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Montreal vs Silicon Valley: 8 Benefits of Working at a Montreal Startup

23 Sep

Busbud - Perks of being a Montreal developer

 

You can say that Silicon Valley is where startup dreams come true and more Canadians are heading south to find out. But did you know that the Mile End is the startup hub of Montreal? Not only is this neighbourhood located in a city often referred to as the Cultural Capital of Canada, but its small community provides the opportunity to build, create, and interact with a tight-knit network, as opposed to feeling like another drop in the bucket! Notable startups that have established themselves here include Frank & OakBreather, BonLookTransit App, Plot.ly and Provender among others.

Want to work as a developer here in Montreal? Busbud is hiring!

Why Montreal?

Montreal embodies a European joie de vivre mixed with the hustle and bustle of city life found in large metropolises like New York City. With an eco-friendly ethos, a lively art scene, and a multitude of international restaurants, breaking the 9 to 5 grind during your morning commute is easy – especially in the Mile End. Here at Busbud, 85% of employees either walk, bike, skate, or take public transportation to work.

Need more convincing? Canadians looking to move south of the border will definitely miss: Poutine, smoked meat, bagels, hockey season, the magic winter brings to the city, its bilingualism, and multiculturalism.

Montreal vs. Silicon Valley

Here is our infographic outlining the daily perks of being a dev in Montreal versus San Francisco’s Silicon Valley. Click here to view full size.

The Perks of Being a Montreal Dev

The Perks of Being a Montreal Developer

Illustrations by: Caroline Lavergne

Upcoming Busbud SkillCamp: How to turn customer service into a competitive advantage

16 Sep

Busbud Skill Camp

At Busbud, we pride ourselves on delivering a top notch service, be it to a loyal customer shuttling between New York and Washington DC or a first time Busbud user researching a complex bus journey across South America.

Experts from Facebook, Cirque du Soleil, Frank & Oak, Vidéotron

That’s why we’re excited to be leading a panel discussion with Facebook, Cirque du Soleil, Frank & Oak, and Vidéotron in which we’ll explore the key elements and trends of customer service, and how to gain a competitive advantage by building an outstanding customer experience.

This event, the second in the Busbud SkillCamp series, will take place on October 1st, from 6 to 8pm at Notman House, 51 Sherbrooke Street West, in Montreal. The panel discussion will be followed by networking, and food and drinks will be provided. Click here to sign up and purchase your ticket!

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Busbud CEO LP Maurice Selected for PhoCusWright “Class of 35″

27 Aug

We’re excited to announce that Busbud CEO LP Maurice has been selected for The PhoCusWright Conference’s 2014 “Class of 35″ Young Leaders Summit, uniting the brightest young stars in the travel industry who “have demonstrated the desire & passion to move the industry forward” this fall in downtown Los Angeles.

View the 2014 list of leaders here. Previous participants in the program have included senior executives from TripAdvisor, Priceline, Expedia, Google, Kayak, Amadeus, SilverRail, and Starwood Hotels, as well as the founders of leading travel startups Hipmunk, Rome2Rio, Ostrovok, Liftopia, and Tripping.

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Young Leaders Meet To Talk Travel Tech Innovation

The PhoCusWright Conference is the leading travel and technology convention focused on innovation in travel, tourism, and hospitality.

As part of the Class of 35 Young Leaders Summit, LP will get the opportunity to share and learn from like-minded entrepreneurs, discuss common challenges, and spread the Busbud vision.

This year’s edition of the PhoCusWright Conference, takes place between November 11th and 13th, 2014 in Los Angeles at the JW Marriott.

See you there!

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The Road Ahead

9 Jul

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Today, Busbud is proud to announce the closing of a $9M Series A funding round co-led by OMERS Ventures and Revolution Ventures, with participation from iNovia Capital and Real Ventures.

This is a special milestone for our team at Busbud. We are very proud of the road travelled so far and grateful for all the support we’ve received in the past few years. We’ve come a long way since our humble beginnings when our founding team worked from my basement and living room.

The investment will help us further fulfill our mission: to make bus travel easy around the world. When I visited South America in 2011, I realized the bus booking experience could be greatly simplified, especially for international travellers. We’ve been at hard work solving this challenge ever since. This new round will allow us to keep improving our product, grow the team and expand our coverage to new markets.

I would like to personally thank all our bus operator partners and travellers who have trusted us since the start. With the help of our partners, we will continue to offer a smart mobility solution that makes it easy for travellers everywhere to roam the planet by bus. In addition to being budget-friendly, the bus is one of the greenest forms of transport available and we are proud to keep promoting its benefits.

I’d also like to thank each member of our amazing team. To my co-founders, to our early team members who joined us two years ago and to those who joined the team just last week, I appreciate your trust and dedication. It’s a pleasure to wake up every morning and work on hard problems together with you. Thanks also to the many investors and advisors who were early believers in the market opportunity and stood beside us to help us realize our vision. There is still a long road ahead, but we would not be here today without you.

Finally, I’d like to offer a special thanks to the Montreal startup ecosystem. While our service is used in various parts of the world, most of the Busbud team is proudly based in Montreal, Canada. Countless members of our ecosystem – which really feels like a family more than an ecosystem on most days – have generously helped us, opened doors and taught us what it took to build a great company. We are grateful and indebted for your continued support.

We’re excited about the future and happy to have you all onboard with us for the ride.

Want to work with a great team on exciting challenges? We’re hiring. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for the latest Busbud updates.

LP Maurice (@lpmo)
CEO & Co-Founder, Busbud

Busbud team photo on July 2014

Photo credit: Andrew Budyk & Alain Wong

How Busbud.com is changing bus travel around the world [Video]

20 Jun

By making it easier for international travellers to search, compare and book their city-to-city bus tickets online, Busbud.com opens up a whole new market – and a brand new revenue stream – for its partners.

 

It’s not always easy to find the right bus ticket online when traveling abroad — or even in your home country for that matter. Often times, the simplest way to figure out your options is to make a trip to the local bus station and buy your ticket in person. On the other hand, it’s a lot easier to find a plane ticket or rent a car online.

 

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This is what LP Maurice, co-founder and CEO of Busbud, discovered in 2011 while backpacking across South America. He prefered travelling by bus, but in order to do so, he had to spend way too much time skimming through travel blogs and waiting in line at bus stations. “There must be a better way,” he thought. Busbud was born.

With more than a billion international tourists traveling the world each year, 80% of which plan their trip online, it was obvious that this was a huge opportunity.

Our mission at Busbud is to make long-distance bus travel as easy to plan and book online as any other mode of transportation.

Today, travellers can search, compare and book their bus tickets on the go on Busbud.com. It is the most comprehensive source of worldwide bus travel information, covering more than 10 000 cities in 90 countries, in many languages and currencies.

 

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We are actively working on expanding our partnership network with bus companies worldwide. If you think your company might be interested in becoming part of the Busbud family, do contact us at partner@busbud.com; we would love to hear from you!

 

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Brazil Bus Finder – Follow your World Cup team with Busbud

11 Jun

In Brazil for the World Cup? Book the right bus ticket to the next match using Busbud.com’s Brazil Bus Finder. Screenshot Busbud Brazil Bus Finder World Cup 2014 To celebrate the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, we’ve created a microsite dedicated to help soccer fans easily book their bus trips between the host cities across Brazil. On www.busbud.com/worldcup, you can filter bus routes and schedules by team or city, and book bus tickets for various companies online, directly on Busbud. Routes will be updated continuously based on the evolving World Cup match results.

Busbud Mobile - Brazil Bus Finder for World Cup 2014

In Brazil, buses are the main mode of long-distance transportation: they are clean, comfortable, run on time, and the main routes — between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, for example — are typically served many times a day. The thing is, finding the right bus online is often cumbersome, especially for international travellers. That’s why a few of us at Busbud got togetherand created a tool that simplifies the process of finding and booking city to city bus tickets. We hope it saves our fellow travellers and football fans a bit of time — and the extra trip to the bus station.

Ready? Search. Click. Gooooooooooooaaaaaaal! busbud-brazil-bus-finder-worldcup-2014

Busbud selected as Red Herring Top 100 North America finalist

22 May

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More good news! We’re glad to announce that Busbud was recently selected as a finalist for this year’s Red Herring Top 100 North America award. The distinction honours the year’s most promising private technology ventures from North America.

Red Herring has been selecting the most exciting and promising start-ups since 1995. Busbud is one of 10 companies in Canada and 2 in Quebec to be chosen in 2014. Fellow Montreal startup Wajam had made the list in 2012.

The startups in this list have been selected among a pool of hundreds of companies based across the US and Canada, in the fields of security, Web 2.0, software, hardware, life sciences, cloud, mobile and more. The selections for the 2014 edition of this award were based upon technological innovation, management strength, market size, investor record, customer acquisition and financial health.

Finalists are asked to present their winning strategies at the Red Herring North America Forum in Monterey, California.

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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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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Busbud Selected in Top 20 Innovative Companies in Canada by CIX

11 Nov

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Busbud is pleased to announce that is has been named in the Top 20 hottest technology companies in Canada by the CIX.

The CIX Top 20 is an elite index of the most forward-looking companies in the Canadian innovation ecosystem, and connects the key players driving technology-based business both in Canada and beyond.

An expert panel of innovation leaders have selected the 20 technology companies from across Canada to be featured in a live showcase at CIX 2013, taking place November 21, 2013 at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto.

Busbud is happy to join fellow Montreal-based startups Breather, Plotly and Fabric Engine in this year’s Top 20.

Busbud joins Top 20 alums from Quebec such as Frank & Oak, Beyond The RackAcquisio, CoveoTungle and Wajam.

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For more information, check out the official announcement.

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