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Young Maker: 3D Printer Crowdfunding Campaign Update

3D Printer Young Makers
Our 3D printer Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign has come to a close and wow, was it ever a huge success! Thanks again to all of our incredible contributors and everyone who has shown their support throughout the campaign. Not only did we hit our goal 11 days early, but within the remaining days we went above and beyond our original goal, how awesome is that?! A little over two months ago this was just an idea. Manu Sharma, Obaid Ahmed and Luc Lalande realized the possibility of what an innovative technology like a 3D printer could bring to youth in Ottawa, especially disadvantaged and inner-city youth. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Social Media Success Tips for Startups

Social Media Tree

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There are so many things happening at once in a startup. Well for beginners, you’re probably working in a small team, focusing on building the business, acquiring clients or sales, finishing projects with limited resources… I could go on but I think you get the point. Then you think, oh yeah- social media! What is our position on that? Having a social media presence is essential for any business, especially a startup. As well, you need to approach it differently than that of a larger organization. So let me fill you in on 4 tips to follow to successfully conquer social media as a startup. Read the rest of this entry »

Young Maker: 3D Printer Community Pop-up Campaign

3D Printer Community Pop-up

It’s a very exciting day here at OAK. Over the past month and a half Manu Sharma, Luc Lalande and Obaid Ahmed have been crowdfunding to host a 3D printer pop-up at OAK. This printer will be used exclusively for community benefit, and will be available for onsite demos to community organizations. The aim was to raise $5400 in 45 days, and 11 days early we successfully reached our goal. The support we have received for this initiative was absolutely incredible. Specifically, the support from the Ottawa community has been outstanding, not that we expected any less! On behalf of OAK, I would like to personally thank everyone who donated and/or spread the word of the campaign. The power of word to mouth is very well known, and we witnessed it ourselves throughout this campaign. Read the rest of this entry »

Spreading The Fun Wisdom

OAK Computing Fun Wisdom WordleI was thinking, what better way to start a blog post about spreading fun wisdom than with an awesome Wordle concept cloud! I am seriously hooked on this site- in 2 seconds it creates a beautiful word cloud from your text. It’s such a great tool to visually map out your thinking, papers, copy or anything! Anyways, this is starting to sounds like a Wordle plug and not a blog post. How about I just consider that my good tech karma for the day? Read the rest of this entry »

AgentPin Goes PINK for CIBC Run For The Cure

AgentPin.com #paintthetownpinkSo I guess the cat is out in the bag now! Remember that super, top secret product that we were developing in the spring?! Well it has arrived… ta-da I present to you AgentPin. We are so proud and excited to announce this game-changing product that we have been working so hard on. AgentPin is a marketing platform for Real Estate Agents (for more information visit www.agentpin.com).

AgentPin entered the market in a really cool way, campaigning for CIBC’s Run for The Cure in the “Paint The Town Pink” contest by KISS FM, here in Ottawa. We made our website PINK for an awesome cause and have been working hard over the past week raising awareness for breast cancer. Read the rest of this entry »

OAK’s Own Manu Sharma Awarded Forty Under 40 for Commitment to Community & Entrepreneurship

 

OBJ Forty Under 40 - Manu SharmaLeadership, innovation and philanthropy, three qualities in which a candidate must possess in order to be a recipient of Ottawa Business Journal’s ‘Forty under 40’ award. Owning these qualities, as well as being an accomplished and innovative entrepreneur, OAK’s own Manu Sharma is very much deserving of this year’s award.

A leader is something that describes Manu perfectly. At OAK, he is passionate about business, ideas and people. Confidently leading our team to do more, to do better and make a difference in this world. Manu is also a recognized leader in the community. In 2012, he was nominated a Mentor Rock Star by Startup Canada because of his dedication to helping young entrepreneurs grow to their full potential. With an incredible drive for success, Manu is an inspiration for any aspiring entrepreneur. Read the rest of this entry »

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