Software

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    The newest tech firm to open doors in Victoria commands a stunning view of the region see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Andrew Duffy

    Brazilian software firm Daitan Group finds right environment in Victoria

    From its ninth-floor window at the corner of View and Douglas streets, the newest tech firm to open doors in Victoria commands a stunning view of the region.

    It’s that view, and what’s tucked within that idyllic scene and the buzz of the city, that convinced Augusto Cavalcanti, founder and chief executive of Brazilian software firm Daitan Group, to open the company’s first development lab outside of South America. For the software company, which develops custom products for its clients, Victoria ticked a lot of boxes.

    “I wanted a city that would offer to our employees a great environment,” said Cavalcanti. “Victoria is very in line with the principles and values of the company.

    “We want to offer a great work environment, developing top technology, as well as a great environment for living life and that’s what we found here,” he said. “I came to Victoria and saw the family orientation, schools, parks and a good quality of life.”


    It took a year of planning, research and deal making to get to the point of opening the Victoria office. Much of that heavy lifting was done or facilitated by the South Island Prosperity Project, which Cavalcanti said has made the transition easier.

    “Daitan Group is a prime example of the ideal type of company SIPP works to attract. It’s a values-driven, innovative, growing company that believes in putting their employees first and creating a healthy work environment,” said SIPP chief executive Emilie de Rosenroll. “We helped Daitan Group analyze the opportunity in the region. We knew [they] would be a good fit, and their decision to move here reflects Greater Victoria’s ability to compete in the broader region.”

    Cavalcanti said in Victoria he saw strong similarities to Campinas, São Paulo, where the Brazilian company started, as the south Island offers a strong technology community, universities and a culture that understands the importance of work-life balance.

    It doesn’t hurt that Victoria is also strategically well-placed to service the bulk of Daitan’s U.S. clients, most of which are in Silicon Valley.

    Daitan, which has 665 employees, already has a small executive, sales and customer service team in Silicon Valley, but Cavalcanti said in order to build what he hopes will be a team of more than 100 developers within the next two years he needed a city that was more affordable than Silicon Valley while having a talent pool to draw from.

    He also noted the type of work they do — collaborate with companies to develop custom software — requires a lot of face-to-face interaction.

    “To build a team there you face the difficult cost and the lack of available people,” he said. “The whole Bay area it’s immensely difficult to hire people.”

    He understands Victoria will have problems like that as well, but he said a company culture that stresses work-life balance, offers challenging work and takes care of its people should help Daitan attract talent.

    He intends to draw from the local talent pool as well as recruit from across Canada and internationally when possible.

    “The whole world wants [software developers]. Who offers the best environment in terms of work as well as living I think will retain those guys and that’s why we chose Victoria,” he said.

    Dan Gunn, chief executive of the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council, said that decision is another sign of the strength and appeal of Victoria’s tech industry.

    Last week, NetMotion Software announced it will open a fourth international headquarters with a team of five people in Victoria.

    As for the intense competition for talent, Gunn said all firms are facing the same situation.

    “We have to find a way of growing our companies in the face of that, which means attracting people from other places and graduating more people [into the workforce],” he said. “We are still growing at such a pace that we are struggling to fill the vacancies we currently have.”

    Daitan opens in Victoria with a team of 10, chosen from the company’s Brazilian operations. Cavalcanti said he is excited at the prospect of growing the new Victoria venture.

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    A major Brazilian tech company is expanding its presence in North America see more

    Source: CHEK News

    Brazilian tech company Daitan expanding in Victoria potentially bringing hundreds of jobs

    WATCH: A major Brazilian tech company is expanding its presence in North America. Instead of Vancouver, they have chosen to set up shop in Greater Victoria. And as Luisa Alvarez tells us the move has the potential to bring hundreds of long-term jobs to the region.

  • Nadia Tatlow posted an article
    Enjoy Shift Advanced, with all of the bells and whistles, at 30% off. see more

    Victoria, B.C. — Shift, the popular email client from Victoria-based Redbrick, has continued to experience huge growth since its 2.0 launch in November 2017. With applications and extensions like Slack, Asana, Trello, Evernote, Grammarly, Boomerang, LastPass, and more, Gmail users are able to access everything they need, right inside Shift.

     

    “Most of us are experiencing information overload on the web, every single day. Managing email, and all of our other productivity tools, with the distraction of the browser, can be a challenge. When we built Shift, our goal was to help eliminate those distractions, and create a clean, beautiful, and productive place for our customers to get work done,” said Nadia Tatlow, Manager of Marketing.

     

    With productivity top of mind, especially this time of year, the number of tools available is overwhelming, and Redbrick’s team is working quickly to support several hundred of them, all inside Shift, before the end of the year.

     

    Shift is still available as a free version, as well as Pro for $29.99 per year. The newest plan, Advanced, has a yearly fee of $99.99. All plans offer support for multi-account access; a clean, clutter-free desktop application; easy switching between Mail, Calendar, and Drive; native desktop notifications; and cross-platform support for Windows, Mac, and Linux.  

     

    For those interested in testing out Shift for free, they can access it here. VIATEC members can upgrade to Shift Advanced, with support for Applications, Extensions, Google Services + Cross-Account Unified Search (the official 'receipt finder') for an exclusive discount of 30% off. To do so, simply apply the coupon code Viatec30 at checkout.

     

    In addition to Shift, Redbrick prides itself on a respected portfolio of B2B offerings focused on user engagement and analytics technology.

    Redbrick was ranked 2nd fastest-growing Canadian software company in the 28th annual PROFIT 500, and 5th overall in 2016. The company prides itself on building powerful software products for engaged users, globally.


    For more information about this story, contact:

    Nadia Tatlow, Marketing
    Redbrick
    nadia.tatlow@rdbrck.com
    +1 (250) 216-0019
    https://rdbrck.com/

     

     

     


     

     

     

     

     

  • Redbrick posted an article
    The Latest Version of Shift Adds Much Anticipated Support For Boomerang & Grammarly see more

    Redbrick Launches Shift 2.0 With Chrome Extensions

    Victoria, B.C. -- The founders of Shift are turning heads, and this time with more than just Gmail customers. Shift 2.0 offers support for both Boomerang & Grammarly Chrome Extensions, making Redbrick’s Shift only the second major commercial application to successfully integrate Chrome Extensions within Brave’s Muon framework.   

     

    Shift was originally built on a framework called Electron, and became an instant hit - and top Product Hunt launch - when it became publicly available back in December of last year.  Their user base has grown to over 65,000 quickly since, with Gmail users flocking to Shift to manage multiple accounts, across Mail, Calendar and Drive. For its Shift 2.0 launch, Redbrick has used the Brave Muon framework to build out support for the most anticipated Chrome Extensions - Boomerang and Grammarly.  

     

    “With Chrome Extension support being the single most requested feature right out of the gate, we quickly realized that rebasing Shift to Brave’s more flexible Muon framework was a very necessary - albeit challenging - next step that we wanted to tackle full-on. We were thrilled that the team at Brave helped us navigate the Muon process from start to finish, and document it carefully for the rest of the open-source community.  The support over the last few months has been truly remarkable, and we are thrilled to share our findings with other developers seeking to add support for Chrome Extensions,” said Director of Product, Michael Foucher.

     

    Brave Muon is a fork of the Electron framework that leverages the full power of Chromium, including extensions support. It is currently used in the Brave browser and available to developers on GitHub as part of Brave's open source platform. The Muon framework is helping Redbrick provide the support and features their users want.

     

    Shift’s Advanced plan is the true game-changer for 2.0, offering support for Boomerang and Grammarly, as well as the much anticipated Unified Search, which allows customers to search through multiple accounts, Calendar, and Drive, from one search field. It also provides support for other popular applications, like Slack, Asana, Jira, Trello, and over twenty other essential tools. With customizable Notification Muting, which syncs with Google Calendar, users can even stop embarrassing notifications from popping up during meetings.

     

    Shift is still available as a free version, as well as Pro for $29.99 per year. The newest plan, Advanced, has a yearly fee of $99.99. All plans offer support for multi-account access; a clean, clutter-free desktop application; easy switching between Mail, Calendar, and Drive; native desktop notifications; and cross-platform support for Windows, Mac, and Linux.  

     

    In addition to Shift, Redbrick prides itself on a respected portfolio of B2B offerings focused on user engagement and analytics technology.

     

    Redbrick was ranked 2nd fastest-growing  Canadian software company in the 28th annual PROFIT 500, and 5th overall in 2016. The company is known for building powerful software products for engaged users, globally, and Shift 2.0 is no exception.

     

    Shift 2.0 is now available to the public as of November 1, 2017. For those interested in testing out Shift for free, they can access it here.

     

    For more information about this story, contact:

     

    Nadia Tatlow, Marketing

    Redbrick
    nadia.tatlow@rdbrck.com

    +1 (250) 216-0019

    https://rdbrck.com/

     

     

     

     

  • Nadia Tatlow posted an article
    Redbrick named fifth Fastest-Growing Company in Canada, and second in Software. see more

     

    Victoria (September 15, 2016) Redbrick has been listed at number 5 on the 28th annual PROFIT 500 ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. The prestigious report awarded the honour to Redbrick for having achieved remarkably high revenue growth over the last 5 years.

     

    Redbrick joined the list with sustained revenue growth of 8,214 per cent, which has earned them a spot next to some of the most respected brands in Canada.

     

    “We are honoured to be ranked in the top 5 Fastest-Growing Companies, and help represent the incredible growth in the technology sector here in Canada, and on the world-stage. Redbrick has been on an exciting growth trajectory since we started doing business, and with the recent launch of our desktop software analytics platform, DeskMetrics, we are not slowing down anytime soon.  We are still a relatively young company, and we have focused our efforts on building a team that can innovate faster than the rest, and drive us to the top. The results have been fabulous,” said Tobyn Sowden, CEO, Redbrick

     

     “Companies become a part of the PROFIT 500 through innovative thinking, smart strategy and sheer grit,” says James Cowan, Editor-in-chief of PROFIT and Canadian Business. “These firms demonstrate what Canadian entrepreneurs can achieve, both at home and across the globe.”

     

    Redbrick is a Victoria-based product development company that has carved out an impressive niche in software analytics and distribution, and one of the only companies in the world providing desktop software analytics to developers. With a growing portfolio of both business and consumer based products, Redbrick is known for its expertise in user engagement, and solution-driven technology. 

     

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    About Canadian Business

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    About Redbrick

     

    Redbrick has grown into one of the leading desktop software analytics providers, delivering data-driven insights, and unparalleled expertise around user engagement. Redbrick is a trusted partner for thousands of software professionals, with over 2.5 billion events analyzed, and more than 500 thousand users, across 200 countries. For more information, please visit www.rdbrck.com

     

    Media contact

     

    Nadia Tatlow, Redbrick, nadia.tatlow@rdbrck.com, (250) 216-0019