In this Facebook Live, Steph visits our friends at Jobber to chat with Dana Marsh all about BizOps. Dana shares how she supports many teams at Jobber by helping them solve problems through data analysis, insights, and visualizations.
One of the best parts of an active startup community is connecting with founders a few steps ahead of you for advice. We see these creative collisions everyday and it's one of the best parts of managing a coworking space!
Recently, two Edmonton startup founders shared their insights and advice on Entrepreneur.com to reach an even wider audience.
On May 25th, Startup Canada celebrated the nominees and winners for the fifth annual Startup Canada Awards - Prairies in Winnipeg. It's a chance to come together and recognize the outstanding achievements of entrepreneurs and founders across the country.
This year was extra special for Edmonton as three companies with deep ties to the startup community and commitment to global expansion won in diverse categories. These founders and their teams work incredibly hard to deliver products that their customers love. A massive congratulations to all of them on receiving recognition of their contributions to our national innovation and entrepreneurial economy.
“Five years ago there was barely a Jobber,” says Sam Pillar, Co-founder and CEO of the software for service business with more than 100 employees working out of their headquarters in Edmonton and second office in downtown Toronto.
In 2011, Sam and Forrest Zeisler, Jobber’s CTO, founded the company. In those early days, without an office to call home, the coding duo spent their time tapping away on laptop keyboards in businesses around town. “We had a circuit every day of five or six coffee shops that we would go to,” explains Sam. “You don’t have a lot of money when you’re starting a company—well, no money.”
In celebration of our 5th anniversary at the Mercer Warehouse, we had the opportunity to chat with some of our alumni founders about how things have changed for their companies since our downtown community hub opened. We're thrilled that our milestones often coincide with exciting news from our alumni companies! Over the next six weeks, we'll be sharing updates from some of Edmonton's hardest working founders.
In this episode, we hear from Sam Pillar, CEO of Jobber.
Photo credit: Forrest Zeisler, CTO of Jobber at Launch Party 3 (our first in the Mercer Warehouse space).
A year and a half after it announced an $8 million Series A, Jobber has opened a Toronto sales office as it focuses on growth.
“We have the majority of that money still in the bank thanks to our diligence around how we deploy capital and focusing on profitable growth,” says Jobber CEO Sam Pillar, who adds that the company is profitable.
The Edmonton-based company’s Toronto office will be located at OneEleven, which just hosted the opening of its 250,000 square foot space last week. Jobber has also brought on new VP of marketing David McInInch, who will be responsible for overseeing the company’s growth and go-to-market strategy and leading the new Toronto office. McIninch has 15 years of experience in the marketing industry at companies like ADP, Acquisio, and Morneau Shepell.
“It’s the biggest labour market in Canada, and the time zone is great for us from a sales and customer support perspective,” said Pillar. “Toronto has a lot of really great talent to complement what we have in Edmonton, and honestly, there are certain kinds of roles, that Edmonton is sort of lacking…that pedigree that we can’t get access to in Edmonton. So there are some of those kinds of roles that Toronto will be beneficial for.”