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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.

OAK LABS is born – Welcome to our Co-Creation Space

Ever since Obaid, Dave and I started working on OAK together, we have harbored a desire to have a creative incubation space that would be open to like minded young technologists/entrepreneurs who share our passion of building new amazing things.  We formally started looking for a formal office space in March 2011, and the desire to open our potential space was at the back of our mind throughout our search. We, at OAK, are happy to announce that our idea of an “Incubation Lab” – a space dedicated to technology innovation, idea co-creation and all around entrepreneurial fun is finally coming to fruition with the formal launch of our incubation space that we are calling “OAK LABS”.

We have around 850 sq feet of space at our location at 44 Byward Market that we have cut out into around 10 work spaces. OAK currently occupies about 6 of those spaces and we have 4 open spaces that we are happy to share with any other technology/software development team that is looking for some prime real-estate. We are located right in downtown Ottawa, the emerging mecca for young technology companies. For the right candidate, we are happy and willing to consider very favorable terms. If you happen to be working on a kick-ass product that in your opinion will change how future generations will interact with technology – then that definitely is worth 40 browny points. About us – we are a team of 6 talented/young/ambitious technology professionals who understand their (few) limitations while (in general) being quite humble about their awesomeness. We are easy to get along with, and we absolutely enjoy the company of freakishly talented geeky developers and designers. If interested in sharing our space with us, please send us a note at team (at) oakcomputing (dot) com and let us arrange to get together and have a chat around your dreams, your view of co-creation and your sports interests (not really).

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