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.”
Jan 23rd, 2019 via https://www.timesunion.com/business/article/Albany-Can-Code-graduates-largest-class-ever-13549501.php
Imagine, for a second, that you're scrolling through the feed of your favorite social media network - headlines, articles, commentary, and memes rapidly careening down your screen. As you scroll, one link pops up: "Democrats Worried About Security for Super Bowl But Not About Security For Country!" — then another "White House Spokesman Refuses To Deny That Trump Directed Michael Cohen To Lie" — then another: "Michelle Obama Says She Plans To Run Against Trump in 2020 – With Barack As Her V.P.!"
Jan 23rd, 2019 via https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Troy-based-start-up-aims-to-combat-online-13545125.php
TROY, N.Y. — One local company is offering diners around the country a new way to taste with the launch of its mobile app. Taste is an app through which users review restaurants, but what sets it apart from other is its personalized recommendation platform. Once users start logging the places they like or dislike, the app will recommend restaurants based on those personal preferences.
Jan 16th, 2019
Are you in search of the best possible job? Look no further than software developer, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual list, which ranked the position as its top pick for the new year. The publication's Best Jobs of 2019 list takes seven factors into account, including median salary, employment rate and stress level. The median salary for a software developer is $101,790, and the unemployment rate is 1.9 percent, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Jan 14th, 2019 via Ben Tobin, USA TODAY
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
Describe what it was like when Versatrans was acquired by Tyler? What was your role in the acquisition? When you look at other technology acquisitions in the Capital District in the last decade, you won't find a better success story. It has been more than 10 years since Versatrans became part of Tyler. Since then, our client base has more than doubled, revenues have tripled, and the staff size has grown from 60 to 130 with employee attrition rates remaining in the single digits. And, nearly all of the staffing growth has occurred in our Latham office. We recently acquired, and are almost done renovating, a 43,000-square-foot building in Latham to accommodate our current and future growth. The success of Tyler’s Versatrans acquisition can be attributed to two things: Tyler's acquisition model and the cultural fit between the two companies. Tyler strategically acquires companies who are leaders in their space. Versatrans was the leader in K-12 transportation software in 2008 and we are still the leaders today. We still have the best technology, the largest client base with a 95 percent client retention rate, and the highest client satisfaction ratings. The cultural fit between Tyler and Versatrans was excellent from the start and continues to this day...
Feb 12th, 2019
A user group is defined as a group of people who have similar goals, interests, or concerns in both personal and business aspects of computing. Typically, members of these groups meet on a regular basis to share ideas, meet new people, and discuss the future of the technology the group is interested in.
Jan 28th, 2019
New York Tech Loop wishes you much success for 2019 and beyond. For us we’re only half way through our first year and very excited to jump into 2019!
Jan 23rd, 2019
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