Startup Life

DEMO Button

I’m here in Sunny California, at the beautiful Marriott Desert Springs Resort where the DEMO conference is being held this year. Yup, Standout Jobs was selected to present at DEMO!

It’s been a long journey for Standout Jobs, and this week marks a major milestone–Standout Jobs has launched our first product, Reception, at DEMO 08. We waited till exactly 7am EST on Monday January 28th, which is when the embargo is lifted according to DEMO rules, to launch the product. The reception (pun intended) has been amazing, we were covered by TechCrunch, GigaOM and Mashable, among the major news sites, as well as local sites such as A frog in the valley, I never nu, Web1979, MontrealTechWatch, TechCFO,, Guillaume Thoreau, and Quebec Valley.

(If you’re interested in all the details, you can of course consult the
Standout Jobs Blog.)

Most of my readers probably also read the likes of my cofounders Ben Yoskovitz and Austin Hill, so all this news is no surprise to you… But I do want to remind you that we will be presenting at 12:44PM EST LIVE on the web at, and this is where you’ll be able to finally see just exactly why I’ve been so reclusive over the last year! ;-) But to be completely serious for a second, we’d love to have your virtual moral support.

I’d like to also give big props to the Standout Jobs A-Team that made this happen–In alphabetical order:

Thank you for your hard work everyone. We’ll celebrate when I get back!

Boxes of Equipment
Boxes of Equipment
Originally uploaded by fredngo.

What a wild and wacky week. This has been the craziest week yet for Standout Jobs.

We’ve recently hired our first Ruby Guru, who started this week, and we will be bringing another Ruby Guru on board very soon. We welcomed Marc-André into our temporary offices, which turns out to be the vacant former NITI R&D centre. (Thanks Avery.)

The bootup sequence of a new office is incredibly long, even when it’s only a temporary space. We had to put in an order for an internet connection, and was informed we would have to wait all day Wednesday for the installer. We’ve also had to buy some basic office furniture and a few new machines… At least the NITI guys left us a few tables!

Without an internet connection, the office is basically useless, but since we’re receiving deliveries of furnitures and equipment, we’ve pretty much had to station someone at the office during all the daytime working hours. Marc-André and I have been tag-teaming on this… at least there is cleaning and furniture building to do while waiting!

So the Bell sales guy told me that the technician would come on Wednesday, but nobody showed up. Apparently the technical guys have a different agenda: when I called them at the end of Wednesday, they told me a technician would come on Friday instead.

Marc-André Cournoyer
Marc-André Cournoyer
Originally uploaded by fredngo.

This week we’ve also brought on a sysadmin, Mohannad, and just in time too. As we’ve started to gain buzz and visitors, we’ve also started to attract the hacking underworld of the net… and Mohannad has been fighting them off. He also dealt with a nasty server problem that forced us to hard-reboot the server several times this week.

In the meantime we’ve published a few more video job ads. Check’em out!

It’s already Friday, and Ben and I are stuck in meetings all day… So it’s up to Marc-André to hold down the fort and wait for the Bell guy… Thanks Marc! ;-)

Next Monday our second Ruby Guru will be joining us, and it promises to be another exciting week. Stay tuned for the next episode of The Wild and Wacky Startup World!

So, it’s official. After spending over 6 years at Matrox (hey guys!), my last day was two Fridays ago. I have now committed to being in the startup world, and nothing really gets your butt in gear like resigning your job.

I have to say, though, I could really get used to being an unemployed bum.

Take today’s schedule, for example. This morning, I headed to the CUSEC conference that is in town this weekend. (Thanks John!) I took in the morning presentations, talked to a few of the local companies about possibly sponsoring BarCampMontreal and DemoCampMontreal, and just generally basked in the great feeling of being around passionate people.

Then I headed home for lunch and did some hacking. I was so deep the zone that I almost did not notice 6:30pm sneaking up on me. But I did, and so I ran out the door to attend DemoCampCUSEC1.

DemoCampCUSEC1 was absolutely amazing. The presentations just blew me away and simply reinforced my belief that Montreal has great technical talent and all we have to do is come together (Right now…). Did you know that the lead developer of ReactOS, Alex Ionescu, is a Concordia student? I sure didn’t, but I should have known. Alex’s presentation got a huge applause, by the way.

Now, I am home again, and after enjoying a nice dinner, am going to do some more hacking before going to bed. It is absolutely wonderful.

I am possibly the busiest unemployed bum ever.

So my stated goal when I started this blog was to chronicle my experiences as a startup founder. Without further ado, let’s begin.