Busbud Wins $25K “Best Investment” Prize at 2014 HBS New Venture Competition!

17 Apr

Busbud is pleased to announce that it was named the winner of the $25K “Best Investment” prize at the World final of the 2014 HBS Alumni New Venture Competition yesterday in Boston!

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Busbud beat out 13 other world finalist startups to win the prize, which was voted by a panel of investors. Busbud had been selected in March as a region finalist for Canada to participate in the final. In addition to the prize money, the company will also have the opportunity to attend the Rock 100 Entrepreneurship Summit in Boston on April 29-30th.

Check out below the Busbud intro video that was part of our application!

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Ladies Learning Code takes over Busbud

1 Apr

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The latest Ladies Learning Code workshop was hosted at our HQ, and it was a success! The Introduction to Mobile Web workshop aimed to familiarize attendees to the basics of Responsive Web Design, in a super laid-back atmosphere. You can check out the photos below.

We’re glad this edition counted so many Busbud employees among the mentors and attendees; with Naoufal as lead instructor on this session, and Mike, Theo and Ziad as mentors. You can see all of them here.

The Montreal chapter of Ladies Learning Code now has a Facebook page, so go and click ‘like’ to make sure you don’t miss any updates. The next event in Montreal will be held on April 12th at Studio XX.

Ladies Learning Code is a Canada wide not-for-profit organization providing women the opportunity to learn beginner-friendly computer programming and other technical skills through hands-on workshops. These events are all about showing women that learning to hack can be fun.

Thank you all for coming!

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Busbud Hosts Innovation in E-Commerce Event on April 1st!

25 Mar
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Busbud is excited to host the “Innovation in E-Commerce event” on Tuesday, April 1st. The event will bring together the hottest startups, entrepreneurs and innovators in the Montreal eCommerce scene.

The event is organized by the great folks at MTL NewTech & MTL + eCOMMERCE.

The evening will begin with a chance to network, and meet potential business partners and co-founders alike.

4 startups then pitch on stage to the 200-strong crowd. The startups include Bon Look, FreshMint, MightyCast and ThirdShelf. The selected startups that are in one way or another innovating in logistics, operations, technology, mobile or some other aspect of their business. 

The pitches will be followed with a panel on the topic of innovation in eCommerce, and how to successfully launch an eCommerce site. Featured panelists will include Pinny Gniwisch, (founder of Ice.com), Richard Cohene (Marketing at Beyond the Rack) and Malik Yacoubi (VP Technologies and Mobile at Cossette).

Here is the schedule for the event:

6.00pm Doors open. Meet cofounders & Talent
6.45pm Beginning of presentations
7.30pm Panel : innovation in eCommerce // eCommerce launch
8.15pm Stay for networking !

For more info, check out the Facebook page. Get your tickets via Eventbrite.

Busbud Wins Canadian Final of 2014 HBS New Venture Competition!

14 Mar

Busbud is proud to announce that it was named the winner of the Canadian final of the 2014 HBS Alumni New Venture Competition last night in Toronto!

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Busbud will represent Canada at the worldwide final in Boston on April 29-30th, competing against 15 other regions from around the world for $75K in prize money. The company will also have the opportunity to attend the Rock 100 Entrepreneurship Summit in Boston.

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Q&A with Frugal Traveler: Exploring the World on a Budget

6 Mar

As part of our goal to make life easier for bus travelers, we keep in touch with travelers who have had firsthand experiences traveling around the world. Last time, we featured Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere. Today, we are happy to feature Seth Kugel, the New York Times’ Frugal Traveler.

This traveler’s path is quite atypical. After teaching in public schools, Seth worked in immigrant and child protection services. Then he started as a columnist for the City section of the Times before taking up the torch as the Frugal Traveler for the New York Times in 2010. You can read more about his career path here.

In 2010 you started your adventure as the NYT Frugal Traveler with a 13 week trip from Sao Paulo to NYC. How often did you travel by bus during this trip? How were your experiences traveling by bus?

I really like traveling by bus, because it’s cheap and so different everywhere you go.

In some Latin American countries buses are still old and in many cases they are old United States school buses that have been repainted. That’s not the case everywhere, so it’s interesting to see the contrast between different bus services.

One of my first trips was a 36-hour bus ride. That was an interesting journey. I sat next to a coca leaf dealer, which is all legal business in Bolivia, but as an American it seemed kind of funny to be with a guy who was transporting coca leaves on the bus. He was able to explain to me how the legal trade of coca leaves works and that was totally fascinating. We stopped in little towns, saw this llama entertaining passengers.

There are always tons of crazy things that happen on bus rides.

In Central America it’s more the school bus thing, it’s actually very uncomfortable because you have no cushioning at all in the seats. Luckily, countries in Central America are smaller than Bolivia, so you don’t have that far to go. You travel in the mode of transportation that everyone travels with there. In most countries, especially in the developing world, not everybody can fly. In fact, most people have never been on a plane before. Everybody takes the bus so you get to interact with better mix of society.

It was also very interesting to see what the system is like, sometimes how inefficient it is, and it can surprise you sometimes with how comfortable and efficient it gets.

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Any advice for first time travelers? Those who long to travel but fear to take the jump?

I’d just say to do it a little bit at a time. If you wanna do it all at once, take a big jump, a year around the world, going to crazy places, that’s fine, but you can certainly also just start small. Take a small trip, be a little more daring than you usually would be.

There is a rule that I always like to follow in many situations: if you’re ever wondering if you should do something or if you shouldn’t, like if you should take this street of if you shouldn’t, if you should talk to this person or you shouldn’t. Within the balance of reasonable physical safety, you should always do it. That’s a good rule to follow. You’re on vacation and you’re not sure if you should do something, then you should probably do it if it doesn’t involve a physical risk for yourself.

Photo: Patricia Stavis

At Busbud, our mission is to make bus travel easier. Especially allowing travelers to search, compare and book bus tickets anywhere in the world. What do you think about this mission? Do you think this type of service would help travelers during their trips?

Well, it sounds like a very difficult task because there is no worldwide regulation of buses like there is in trains, right? My experience is that in a lot of places in the world you still can’t book a bus online, and even if they have a website, it’s usually impossible to use it if you’re not from the country. I think that if you guys can do it, that would be fantastic! It sounds to me like a very hard job, you have a ton of language issues, it would be great if it works.

Of course, it’s a hard job, but it’s what we love to do. Our 20 brains and pairs of hands stay busy to keep making bus travel easier anywhere in the world and to get more and more coverage. We are now serving bus schedules for over 9600 cities in 81 countries in the world.

Thanks a lot Seth!
You can follow his adventures as Frugal Traveler on Twitter.
Read his column on The New York Times

Montreal Python @ Busbud

20 Feb

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We’re happy to announce we’ll be hosting the next Montreal-Python meetup at our offices on March 10th!

The time has come to call for speakers, we’re looking for you to jump on this opportunity! Whether you need 5-10 min or 30 min to share your thoughts, submit a talk proposal here!

Montréal-Python’s mission is to promote the growth of a lively and dynamic community of users of the Python programming language. The organization also aims to disseminate the local Python knowledge to build a stronger developer community and promotes Free and Open Source Software.

The event consists of regular meetings that showcase several short presentations followed by a longer main one. Everyone is free to attend, no particular skill level is required to enjoy the meetings, there are often presentations geared to all experience levels, from new comers to experts. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

See you there!

FailCamp MTL, le 22 février chez Busbud

17 Feb

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Nous sommes super heureux d’accueillir le FailCamp MTL ce samedi 22 Février à partir de 14h30! Les conférenciers de cette édition seront Cynthia Savard, JS Cournoyer, Mélanie Joly, LP Maurice, Marc Gagne, Claude Théorêt, Jevto Dedijer et Michel Nadeau.

L’évènement, organisé par Rami Sayar, Gabrielle Madé et Francis Gosselin, est dédié à la célébration de l’échec sous toutes ses formes, sans tabou. Après tout on le sait bien, faire des erreurs arrive même aux meilleurs!

L’après-midi promet d’être intéressant, et le public motivé. La preuve: les places se sont envolées en quelques minutes la semaine dernière.
Pour ceux qui n’auront pas obtenu de place, vous pouvez tout de même suivre la conversation sur twitter: #failcampmtl

Pour les autres, à samedi!

Voici le programme:
14:30 – Design et Web – Cynthia Savard Saucier (FR)
15:00 – Startups – JS Cournoyer + LP Maurice (EN)
15:30 – Physique et science – Claude Théorêt (FR)
16:30 – Technologie – Marc Gagne (EN)
17:00 – Politique et vie publique – Mélanie Joly (FR)
17:30 – 19:00 Unconference + Cocktail

Busbud’s Top Travel Apps

14 Feb

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Every traveler has specific needs when on the road, you can be sure there’s almost always one or more apps to meet every one of these needs, and make travel easier.
We decided to gather the ones we like the most here in a blog post, so here’s our little mobile toolbox to help you have an even more enjoyable journey!

Where to Sleep?
Whether you’re planning your trip in advance or need to find a place to sleep on the go, AirBNB and Hostelworld give you the possibility to find a place by city or according to your current location, to sleep at a local’s place or a hostel. Hotel Tonight is specialised in last minute bookings, it’s a good way to enjoy the comfort of a hotel at a very competitive price.

Where to eat?
Use Urbanspoon for an almost exhaustive list of restaurants in a specific city, or if you’re reeeaally super hungry right now, try Foodspotting, a visual guide that shows you good food around you. Finally, if you just wanna book for dinner, use OpenTable, a real-time restaurant-reservation service.

How to fly there?
In terms of booking, Kayak, Expedia, and Hipmunk give you loads of options and help you compare prices. Flightfox pushes the booking a bit further by matching you with an expert that does all the research job for you and offers personalised service.

Ground transportation
When in need for a taxi, use Uber, which connects passengers with taxi drivers. To move from city to city use Busbud (of course!) to search, compare and book bus tickets. If you are more into driving, Getaround, a peer-to-peer car sharing and local car rental is a good option.

Explore
Before getting there, Fotopedia gives you access to thousands of travel pics, perfect if you’re looking for the most stunning places. After having a look at users recommendations on TripAdvisor, use Triposo to access a worldwide mobile travel guide. Then Gogobot will suit you if you’re looking for recommendations from friends or people who travel like you.

Planning your trip
Tripomatic helps you find out what to see and what to do in your destination and create itineraries.  For travel planning, and to make sure you keep your plans in one place, use Tripit and WorldMate.

Language
Understanding and getting understood can get tricky when you travel to foreign places. To read and translate signs, menus and other written information, use Wordlens. Then, no need to describe the must have Google translate. To get how to pronounce, use Translator with Speech.

Communication
When travelling, keeping in touch with friends and family is made easy and way less expensive by Whatsapp, Viber and Skype, with which you can text and call around the world with a wi-fi connection.
If you want to keep a little traditional touch, use Postagram to send postcards from your instagram pics.

Get around
To get from A to B use Google maps and Scout, a navigator that gets you around traffic. If you don’t want to worry about the expensive data issue, City Maps to go will give you detailed offline maps, travel content and insider tips.

Introducing the Montreal Chapter of Travel Massive

20 Jan

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Great news! Busbud’s CEO LP Maurice and friend Lauren McLeod from fellow Montreal travel startup Flightfox are launching the Montreal Chapter of Travel Massive this Tuesday, January 21st!

The free event will be held at The Reservoir bar. Good news, it’s open to anyone wanting to share a beer and talk about travel. We’ll be there, and we’d love to count you in!

Travel Massive is an international meetup for members of the travel industry and travel lovers. It’s mission is to help travel & tourism companies, bloggers, startups, and travel media to connect locally and internationally.

Montreal is the 40th city to join this global community, four meetups are planned for 2014.

For the story, the original Travel Massive event was held 5 years ago in 2009, when Ian Cumming and Alicia Smith, two Sydneysiders, decided to create an event to connect with other people in the Sydney local travel industry.

From a simple casual meetup on a rooftop bar with a few others from the online travel industry, they went to a massive event attracting international guests and travel CEOs to sydney, all this within a few months. Canadian Alicia Taggio then started the first meetup in Toronto and Travel Massive started to spread around the world. You can learn more about the group’s story on the Travel Massive’s Website.

Join the Montreal Travel Massive Facebook group to stay posted on the events!

Our favorite travel and lifestyle bloggers in Berlin (in English)

18 Dec

We’re continuing the series we started with Amsterdam! This week we chose to introduce you to our top lifestyle and expat bloggers in Berlin, for an alternative way to discover the city once you’re there.

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Created by Zoë and James, two expats in Berlin, überlin deals with the city’s culture at large. This blog is actually a great resource to immerse yourself in the unique Berliner identity. There you’ll find insights about the city and it’s inhabitants, nice places to go eat and drink things to see and do, music, street style. Oh, and they wrote this cool list of things to know about Berliners, pretty funny stereotypes!
Read more here

Berlin Reified
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Berlin Reified was founded by the expat Sylee Gore in 2006. This blog is definitely homey, full of beautiful pictures and that’s something we love about it. It’s author takes you to day trips around the city, show you a singular point of view of what’s a perfect day in Berlin and takes you to her favorite food spots and cafes.
Read more here

Stil In Berlin
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Stil in Berlin is an online photography project, in a blog format. If originally focused on street style, the blog now covers various topics like food, style, shopping and life in Berlin.
In addition to presenting loads of beautiful pictures, Stil In Berlin provides a super nice feature: a map that helps you locate the blog’s eating and shopping suggestions
Read more here

Finding Berlin
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Finding Berlin is a visual magazine that celebrates Berlin’s rich and diverse culture through video and photography. What makes the content special is the alternative eye the contributors have on the city. They take you to a tour through places, urban art and anecdotes. Among all the great content, we like the 10 things to do series they did for summer and autumn.
Read more here

Slow Travel Berlin
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Ok, Slow Travel Berlin is more a website than a blog, but it totally had to make our list, for many reasons. The biggest one is because it embraces a totally different point of view of the city, and brings us to consider taking our time to actually discover Berlin beyond the touristic landmarks. We like the variety of information on the site, like jumping from a list for an ethical Christmas shopping in Berlin to a vintage Berlin Guide. Take some time and explore!
Read more here

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