Jul 13th, 2018
Serial entrepreneur Chris Thompson can add his startup company WorkOrder.es to the growing list of Capital Region software company acquisitions. WorkOrder.es, a mobile ticket-ordering platform was acquired in mid-June by Bixby, which provides comprehensive tenant portal solutions for real estate professionals.
A few years ago, Thompson purchased a few properties out of foreclosure. Soon after, his tenants would contact him with requests to make common household repairs. The problem was that these requests were being collected on scraps of paper, voicemails and text messages – there was no central location to record and store the details for these jobs. This sparked the vision for WorkOrder.es.
After researching the market, Thompson discovered these types of ticketing platforms only existed for large property developers with hundreds of tenants. He used WorkOrder.es by himself for a year before demoing it for a property management company to obtain feedback about how to improve the product. And then things began to take off. “With every meeting, we started adding more and more features,” he explains.
Now, owners with less than 100 tenants can use WorkOrder.es to centralize, submit and assign maintenance jobs. Bixby plans to offer the WorkOrder.es technology on its platform for free to capture new leads. Thompson now serves on the Bixby Advisory Board to help guide the business as it continues to grow.
The acquisition of WorkOrder will free him up to continue building his other startup, DashMetrics, which provides easily digestible infographic dashboards for advertising agencies to showcase the results of their campaigns.
Even with all of this activity, Thompson has still found time to bring great minds together through his Saratoga Tech Talks. Each talk includes a series of 10-minute presentations by 4-5 presenters who cover topics like software development, social media strategy, user experience design and iOS/Android mobile development.
And then there’s Thompson’s most recent project – the NY Tech Loop. The idea began in 2015 over pizza and wings in a shared workspace in Saratoga. The vision was to create a website that would capture all tech news and events in Upstate New York. “There are so many tech events in the area that no one person can know about each one,” says Thompson.
From there, a website was developed, a board was created and software businesses across the Capital Region are joining NY Tech Loop, which connects software companies to hard-to-find talent.
Beyond keeping local techies informed about upcoming events, Thompson is a strong believer in networking and bringing people together to develop a greater sense of community at these tech meetup events.
He recalls attending the NY Tech Loop launch event in Troy, NY where he met a software developer and was able to subsequently arrange an interview for that person at a local software company. “The best part for me is that I get to meet people I never would’ve met. If I can help someone find a job while I’m eating hors-d'oeuvres – that’s the power of The Loop.”
Albany Can Code was built on the idea of adding a new stream of software developers in the area, as many technology companies struggle to find qualified hires.
Jul 18th, 2018 via Albany Business Review
A video game company led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students was named a finalist in the college game competition at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, in Los Angeles this week.
Jun 15th, 2018 via https://www.timesunion.com/business/article/RPI-hacking-game-IO-Interloper-gets-rave-reviews-12993693.php
This week we announced that Bixby acquired WorkOrder.es, a mobile work-order ticketing platform. With this acquisition, we’ve added another asset to our already encompassing array of services, advancing our reputation as one of the most comprehensive tenant portals for real estate professionals.
Jun 15th, 2018 via https://blog.livebixby.co/read/bixby-acquires-workorderes
A new software-focused networking group that is launching Wednesday in Troy is being driven by pent-up demand and the need for a champion to lead the local effort.
May 23rd, 2018 via Times Union
The virtual reality software startup SpaceoutVR has been acquired by ValueSetters Inc., a Boston public company.
May 21st, 2018 via Albany Business Review
Software technology professionals recently completed a series of local college visits, giving computer science students an inside look at the industry, and the results are promising.
Nov 20th, 2018
Local technology companies anticipate filling a steady influx of job openings from now and well into 2019. According to the Fall 2018 Alaant Hiring Index, 58% of Capital Region employers have plans to increase their headcount into next year, a three percent increase compared to last year.
Nov 8th, 2018
The Tech Loop is filled with established software development companies that all started with an entrepreneur who had a vision of creating a better product or service. If you are in the early stages of developing your business, then pitching your concept to Startup Tech Valley can be a game changer.
Nov 1st, 2018
The Google Developer Group of the Capital Region (GDGCR) will host DevFestCR18 at the University at Albany on October 27. This event, now in its third year, combines local and remote speakers with attendees who want to get into the details about technologies including mobile, web, machine learning and cloud computing.
Oct 16th, 2018
The NY Tech Loop is hitting the road for a series of Meet and Greet sessions with students at the computer science departments of several local colleges. Students in all class years will hear firsthand accounts from software professionals about their experiences working for technology companies.
Oct 3rd, 2018