When Colin Bramm and Roy Pombeiro launched Showbie in 2012, the pair thought it would be impressive if they could have their classroom software used not just in Alberta, but across the border in Saskatchewan or even the United States. It turns out, they may have set their sights a little small – today, Showbie is used by 3 million teachers, parents and students in more than 135 countries.
“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.”