Clio turned 5 on October 1, 2013. What’s Clio? My invitation described the tech startup as “the market-leading cloud-based management tool for the legal industry.” Still pretty vague for me. But I like a party, I’m interested in Vancouver tech startups doing cool stuff. So I penciled in the date and time and place: a flashy little tech park just off Canada Way.
First, the welcome team. First impressions count. Everyone I met who works with Clio whether they were wearing the event shirt or not, was super friendly. Happy crew in a great space. Kudos to whoever is doing the team building. It’s working.
Jason’s a lawyer in the Tri-Cities region. He’s also a Clio fan. Here he is with Clio CEO Jack Newton. More on him later. The story here is that it was Jason who filled me on what Clio does and why he think’s its rocket science for the legal profession. Later the Clio team trotted out some numbers: they asked their customers to calculate how much time they save using Clio cloud-based management tools. The answer: on average, pros in the legal industry said they saved the equivalent of 8.5 hours per week.
I really liked this guys’ story. George Psiharis talked about a free program that engages academics, students, and NGOs on the legal side in helping to deliver the equivalent of $3.5M of pro bono Clio services since 2008.
Steven Silberbach is a recent hire from Salesforce. He knows a thing or two about taking a company global. He walked us through his personal “top 10” points on how to grow an “amazing” global team. It’s something that’s already started at Clio: they service the legal industry in 50 countries already. As Jack Newton says, that’s without trying to go global. Which takes us to the big announcement at “Clio turns 5” – opening up an office in Dublin to headquarter Clio’s European expansion.
This is the guy who’s going to do it. Later this year Nagib Tharani will set up the office in Dublin and start building the Euro zone team. Hiring is currently underway. Which leads to the next point: not only has Clio pretty much doubled its customer base every year since 2008 (currently at 20K+), they’ve done the same with hires. On October 1, 2013 they were at 85+. They’ll be at 100 by year end.
Here’s who they’re looking for: people in production, operations, sales, and marketing. That’s Catherine Hillier, Clio’s manager of customer support. Until recently she was working on the East Coast. Now she’s loving Vancouver and being part of the Clio team. Yup. It was pretty much a love-fest at “Clio turns 5.” Maybe Jack is part of the reason…
Kudos to Clio’s CEO: Jack Newton gave one of the funniest wrap ups I’ve heard in a business context, starting with his childhood inspiration to go into the aviation industry, his fling with snow removal, and tips on building the right logo.
And then it was birthday “after party” time. Champagne, beer, lots of great food. And as I said, a group of people who seem genuinely excited about being part of a great company.
One of the crew has suggested I try out the Clio product. It’s cloud based, they’ve just launched an iOS app (they were pretty stoked about that), and I’m thinking that the case / client management tools might work for more than lawyers. I’ll let you know once I’ve had the keys for a few drives around the block.
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On October 9th Startup Grind is excited to be welcoming Danny Robinson as the featured speaker for our third event in Vancouver, BC. Danny has been an entrepreneur and active member of the startup community in Vancouver and North America for over 15 years. We will be sitting down with him for an in-depth fireside chat about founding early-stage technology companies, what it means to succeed in the startup ecosystem both here in Vancouver and the Bay Area, and his experience starting the first seed accelerator in Vancouver. Our monthly fireside chat interviews provide opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead.
We are also excited to welcome Zone Vancouver as an official venue sponsor for this event. Zone Vancouver is a stylish new venue for meetings, workshops and private events in Gastown. Modern, versatile event space where ideas can flourish, creativity can emerge and connections can be made. Zone Vancouver is available for booking as of September 2013 and is suitable for networking events, meetings, private celebrations, launches, workshops, pop up galleries, retail events and other soirées.
October’s event also brings another new and exciting feature, drinks! As requested we will now be offering a variety of drinks at each of the events courtesy of Privatis. Privatis provides privacy tools that protect users of online classified ad sites and marketplaces from harassment by telemarketers and fraudsters while facilitating seamless communications by phone, SMS and email.
Tickets are only $10, food is included and drinks will be available. Purchase tickets and read Danny’s bio at Startup Grind Vancouver.
Discount code PIXEL20 can be used for ‘Late Entrepreneur’ and ‘At The Door’ tickets if you miss out on the $10 tickets.
I know many of you are looking to start side-projects, but need the right person to do it with. FounderDating (no, it’s not romantic) has partnered with Tech Shop and Highway1 (via PCH International) to launch a special hardware initiative to help entrepreneurs get started on side-projects and companies. Finding the right cofounder can especially be a challenge in our world and this is an opportunity to connect with vetted people across N. America, UK and Israel to compliment your skill sets.
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What makes them different?
High Quality - members are carefully screened for quality and readiness (no recruiters, etc.)
Balanced - 50% engineering & 50% non-engineering
No Idea Necessary - FD is about the people, so you don’t need to have THE idea, just be ready to work on a serious side project
It’s ok if hardware’s not your thing, you can still apply here http://bit.ly/143sI5t
On August 14th, House Party @ GROW took over various locations around Gastown to showcase some of tech’s brightest talent. Close to 60 startups were out representing four different areas of Canada - Ontario, Atlantic Canada, Vancouver Island and of course, Vancouver.
As a part of House Party @ GROW, a voting contest, powered by Twilio, ran throughout the evening to find the crowd startup-favourite. Party goers were asked to check out each startup and then SMS their chosen to a predetermined number where votes could be tallied up to find the champ.
By the end of the evening a clear winner arose. Please join us in congratulating AvidTap, from Ontario House, on their victory as favourite technology startup at House Party @ Grow, 2013! In addition to the street cred acquired by such a win, they will receive a $500 prize for their awesome-ness.
AvidTap is a mobile loyalty platform – a reward card without the card. With AvidTap you don’t have to have any cards because it is easy, fast, and free to engage your customers. AvidTap rewards you for doing what you already do. They make shopping more fun, more social and more rewarding!
We look forward to seeing all that attended House Party @ Grow this year for next year’s event, where we plan on adding even more startups and more Houses to the lineup!
Ahimsa Creative (my freelance design name)
What do you do?
Graphic and Web Design, web construction and interface. Social media marketing
Where did you go to school?
Australia. Many design and animation schools
Looking or Hiring?
Looking for permanent work oin vancouver
Beer or Wine?
both. more beer than wine but love wine too
Where are you from?
Adelaide , Australia - but lived in Japan for the past 7 years
How did you come to Vancouver?
Moved here 4 months ago after living for 7 years in Japan
Interesting Vancouver restaurant?
Taco Shack near Burrard Bridge on the Kits side. Fish Tacos are amazing!!
What did you do previously?
Worked as the creative director for an organic food import store in japan, as well as marketing for a event branding and lifestyle company in Shanghai (i still work on contract for both businesses)
Favourite Vancouver Activity
Riding around Stanley park and the beach on Sunset beach. Going to the Aquarium ( ive been there 3 times in 3 weeks)
Why are you here?
My dad most likely got my mum drunk. that and i moved to Vancouver to a) see the world b) my girlfriend is studying holistic nutrition here c) avoid food grown in irradiated areas in Japan d) hopefully get involved in the games industry
What other interests do you have?
I make music and dj under the name ahimsa
you can see more about it here - www.ahimsalove.com
i also love riding my bike, and landscaping aquariums
As part of the House Party @ GROW evening, we want to encourage people to visit all of the houses. As people check in, they’ll be given a passport with a map, descriptions of all the houses, and a stamp page.
Visit each of the houses - Atlantic, Vancouver, Ontario, and Island House - to collect your stamp. Fill in the entry form, and be entered to win an AR Parrot Quadricopter.