Coffee Briefing August 23, 2022 – Shopify launches Collabs; Robert Half Mobile App Wins Stevie Gold; Best Buy supports STEM education; and more


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What’s new this week

Shopify launches new product to connect creators and merchants

Source: Shopify

Shopify launched Shopify Collabs to facilitate partnerships between creators and merchants, giving them a new sales channel to monetize their content.

To benefit from this new feature, creators must apply for a Shopify Collabs account, browse and partner with Shopify merchants that align with their audience, and curate a selection of products to share on their social media platforms using of the free Shopify link in the bio tool designed for commerce, Linkpop. When someone buys a product through the shared link, the creator gets paid. Discover-to-pay Shopify Collabs is integrated with tracking inventory, orders, and customer information, all in one platform.

Shopify’s starter plan includes Collabs and is priced at US$7 after a 14-day free trial.

Robert Half mobile app wins Gold Stevie at International Business Awards 2022

Source: Robert Half

Robert Half’s mobile app won a Gold Stevie in the Professional Services category for Mobile Sites and Apps for the second year in a row at the 19th International Business Awards.

Executives judging the category praised the app for its ease of use, recent updates, and AI capabilities.

Launched in July 2019, the Robert Half Mobile application aimed to support job seekers by connecting them with opportunities corresponding to their needs.

“Through our AI-powered mobile app, users access personalized job recommendations and exclusive opportunities based on their unique search preferences and profile,” said James Johnson, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Robert Half.

The 2022 International Business Awards received over 3,700 nominations from organizations of all sizes and industries for consideration across a wide range of categories. More than 300 executives participated in the judging process to determine the Stevie Award winners.

MintList Wins Stevie Award for Tech Startup of the Year

Source: MintList

Vancouver-based, AI-powered online automotive marketplace, MintList won a Stevie Award at the 19th International Business Awards for Tech Startup of the Year, in the Software category.

Among only three Canadian companies that have ever won a Stevie Award, this victory is a first in this category.

“MintList simplifies the process of buying and selling vehicles and reduces risk, putting control back in the hands of consumers. Our technology is a welcome change from the traditionally frustrating process of buying or selling a car, and our record growth is proof that consumers want it,” said Mike Wood, co-founder and CEO of MintList.

MintList will be among the winners celebrated at a gala banquet at the InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel, London, England on Saturday October 15 – the first live IBA Awards ceremony since 2019.

Best Buy launches Geek Squad Academy paper bag contest to support STEM education

Source: Best Buy

Best Buy has launched the Geek Squad Academy Paper Bag Contest to support interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and the development of universal STEM skills. Paper bags sold at Best Buy stores will have a QR code directing parents and children to explore its Geek Squad Academy STEM-focused online learning program and enter a contest to win STEM prizes.

For every paper bag sold, Best Buy announces that it will donate $0.25 to help bring the technology to schools across the country.

Aimed at ages 10-16, Geek Squad Academy’s online learning includes free web skills lessons to learn about coding, including game design, photography, cryptography, coding, and more. Stop Motion animation and 3D design.

The contest starts on August 19 and ends on September 30. Entrants can enter in three different ways, with a maximum of four entries per person. On the Friday of each week of the six-week contest, one winner will be chosen to win a $250 Best Buy gift card, and at the end of the contest, one winner will be chosen to win a set of STEM prizes.

Find out how you can enter the competition here.

Xero is hiring for several positions in Toronto and Calgary

Source: Xero

New Zealand-based Xero has announced new tech roles in Toronto, Calgary and some remote opportunities.

Xero is hiring for 19 positions including Software Tester, Education Specialist, Bilingual Technical Writer, Cloud Computing Systems Engineer, Account Manager, Senior Account Manager, Senior Legal Counsel, Senior Machine Learning Engineer. 10 are based in Toronto, five in Calgary and four remotely.

Xero provides cloud-based accounting software solutions to small and medium businesses and has over 3.3 million subscribers, with over 1,000 third-party apps. The company recently acquired TaxCycle of Calgary for C$75 million and is looking to further expand its presence in Canada.

Xero says it offers a number of benefits, including health and wellness benefit coverage, an employee stock ownership plan, vacation pay, a flexible work environment, and parental leave benefits. Team members are granted 10 annual wellness days and compassionate leave, intended to support employees in difficult personal circumstances.

An unknown number of the 19 positions have already been filled, according to the company. Click here to browse current vacancies at Xero.

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Canadian Company Wins CapitaLand Sustainability X Challenge 2022 High Impact Award, a Canadian cleantech company, has won the global CapitaLand Sustainability X Challenge (CSXC) 2022 “High Impact Award” for its ALVI CleanAir security system.

Honeycomb’s Liz Fong Jones talks with Blameless about technical debt

Liz Fong Jones, lead developer advocate at California-based software debugging tools provider, and Jean Clermont, program manager at international construction services provider Flatiron, sat down in a recent webinar to talk about technical debt with Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) attorney Matt Davis and SRE architect Kurt Andersen of the Blameless SRE platform.

Rogers provides more information to CRTC inquiry into July 8 outage

Rogers has updated its response to interrogatories from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) with additional information about the cause of its network outage on July 8.

Microsoft and Technation launch program to help prepare students for a digital workplace

Technation and Microsoft recently launched a career-readiness internship program called Explore, which brought together freshmen and sophomores from colleges and universities across Canada to participate in an integrated experiential learning program. 10 weeks paid work at Microsoft’s Canadian headquarters in Toronto.

Google updates its search engine to demote clickbait

Google will make changes to its search engine rankings to promote original content rather than purely search engine optimized articles that fail to inform and entice clicks.

Visa Partners with Metrolinx to Bring Tap to Pay to Transit Riders in the GTA

Financial services company Visa announced a collaboration with Metrolinx to offer transit riders in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) the choice of making contactless payments with their Visa credit card or payment-enabled device , such as a smart phone or a watch. Contactless payments were previously only available with PRESTO cards.

New CompTIA Research Highlights Partner Experience Trends

New research from CompTIA shows that relationships between technology vendors and their channel partners are strong even when dealing with issues related to compensation, communication and technical support.

Carbon-neutral data center market revenue set to soar: BRI

Business intelligence firm BIS Research released a report on the carbon-neutral data center market this week that predicts revenue of $5.02 billion last year will more than triple by 2027.

Telus asks the CRTC for permission to add a surcharge to credit card payments

Telecommunications giant Telus has asked the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for permission to add a 1.5% surcharge to the bills of its customers who pay by credit card. If approved, these additional fees could come into effect as early as October.

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