I wanted to formally share some exciting news from my professional life. Effective yesterday, Ascentum Inc has been acquired and will be joining the Hill+Knowlton Strategies family. I’ve been with Ascentum for 3 years and as you probably know Ascentum specializes in helping businesses, government and not-for-profit organizations facilitate and create dialogue with stakeholders via online, in-person and social media-based strategies and tools.
- Voice Calls – I receive 2-3 calls daily with a total daily talk time of 20 mins, generally I know 2 of the 3 calls I get daily
- Text Messages – I receive about 10 a day, and send 5
- Data Usage – I use about 50 MB a day, more if I’m tethered
As most of you know I’ve been working for the last few months at Ascentum and we’ve been working towards a new website. Yesterday we launched new Ascentum.com website, which was a switch from Ascentum.ca and an older CMS system that didn’t feature many social media functions.
Today we got our annual call from the Yellow Pages Group about advertising in their directories. We’ve moved offices so we’re probably in the Toronto West book. The major difference between the call last year and this year was the online only options. Last year we didn’t really have an option not to purchase online only
I’m excited to announce that Refresh Partners, has launched its first product. Its Refresh Analytics and it lets Facebook Application developers learn more about their user demographics. We’ve been using it with our client for several months and we decided to launch it as a product.
You can see the press release here:
And Mashable has written about the launch here:
Get to Know your Facebook App Users, with Refresh Analytics
SlashID Corporation, a startup I’ve been working with for the past year has released their new Identity Management system. You can see the SlashID.com press release at:
Its been a lot work but its great to see them finally getting their product released.
A few years ago the Voq was developed by Sierra Wireless and was rumored to be an alternative to the BlackBerry. I was involved with the Voq project fairly early on through Certicom who provided Sierra Wireless the movianVPN software. It was of the first embedded VPN deals that eventually lead to a change in the VPN product positioning as a toolkit, rather than end-user software. The Voq had a lot of potential but was dependent on the Microsoft operating system which was released late and still didn’t have a compelling user experience. The Voq was eventually released too late, too big and with a number of problems. Sierra Wireless cancelled the Voq program in 2005 and nobody stepped forward to purchased it. Now all the remains the device liquidation sales…
Trader Corporation is probably most recognized for the Autotrader Magazine and Autotrader.ca. Trader Corporation now runs the AutoTrader business across Canada and is expanding into other areas like Real Estate and General Classifieds. There are a number of positions in the Marketing group, including the Brand Manager position reporting to me:
Product Brand Manager – Real Estate & Employment Publications
Product Brand Manager – Automotive
Senior Manager – B2B Marketing Communications
Directeur Marketing -Communications (Montreal)
Directeur – marque immobilier et emploi (Montreal)
We’re also hiring in a lot of sales people and other positions around the country. You can find all these positions here.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions on these positions.
We launched the Freshnews.ca v2 interface today ( hard launch if anyone is following… ) , with a goal to be Canada’s Freshest Source for Canadian New. Roy Pereira has been heavily involved with the new design and will part of the management team going forward. The design provides the following:
- Cleaner look and easier to use interface
- Prioritizing of important news stories
- Clustering of similar news stories
- Tags to allow faster topic retrieval
- AJAX based architecture for faster navigation
- Canadian-only news feeds
We’d love to hear your feedback on the design. Besure to check the Freshnews.ca Blog for updates too.