CEO Martin-Luc Archambault and Busbud CEO LP Maurice at HEC

ADVICE FOR STARTUP ENTREPRENEURS

Both entrepreneurs fielded questions from the audience, and gave insights taken from their own startup experiences building successful teams and products in the past decade.

Martin-Luc had these pearls of wisdom for first time entrepreneurs, “Give it a try and go for something big. Go for something that will change the world.”

Martin-Luc’s recipe for entrepreneurs:

  • Go big or go home.
  • Try quickly.
  • Fail fast.
  • Get up and do it again.

LP Maurice focused on creating a product that will solve a real problem in the world.

LP’s advice for entrepreneurs:

  • Make something that people want.
  • Find a real problem to solve. Not some imaginary construct in your mind that you think could be a business.
  • Look around you, observe. People are having all sorts of problems. Everywhere. In school, in universities, on the street…
  • Solve your own problem or someone else’s problem. The key is to get really passionate about solving one problem that you see, and to focus completely on it.

LP Maurice and Martin-Luc Archambault Wajam Founder Institute Montreal 2014

LP Maurice and Martin-Luc Archambault Wajam Founder Institute Montreal 2014

Wajam Founder Institute Montreal 2014

FOUNDER INSTITUTE

The Founder Institute is the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, helping aspiring founders across the globe build enduring technology companies.

Check out the next events at Founder Institute Montreal. This year’s mentors include Adeo Ressi, Chris Arsenault, Greg Isenberg, Louis-Philippe Maurice, Michael Turri, Alexandre Taillefer, Dax Da Silva, Hicham Ratnani, Luc Fillatreault, Stephane Marceau, Carl Mercier, François Charles Sirois, Ian Jeffrey, et Martin-Luc Archambault.

Tech Meetups in Montreal: Building Reactive Applications Using Play and Akka at Scala Montreal

February 24th, 2014 | by alainwong

posted in Big Data, Company, Events, Montreal

At the Scala Montreal meetup this month, Typesafe consultant Ryan Knight gave a talk on how to build reactive applications using Play and Akka. We also learned a bit of news. Soon to be released Akka 2.3 will have eventsourced integrated, rewritten as akka-persistence.

Check out the Scala Montreal meetup group for the next event.

HOST YOUR MONTREAL MEETUP AT WAJAM

At Wajam, we’re helping you find recommendations from friends you trust, whenever you need them. In order to do that, we constantly innovate with new technologies. We’d like to invite you to come over to our awesome lounge so that together, we can share our best high-tech adventures. Contact us @Wajam for more details.

WANT MORE HIGH TECH ADVENTURES?

Read our latest technical blog posts about how we’ve scaled and improved our social search technology.

Wajam Hiring at the McGill Startup Career Fair

February 13th, 2014 | by alainwong

posted in Company, Events, Montreal, Startups

We’re hiring! Visit the Wajam careers page for Montreal jobs as business intelligence analysts, software engineers, developers and more!

MCGILL STARTUP CAREER FAIR

Yesterday, we had a great time meeting students at McGill University during the McGill Entrepreneur Society‘s Startup Career Fair. We’ve regularly attended this event since it’s inception three years ago, and actually count five McGill alumni on the Wajam team.

The McGill Entrepreneurs Society (MES) is a student-run society that engages alumni, local and global entrepreneurs and investors as well. Thank you for inviting us!

Wajam Lunch & Learn Presentation at Men’s Online Retailer Frank & Oak

February 5th, 2014 | by alainwong

posted in Company, Engineering, Events, Montreal, Startups

Frank & Oak boutique on St-Viateur Montreal

Last year, we welcomed Frank & Oak co-founders Ethan Song and Hicham Ratnani to our new offices for a Lunch & Learn presentation in which they shared their success story in building an innovative online mens retail shop. We returned the favor last week by giving a talk at their new offices.

Wajam CTO Andre-Philippe Paquet smiling

During the presentation, Wajam CTO André-Philippe shares lessons learned scaling the Wajam social search engine and how we chose technology solutions to overcome the challenges we faced. Topics included how we harness NoSQL and Big Data technologies for storage and business intelligence, our social search engine, the state of the online search & advertising market as well as our open source contributions.

Wajam Presentation at online retailer Frank & Oak in Montreal

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Wajam Lunch & Learn presentation at Frank & Oak

TALKING AT YOUR NEXT TECH MEETUP

Our developers regularly present at Big Data Montreal, Scala Montreal and a host of other events like R, Haskell and PyLadies meetups. Contact us at @Wajam if you’d like us to talk at your next event.

Visit our friends Frank & Oak for the simplest shopping experience for men and gain access to monthly issues of curated style.

Tech Meetups in Montreal: Introducing Scala.js at Scala Montreal

February 3rd, 2014 | by amandafong

posted in Company, Culture, Events, Montreal

Scala Montreal meetup at Wajam

SCALA MONTREAL

Last month, Jonas Fonseca was invited as a guest speaker at the Scala Montreal meetup hosted at Wajam. He introduced the group to Scala.js, an experimental Scala to JavaScript compiler which allows developers to easily write Web applications entirely in Scala by allowing developers to call Scala code from JavaScript and vice-versa. This leads to more efficiency because more code can be reused between front-end and back-end. Link to his presentation below.

The next Scala Montreal event is going to be on Thursday, February 20. Ryan Knight from Typesafe will talk about integrating Play and Akka.  Join the meetup here.

Jonas Fonseca - Scala Montreal at Wajam

Jonas Fonseca presents Scala.js at Scala Montreal

Jonas Fonseca Github at Wajam

See more of Jonas’ presentation and some examples.

HOST YOUR MONTREAL MEETUP AT WAJAM

At Wajam, we’re helping you find recommendations from friends you trust, whenever you need them. In order to do that, we constantly innovate with new technologies. We’d like to invite you to come over to our awesome lounge so that together, we can share our best high-tech adventures. Contact us @Wajam for more details.

WANT MORE HIGH TECH ADVENTURES?

Read our latest technical blog posts about how we’ve scaled and improved our social search technology.