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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!

Busbud SkillCamp

 

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!

Phocuswright LogoPhoto Credit: The PhoCusWright Conference

The Road Ahead

9 Jul

Busbud office

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

10 super fun non touristy things to do in and around London

27 May

Planning a trip to London? Gaël, fresh off the Montreal-bound boat after 6 years in London, shares a few tips on having fun in the Big Smoke.

1- Have a barbecue in London Fields

London Fields

Photo: Café Naiveté

On your way through Broadway Market, grab a single use barbecue, a few packs of Cumberlands, a bottle of PIMMs, mixer, cold beers and head up to London Fields for some fun in the sun. Once you run out of drinks, head over to the iconic Pub on the Park on Martello Street for a few more. And if it gets really warm, you can take a dip in the London Fields Lido

2- Take a dip in one of Hampsted Heath’s ponds

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Photo: Neill Hall/The Telegraph

Want to demo your mad belly flop skills? Then jump into your budgie smugglers and head to Hampstead Heath for a float around one of the Heath’s ponds. There are male and female ponds and a mixed pond. Before you leave home, do grab your picnic blanket, some nibbles and, most importantly, some all important drinks because all that floating will definitely work up a thirst.

3- Stroll through Goldborne Road Market

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Photo: His and hers London

Just north of the famous Portobello Road market market is the more local and multicultural Goldborne Road Market. Go to Lisboa for a coffee and one of their famous pastel de nata – watch out they sell out fast! – grab a bite at the cute Goldborne Deli or feast on a fish and chips at the famous George’s Portobello Fish Bar. Then head over to the iconic Trellick Tower, or rummage around the vintage clothes and furniture at Phoenix, Rellik and Les Couilles du Chien or Jane Bourvis for vintage dresses (call ahead for an appointment). If your tastes are somewhat more contemporary pop into Ally Capelino’s for some designer accessories then head over to Pizza East for good quality comfort food with a great vibe – but watch out for the lineup!

4- Ponce it up at the Westbourne in Notting Hill

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After Goldborne Road Market, time for a glass… no, a jug! of PIMMs. From Goldborn Road, either walk along Regent’s Canal to Westbourne Park or walk along Westbourne Park Road. Either way, you can’t miss The Westbourne, which, if it’s a sunny Saturday or Sunday afternoon, will be packed with Notting Hill locals. If you can, grab a table on the terrace. Be warned: ordering can be slightly tedious, but what the Westbourne lacks in service it makes up for in atmosphere. If it gets a bit busy at the Westbourne, you can also cross the street to The Cow, an Irish pub and oyster bar. Once you start getting hungry, head back down the street to The Oak for (a last cocktail on the first floor! and) a wood oven pizza.

5- Rent a barge and float along Regent’s Canal

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Photo: Anna Batchelor, The Guardian

Get a group of friends together and rent a barge for an afternoon and meander down Regent’s Canal. You might start North of Paddington Station and make your way to the North of Regent’s Park, by London Zoo, and float along towards Camden Lock. Hop off at Camden to stroll around the Stables Market and grab a bite before heading for the night to Proud Camden for a good boogie woog. For barge rentals check out Drifters and Camden Canals.

6- Have brunch at the Columbia Road flower market

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Photo: TimeOut/Piers Allardyce

Head to Columbia Road early to beat the crowds – the flower market opens at 8AM – and nab a table at the Royal Oak for a hearty Sunday Roast. Once you’re feeling nice and full, plough your way through the flower market, and buy a plant you’ve never heard of. After all, as the traders will remind you, shouting at the top of their lungs, it’s “anythin’ for a fiver!”. Don’t forget to take a peak behind the stalls and check out the cool little boutiques like Ryantown, Vintage Heaven, and Lapin & Me

7- Day trip 1: Walk along the white cliffs of Dover

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Photo: Andy Coleman

Get up early on Saturday morning, grab a bus or train from Victoria Station or rent a Zipcar and head South to the White Cliffs of Dover. From Dover Priory, make your way 2.5 miles to the White Cliffs visitor centre. From there, chose from a number of walks along the coastline. You can also take a boat trip and view the cliffs from the Channel. Get in touch with Dover White Cliff Tours for more information. If you’ve rented a car, on your way back to London loop West and head to Rye. If you haven’t walked enough climb up the stairs of the church clock tower from where you’ll have a great view of the coast and then head to Ye Old Bell for a pint of ale. 

8- Day trip 2: Go for a day trip along the Jurassic Coast

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Hop on the bus, train or rent a car and head down to Weymouth for a walk along the Jurassic Coast. There are also a ton of outdoor sports to chose from, from climbing and cycling to kayaking, kite surfing and coasteering. If you want to cover more ground you can hop on and off the Jurassic Coast bus service. After all that sport, make sure you stop for a slice of pie at The Lookout Café before heading back.

9- Go to a music festival… any festival!

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Photo: Southwestfour

London offers a seemingly endless number of festivals – way too many for us to list (check out TimeOut for good reviews), but here are a handful to get you started. For top names head to Hyde Park for the Wireless festival. If you’re more into the indie scene, check out Field Day, which takes place in beautiful Victoria Park. Victoria park is also host to the always excellent LoveBox festival, which attracts top names in hip hop, electronic and indie. For top DJ acts of the likes of Avicii, Deadmau5, Calvin Harris, Armin Van Buuren, Tiësto and Hardwell, check out Southwestfour which takes place in Clapham Common during the afternoon and early evening. Slightly farther afield are Global Gathering, which takes place on an old airfield at Long Marston and Creamfields. Both are multi-day festivals. Finally, if you’re looking for a bit of indie camping fun, check out the Isle of Wight festival, Latitude festival in Suffolk as well as Bestival

10- Obligatory: go to the pub(s)

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Photo: Dumitru Brinzan

Skip the museums and shops and head to one (at the very least!) of London’s iconic pubs.  If you’re in central London, head to the Ship n’ Shovel, London’s only pub that is either side of a street. While you’re there, walk down Villiers Street and head down into Gordon’s Wine Bar, one of London’s oldest bars, for some wine and cheese – try and get a table in the cellar. If you’re in Clerkenwell, take a walk up and down Exmouth Market before heading into the Eagle, one of London’s first gastropubs, which serves excellent grub. Moving west into Green Park or Knightsbridge drop by the Nag’s Head, and if you’re by Sloane Square, definitely visit The Grenadier a venerable London landmark. Finally, if planning and making decisions is a bit too much, fear not, the Circle Line Pub Crawl is here for you: get up early and round your friends up for 27 stations, 27 pubs, 28 drinks in a 12 hour sprint. Here is a map. You’re off!

Visit Busbud to learn more about National Express and iDBUS’ schedules and tickets

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.

Friday funday: greatest bus ad ever

16 May

This bus ad from Denmark is an oldie, but it sure is a goodie. Happy Friday!

 

 

 

Busbud SkillCamp – Mastering Sales Skills

28 Apr

SkillCamp

Everyone of us at Busbud is conscious of the importance of continuously learning and honing our skills in a startup work environment.

In the spirit of facilitating the flow of knowledge in the Montreal startup community, we are launching a series of learning events dedicated to spreading expertise in various areas.

The first SkillCamp session will take place on May 1st, at the Busbud HQ. We will focus on mastering your selling skills by introducing you to a sales technique that has been adopted by many of the world’s leading sales organizations and top Fortune 500 companies.

In this sales seminar you will learn how to:

  • Identify customer business problems and develop the needs they need met.
  • Present your offer in an impactful way, and avoid “feature dumps” and discounting.
  • Differentiate your offer from the competition’s
  • Win business without discounting.
  • Jumpstart your pipeline.

The session will be animated by Marc Lamarre. With 15 years of experience in various large organizations, Marc holds the “Certified Trainer” accreditation for a number of renowned training programs such as SPIN Selling™, Achieving Competitive Edge and Extended Learning Program.

You can purchase you ticket here.
See you at Busbud on May 1st, drinks and food will be provided!

Busbud Sugar Shack Trip 2014

25 Apr
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The Busbud family at Sugar Shack 2014!

The Busbud family just made its first trip to the sugar shack, and it was a blast! We love sharing, so here’s our simple recipe for a good sugar high:

1. Gather your teammates for an epic bus ride to a sugar shack.
2. Once there, seat them all around a table.
3. Serve them ham, meat pies, sausages, omelettes, pancakes, and more.
4. Proceed to cover everything generously with maple syrup!

Then observe:

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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