12 Nuggets of Wisdom from Vancouver Tech Anchors Ryan Holmes, Jack Newton, and Others

Posted by Rob Lewis

Earlier this week HootSuite's new HQ2 office space hosted their very first event.

HQ2 is located two blocks from HootSuite's HQ1, which opened to similar fanfare 15 months ago (no word on whether HQ2 has bullet-proof windows as well).

"Building Vancouver's Next Tech Anchor" was a sold-out affair with a focus on discussing the opportunities and challenges of growing a startup in Vancouver.

Venue host Ryan Holmes of HootSuite moderated a panel that included Clio's Jack Newton, Mobify's Igor Faletski, Unbounce's Rick Perreault, and Allocadia's Kristine Steuart. 

According to the panel, all four companies plan to double their employee counts in the next year, so the conversation quickly turned to the issue of attracting and retaining top tech talent in Vancouver.

Between the five of them (including HootSuite) they are hiring for a total of 87 positions on the Techvibes Job Board right now.

Here are the best quotes from the night—all of which your can find on Twitter following #YVRtechanchor.

  • "I think a lot of people are sick of hearing about HootSuite." - Holmes
  • "People look at companies as transactions in the Valley. There's a greater sense of loyalty in Vancouver." - Newton
  • "Part of it is finding great people and part of it is mentoring people to become great." - Steuart
  • "Ultimately we're all friends here, but we're all competing for talent." - Holmes
  • "Check your spam folders." - Newton (an email from Clio's first investor was found there)
  • "If you have enough people swinging for the fences, eventually you'll have a ball that's going to clear." - Newton
  • "Take a chance on the people that have the aptitude that may not have the experience." - Perreault
  • "As a CEO, you need to sell the vision and keep up levelling the next BHAG." - Holmes
  • "Vancouver is on the precipice of being on the global map for venture capital." - Newton
  • "Don't apply for a job; pitch for an opportunity." - Perreault
  • "Digging for gold is a race to the bottom; we need to put our growth and energy into tech. I have no problem with mining, but no one is putting gold back in the ground so they can dig it up later." - Holmes
  • "There are over 400,000 Canadian expats living in Silicon Valley. We need to think of ways to keep them here." - Holmes

Photo credit: Meg Salisbury

Company:
Clio - Legal Practice Management Software
Website:
http://www.goclio.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Clio is the leading practice management, time & billing and client collaboration platform for small- to mid-sized law firms. We lead the way in cloud-based practice management with a rich set of features that make managing everything from intake to invoicing a snap. more

Company:
Hootsuite Media, Inc.
Website:
http://www.hootsuite.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Hootsuite is the world’s most widely used social media relationship platform. More than 10 million users, including 744 of the Fortune 1000 companies, trust Hootsuite to manage their social media programs across multiple social networks from one integrated dashboard. Learn more about how Hootsuite is revolutionizing communication at http://www.hootsuite.com. more

Company:
Mobify
Website:
http://www.mobify.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Mobify is an open platform to adapt any website for mobile devices: smartphones, tablets and more. We help businesses solve the complex design and performance challenges of today's multi-screen web by providing tools and APIs for launching fast, responsive websites. Mobify is built on standard web technologies: HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Our platform includes powerful features for remixing any existing site... more

Company:
Allocadia Software
Website:
http://www.allocadia.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Allocadia provides cloud software for Marketing Operations giving marketers complete visibility into all investments and all results, whatever the source. Enterprises see immediate financial benefits by re-allocating marketing budgets to the highest-performing marketing programs. Customers include F5 Networks, Juniper Networks, SENSA Products, Stepstone and Trimble. more

Company:
Unbounce
Website:
http://www.unbounce.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Create, Publish and Optimize Landing Pages without IT. Unbounce is the fastest and most powerful DIY landing page platform, designed with one thing in mind: Conversion. A simpler and more streamlined workflow so your marketing team can focus on creating, publishing and measuring your campaigns without the usual bottleneck associated with working with IT or developers. more


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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com.  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more




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