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Sponsor Profile – Rebel

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Rob Villeneuve is passionate about the Internet, its development, and its use. He’s an expert in Internet domains, hosting, infrastructure, and policy management. Before becoming the CEO of Rebel.com, Rob worked as a software engineer, a web developer, a small business owner, and a startup founder.
Rob actively contributes to global Internet policy through the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and currently sits on the board of directors for the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, which manages the .ca domain space.

Where did the idea for Rebel.com start?

Rebel.com isn’t new as much as it is a reimagining of something old. We had the name, and we liked it — but we didn’t have an identity, a culture, a brand, or really even a story behind what we were all about. We’d been running a successful business in our industry for 15 years, so it took some courage to make a change we knew could disrupt our customers. But taking our business to the next level meant we had to put more of ourselves into it, and we had to build something that we related to and that really drove us. We took a giant step back and looked at why we existed.

We wanted Rebel.com to reflect the bravery, thoughtfulness, humor, and audacious spirit of the people behind it. We wanted to make amazing, simple products and have a support team that left our customers smiling. We wanted to be in the business of inspiring people to contribute their ideas, knowledge, perspectives, creative pursuits, products, or services to what we see as the world’s bravest communication space — the Internet. We didn’t change the fact that we’re a domain registrar or much about our products and services, but we focused on a purpose and brand that motivated us to take everything to the next level.

And Rebel.com was (re)born.

What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?

My degree is in computer science. In software, you’re trained to think about a problem from every angle, identify all of the variables, think through the use scenarios, and tease out exceptions. You analyze systems and simplify their function into models of layers and hierarchies. After a while, this becomes so natural that you can approach every problem this way.

It sounds like a lot of work, but it isn’t. Once you have a model, you can develop your hypothesis quickly and predict outcomes. My colleagues sometimes call this overthinking, but approaching problems from this hyper-logical space works for me.

What was the worst job you ever had, and what did you learn from it?

I’ve never really had a “bad” job. I started my own software and web business at 18, so if work sucked, then I was to blame. In fact, if your job sucks, you should fix it. If you can’t fix it, then move on. Either way, take control.

I did have a few strange jobs along the way, though. I bagged groceries, paved sidewalks, cleaned ditches, and worked office demolition. These jobs showed me that I would rather write software, and each of them encouraged me to fully dedicate myself to the craft.

What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?

People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it. There’s so much value in being yourself because you own it, and customers are drawn to that. Customers can feel it. If someone understands why you’re doing something, you’ll be surprised by how excited he is to support you.

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

Agile Estimating and Planning is a book that I give people who are new to managing a team. It teaches them how to think systematically about the workload and challenges in front of them, and it is a great way to learn agile.

What people have influenced your thinking and might be of interest to others?

Here are two people who have influenced me recently:

• Simon Sinek (https://www.startwithwhy.com/), the author of “Start With Why” and the leader of the “Why Discovery” course that followed
• Dr. Balaji Krishnamurthy (http://thinkshiftinc.com/people/balaji-krishnamurthy), chairman and leader of Think Shift (http://thinkshiftinc.com/)

 

Sponsor Profile – Technologia

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Since its creation in 1996, Technologia Training has earned its place as a leader among training providers in Québec. As the first ongoing-training centre aimed at professionals specializing in information technology, project management and human capital and management, Technologia offers a wide range of flexible training options including more than 300 courses delivered in public or private sessions, either in the classroom or online.

What was your mission at the outset?

Our mission is to contribute to the professionals success and to the economic growth of businesses by supporting, with our trainings, skills development. Stay a training reference with our 3 areas of expertise who provide a rich approach, still on page

What services/products do you offer?

Over 300 training courses in IT, human capital and management, project management

What is your favourite quote?

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Barack Obama

Sponsor Profile – Youi.tv

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With offices in New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, You.i TV is revolutionizing the media and entertainment space with their app experience platform, You.i Engine.

What made you start your company?

After the launch of the iPhone in 2007, You.i TV co-founders Jason Flick and Stuart Russell saw a future where every experience, on every screen could be as fluid and immersive as the iPhone.

Was there a single moment that sparked the idea for your company?

The fluid and immersive animations associated with the original iPhone’s features (apps flying in, swiping left and right, etc.)

What is most fun aspect about your business? What is the hardest aspect about your business?

Most fun: Being able to powers apps for some of the world’s most recognizable brands, including Disney, TBS, TNT, CFL, and Sony Crackle
Hardest aspect: Constantly reimagining the TV space when it’s already in a high period of innovation and change.
What services/products do you offer?
You.i TV’s flagship product is You.i Engine, an app experience platform that lets TV and Media brands deploy video apps across mobile, tablet, game consoles, smart TVs, and OTT devices (Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, etc.).

Designers create the interface of the app in Adobe After Effects and then export their files into You.i Engine, which then converts the files into a single C++ codebase which developers use to integrate backend integrations and business logic. All front-end changes can be made directly within Adobe After Effects, and with the back-end integrations already in place, media companies can easily reskin the app for each one of the brands they own.

What do you wish you had known before you started?

How in-flux the TV space was. You.i TV didn’t see how fragmented the TV industry had become until 4 years into the start of the business. On the plus side, our technology is now seen as a game changer after media brands have had time to tamper with native development and static TV app templates. The former is too expensive and the latter doesn’t provide a stellar experience for users.

When did you open? Why at that particular time?

You.i TV started in 2008. After the launch of the iPhone, all eyes were on interface design and it was the perfect time to capitalize.

Sponsor profile – Scrum.org

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Based on the principles of Scrum and the Agile Manifesto, Scrum.org provides comprehensive training, assessments and certifications to improve the profession of software development. Throughout the world, our solutions and community of Professional Scrum Trainers empower people and organizations to achieve agility through Scrum.  

Ken Schwaber, the co-creator of Scrum, founded Scrum.org in 2009 as a global organization, dedicating himself to improving the profession of software development by reducing the gaps so the work and work products are dependable.  

Follow us on Twitter @scrumdotorg, learn more about Scrum and read more from our community of experts on the Scrum.org blog and Forums.

Sponsor Profile – Agile Pain Relief

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

mark-levison-headshot-2Agile Pain Relief was founded by Mark Levison in 2009. Mark is a Certified Scrum Trainer who started using Agile in 2001, later introducing Cognos and IBM to Agile methods before starting Agile Pain Relief. Through Agile Pain Relief, Mark has introduced Agile methods to hundreds of companies and thousands of individuals through his courses, coaching, and consulting throughout Canada and the US. Mark actively blogs about Agile, the neuroscience of leadership, and other topics on Notes From a Tool User.

Agile Pain Relief is an Ottawa-based Agile training and consulting company providing certified Agile training, Agile business consulting, and team and leadership training.

What made you start your company?

Mark has over 20 years experience in software development industry. After first discovering Agile in 2001, Mark started using Agile methods to conquer the traditional waterfall projects so common within organizations. Eventually Mark became an internal Agile evangelist with his employer before founding Agile Pain Relief to bring the benefits of Agile methods to a wider audience.

What is the most fun aspect about your business? What is the hardest part…

Most fun: seeing the spark when people *get* Agile and how it can help them.

Worst: Getting on planes and being away from family.

What products/services does your company offer
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Agile Pain Relief offers

Agile Pain Relief is pleased to be the GOAT 2016 Title Sponsor again this year & help support Ottawa’s Agile community.

Describe a typical day in your business

There is no typical day! Offering Agile training and consulting across Canada means a lot of travel. When not in the air Mark is conducting hands-on workshops to small groups (under 20 attendees) in private and public courses or dedicated consulting to help organizations bring Agile into their business processes.

When not travelling and conducting training, Mark is constantly working on improving courses based on feedback, writing about Agile and leadership topics on his blog and upcoming book, and developing new courses and material.

Role of management in Agile Transitions?

Lots—possible most—of the problems teams face are not at the team level: Management needs to help remove organization and structural impediments that are halting the teams’ ability to delivery value.

How do I scale Scrum to the enterprise?

You don’t scale Scrum to the enterprise: you de-scale the enterprise with Scrum. Divide the enterprise into smaller teams to be more effective. Scrum at the enterprise level needs to devolve responsibility from the centre to the edges of the systems and organization.

Sponsor update – October 2016

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We are growing our conference from 300 to 500 attendees! Thanks to these organizations for helping make this a reality.

We have 7 open spots open. They are

  • 2 Platinum
  • 1 Gold
  • 4 Silver

GOAT sponsor update Oct. 2016

If you are interested in being a sponsor take a look at our sponsorship package to see what best fits your needs and connect with us.

Sponsorship update

We are very excited to say that we have some sponsors! They are

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Having said that we still have some sponsorship opportunities. We are looking to fill the following sponsorhip spots

  • 1 Title
  • 1 Premier
  • 2 Platinum
  • 1 Gold
  • 5 Silver

A sponsors for the Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour (#GOAT2016), will have access to a specialized and influential audience to

● Increase your brand awareness

● Create product marketing opportunities

● Demonstrate your innovative management practices

● Create business opportunities

● Attract high quality talent

For further information, please contact the Gatineau / Ottawa Agile Tour 2016 Organizing

Committee at: sponsor at goagiletour dot ca