Sendwithus

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    Innovative startup continues to expand, plans to increase local team by 40 percent see more

    Source: GlobalNewsWire.com

    Sendwithus Announces New Victoria Headquarters

    Innovative startup continues to expand, plans to increase local team by 40 percent

    VICTORIA, BC (Jan. 31, 2018) -- Sendwithus, the innovative communications management company, today announced it is expanding its local footprint and moving into the newly renovated British American Trust Company Building to support its growing team. The 5,364 square foot headquarters will serve as the company’s new technology hub.

    “We are delighted to have Sendwithus choose the British American Trust Company Building in Victoria for its new headquarters and expanded engineering operations,” said Dan Gunn, Executive Director, Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council (VIATEC). “Greater Victoria's tech sector is now contributing more than $4 billion to our local economy due to its over 900 tech companies and their 15,000+ direct employees. Thanks to companies like Sendwithus there is no sign of the growth slowing and we believe the local tech scene will eclipse $10 billion in annual revenues by 2030.  As evidenced by its momentum, Sendwithus is on the path to being Victoria’s next big success story, joining the ranks of MetaLab and MediaCore.”

    The new headquarters, which is on the Canadian Register of Historic Buildings, boasts a modern, open office environment well suited for collaboration.  Sendwithus chose the British American Trust Company Building because of its prime location in Victoria’s Central Business District and its historical legacy as a hallmark of Victoria’s burgeoning gateway economy. Built in 1912, the two-story, Edwardian-era Beaux-Arts commercial building provides ample space for the company’s innovation center as well as a multi-purpose area that affords the opportunity to host local technology and startup events in the future.

    “With our recent $5 million Series A funding round, a critical component of our growth strategy is to attract top talent and thinkers as we expand our offering to enterprise customers,” said Brad Van Vugt, Co-Founder, Sendwithus. “Together with Will Warren, our newly appointed Vice President of Engineering, we intend to grow the Sendwithus Victoria team by another 30 to 40 percent in 2018. Our new headquarters will unite our rapidly expanding workforce to provide an environment that inspires innovation and development for our customers. We are committed to the Victoria market as it demonstrates a shared vision for a new Digital Age, with a vibrant tech community that is very much aligned with our customers’ requirements.”

    Already utilized by innovative companies including Microsoft, Autodesk, Zillow, and Blue Apron, Sendwithus has realized exponential customer growth since its inception in 2013, with its product supporting over 10 billion emails sent to date. Sendwithus streamlines email creation by providing a powerful API, an intuitive, visual editor, and built-in device testing that allow for truly collaborative email strategy and execution. A centralized hub for content approval, the cloud-based solution eliminates the need for multiple touch points with an organization's already strapped developer teams and empowers marketers and product managers to quickly and easily create meaningful, dynamic emails that engage customers, drive growth, and increase revenue.

    To join the Sendwithus team, visit https://www.sendwithus.com/careers. For more information about Sendwithus, visit www.sendwithus.com.

    About Sendwithus

    Sendwithus is a cloud-based communications management platform that enables enterprises to maximize their email potential. The easy-to-use visual editor, built-in device testing, and proven API allow marketers and communication administrators to collaborate and deliver powerful communications strategies that engage customers, drive growth, and increase revenue. Sendwithus helps over 200 leading brands craft exceptional communications experiences at scale. For more information, visit www.sendwithus.com

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    Source: Sendwithus.com

    Sendwithus Secures $5 Million Series A Financing Round Led by BlueRun Ventures

    Communications Management Platform to aggressively grow sales, marketing and engineering

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA & VICTORIA, British Columbia—November 21, 2017—Sendwithus, the communications management platform that enables organizations to streamline their email creation process, today announced it has raised $5 million in a Series A funding round. Leading the investment is BlueRun Ventures, with additional investments from Baseline Ventures. Previous investors include Baseline Ventures, Initialized Capital, Acequía capital, SV Angel, Maiden Lane, Y Combinator, Scott Banister and more. The company also announced that Cheryl Cheng, General Partner at BlueRun Ventures, is joining the Sendwithus Board.

    “With more than 200 leading brands are leveraging Sendwithus to more quickly and effectively reach customers, we are expanding our focus to enable enterprises to execute cutting-edge communications at scale,”said Matt Harris, Co-Founder and CEO of Sendwithus. “We are excited to partner with BlueRun Ventures, and to have Cheryl join our board and share her expertise as we look to take the company to the next level, building on the strong momentum we have created over the past four years.”

    Already utilized by innovative companies including Microsoft, Autodesk, Zillow, and Blue Apron, Sendwithus will leverage its funding to further expand its sales, marketing and engineering teams as it delivers an enterprise-ready solution that helps organizations deliver global, on-brand, targeted transactional emails, quickly and at scale. The company has seen exponential customer growth since its inception in 2013, with the product supporting over 10 billion emails sent to date.

    The Sendwithus platform centralizes ownership of transactional email content, enabling enterprises to fully optimize communications that already perform as much as 164%* better than promotional campaigns, satisfying their CMOs’ need for improved ROI and increased revenue. Empowering marketing and product teams to securely create consistently on-brand content without involving developers or deploying code, in addition to simplified user provisioning and audit trails, meets the needs of CTOs.

    “With most traditional forms of marketing proving ineffective and hard to measure, CMOs are under siege in the battle to win the hearts and minds of their customers. They need flexible ways to test messages in a timely fashion and measure ROI,” said Cheryl Cheng, General Partner at BlueRun Ventures. “We are excited to support Matt and the entire Sendwithus team as they are category makers -- providing a unique solution that organizations across industries and verticals can use to reduce friction in the email creation process and target customers quickly and in a meaningful way. By leveraging Sendwithus, users ensure critical engineering resources remain devoted to their business priorities so they can focus on driving growth and revenue.”

    Sendwithus streamlines email creation by providing a powerful API, an intuitive, visual editor, and built-in device testing that allow for truly collaborative email strategy and execution. A centralized hub for content approval, the cloud-based solution eliminates the need for multiple touch points with an organization's already strapped developer teams and empowers marketers and product managers to quickly and easily create meaningful, dynamic emails that engage customers, drive growth, and increase revenue.

    For more information about Sendwithus, visit www.sendwithus.com. To join the Sendwithus team, visit https://www.sendwithus.com/careers.

    About Sendwithus

    Sendwithus is a cloud-based communications management platform that enables enterprises to maximize their email potential. The easy-to-use visual editor, built-in device testing, and proven API allow marketers and communication administrators to collaborate and deliver powerful communications strategies that engage customers, drive growth, and increase revenue. Sendwithus helps over 200 leading brands craft exceptional communications experiences at scale. For more information, visit www.sendwithus.com

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    StartupSlam 2017 Offers Participants Hands-on Skills and Networking Opportunities

    When: Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

    What: StartupSlam is Vancouver Island’s largest tech conference. Workshops are hands-on and offer participants the chance to learn new skills and ask questions of the experts that use them every day. StartupSlam 2017 will feature 12 workshops that fall into 4 tracks: Intro to Tech, Advanced Tech, Design, and Entrepreneurship. Look out for talks on everything from CSS3 to design tips for non-designers to a practical guide on how to build a startup. The full schedule is available on our website at https://www.startupslam.io/

    New this year, is Talk to an Expert - offering attendees the chance to talk with an expert one-on-one about founding a startup, early career development, and startup legal. 

    History: Sendwithus created StartupSlam to showcase Victoria’s burgeoning tech sector and provide insightful and informative workshops to young professionals. With 3 other local tech companies, Sendwithus rented a room at the University of Victoria and gave talks on everything from security networks to game mechanics to a crowd of 60 people. Fast forward to 2016, StartupSlam saw an amazing turnout of over 350 attendees! StartupSlam 2017 has a confirmed registration of 525 attendees as of Sept 26, 2017.

    Why: StartupSlam stemmed from the gap between the skills students learn in the classroom and the skills and technologies being used by local tech companies. We also aim to inspire the next generation of startup founders to think big and contribute to Victoria’s growing tech sector. 

    Where: University of Victoria, ECS building first floor

    Who: With just 3 days to go, over 525 students and professionals have registered to join us for StartupSlam 2017! Registration is free and will remain open until 2:00pm on Friday, September 29th. 

    Sponsors:

    • Presented by Sendwithus
    • Powered by Rooof
    • Partners: University of Victoria Computer Science Department and LaBarge Weinstein LLP
    • Unicorn Sponsors: Stembolt, WholePunk, Flytographer, Lighthouse Labs, Hello Ventures, Abe Books
    • Gold Sponsors: Checkfront, Bambora, KanoApps, VIATEC, Go2mobi, used.ca, FTS
    • Silver Sponsors:  UX Victoria, MetaLab, ChatterBlock, UVic Technology Integrated Learning 
    • Special thanks to Fernwood Coffee Company and Silk Road Tea
       

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    This report is a collection of snapshots of 22 tech startups located or founded in Victoria BC... see more

    Source: Haro Ventures Startup Report - Intro

    Haro Ventures releases 2017 Victoria, BC "Startup Report"

    What does Victoria’s tech ecosystem look like? And how can sharing this information help all the players involved in building our community?

    This report is a collection of snapshots of 22 tech startups located or founded in Victoria BC, gathered over the last quarter of 2016. We share glimpses into the company market opportunities, directions, go-to-market strategies and unique differentiators. We learn about the entrepreneurs’ vision for the future of their companies, about the times they’ve wanted to give up, and what kept them going.

    The information in this report was gathered using semi-structured interviews with company CEO’s, founders, and team members. Relevant qualitative answers are displayed on the company snapshot pages, and quantitative data has been gathered for an aggregate display at the end of the report.

    We call these insights snapshots because we acknowledge that the information provided could very well change over the next several years, and represents where the companies are at at specifically at this point in time.

    We hope to provide an informative and well-rounded picture of what the tech startup scene in Victoria looks like in early in 2017. This report was created for individuals curious about our awesome city and tech community, potential investors looking for the next big thing, and even entrepreneurs wishing to learn more about their peers.

    To download the full report, click here: https://silkstart.s3.amazonaws.com/58d2a1ac68621338f7f3fba5.pdf

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    Technology now typically employs more people than mining, oil and gas, and forestry sectors combined see more

    Source: Quartz
    Author: Nevin Thompson

    Brexit and Trump could be good news for Canada’s tech scene

    By 2019, it’s estimated there will be 182,000 job openings in Canada’s tech sector—and no Canadians to fill them. Better-known for maple syrup, snow-capped mountains, and head-of-state heartthrob Justin Trudeau, Canada is also home to a vibrant tech sector that is crying out for workers. And Donald Trump’s unlikely presidency may already be helping Canadian tech firms fill those spots.

    On the night of Nov. 8, as many Americans realized that Trump was going to be elected president of the United States of America, a flood of hundreds of thousands of visitors crashed Canada’s immigration website. People were presumably looking for ways to relocate to Canada and escape whatever Trump has in store for the four years ahead.

    But in fact, Americans accounted for just half of the surge in visits to the immigration website—visitors from other parts of the world made up the other half. But why?

    Options for foreign workers looking to emigrate are narrowing. June’s Brexit decision in Britain was based in on a desire to tighten the UK’s border and restrict its flow of immigrants. Indeed, the future of the European Union, the world’s largest trade zone, is in question as anti-immigrant, right-wing parties in the Netherlands and in France seem poised for victory in 2017. In the US, on top of vowing to build a wall with Mexico and deport immigrants, Trump has promised to clamp down on the H-1B visas that bring 85,000 skilled international workersinto America each year.

    Meanwhile, across Canada, 71,000 tech companies are responsible for over 7% of Canada’s economic output and 5.6% of Canada’s total employment: Technology now typically employs more people than mining, oil and gas, and forestry sectors combined. Canada, with its reputation for tolerance and openness to diversity and immigration, has been called one of the world’s last “safe harbors.” Add an almost unlimited demand for skilled workers across the country, and it’s easy to see why Canada could become the next hub for the globe-trotting workforce.

    “Donald Trump has definitely been a topic of conversation here in Seattle,” says Dan Gunn, chief executive officer of VIATEC, a Canada-based community organization and 16,000 square-foot technology accelerator. In the days following the US election, Gunn was spending time in Seattle for Startup Week. “There are questions about what Trump means for tech and for tech workers in the States. Highly skilled workers from around the world, particularly visible or religious minorities who had their sights set on moving to the US, might look to Canada for opportunities instead.”

    As head of VIATEC, Gunn helped build a thriving technology sector in Victoria—a small Canadian city of about 350,000 people located on an island just to the north of Seattle. Once known mainly as a sleepy government town and destination for retirees and tourists, Victoria is now home to a thriving tech scene that has attracted everyone from global giants like Amazon and Schneider Electric to game developers such as Kixeye and a Change.org satellite office.

    Just like the rest of the Canadian technology sector, Victoria—nicknamed “Tectoria”—has plenty of job openings. “Canada is growing, a thriving innovation sector, and advanced technology has become the number-one industry in Victoria,” Gunn says. “Nearly 900 companies employ over 23,000 people here. And they’re always hiring.”

    Across Canada, the need for workers is currently so great that a number of employers and industry organizations have banded together with the Canadian government to launch Go North Canada. The initiative is an attempt first and foremost to lure some of the more than 350,000 Canadians who work in Silicon Valley (as well as Canadians in other parts of the US) back home.

    “Canadian companies are currently looking to fill three different kinds, of roles: technical talent, experienced sales and marketing talent, and people in leadership roles who have experience scaling up companies,” says Heather Galt, vice president for human resources at Communitech, an Ontario technology-startup hub, who is helping promote the Go North Campaign across Canada. Galt says that Canada can often offer a better quality of life compared to working in the US: It has better schools, lower commute times, and a stunning natural environment.

    The Trudeau government has also announced a new strategy to make it easier for companies to recruit foreign tech talent. Compared to the H-1B visa process in the US, which can take about six months to set up, it normally takes nine months or more for foreign tech workers to receive a Canadian work visa.

    “Dealing with red tape is the number-one obstacle to bringing foreign talent to Canada,” says Noah Warder. Warder leads operations at Sendwithus, a Victoria-based startup that builds tools for email marketing. “It’s much easier to bring Canadians north of the border,” he says.

    While it’s still too early to determine whether or not Justin Trudeau’s new immigration strategy will make it easier to recruit foreign workers, the prospect of Canada’s attractive tech scene—not to mention its equally attractive outdoor wonderland—should give many foreign workers something to dream about.

    You can follow Nevin on Twitter at @Nevin_Thompson. Learn how to write for Quartz Ideas. We welcome your comments at ideas@qz.com.

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    Sendwithus has added two new faces to its executive team see more

    Source: Times Colonist

    Victoria tech firm adds executives

    Send with us, a Victoria-based software development firm, has added two new faces to its executive team on the back of a recent funding announcement that netted the firm $5 million. It has added Will Warren as vice-president of engineering and Megan Tobin as vice-president of marketing.

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    Tech enthusiasts gathered at Fort Tectoria to hear from a panel of entrepreneurs in YYJ's tech hub see more

    Source: CBC All Points West

    Tech is a $3B industry in Victoria, with 900 companies responsible for 2,200 jobs

    Tech enthusiasts gathered at Fort Tectoria Friday morning to hear from a panel of entrepreneurs in Victoria's burgeoning tech industry, hosted by CBC British Columbia as part of its Inspiration Series.

    CBC Radio One's On The Island host Gregor Craigie and All Points West host Robyn Burns asked three panelists about startups and Victoria's future as a leader in the tech world.

    "With 900 tech companies, 22,000 employees and over $3 billion in total revenue, it's hard to deny: the old stereotypes are dead," said Craigie.

    The panel discussion, called Victoria 2.0, covered topics ranging from gender imbalance in tech companies to the impact of a low Canadian dollar on local businesses.

    Why Victoria?

    The three panelists had a range of experiences and came from a variety of backgrounds, but when it came to talking about why they chose Victoria as a place to live and work, they all agreed: Victoria is a close-knit community and that's good for startups.

    "One of the great things about Victoria is it is a smaller community, you're able to really make those deep connections," said Nicole Smith, founder of Flytographer.

    Best of all, the city is affordable, she said.

    "And you're actually able to afford a house."

    Smith worked in Vancouver and Seattle before moving back to her hometown on the island seven years ago.

    Charles Lavigne moved to Victoria three years ago from the Lower Mainland.

    "It really came down to the community. It was just so inviting and so supportive," said the co-founder and CEO of LlamaZOO.

    "I think Vancouver is a lot bigger, so it's more dispersed."

    Entrepreneur Brad Van Vugt said choosing between the Silicon Valley and Victoria was easy. The small B.C. city offers something other places don't, he said.

    "You have this incredibly tight community, incredibly dedicated, smallish group of founders, but they're trying to do big things," said Van Vugt, co-founder and CEO of Sendwithus.

    "If you go to a larger city you're going to get a lot more noise."