Digital Marketing Coordinator (Volunteer Position)

GlobalNL is looking for an enthusiastic individual to help take GlobalNL to the next level. GlobalNL has grown rapidly since its launch in December of 2017; we have 1000+ members and 50+ active volunteers. We are looking for an individual to coordinate GlobalNL’s digital media presence, including but not limited to LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.  The successful candidate will gain valuable experience implementing a digital media strategy and brand for a growing global organization.  

This individual needs to be a self-starter, with a willingness to learn and/or implement graphic design, engagement strategies, and/or digital media. Please note that this is a volunteer position, however, this position will provide an excellent opportunity to give back to Newfoundland and Labrador.

Responsibilities:

- Coordinate the various GlobalNL digital media accounts

- Track digital media KPIs specific to each channel

- Schedule and run meetings for digital media working group

- Liaise with Program Manager and others to implement digital media strategy

Time Commitment:

- 5-10hrs per month

- 6-12 month commitment

Requirements:

- Experience coordinating digital media, including LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook

- Experience with digital media strategy

- Experience with online collaboration tools (i.e. Google docs, Google Drive, Slack, Trello, etc.)

- Some graphic design experience would be a plus

Please send your application to: gregfsmyth@gmail.com

Applications accepted until March 1st.



Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator (Volunteer Position)

GlobalNL is looking for an enthusiastic individual to take GlobalNL to the next level. GlobalNL has grown rapidly since its launch in December of 2017; we have 1000+ members and 50+ active volunteers. We are looking for an individual to coordinate volunteers who are helping to build and expand the scope and footprint of GlobalNL.  The successful candidate will gain valuable experience managing a diverse group of global volunteers.  

This individual needs to be a self-starter that is looking to gain experience growing a global non-profit while expanding their professional network of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians at home and abroad. Please note that this is a volunteer position, however, this position will provide an excellent opportunity to give back to Newfoundland and Labrador.

Responsibilities:

- Coordinate the various GlobalNL projects and volunteers 

- Track volunteer responsibilites and progress 

- Schedule and run monthly meetings (tracking action items) 

- Liaise with donors to gather, allocate and report on the spending of GlobalNL funding

- Track KPIs and team accomplishments 

Time Commitment:

- 8-10hrs per month 

- 6-12 month commitment 

Requirements:

- Experience coordinating global / cross-functional teams

- Experience with online collaboration tools (i.e. Google docs, Google Drive, Slack, Trello, etc.)

Please send your application to: connect@globalnl.com

Applications accepted until September 15th.

Spotlight Series - Mysa Smart Thermostats

by Liam Cadigan

by Liam Cadigan

   Mysa has developed a smart thermostat for controlling baseboard heaters right here in NL. The company is trying to help consumers reduce their energy bills by making a smart thermostat which is compatible with high voltage heating systems. They are truly innovating in the smart energy management space right from home. The benefits of smart energy management are numerous in terms of both capability and convenience. When you break down your energy bill the average person spends 60% on space heating.

    And what kind of heating do you use? I was surprised to learn that the methods Canadians use to heat their homes varies mainly by geography. If you live in a jurisdiction with cheap hydro power then electric baseboard heaters are likely a common option. Baseboard, fan blown, and in floor are all considered high voltage heating. Unfortunately, before Mysa there was no great option to control baseboard heaters with a smart thermostat. Why would you want to use a smart thermostat? With a normal thermostat you have to physically enter a room and operate it in order to change the temperature. A smart thermostat allows you to operate the thermostat remotely using your wifi. Better yet with a smart thermostat you can even program it remotely so that heat turns off while you are at work and doesn’t turn back on until you are back home. But if your day stretches longer than you expect and won’t be home for a few hours longer then no problem, you can remotely delay the heat for a few more hours.

    Think of another scenario, you turn on the heat in your basement, go upstairs to bed and then realize you forgot. We are all guilty of being too lazy to get back up at night and turn off the heat. But with a smart thermostat you can do that directly from your phone. This translates into some very real energy savings. It is also extremely environmentally friendly, the International Energy Association estimates that 49% of greenhouse gas reduction targets can be met with increased energy efficiency alone. And this should come as no surprise, we teach children in school to reduce, reuse, and recycle. While there are three R’s the most important is to reduce, because then the other two are not necessary. The same holds true for energy efficiency, simply reducing use is more impactful then using energy from a renewable source, since even renewables have some carbon footprint.

    Clearly, Mysa has developed an innovative product that actually does society a lot of good. So how did the small company bring such an awesome innovation to the world from right here on the rock? It all started when Mysa Co-Founder Joshua Green was voluntarily performing energy audits to help homeowners lower their energy bills and environmental impact. He realized that there was no smart thermostat on the market that was compatible with baseboard heaters. At the same time Josh’s brother Zach was completing an entrepreneurship elective at MUN. Zach and his brother brought the idea to their instructor who recommended that they start a company. From there, the duo participated in as many incubators and entrepreneurship programs as they could. They were involved in the Genesis centre and the Propel ICT accelerator. During this time they spent about a year focusing on technical development before they realized they had to push the business end of their product.

    It was not long before they found a customer, in fact they were getting orders before they even had a real photo of the product on their website. The two co-founders had achieved a fantastic result. They built the Mysa team to its current standing force of 28, that is 28 busy people with a lot of responsibilities to cover. They are developing hardware, coordinating the mass production of this hardware, developing companion software needed to operate the hardware, and performing business development alongside it all.

   The Mysa team has to wear many hats. In order to manage it all, cofounder Zach told me that they try to build a forward thinking culture. In fact, Zach and Josh’s philosophy is that they exist to serve their employees and push their great ideas forward. One of the biggest challenges Mysa faces is developing hardware in an region where it has been seldom done before. There is a very limited resource pool of high volume manufacturing skills within the province and that is one major challenge the Mysa team has had to overcome.

 

The Mysa team, no hats in sight

The Mysa team, no hats in sight

   But these are all challenges that we can move forward on and overcome, there are several initiatives that Zach believes can really improve the state of hardware development right here in NL. Diverting the flow of talent to other industries by advancing the startup ecosystem in Newfoundland, and making it easier to bring in newcomers who have different expertise and skills than those local to NL will make it easier to get the talent we need here. Global NL is part of this shift bringing mentorship to young and growing startups.

    And where do we need to bring hardware development in order to achieve these goals? Using back of the envelope numbers there are roughly 75 people doing hardware development in Newfoundland right now spread across companies such as WaterLily Turbine, Solace Power, Lemur Motors, and of course Mysa. If we can scale to 300 total it will make it easier to attract talent to a critical mass, and as a result the industry will keep growing. Thinking long term, this could have some serious benefits for the province. As the level of autonomy in manufacturing continues to increase it will make more and more sense to manufacture locally, leading to further economic benefits. The time is now to invest and grow a healthy hardware industry here within the province.

 

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Right: Zachary Green: Co-Founder & COO
https://www.linkedin.com/in/zgreen123/
zachary@getmysa.com    

 

      

Spotlight Series - CoLab Software

by Liam Cadigan

by Liam Cadigan

This month’s spotlight highlights CoLab Software, a technology startup in St. John’s working to shape the future of mechanical design collaboration.

GlobalNL has connected CoLab Software with top Silicon Valley tech including: Group Manager at Tesla, Vice President at Google, Program Manager & Design Manager at Apple, Executive Director at The C100 and multiple venture capital firms.  Below you can learn more about CoLab and their journey. 

Imagine you are having someone design something for you; it could be a consumer product, a new office space or a complex piece of mechanical equipment. You might start by discussing your specifications with a designer, who would then use various design tools to produce drawings and models of your product.  

But how best to share these visualizations with you and gather your feedback, particularly if you are not in the same location?  The designer will likely either take screenshots from their design software and share with you via email or set up a web conference where they can share their screen of the model.

There are a few problems with this, namely, miscommunication of ideas, unnecessary delays and disorganized data sharing and feedback.  In addition, you and the designer are likely not the only stakeholders; other third parties such as engineering firms, parts manufacturers and regulatory bodies may be involved in the design process.

Now imagine your project is only one of more than 10 projects the designer is working on.  Is there a better way of doing things?

CoLab Software co-founders Adam Keating and Jeremy Andrews faced this exact problem on a daily basis while participating in SpaceX’s Hyperloop Pod Design competition, where they ultimately finished in second place. 

Team Paradigm at the 2017 SpaceX Hyperloop Competition

Team Paradigm at the 2017 SpaceX Hyperloop Competition

“We lost countless hours to archaic design review processes and making decisions based on outdated 3D models” said Keating.

At first they thought that they just weren’t aware of or couldn’t afford the right tools.  But following internships in Silicon Valley (Andrews for Tesla and Keating for Reflexion Medical), they realized that even some of the most innovative companies in the world were using the same inefficient methods to carry out design reviews.

Fortunately, CoLab is developing a solution. Gradient, which has been launched to a small group of early adopters, is the worlds simplest design review and issue tracking tool built specifically for mechanical design teams.  Its secure, cloud based platform allows designers to create design review sessions, upload 2D and 3D files, invite reviewers, and create, assign and track issues.

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CoLab is currently a team of six based out of St. John’s, NL with plans to expand to 10 by this summer. While the founders of CoLab got their inspiration for the venture from the Hyperloop competition, the business skills they needed to get started came from inside the province and the GlobalNL network.

Both Keating and Andrews were members of the Memorial Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) and Propel ICT, Atlantic Canada’s leading tech accelerator program. With the support of these programs and an experienced advisory board, they were able to overcome the early challenges associated with starting a tech company in Newfoundland. 

So what advice does CoLab have for entrepreneurs?

Finding a diverse network of mentors is an absolutely crucial part of starting a startup. Mentors understand what is important, and having input  from different fields can help ensure you understand the big picture (market, fundraising, technical, legal, etc).

Starting a new venture is a huge hurdle but the day to day operations can be equally as tumultuous. “Every single day will be different. You have to be nimble and setting daily, weekly and monthly goals is crucial to staying on top of it all” says Keating.  An agile management structure can be as beneficial to the team as an agile development structure is to the product.

With 4,000 people working in 196 tech startups across the province it is no secret that the pace of entrepreneurship and technology in Newfoundland and Labrador is picking up. But there are still significant barriers, even in the software industry, where physical proximity to customers is not as critical.  Keating identified finding software developers as one of the biggest challenges CoLab has faced; the province produces approximately fifty Computer Science and Engineering graduates each year, which is insufficient to create a competitive hiring pool.

“The dream is to grow the software industry in Newfoundland and Labrador to 10-15 Verafin sized companies, but right now we just aren’t producing the human resources locally to do that” said Keating.  And while economic growth like that may take years to achieve, growing a strong network of people to make it happen starts right now.

You can get in touch with Adam and Jeremy via LinkedIn or email:


GlobalNL Launch

Global NL Launches Platform to Connect Newfoundlanders and Labradorians Living and Working Around the World

Toronto, Ontario, Canada:  Global NL, officially launching today, was founded to strengthen the global community of Newfoundland and Labrador expatriates on a common digital platform, GlobalNL.com. This dedicated online community will be supported and strengthened by local chapters, led by expatriate volunteers and friends of the province, living and working anywhere around the world.

Founding members Greg Smyth and Kingsley Gifford shared their motivations and aspirations for GlobalNL, a chance to meet those from home, form friendships, make business connections and join together to share the best of Newfoundland and Labrador abroad.

Smyth said “During my recent career transition from the Oil & Gas industry to the technology sector, Newfoundlanders living in the Silicon Valley offered their time, advice and personal connections to help me.  My hope is to pay this generosity forward and inspire others who are considering entrepreneurship or non-traditional industries.”

Gifford added “Anywhere in the world you go if there are two Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in a room it’s guaranteed they’ll find each other. Global NL is accelerating those connections and our ability to support each other - I’m excited by what we’ve accomplished thus far and know that through 2018 we’ll connect thousands in communities, towns and cities around the world.”

Membership in the volunteer-managed organization comes at no cost and is open to all those with an affinity towards the province; current members come from a variety of backgrounds and live all over the world. The founding team and members are all volunteers; this is an entirely independent entity not affiliated with any employer or educational institution and welcomes diverse members from any academic institution.

About Global NL: Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have always travelled far and wide, and from Boston to Berlin to Budapest there isn't a place you won't find one of us. Despite how far we go and how long we might be be away, we always stay connected to one another and to our home province. GlobalNL is making those connections easier in today's fast paced world through the establishment of a dedicated online community.

Join us and share the spirit of this province, wherever you are.

Sign up at GlobalNL.com

Media Contact:

Karen Moores

613.482.8110