#RaisingTheProfile: Rallyteam rallies together to raise $8.6million

#ProfileMember Rallyteam, the internal mobility platform, has successfully completed a Herculean task of raising $8.6 million to continue to help companies retain talent.

The superstar startup provides software for large corporates to find talent within the pool of their own employees, and you can find the engineers and devs team behind it all, here in Vancouver, at The Profile’s Downtown location.

Some of our biggest successes to date have been around working with great enterprise companies such as eBay

One company who has begun to make use of Rallyteam’s platform for sourcing and developing talent is eBay. We caught up with David Somers, CEO at Rallyteam, who tells us, “Some of our biggest successes to date have been around working with great enterprise companies such as eBay and helping them really change their culture around career development and internal mobility. We’ve also been extremely successful in building a great team especially given the competition around talent in the technology space.”

For those who want to know how to find the friendly bunch of devs and engineers behind the Rallyteam software, they are in the Resident offices of our Downtown location. Stop by to say hi and talk tech & talent!

Good news for teams all round!

Rallyteam was born when the co-founders found themselves increasingly frustrated at how difficult it was to find new career opportunities within their current organizations. It was also clear to them that while there were many solutions they could leverage to find external opportunities, there was not an internal solution that would allow them to grow their skills and careers.

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The software solution is not the only way the team is rallying up the talent troops. To help Vancouver’s demand for talent, Somers tells us, “We plan on leveraging our funding to continue to grow and scale the business in three main areas including Go to Market (Sales, Marketing), Engineering, and Client Success. We plan on hiring in San Francisco, Boulder, and Vancouver.

Vancouver has a wealth of talented engineers and a growing startup scene

“Vancouver has a wealth of talented engineers and a growing startup scene. It’s been a great place to setup our engineering office, especially since it’s in the same time zone as our head office (in San Francisco/Silicon Valley. Our biggest advice is that Bay Area tech companies should be doing business in Vancouver. We’ve found the business climate to be fantastic as it allows teams to be on the same time zone and the technical talent pool is really deep.”

So if you’re a talented techie and fancy being in great company, get in touch with the team! Or connect with Rallyteam on LinkedIn and hear more about their time at The Profile. Alternatively, book a tour on The Profile website, and come by The Profile Downtown, 535 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC. To keep up to date with all things coworking, why not follow us on Twitter @theprofilevan, like us on Facebook @TheProfileVancouver, and add us on Instagram @theprofilevan

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#RaisingTheProfile: Vote Green Chair Recycling for BC’s Best Community Impact award

Keeping the areas clean in our lovely coworking spaces is a challenge in itself, but imagine what it takes to clean up after city-wide events while recycling as much waste along the way. Fuelled by people power (the cleanest energy there is!) #ProfileMember Green Chair Recycling has rocketed themselves into the press and into the local business awards.

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You can help support this awesome social enterprise, by voting Green Chair Recycling for the Small Business BC Awards’ Best Community Impact.

We caught up with the founder of Green Chair Recycling Liliana Segal (pictured left), who can be found hotdesking at our Gastown location.

TeamProfile: What have been some of your biggest successes to date? 
Liliana Segal: We’ve had so many different kinds of successes it’s hard to pick one! At a few events, we have actually achieved 100% diversion which is always exciting. We have to thank the event organizers as they worked with us to ensure vendors followed our recommendations to make this happen. Cooperation is so important in our field. We love educating people about what they can recycle and how to avoid things you can’t. Every time a volunteer, outreach student or event goer says “I didn’t know I could recycle that!” we consider it a great success too! It takes everyone making changes to make the big change and we value all changes big and small.

Take a (small) breather and surround yourself with positive people and get back at it. We’ve got a world to change!

Green-Chair-Recycling-volunteersTP: What advice do you have for others in Vancouver’s social enterprise sphere? 
LS: Just keep at it.  It can be difficult at times to stay motivated; doors close and money can be lost but it’s not over! Always remember your mission and why you started doing your great work in the first place. Take a (small) breather and surround yourself with positive people and get back at it. We’ve got a world to change!

TP: How can people get involved with Green Chair and your mission? 
LS: Lots of ways! We always enjoy having new (and old) volunteers join us at events. Volunteers bring a great energy and it really adds to our fire. We post event opportunities and when we’re out in the community doing shoreline cleanups or similar events on our website and Facebook page so everyone is invited to follow along. But the most important thing anyone can do to get involved with our mission is to care for the environment! Educate yourself on where our materials come from and where they go. Refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle whenever you can and show people a zero waste (or minimal waste) lifestyle is possible!

We’re always learning and always growing

Green-Chair-Recycling-volunteers-2TP: What’s next for Green Chair Recycling? 
LS: Well we’re really crossing our fingers for this award! After that we’re doing a bit of restructuring based on what we’ve learned through experience and some business classes; we’re always learning and always growing. We’re going to up our social media presence and become a source of information about recycling and our environmental impact for everyone, not just those who deal with us directly such as event organizers and schools we’re delivering outreach to. We want to expand our reach to everyone!

You heard! Vote for Green Chair Recycling now and help them on their crusade to keep Vancouver green by following them on the socials, on Twitter and on Facebook  where you can hear more about their time at The Profile! Alternatively, book a tour on The Profile website, and come by The Profile Gastown, 375 Water St #200, Vancouver, BC V6B 5C6. To keep up to date with all things coworking, why not follow us on Twitter @theprofilevan, like us on Facebook @TheProfileVancouver, and add us on Instagram @theprofilevan

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Raising the profile: Build your own city with Mythical City Games’ new VR game, Skytropolis

Here at coworking and office space provider, The Profile, we talk commuter’s hell, the race to grab space, and the high-rising costs of skyscrapers. If you’re like us and have always wanted to put in your two cents about the design of Downtown, you can now put your money where your mouth is! Vancouver-based Mythical City Games has launched Skytropolis, a Virtual Reality (VR) vertical city building game where you create a mega skyscraper that contains an entire city inside of it.

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Mythical City Games is a game development studio with a focus on intuitive and immersive VR design. Their new VR game that was created at The Profile Gastown this year has just launched on Steam and speaks to all Vancouver’s design dreamers and those city-centric.

We caught up with ProfileMember Jedrzej Jonasz (pictured left), founder of Mythical City Games, at our own Gastown location.

“[Vancouver] is the best place in the world to run a VR or AR startup”

Jonasz tells us,”Vancouver has an amazing indie game scene where the community helps to support studios and developers of all sizes. The VR and AR community has also grown over the past year to be one of the leaders in these industries and is the best place in the world to run a VR or AR startup.”

For those who want to know how to find TeamMythicalCityGames, they are in the room right beside the Express meeting room. Stop by and say hi, and try it out!

Have a go at playing God

Skytropolis-Screenshot02Want to know how to play? Here’s the story so far – You have secured a contract to build the world’s first vertical megacity. Start with a plot of land in the center of your city and build upwards into the sky, designing your ideal Skytropolis tower. Decide everything from the architectural design to every part of the interior. Do you maximize profit and use up resources from the surrounding city? Or balance sustainability by providing eco-friendly interiors and your own power generation. Be warned, the higher you build the more complex the city’s needs become. [TeamProfile: We think coworking spaces are an excellent solution to this problem!]

Skytropolis-ScreenshotThe Profile has seen past successes from Mythical City Games including when their first VR game Snow Fortress was selected by HTC to be one of their official demo games at all Microsoft and Gamestop stores across North America. So we can all look forward to their future works! Jonasz adds, “We are currently in development on new VR titles, such as our upcoming WW2 strategy game “Battle Fleet: Ground Assault” and the release of our game “Snow Fortress” on Sony’s PSVR platform.”

You can get the game with a 15% discount here: Skytropolis, or connect with Mythical City Games and hear more about their time at The Profile! Alternatively, book a tour on The Profile website, and come by The Profile Gastown, 375 Water St #200, Vancouver, BC V6B 5C6. To keep up to date with all things coworking, why not follow us on Twitter @theprofilevan, like us on Facebook @TheProfileVancouver, and add us on Instagram @theprofilevan
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