Jul 19th, 2018
Chris Thompson, Co-Founder of the New York Tech Loop and Founder of WorkOrder.es, is proud to know several fellow software tech entrepreneurs in Saratoga who have had their businesses acquired. “People are very approachable in the Saratoga tech scene -- it's not giant. We all know each other,” Thompson explains.
The Spa City’s first software acquisition happened in 2015 when Time Inc. purchased SportsSignup, which provides online management solutions for youth sports leagues. SportsSignup was founded in 2003 by John Haller, who was also the Co-Founder of MapInfo (located in North Greenbush), which was acquired by PitneyBowes.
In 2017, Informz, a leading email service provider for associations and non-profits became the next success story when it was acquired by Higher Logic, a leader in cloud-based community platforms. Informz was founded in 1997 by then-CEO Joe Tyler. Located above the Bow Tie Cinema in downtown Saratoga Springs on Railroad Avenue, you can occasionally feel vibrations in the Informz suite coming from the movies being played in the theaters directly below.
Just a few blocks away from Informz on Federal Street is Happy Software, a provider of property management solutions for more than 465 U.S. public housing authorities. The company was founded in 1997 by then-CEO Joe Mastrianni. In March of 2018, MRI Software, a leader in real estate solutions, acquired Happy Software to more effectively manage tasks such as applicant tracking, tenant screening, and online payments.
Recently, Saratoga-based gaming company MadGlory merged with Seoul, Korea-based company PUBG Corporation, which focuses solely on the development and business opportunities for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, a popular video game with millions of fans worldwide.
The agreement with MadGlory will enable the business to offer powerful network features for PUBG like matchmaking and game chat. MadGlory was launched by CEO Brian Corrigan in 2012.
“MadGlory is doing the same thing they did before, but on a larger scale. That's a success in itself,“ says Thompson.
And now Chris Thompson can add WorkOrder.es as the most recent software company in Saratoga to join the towns' growing list of software acquisitions. WorkOrder.es is a mobile ticketing platform that seamlessly connects landlords to contractors. The company was acquired by Bixby, a leading provider of digital tenant and resident management solutions.
Sure, Saratoga is known for its world-class horse racing and fine dining, but the software technology scene here is clearly stronger than ever. In a city consistently recognized as being one of the top places in the country to live, it’s no wonder the area is a hub for entrepreneurs and software professionals who are looking to grow in their careers.
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