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 »

Change a Life with a $25 Kiva Loan!

kiva Here at OAK we love to give back. Not just to our local community, but to our neighbors around the world. Over the past month we have been gung-ho about Kiva! Increasing awareness and memberships of this awesome organization through our OAK Business Group.  Now we have 60 members and have given over 100 loans, how exciting!!

What is Kiva you ask? Well let me tell you! Kiva is an amazing non-profit organization that believes in connecting people through lending, to alleviate global poverty. They are the middlemen that make it possible for you and I to make small micro-loans, to foster entrepreneurship and development around the world. Kiva provides you with the borrowers repayment and business statistics, heart clenching stories and financial goals- all at your fingertips. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Happening @OAK: May 2013

Ah!! Back to work after the long weekend. Most of my peers are still in the long weekend mode, but not here at OAK. The office is re-energized and the team is ready to take on the warm challenges of the summer, building magical solutions for our clients, working on fascinating new ideas, and hopefully enjoying a road trip or two.

The winter was long, cold and unforgiving. Sadly, we had to say goodbye to a couple of our OAK family members who are taking the world on themselves. Dave Hunt, one of our former partners, has spun off OAK and created his own services company, we couldn’t be more proud! There is someone else we are also very proud of… our very own Manu Sharma has been named one of this year’s recipients of Ottawa’s ‘Forty Under 40’. He has been recognized for his entrepreneurial mind, leadership, and commitment to the community. We all know how awesomely talented Manu is, about time someone else recognized it. Just teasing, congrats Manu! Read the rest of this entry »

The Story of Apt613’s New Site – Partnering with OAK Computing

There Once was an Apartment and an OAK

Back in 2011, at a networking event in town, Apt613’s François Levesque made an open request asking for help with an improved calendar for their site.  OAK’s Manu Sharma, ever present at such events and a huge fan of Apt613 (as we all are at OAK) stepped up instantly, recognizing that this partnership would bring good things to Ottawa’s community engagement.

From Calander to Full Redesign

As with any good design process, it all starts with some lengthy (sometimes coffee accompanied, sometimes beer accompanied) conversations.  What’s working?  What’s not?  What’s your goal?  How do you want to scale?   All of these have to be answered.

And what the conversations illuminated was that Apt613, with its thousands of daily readers, had outgrown its present template WordPress solution.  They now needed a custom WordPress solution to suit their new needs:  look fantastic, flexibility to highlight specific content, spotlight events, advanced search, maximize automation and minimize required training. Read the rest of this entry »

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