One of the awesome things about being located in Gastown is the variety
of amazing lunch spots within a 5-10 minute walk. The food is delicious,
the atmosphere is fun, and the patios are sunny. One of the team's
favorites is Chronic Tacos - serving up face-sized burritos and (my
favorite) baha-style fish tacos loaded with guacamole. We may not have
the copious taquerias of San Francisco, but we've got a little gem up
north too. Left to right - Mike B, Phil, Noah, Ben, and Michael.
As you might expect, Mobify has been growing at an unbelievable pace. If
Mobify was a teenager, it would be eating its parents out of house and
home. Which, in a matter of speaking, is the subject of this post.
This time last year, it looked like we were about to outgrow our current
space and we began eyeing the room adjacent and the floor above. In
October we got the upstairs to move-in condition, and headed on up.
After a long process we are now lucky to have a gorgeous office that
really reflects Mobify's culture. A huge thank you to our amazing and
talented designer Joanna Kado who worked incredibly hard to make
this a beautiful working space!
Mobify Software Engineer Stewart Yu, better known through this blog for
his baking skills, also happens to be our resident musical talent. This
year in his spare time Stewart has been working on a brand-new,
never-before-seen, musical which is going to be presented at Vancouver's
Called "Riverview High", the show follows the confused love life of a
certain redheaded teenager. His difficult choice - blond or brunette?? -
comes down to a dramatic graduation-day moment amongst the trappings of
1996 pop culture.
Mobify has been providing rehearsal space to the Riverview High Cast and
in return they were lovely enough to come in and give us a preview of a
few songs. Take a look at the videos below to see how amazingly talented
everyone is, and then pop over to riverviewhighthemusical.com or the
Fringe Festival website vancouverfringe.com/ to buy tickets.
Thanks again to the whole cast, and especially Stewart, for an awesome
On Friday Ryan Daw was awarded the first Mobify Innovation Award for the
development of Meowbify.com. Meowbify was initially developed as
something fun for the team, but we released it to the world and the
cat-based excitement spread quickly.
Aside from the amazing technical skill Ryan possesses, his sense of fun,
energy, and creativity are an integral part of what makes Mobify a great
place to work. This award celebrates his contributions to both our
culture and our technology.
Congratulations Ryan, and thanks for everything you do!
Ryan accepting his award:
Just kidding - cats on the brain!
Here he really is, accepting the MIA award from CTO John Boxall:
As you dedicated readers may remember, Mobify took its first major
retreat in November of last year. At the time I called it "The First
Annual Mobify Retreat", in the thought that we might be so lucky to do
this once per year. But apparently it was so awesome we couldn't wait
This time our adventure took the team to Hope and back (that's Hope,
B.C. of course) - rafting down the Coquihalla river of Rambo fame.
Unlike most people in the Rambo series, we emerged alive and well -
ready for a long soak at Harrison Hotsprings and some amazing team time.
Here are some rafting glory shots:
No one seemed particularly excited during the safety talk...
But then we got out on the water...
...and then we got into the water
Unlikely as it seems, this boat (and all its passengers) survived.
Here's a group shot taken the next day at Bridal Falls that proves it:
A big thank you to the good folks at Fraser River Rafting for an amazing
day, and to Harrison Hotsprings Resort for the hot baths needed to
recover. Until next time: they drew first blood... part II.