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.”
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
The Capital Region has earned its "Tech Valley" moniker by fostering a healthy growth ecosystem for start-ups. Increasingly, those start-ups are game development studios, according to a local entrepreneurial and venture capital expert. Rich Honen, a partner at the Phillips Lytle LLP firm, detailed the Capital Region's tech startup landscape, and what needs to happen to maintain the growth the industry has experienced, during the monthly Albany Roundtable meeting held Thursday afternoon at the University Club of Albany.
Mar 15th, 2019 via https://m.timesunion.com/business/article/Gaming-to-take-over-Tech-Valley-startup-13685767.php
Dive Brief: Respect is a key driver of job satisfaction, according to newly revealed data from Monster's State of the Candidate Report. About 14% of job seekers surveyed said they didn't feel respected throughout their most recent job search. They said recruiters could have been more respectful by, among other things, telling candidates why they weren't advanced to the next stage in the recruiting process (32%); following up with candidates soon after an interview (31%); acknowledging receipt of applications (28%); and sending out timely rejection notices (23%).
Mar 4th, 2019 via https://www.hrdive.com/news/candidates-are-asking-for-a-little-respect/549075/
Jan 23rd, 2019 via https://www.timesunion.com/business/article/Albany-Can-Code-graduates-largest-class-ever-13549501.php
"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
The future of being a woman in technology what it means for those within the NY Tech Loop. What lies ahead and how far have we really come? Events like NYCWiC 2019 is a great opportunity for students to come and learn in an informative and supportive environment. The ACM-W New York Celebration of Women in Computing, is an annual event with the ultimate goal of encouraging women to continue to pursue their careers in computing by exploring career opportunities and meeting highly influential women in business, industry, and academia.
Mar 4th, 2019
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