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.”
Come one come all and gather around the campfire. You’ve made it through that dreaded Monday, cruised through Tuesday on steam and now you’ve hit the Wednesday hump. Today, we’d like to help you get through it all with some coding horror stories. Share these with your colleagues to make their day and help them realize that a missing punctuation isn’t all that bad
Jun 13th, 2019
Higher pay and rapid advancement retain talent in Upstate NY communities Upstate, New York, May 15, 2019 — The 3rd annual Upstate CEO Report, commissioned by Upstate Venture Connect, shows that fast-growing companies across our region have average salaries that are up to 60% higher than the average salary in a typical upstate metro area. “Scalable companies targeting national and global customers are distributed across our region,” stated UVC CEO Nasir Asli. “They don’t often show up on traditional economic development metrics, but clearly have an outsized impact on our communities.” Scalable companies are often in the newer industries and building products for national/global customers. Survey respondents in this category plan to hire 6-7 entry level people on average in 2019 and two thirds of those positions require a college degree.
Jun 3rd, 2019 via https://uvc.org/ceo-survey-shows-more-jobs-for-upstate-college-graduates/
Join hundreds of business professionals, entrepreneurs and innovators on June 27 for networking, awards ceremony and celebration with heavy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, music & more!
May 17th, 2019
260,000-plus new jobs created in 2018 as 43 states grow their tech worker ranks, according to CompTIA Cyberstates 2019™ report Downers Grove, Ill. – Tech-related employment across the United States increased by more than 260,000 jobs in 2018 and the tech sector raised its contribution to the nation's economy, according to Cyberstates 2019™, the definitive guide to national, state and metropolitan area tech sector and tech workforce analytics published annually by CompTIA, the leading technology industry association.
Apr 3rd, 2019 via https://www.comptia.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/2019/03/26/technology-employment-expands-its-presence-in-the-nation-s-workforce
As the capital of New York, Albany has long been a hub of history, culture, art and more. Albany received an above-average rating in health, as the city is home to a number of hospitals (chief among them is St. Peters, which is considered high-performing in a number of advanced surgical procedures). Health education is also a focus for the city, with Albany Medical School producing two Nobel Prize winners and numerous leaders in medicine and research.
Mar 18th, 2019 via https://livability.com/best-places/top-100-best-places-to-live/2019/ny/albany
Jun 3rd, 2019
The Elastic Stack is a collection of freely downloadable products which enables engineers to implement search solutions. You may have heard of this called the "ELK" stack before. The Elastic Stack is an evolution of the ELK stack, but the underlying concepts haven't changed.
May 21st, 2019
What if you’re asked to present or you want to pick up side work? If you’re happy at your job, you probably haven’t given any thought to your resume or LinkedIn profile. This is as important now as when you do decide to look for that next big opportunity. Just because you’re not looking right now, doesn’t mean that no one is paying attention to your current achievements.
May 17th, 2019
"There's an app for that." You know that idea you had a while ago but didn't have the skills or resources to get it up and running? Ever wanted to join a driven team, ready to grind and with plans to create something great? The 7th Annual Techstars Startup Weekend will be held in Troy this time around at the IgniteU office on Mar 29, 2019. Presented by IgniteU NY, Sage School of Management, Troy Innovation Garage, In Focus Brands, CampusPro, Innovate 518, this years' event pulls in leaders from across the region who are both eager and willing to spend time with each team, building and improving upon their ideas.
Mar 26th, 2019 via http://communities.techstars.com/events/14298
The Capital Regions’ software community continues to grow in everything from AI to local user groups. Gaming is yet another software industry on the rise in the region. Startups and large companies are choosing the capital region to build and grow their applications. We’ve interviewed three leaders from local gaming companies who are growing the capital regions’ gaming community; Taro Omiya from Omiya Games, Clarke Foley from PUBG MadGlory, and Jamey Stevenson from Tech Valley Game Space.
Mar 18th, 2019