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Hello iOS7: Are you ready for a new mobile experience?

iOS 7 iPhoneWe are sure you’ve noticed the big news coming out of Apple – release of the iOS 7. Apple CEO, Tim Cook has declared that “iOS 7 is the biggest change to iOS since the first iPhone was introduced”. And he is not far off, the new iOS 7 has introduced some major interface changes. What does not mean for those of us who make their living designing and developing applications, these changes make older applications look out of date next to the new iOS 7 applications. Well, it’s time to update our most prized applications for them to maintain their standing in the App marketplace.  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 »

Hub Ottawa & OAK: A Partnership Inspiring Innovation

All of us at OAK are extremely excited and proud to announce our partnership with Hub Ottawa and the launch of Hub Ottawa’s new site today!  As their technology partner, OAK has been working closely with Hub Ottawa to develop and launch their new web presence, review, and to help them put in place a new media/digital strategy. As a part of this commitment, apart from the ongoing renewal of the Hub’s web presence, OAK will also provide advisory support to help the Hub deliver on its core mandate “to catalyze and support new ideas and innovative solutions to our society’s most pressing issues“.

A Little About Hub Ottawa

Hub Ottawa is a a community where individuals have the space, resources and peer support to kick-start their ideas, collaborate and grow. Located at 71 Bank Street, the Hub will give our community access to a buzzing co-working/learning environment where ideas will cross-pollinate and come to fruition.

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CISED & OAK: Amplifying Social Entrepreneurship in Ottawa

We are super excited to announce our partnership with the Collaborative for Innovative Social Enterprise Development (CISED). Starting January 2012, OAK is helping CISED with the development and launch a new digital and web strategy, which includes a complete overhaul of their web presence, review of their social media footprint and ongoing advisory support to put in place a technology roadmap that will help CISED leverage its strengths and deliver timely and relevant support to Social Enterprises from across Ottawa.

 

What does this mean?
In a nutshell, CISED is committed to offering the best tech tools for social entrepreneurs and OAK will help CISED with the development of the tools and the strategy for their deployment – while constantly reviewing the consumption of all support delivered through tech platforms.

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). 

OAK has a new slogan – “OPEN FOR IDEAS”

After a lot of going back and forth and putting millions is micro-seconds into the thought processes, OAK finally has a slogan. In coming up with the slogan these are some of things that we wanted the slogan to represent and celebrate:

– OAK’s philosophy towards its business, its clients and its partners

– What makes all of us extremely proud of what we do in OAK

– Our future plans, and our excitement about our future

– Our strengths in software development, and our focus on new Ideas

And …. the OAK slogan is …. drum rollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll ….. 

“OPEN FOR IDEAS”

We are really excited about our slogan, and it truly represents each one of the above observations. “Open for Ideas” reinforces our commitment to new ideas, new concepts, software incubation, product development …. and cool partnerships. We welcome great ideas backed by visionary entrepreneurs. As we say “bring us your ideas and we will make the software happen”.

Update  (July 1, 2011): Trademark application for OAK slogan (Open for Ideas) submitted to the Canadian Trademark office

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