So, Mobials is a software development company and we focus on making home and auto ownership and shopping stress-free. I’m one of the four co-founders, I’m also the CFO, which allows me to see multiple aspects of the company, including a lot of obviously the financial side, but also a lot of the operations. Mobials has been extremely lucky recently, we’ve really experienced substantial growth over the last couple of years, actually, having won that TechCellence Award 2 years in a row for business growth. And so when we think about growth and scaling, we think about it as how you take innovation and you’re able to bring it towards customers and obviously finding product-market fit. When I see events like this, I see it as a way of taking that knowledge and helping move it further down the chain to companies who are not as far along as we are, which allows to support a healthy ecosystem of startup companies that move into scale-ups and then obviously the ultimate goal of sustainable employers within the London ecosystem.
Yeah, London, I’ve been, I was one of the few who have come to London for University and ultimately ended up staying. And what I love about London is that it affords me the opportunity to have a wonderful home, my kids go to a wonderful school, I am never more than about an 18-minute drive from my office back home, and if I were to look at other geographies, obviously, I wouldn’t necessarily have that. When I also think about the proximity, I do very much enjoy the ability for me to pop on the Via train, I’m downtown Toronto within 2 hours and 15 minutes. Hopefully, one day that will be substantially less than that, maybe an hour and 15 minutes. But, it actually matters only a little bit from the perspective of I get work done on the train. That also allows me close proximity to an airport so I mean, we find ourselves all over North America for work and for business, but being able to be home to be available for my family, but to have a successful business and to get where I need to be are the main reasons why I love London so much.
2A3 Group, I’ve been in business now for actually 8 years in London. I work with a lot of companies in London to help them source and hire IT talent. A lot of programmers right now. Also, IT positions like project managers and technical support people, but right now, the demand seems to be for programmers.
Well, I’m a sole proprietor right, it’s just me. I do have a couple of virtual recruiters that work with me. But, primarily, my job is to source candidates and vet them, interview them, and then present them to my clients, and just manage the interview process covering their concerns, the candidate’s concerns just so that can bring that to a successful offer and acceptance. Well, for me, I’m always out because, you know, technology is always changing. So, for me to be relevant, and to be able to appear credible to my candidates, I sort of have to know what’s going on in my community as well. So, basically, I like to be involved in all of these events to know what’s going on, what other companies are doing, what I can do to stay relevant. You know what I have tried to expand a few times beyond me. And it’s tough.
My role, I really have to walk a balance because if I take on too many positions. I can’t fill them. So, I can only take on so much work and I have to be very careful of the companies I work with as well. I want to make sure that they’re engaged in the process. So, for me, it really is a balance of the workload. You know what I like how, how really tight it is. I like how everyone comes out to the community events. I like the networking here and to tell you the truth in Toronto, there are so many people like me. Right, so if I go out to a networking meeting it’s like meeting other recruiters, it’s like what for? Here I go out and I meet business owners.
I like the fact that business owners actually come out to the events. James mentioned that he runs Power Up. I ran the predecessor to Power Up which was the London Bridge Network for 5 years. So, we grew that to a pretty good networking event. And it’s really nice people actually come out and socialize as well as share knowledge.