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Best lunches for under $15 in the market: a startup’s perspective

Sonia & Ashima

Note:  Article originally posted on Apt613 on October 21, 2011.

Post by Sonia and Ashima, from OAK Computing. Apt613 has partnered with OAK to create a new website that is set to come out in a few months. Throughout the year, folks from OAK will be guest blogging on Apt613.

A young startup with a new office in the market – of course our first reaction to the move was mmm mmmmm, the food. With lots of restaurants and lots of choice, the entrepreneurs at OAK Computing got ready for a particularly delicious summer (and shopped for pants with elastic waistbands to counter any forth coming damage).

But sadly, reality didn’t live up to expectation. True, there was a lot of choice, but not all the food was good, and not all the food was affordable for daily lunches.

And so we, the good folks at OAK (led by the always hungry Ashima & Sonia) took it upon ourselves to identify the top ten lunch eats under $15 in the Byward Market. The process was simple – create a master list of great restaurants from their list of personal faves, Ottawa Foodies, and the highest ranking restaurants on UrbanSpoon. Then we had the “tough” job of lunching at these places, vlogging & blogging about it on BywardEats, and ranking our top 10 (being techies, we wanted to increase the digital footprint of the places we loved).

And who are we at OAK computing? Food critics? No. Professional chefs? No. We’re just a young, fun busy tech startup that loves our food, loves our coffee, and definitely knows what tastes good.

Our top 10 will be revealed, one rank at a time, starting next Monday. In the mean time we’re still reviewing, still tasting, (still wearing stretch pants) and would love to hear from you of any faves that we might have overlooked.

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Launch of Welcoming Communities Initiative

New WCI HomepageYesterday OAK launched the new website for The Welcoming Communities Initiative.  But don’t be fooled by the pretty layout and bright colours.  This is not just a facelift; this is a redesign of their content management solution, allowing them to manage and share their members, editors, publications and resources quickly, efficiently, and most importantly, in house, by themselves.

See our case study for more information on the project: WCI Case Study

We’d also like to make give a shout out to the amazing project management from the WCI end from Meyer Burnstein and Victoria Esses.  Our design, creative and technical processes were only strengthened by working with clients who have a strong management structure & process on their end.   It was an absolute pleasure to work with them!

Case Study: Welcoming Communities Initiative

The Client

Welcoming Community Initiative (WCI)
Victoria M. Esses, Co-Chair WCI
Meyer Burnstein, Senior Fellow and Director of Policy and Planning  

Type of Project

Enterprise Software Development, CMS

The Problem

 WCIs former website and management solution no longer fit their needs.

  • Complicated back end – difficult to navigate, update resources, manage content, make changes, and train new users using the old platform.
  • Limited display – different types of content (reports, events, e-bulletins video) could not be published in a suitable format.
  • User Access – there was little control over user governance; members and editors had similar access to the website.
  • Branding – the visuals of the old site did little to enforce the WCI brand.

Old site front end

Limited ability to display information

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10 things we have learnt about client-business relationship

OAK has been in business now for 2+ years, and we have over this time gone through a lot of crests and troughs. We have come to appreciate and loved clients who believed in us, and worked through the challenges of working with those who struggled with us. We have learnt a lot, and we are still constantly learning but we have identified a few lessons that we are happy to share our thoughts on. 

1. IT STARTS ON DAY 1 – ALWAYS GO TO THAT FIRST MEETING THINKING THAT IT IS START OF SOMETHING GOOD.

2. Never ever stop working on that lead – Treat every interaction with the prospective client as if it is your first date.

3. Invest your time into your client – Let your client know that you are prepared to give them the time that it would take you to learn their business.

4. Persist – Don’t give up on the client just because you do not like what you hear.

5. Be an extension to your client’s team – Your relationship with your client should not just be just about the contract and the contract deliverables. Step in when they need you.

6. Let the client know that you are in it for the long-term – We all love consistent stable relationships, and that applies equally well to business relationships.

7. Don’t exploit a situation, EVER – When a client is in a corner, don’t push them more into that corner. Be there when they need you, and often will least expect you to.

8. If they can’t pay you, try help them find out how they can – what matters is that you get paid, and if you can help the client raise it – BINGO.

9. Be prepared to say a “NO” to the money – esp if you know that the client either needs something simpler, or already has a minimum viable product to go to the market. Better to lose the money but keep the relationship.

10. IT IS ALL ABOUT LITTLE THINGS – SURPRISE YOUR BEST CLIENTS WITH LITTLE UNANTICIPATED SURPRISES (A LOGO DESIGN, A SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN, A LITTLE SOMETHING THAT HELPS AND ADDS CAPACITY). 

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