Founders Dinner: Q4 Restaurant, Vancouver

The latest edition of the Founders Dinner was last night at the fabulous Q4 Restaurant on Broadway in Vancouver.  I have been putting together these dinners in Vancouver and Manila for the past little while and it is always a good time.  The idea is to get founders of tech companies together for a meal to chat about the startup world.  No speakers, no presentations, just networking with some of the cities tech founders.  Last night we had a great group that included;

Michael Stephenson – co-founder of and
Nick Molnar and Matt Friesen – co-founders of
James Mazur – founder of
Olivier Vincent – founder of Hipparcos Technologies
Andrea Shillington – founder of
Christian Cotichini – founder of
Jeff Booth – co-founder of
Jason Billingsley – co-founder of Elastic Path and
Barry Allen and Ryley Best – co-founders of
Harry Yeh – founder of Comet Computing
John Vogel – founder of
Brent Holliday – partner at
Bret Conkin – co-founder of
Craig Hunter – Vancouver Manager –
Devon Ash – founder of
Jon Cartright – co-founder of
Andrew Covato – Analytical Lead at
Meredith Powell – CMO of

Recap: International Contact Center Conference & Expo: Philippines

Some of the PayrollHero team was in attendance at the International Contact Center Conference & Expo (ICCCE) that ended yesterday.  “ICCCE 2012 is the premier learning event for the contact center industry. It’s the must-attend conference for executives, managers, and professionals from both outsource and in-house call centers.” quote The President of the Philippines, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, even dropped by to check out the event.

Here are a few pictures from the event:

Amazon’s “Architecting with AWS” at PayrollHero Manila

Amazon’s AWS ASEAN team, based in Singapore, was looking for a location for their 3 day “Architecting with AWS” event that they were planning on holding in Manila.  We offered the PayrollHero offices, and this morning 35 engineers from some of the Philippines leading organizations showed up for three days of learning from Amazon’s AWS technical team.

Attendees needed to have some existing knowledge or experience with AWS and have a conceptual understanding of the key infrastructure services (EC2, S3, RDS, etc), their features, and how they are used.

Over the next 3 days, attendees will be immersed in all things AWS and will walk away with a great knowledge of what Amazon’s solution is truly capable of.  Here are a couple of pictures from this morning.  Looks like it is going to be a great few days!!