30 Tech Leaders Making Philadelphia a Better Place to Work

On June 9th, Tech in Motion is proud to present their first annual Philadelphia Timmy Awards, which will be held at The Chemical Heritage Foundation (315 Chestnut St).  The “Timmys” are hosted by Tech in Motion in tech hubs across North America, with the goal of acknowledging the local companies and individuals that strive to create the best places for technology professionals to work in. After all the votes are in, the finalists in each city come together for one celebratory evening where the winners are crowned as the best (1) tech startup, (2) technology manager, and (3) technology work culture. Here are Philadelphia’s 30 impressive finalists (who you can see at the event if you RSVP below):

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Philadelphia’s Best Technology Startup

biobotsBiobots, founded in 2014, builds 3D printers that print living tissues made out of human cells. Biobots’ revolutionary technology is set to cure disease, eliminate the organ waiting list, and even revert climate change.

boxterBoxter, founded in 2014, creates solutions for businesses to help them grow faster. Boxter’s main product funnel makes websites intelligent and answers questions that no one else can. Boxter hopes to help bring Philly’s tech scene to the next level with its innovative technology.

Curalate, founded in 2012, produces products that address curalatea marketer’s desire to attribute ROI to social media. Curalate provides the power to drive engagement, traffic, and revenue with images across every consumer touchpoint, empowering millions of people daily to easily take action on the products they want from the brands they love.

greenfish labsGreenfish Labs, founded in 2015, is a media production studio specializing in 360 Virtual Reality, helping brands thrive in a digital world with traditional media and VR products, services, and platforms that transform the customer experience. Greenfish Labs is one of the first ambassadors of VR in the Greater Philadelphia Region.

LeadiDLeadiD, founded in 2011, is a consumer journey insight platform that provides marketers with the highest-resolution view of the consumer buying journey. Seamlessly integrated with any consumer journey decision process, LeadiD enables marketers to shorten the distance between data and decision making.

MilkCrate, founded in 2014, built a mobile and desktop-milkcratefriendly platform which encourages, captures, and rewards socially and environmentally positive activity. MilkCrate guides communities to engage their members in a step-by-step process, crafting a culture around social and environmental impact.

relayRelay Network, founded in 2010, is a simple and secure way for businesses and customers to instantly connect and share private communications in real-time. Through a direct mobile interface, Relay allows consumers to quickly and easily complete transactions, access timely information, and get one-to-one support from the businesses and organizations that matter most in their lives.

roar for goodROAR for Good, founded in 2014, created Athena, a simple device with a big mission – to protect women with the touch of a button. Once pressed, it emits a loud alarm and messages friends and family with your current GPS location. Not only did ROAR for Good develop an awesome piece of wearable tech – but they are also working to make a difference in helping to reduce attacks again women.

swift capitalSwift Capital, founded in 2011, uses the latest technologies combined with a team of Business Funding Experts to get their customers the best of both worlds: fast funding and personalized service. Armed with a mission to provide funding to businesses underserved since the recession, Swift combines innovative data analytics with a relationship-focused customer experience.

veryaptVeryApt, founded in 2013, combines personalized apartment recommendations and a trusted community of apartment reviews to help people find their perfect apartment. VeryApt is the first company to empower renters to make truly informed housing decisions.

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Philadelphia’s Best Technology Work Culture

Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI)

AGILogoAlways striving to do more.

AGI encourages its developers to continue their education and participate in community events. They participate in professional software and aerospace conferences, publishing and presenting their research. AGI also provides a subscription to online training called Plural Sight that is a development specific training site.

AGI develops commercial modeling and analysis software for land, sea, air, and space systems.

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AWeber

AWeber“Dream big, fail fast, and iterate on what works.

AWeber HQ regularly hosts technically focused meet-ups and company hack-a-thons to encourage the team and the community to grow and learn new ways of doing things.  AWeber prides itself on a culture of respect and cooperation that doesn’t come from policy, it comes from treating people like people ‐ the way everyone should be treated.

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AWeber develops and runs an opt-in email marketing service used by over 110,000+ small businesses, bloggers, and entrepreneurs around the globe.

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Comcast (CIM)

comcast cimFind the right tool, or create one.

Comcast promotes a “journeyman-style” exchange program called “Summer of Code” where, for several months, employees can trade their existing positions for opportunities within other technical departments within the company to both learn AND spread ideas, best practices, and technical skills.

While traditionally seen as a primarily service-based company, Comcast’s talented technical teams have been trying to move into the hardware and hybrid services realm for years.

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CoreDial

coredialJudgement free zone.

CoreDial allows their employees to create the best solutions for its channel partners by allowing a free flowing range of solutions to be identified and deployed.  Implementing hands-on training, shadowing co-workers and teams with more experience, CoreDial fosters personal growth.

CoreDial provides unified communication services in the cloud and on premise.

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eMoney Advisors

eMoneyCreating fun and a little weirdness along the way.

The culture at eMoney is driven by the pursuit of disruptive innovation, promoting creativity, advancing technology, supporting community involvement, among more.  eMoney’s development team regularly hosts highly-attended workshops in a faux garage, aptly named the “Innovation Lab.”

eMoney Advisor builds interactive wealth-planning technology for financial professionals and the clients they serve.

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Linode

linodeTeam-driven camaraderie.

Linode encourages all of its Linodians to enhance their technical knowledge and will pay for continuing education courses, such as Linux certification, PhotoShop instruction seminars, or subscriptions to Lynda.com’s online technical tutorials.

Linode provides market-best SSD-based virtualization for cloud hosting purposes, backed by steadfast support.

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Monetate

monetateBe both a Padawan and a Jedi.

Monetate believes very much that diversity is the mother of creativity.  For this and other reasons, Monetate formed a committee dedicated to the topic of diversity.  Monetate sponsors local events focused on diversity (e.g. LadyHacks), and employees frequently attend these events.  To encourage creativity Monetate hosts “hack days” once a quarter where its employees spend three days working on a project that is not on the roadmap.

Monetate makes it easy to create, deliver, and analyze personalized experiences across web, email, and mobile apps.

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Music Choice

music choiceCreativity and endless limits.

Music Choice has a program called Engineering Choice, where employees can pitch a project they feel would be beneficial to the company.  After presenting it to the entire department, if it gets approval they’re given the opportunity to work on that project.

Music Choice creates products that allow seamless movement between audio and video and provides easy access to a library of 20,000 videos.

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O3 World

O3 WorldInnovation through experimentation.

O3 World allows its employees to work on projects that would benefit the office is a positive way.   One such project – using custom-built iOS and Android apps, iBeacons, and a Raspberry Pi, makes is so that each employee is greeted by a song he or she has personally selected when he or she walks into the office. “Theme Music” a simple, but fun way to start the day off on the right foot.

O3 World specializes in digital product design and development, from conceptualization through implementation and support.

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Weblinc

weblincWork hand in hand.

WebLinc is a company this nurtures its employees by providing technical learning reimbursement and sponsoring local tech initiatives such as Girls Develop It.  Each WebLinc-er is very much a part of the creative process and is considered an expert in their field.

Weblinc provides an ecommerce platform for fast growing brands.

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Philadelphia’s Top Tech Managers

Anthony Romano, VP of Engineering at Leadnomics

Anthony RomanoGreatest project is his team.

Anthony makes an effort get to know each of his team members as people. You can tell by the way his team works together and enjoys each other’s company that they feel comfortable with each other, trust each other, and have fun together.

Leadnomics is a digital marketing company headquartered in Philadelphia.  Through its proprietary technology platform and expertise in optimization, Leadnomics has developed an industry-leading solution and partner network that creates more valuable relationships between consumers and service providers.

Chris Cera, CEO at ArcWeb Technologies

Chris CeraEmployee-to-employee mentoring.

Chris ensures a great team culture by listening to his team. He firmly believes that its the team that defines the culture.  Chris champions employee-to-employee mentoring and career development opportunities within Arcweb Technologies and believes that Arcweb exists to create new possibilities for Arcwebers and its customers.

Arcweb Technologies is a digital product development company focused on the finance and healthcare industries, and our mission is to build products people love.

Don Nawrocki, CTO at PeopleLinx

Don NawrockiCreates an environment of openness.

Don openly tells people in his organization that he knows that they look at other job opportunities and sometimes interview. Accepting this, he asks that if they find other offers that are attractive that they are in turn open with him, so that he can either agree that moving on is the right decision for the person, reply with a counter-offer, or offer career advice where he can. This helps people understand whether the grass is actually greener and recognize when they are being treated and compensated fairly.

PeopleLinx helps sales professionals create presence, networks, and engagement with buyers. Its technology integrates with your CRM data to deliver personalized sales guidance.

Felicite Moorman, CEO at StratIS

Felicite MoormanHuge advocate for women and girls in tech.

Felicite ensures a great team culture by giving back to the Philadelphia community.  She and her team participate annually in Philly Tech Week, as supporters and speakers for multiple events, to promote the growth of technology in Philadelphia. Felicite is an active speaker and recent advocate for TechGirlz, as well as mentor through BuLogics’ Girls in Tech Internship Program.

StratIS is an award-winning wireless access, energy, and automation platform for multifamily and campus communities, the commercial residential platform of Smart Cities.

Gabrielle Trotter, Linchpin at BuLogics, Inc.

gabrielle trotterCandid and consistent feedback.

Gabrielle is a clear cultural leader at BuLogics and beyond. From organizing company events and outings (such as an annual 100 mile bike ride and Dave & Buster’s blowouts) to being a shoulder to lean on for her teammates, Gabrielle steps up and in where it matters most, at the heart of the company!

From idea to shelf, BuLogics designs, builds, and certifies wireless solutions for the Internet of Things.

JD Albert, Director of Engineering at Bresslergroup

JD AlbertA kid with a new LEGO set.

JD will actively engage his team members and ask – what are your goals?  What would you like to spend more time learning about? After discussion comes action: You get assigned to work on a project in your interest area, or you get to sign up for a crash course in something new. JD gives you the option to blaze ahead into new territory.

Bresslergroup is a research-driven product innovation lab and consultancy whose employees work together every day to creatively solve meaningful design problems in unexpected ways.

Jody Hamilton, CTO at Zivtech

Jody HamiltonConsistent challenges and rewards.

Jody is committed to ensuring that employees grow into more senior roles through training and challenges. Under her guidance, Jody has brought many people to Zivtech who did not have previous developer training. One employee with a degree in architecture, got her first Drupal lessons in Jody’s living room.  This employee is now a technical documentation specialist at Zivtech, working with one of the company’s Fortune 50 clients.

Zivtech, founded in 2008, is a Philadelphia web design and web development shop that works with healthcare, pharmaceuticals, education, publishing, government, startups, and nonprofits.

Mike Harris, CEO at Zonoff, Inc.

Mike HarrisEqual parts transparency, collaboration and results.

Mike is family-oriented and considers each of Zonoff’s employees to be part of his family, so he created a warm, comfortable company culture that inspires through a relaxing, enjoyable and productive environment. Creating a sense of community is one of Mike’s primary missions, so he created a large kitchen for the office to serve as a gathering area for the company, bringing in food and snacks for employees, having beer on tap for after-hours imbibing, and hosting executive breakfasts where the executive team makes waffles and omelets for the company.

Zonoff empowers the world’s leading brands to deliver smart, seamless living to the mass market through its Consumer Internet of Things software and services platform.

Natalie Hirsch, Director of Product Management at WizeHive

Natalie HirschRolled-up sleeves management style.

Natalie is always mentoring team members, and giving them the opportunity to lead, as well. She is diligent in providing educational resources …from holding a weekly class on the software solutions with recordings, case studies, homework and office hours… to showing others how to approach better agile project management techniques.  The newer and less seasoned team members respect her and try to emulate her professional and people-centered approach.

WizeHive makes it easier for grants managers, nonprofits and business teams to configure and deploy cloud-based solutions that help them organize, automate and streamline their business process management.

Ryan Lockard, Manager of Software Engineering at Elsevier

ryan lockardActively pursues increasing productivity.

Ryan cares about his teams and actively pursues increasing productivity and tackling our technical debt.  He actively walks his team through their career path and works with them to improve and reach their goals.

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, and deliver better care.

Vote for the Best Technology Manager here!

The Timmy Awards ceremony will celebrate the local technology community and also recognize not only the winners, but the entire Philly community for creating a great business environment to thrive in. The event itself will be a great opportunity to network with finalists and other members of the tech community.

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20 Forces in the NYC Tech Scene You Need to Meet

Did we mention they’re the finalists for a Timmy? On May 19th, Tech in Motion: NYC  presents their second annual Timmy Awards, which will be held at SubCulture located at 45 Bleeker St, Downstairs , New York, NY.

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The “Timmys” are hosted by Tech in Motion in tech hubs across North America, with the goal of acknowledging the local companies and individuals that strive to create the best places for technology professionals to work in. The winners are announced at a ceremony crowning the best (1) tech startups, (2) technology managers, and (3) technology work cultures. Here are New York’s 20 most impressive finalists.

 

New York City’s Best Technology Manager

This award recognizes New York City’s Best Technology Manager who promotes career growth, ensures a great team culture, and leads their team to produce cutting edge technology products, services, and solutions.

karey.kyleKarey Kyle – Senior Director, Agile Practices of Weight Watchers

“Just enough guidance”

Karey Kyle encourages people to be proactive to get answers while providing just enough guidance to be successful and encouraged. She strives to be welcoming, enthusiastic and encouraging, while sharing her sophisticated understanding of the company’s operations and technology.

Karey’s team worked on huge releases in the winter season, deploying significant changes to the Weight Watcher apps and architecture.

Lisbi.AndelaLisbi Abraham – CSO of Andela

“Mentorship through societies”

Lisbi has created self-organized societies for developers to be able to bring their concerns and issues up to management, give people leadership opportunities, and allow for more senior developers to mentor new developers who have joined the Andela program. This promotes a strong culture of learning and mentorship, and empowers developers to speak up and have a voice.

Lisbi is responsible for a global workforce of over 200 people spread from the FlatIron to Nairobi that is delivering the best software development ever created in Africa.

MikeHenderson_InfluensterMike Henderson – CTO of Influenster

“Reward strong work”

Mike Henderson established a strong support system to give young employees responsibility very early on their careers and mentorship programs where the management team works directly with all employees of the firm to nurture their skills. And when an employee produces outstanding work? Trips to the spa or all-expenses paid vacations are given as gestures of appreciation.

Under Mike Henderson’s leadership, Influenster launched their app both on iOS and Android devices to resounding reviews from the tech community. In addition, Mike spearheaded a revolutionary widget that allows brands to harness the potential of user-generated content already made about their products on Influenster to translate the power of the consumer voice into sales for their products and services.

scott.kaminskyScott Kominsky – Product Director of Big Human

“Creativity is the product of collaboration.”

I ensure a great team culture by collaborating, not mandating, tasks and believe that creativity is the product of collaboration. Team members respond better when they feel that they’re part of the solution. By empowering my team members this way, they are more excited to solve a client’s problem and in-turn will deliver better work.

Scott oversaw the design of the new Jetsetter iOS experience – which now focuses around aspirational photo discovery.  Users create their own photo “Wanderlist” in order to research, plan and book trips. The new experience leverages all of the best qualities of the existing Jetsetter product while creating a level of simplicity that makes it feel easy to book a trip.

SeanMarchettiSean Marchetti – CTO of Embark Corporation

“Learn New Technologies”

At Embark Corporation, Sean is tremendous at promoting team growth. When new team members join, he immediately signs them up for educational programming subscriptions like pluralsite or egghead.io. He is always encouraging his staff to investigate and learn about new technologies.

Sean’s staff produces a full-fledged admissions and applications platform for colleges that enables student to apply through a custom built site for that institution. Institutions can then view their applicants through that site as well customize many parts of the applications and set up custom emails to send to the user among other functions. They have also created a matching platform that gives students conditional offers to schools based on a student’s core academic, financial, and personal preferences.

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New York City’s Best Technology Work Culture (Under 500 Employees)

This award recognizes New York City’s Best Technology Work Culture that promotes technical creativity, innovation, and learning. Finalists in this category include organizations with under 500 employees.

Appboy

ab_logo_salesforce_300x55“Not just a job, a home.”

Appboy’s workplace isn’t just a “job” to its employees, it’s a home where everyone continues to learn, grow and challenge each other in a fun and collaborative environment. The company hosts Hackday’s multiple times a year, sponsors engineers to participate in engineering competitions and big tech conferences and encourages employees to volunteer at nonprofits like ScriptEd, Coalition 4 Queens and more.

Appboy is the leading company in smart marketing automation. Their powerful SDK coupled with an intuitive dashboard empower marketers by showing them who their users are, and enabling them to communicate effectively with them, thereby creating a personal relationship between users and their apps.

Bitly

bitly logo“Scheduling Time to Learn”

Four times a year, Bitly hosts a Hack Week — a time for the design and engineering teams to collaborate, innovate and tackle projects that they wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to work on. During Hack Week the teams explore new technologies in configuration management & data analysis frameworks, improving Bitly’s development workflow and new ways to use the API. Employees are also empowered to explore continuing education opportunities with full support from managers & the executive team.

Bitly’s Deep Links product now supports Universal Links and Android App Links, which are the new standard for mobile deep linking on iOS and Android platforms. Through the updated functionality, Bitly clients with Branded Domains can now configure their links to support Universal Links and Android App Links, connecting mobile users directly to an installed app while still capturing all of Bitly’s click data from across the web and mobile.

Kargo

kargo_horizontal“Sharing Knowledge Sessions”

Kargo’s culture is more than just free snacks and fun outings; they pride themselves on fostering a culture where every employee understands how their job impacts the goals of the company as a whole.  Kargo hosts “office hours” every other week where employees share knowledge by leading the company through training on their area of expertise. These sessions can cover topics from photography to marketing!

Kargo provides major advertisers with a single source solution for buying, designing and delivering engaging, customized mobile ad experiences across its high-end editorial alliance of 300+ world-class publishers. In addition to its award-winning mobile creative, Kargo is also known for the highest quality distribution–ranking in the top 1% for ad effectiveness (brand safety, viewability, fraud) according to Integral Ad Science and Moat, two of the leading verification vendors for advertising quality.

LearnVest

learnvest“Think Outside the Box”

Until recently LearnVest was a startup, and like most startups, were sometimes limited with the tools they could purchase. That pushed them to come up with innovative solutions to problems, both in the product development teams and throughout other parts of tech like infrastructure and IT/Helpdesk. Sometimes the best solutions don’t come from throwing money at the problem, but having the freedom to suggest novel approaches and being rewarded for thinking outside the box.

LearnVest provides fully customizable financial plans, which are supported by online tools and mobile app. They have created an innovative platform to support planners and clients which they believe is at the cutting edge of technology. Technologically speaking, what they have built is an AWS-based platform built on top of a Docker-based Kubernetes cluster, comprised of microservices and microapps, with infrastructure automation through Ansible.

Zeeto

ZEETO“Believing in the risk taker”

Zeeto prefers to hire a risk taker who is accountable and learns from their mistakes any day of the week over someone who plays it safe, because sooner than later, that person will impress the hell out of you. The engineers, sales-team, art department, etc. have the authority to fix, create, pursue clients any way they see fit, as long as it follows the best business practices and is in the direction of team goals.

As the first SaaS company in this space, Zeeto has created a proprietary ad platform that uses sophisticated algorithms to create a dynamic experience for each visitor’s sign-up process to best monetize the registration flow.

 

 

New York City’s Best Technology Work Culture (Over 500 Employees)

This award recognizes New York City’s Best Technology Work Culture that promotes technical creativity, innovation, and learning. Finalists in this category include organizations with over 500 employees.

Jet.com

jetdotcom“Exposure to all opportunities.”

Like most companies, Jet has an internal review board for process implementation, which requires feedback from all teams. However, they also hold weekly internal tech talks where employees vote for the subject they’re interested in learning about next. They’ve started a series of bi-weekly meetups at the office, covering a range of technologies and products that they’re interested in. They host book clubs where developers meet to read and discuss the content in question. On top of the opportunities offered, engineers are encouraged to sit with other teams in order to become better exposed to their products and what goes into creating them. Learning is THE staple of Jet culture.

Jet.com is an eCommerce company that is changing the way people think about online shopping. They work aggressively to discover and implement new ways for customers to make better shopping decisions and save more money on purchases than they could anywhere else.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn“Investing in education.”

LinkedIn acquired Lynda.com in late 2015 to provide technical learning to the entire member base. Lynda.com hosts short online courses that cover a wide variety of topics from coding, product management, and UI/UX.

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with more than 400 million members in 200 countries and territories around the globe. Their mission is simple: To connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. When you join LinkedIn, you get access to people, jobs, news, updates, and insights that help you be great at what you do.

MongoDB

MongoDB“Recognizing the value of Passion Projects”

MongoDB recognizes the value of passion projects, and turns the best of them into official products and tools. For example, MongoDB hosts quarterly “Skunk Works” event: engineers devote three days to working with each other on passion projects outside their normal teams and responsibilities. It’s not a hackathon: there’s no emphasis on competing or on pulling all-nighters. Rather, during Skunk Works engineers learn skills or try experiments to advance their personal goals that don’t fit into their day-to-day routine.

MongoDB makes convenient, scalable database software with a unique data model and query language. MongoDB’s software is the main challenger to the decades-old dominance of the SQL query language. It provides developers a new way to store and retrieve data that better matches object-oriented programming languages than SQL does, and is better optimized to handle the scale of modern data applications. Its flexibility, scalability and performance make it best suited for today’s applications and wide variety of data they process. MongoDB is the database that MetLife, the City of Chicago, eBay, X.ai and others are using to build their mission critical applications.

Vizrt

Vizrt Logo rgb“Creating an educational system.”

Vizrt focuses is maintaining all of their engineers, developers and designers constantly working on new projects and workflows. They encourage learning through Viz University where employees can find full courses to all of their products in order to become technically better.

Vizrt’s software is behind the analysis touch screens used at Fox News, CNN and MSNBC used for US Presidential elections, Sports, and virtual and augmented reality projects.

Zocdoc

Zocdoc“Creating outlets for technical learning.”

Zoddoc hosts bi-weekly demo meetings that are a great outlet for technical learning. This meeting is always well attended by team members across design, engineering and product (and not just because of the drinks and snacks). These meetings focus on new product and feature demos and always end with an open Q&A for productive technical discussions.

Zocdoc is the tech company at the beginning of a better healthcare experience. With a mission to give power to the patient, Zocdoc’s online marketplace delivers the accessible, seamless, and simple experience patients expect and deserve.

 

New York City’s Best Tech Startup

This award recognizes New York City’s Best Tech Startup that employs forward-thinking technology leaders, possesses a great working environment, and produces an innovative product.

3 Tech Startup Lessons You Need to Learn – from a Mark Cuban-backed CEO.

Canary

Canary_Logotype_WebCanary is an all-in-one security system controlled right from a smartphone. With HD video, night-vision, 90db siren, temperature and air quality monitoring, and the option to call local authorities if an alert shows an intruder, Canary is empowering people to live fearless lives.

Inspired by a burglary experienced while on vacation, Adam Sagar and Chris Rill immediately began building a new type of security system from scratch which eventually became the Canary device. This idea clearly resonated with consumers, who responded to Canary’s Indiegogo campaign by making it one of the most funded projects on the site in 2013. Within a year of retail launch, Canary is now available in more than 7000 retail outlets, has already expanded internationally and is continuing to increase its footprint globally at a rapid pace.

Canary’s offices reflect the company’s entrepreneurial personality. The spacious 27,500-square-foot office provides space for creativity to run free for designers and engineers alike with a variety of tools (tech, such as 3D printers and otherwise) to give team members the freedom to develop any new project, piece of code, or new design element that comes to mind. Canary’s People Team has made great use of the office’s open areas to host an initiative named “School Us”. This workshop series empowers employees to teach each other skills from outside of their focuses at work – including yoga, wood carving and table tennis.

Clarifai

ClarifaiClarifai is an artificial intelligence company that excels in visual recognition, solving real-world problems for businesses and developers alike.

Founded in 2013 by Matthew Zeiler, a foremost expert in machine learning, Clarifai has been a market leader since winning the top five places in image classification at the ImageNet 2013 competition. Clarifai’s powerful image and video recognition technology is built on the most advanced machine learning systems and made easily accessible by a clean API, empowering developers all over the world to build a new generation of intelligent applications.

Their customers range from large companies like Vimeo and Buzzfeed who use their API to automatically tag and curate their visual content, to individual developers who build amazing apps like A.I.-powered lightsabers, real estate photo evaluators, and autoswipers for online dating apps.

Hopscotch Technologies

HopscotchHopscotch is revolutionizing programming so that anyone with a smartphone can do it. It takes too much time, technology, and training to create software. Yet software is the most useful and widely consumed form of media today. Most of the reasons it’s difficult to create have nothing at all to do with programming. So at Hopscotch, they work to build a better way, and have created the world’s first mobile programming language.

Hopscotch’s founders, Samantha and Jocelyn, started Hopscotch as a way to change the face of programming and expose a broader demographic to the field. Understanding that the future is mobile, their product extracts programming from the command line and places it in the palm of team member’s hands.

Hopscotch is a mission driven company—everyone on the team is committed to making programming vastly more accessible. Everyone on the team has the opportunity to connect with users through joining a call with a classroom, responding to user questions or feedback, playing games made by users, and building their own things in Hopscotch.

Influenster

InfluensterInfluenster is a product discovery and reviews platform that enables consumers to find new products and get advice to make informed purchases. Members visit Influenster to browse through products, pick up new tips and exchange opinions with others. This startup inspires a love for products and encourages discovery, conversations and reviews.

Influenster already has more than 2 million members who’ve written over 6 million reviews on over 1.5 million products. This startup currently acquires 500K new user-generated reviews every month and has doubled the size of its workforce over the past year.

There is a strong support system to give young employees responsibility very early on their careers and mentorship programs where the management team works directly with all employees of the firm to hone their skills. For further development, Influenster even sets aside a big budget to encourage every member of the team to take professional development courses outside of work. And when an employee produces outstanding work? A trip to the spa or an all-expenses paid vacation are given as gestures of appreciation.

Take the Interview

Take the InterviewTTI passion is solving challenges associated with the interview process and improving the way companies hire. The have produced a digital interviewing solution driven by user feedback. Historically, talent acquisition teams have struggled due to making hiring decisions based on instinct. They may not have necessarily standardized the interview process, communicated effectively with hiring managers or have given candidates a positive interview experience with timely feedback.

TTI’s digital interviewing platform is comprised of TTI On-Demand (one-way video interviewing) as well as TTI Live (two-way video interviewing) for both desktop and mobile applications. Within the platform, talent acquisition teams are given tools to improve collaboration between hiring managers and recruiters, deliver rapid feedback to candidates as well as promote data-driven decision-making.

Individual and team growth continue to guide TTI’s direction today. They expect that individuals challenge current practices and find innovative solutions to address them. The TTI environment encourages individuals to be accountable for what they accomplish. It’s also important to everyone that those accomplishments are recognized. They believe successes should feel shared, which motivates team members to resolve problems in diplomatic, intelligent and creative ways.

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