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Written by Desmond Brisbin | Jul 8

Empathy: Guiding Principle for an Effective Team

Looking to create guiding principles for an effective team? Here’s why we chose empathy as one of the 5 guiding principles at our growing tech company.

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Written by Samarth Mod | May 26

Innovation & Challenges in the BC Tech Sector During COVID-19

We’re currently living in a time where January 2020 feels years ago and January 2021 feels like the very distant future. As the CEO of one of Canada’s top growing companies, I am always wanting to lead my team to a future of certainty and success while providing them with stability and a clear vision.  […]

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Written by Samarth Mod | May 13

How BC Built a Digital Traveller Screening System in 5 Days and Open-Sourced the Code

BC Gov and FreshWorks’ nimble response to COVID-19 related priority and a digital response in 5 days!

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Written by Desmond Brisbin | Mar 25

Working Effectively While in Self-Isolation

Adapting to a fully remote workforce in the face of COVID-19? We’ve prepared a few helpful tips and tricks and described our tool set for working effectively while in self-isolation.

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Written by Desmond Brisbin | Mar 25

Our Response to COVID-19: What We’re Doing as a Team

FreshWorks has adapted quickly by creating new communication channels, online social spaces, and helpful resources for our team during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Written by Desmond Brisbin | Mar 25

Our Response to COVID-19: What We’re Doing as a Company

What is FreshWorks doing to support our team, our clients, and the BC community during the COVID 19 crisis? Resources, information, and adaptation strategies.

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Written by Samarth Mod | Jan 27

Meeting with Canada’s Finance Minister Bill Morneau was an adventure!

I wanted to share a surreal experience on 15th January, 2020 I had meeting Canada's Finance Minister, Bill Morneau. On the island and lower mainland, we don't get much snow and I'm definitely not used to it which made it very interesting for me to travel from Vic to Van.

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Written by Desmond Brisbin | Dec 6

The Clutch Global Ranking is Here - And We're On It!

Clutch, the data-driven field guide to business buying decisions, announced the Global Top 1000 on Monday and we cracked the top 100 this year. It was the hard work from our team and our clients that made the climb from #166 last year to #78 on the 2019 Clutch Global Top 1000 possible.

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Written by Sienna Blumstengel | Dec 3

Challenge Accepted - Participating in the VIATEC Foodbank Challenge

The annual VIATEC Foundation Foodbank Challenge raises money for charitable organizations through food and cash donations. It is put on by the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council (VIATEC).

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Written by FreshWorks Studio | Oct 11

What Connect 2019 signals about the state of digital government in BC

Last week, I attended Connect 2019, a BC Government organized invite-only event that looks at the state of digital government in BC and what the future may look like for BC Citizens. It was my first time there so I want to share some things I took away.

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Written by Desmond Brisbin | Sep 30

We're ranked 20th on The Globe and Mail's "Canada's Top 400 Growing Companies"

We placed 20th on the inaugural Report on Business ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies. Canada’s Top Growing Companies ranks Canadian companies on three-year revenue growth. We earned this spot with three-year growth of 2,216%.

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Written by Desmond Brisbin | Sep 12

We made the 2019 Startup 50 Top 10!

Canadian Business and Maclean’s has ranked FreshWorks Studio No. 7 on the 2019 Startup 50 ranking of Canada’s Top New Growth Companies. “The 2019 Startup 50 winners suggest the future of Canadian entrepreneurship is extremely bright,” says Beth Fraser.

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Written by Desmond Brisbin | Aug 29

FreshWorks at Connect 2019

Connect 2019 is designed to bring together BC Public Service and their partners to engage in ideas and opportunities. The ultimate goal: to create a digital government that exceeds the expectations of the BC citizenry.

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Written by Desmond Brisbin | Jul 24

Our Hackathon for the BC Government

If you’ve ever been in or been to a hackathon, you know how fun they are. They also tend to result in some fascinating ideas being developed into useful applications or application features. We just hosted one for the BC Government this month.

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Written by FreshWorks Studio | Jul 8

FreshWorks Wins Employer of the Year - VIATEC Awards

FreshWorks Studio took home the highly coveted Employer of the Year award at the 2019 VIATEC Awards on June 14th. Browse the photo gallery.

FreshWorks is hiring! Click the link below to explore open positions.

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Written by Sienna Blumstengel | Jul 4

Our 5 Year Journey

Fuelled by Subway and coffee, FreshWorks founders Sam and Rohit went from developing the unsuccessful BoatSenze app, to leading the thriving app development company that is FreshWorks. Celebrate 5 years with us through a trip down memory lane.

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Written by Desmond Brisbin | Jun 28

FreshWorks wins at the Technology Impact Awards!

FreshWorks Studio was recognized last night at the Technology Impact Awards with a win in the Company of the Year - Growth Success category. FreshWorks co-founders Samarth Mod and Rohit Boolchandani were present to accept the award.

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Written by Desmond Brisbin | Jun 26

FreshWorks CEO Sam receives RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award

FreshWorks Studio co-founder and CEO Sam (Samarth) Mod received the prestigious RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards last night at the award ceremony in Toronto. An additional honour was bestowed upon him in the form of the RBC Entrepreneur Award.

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Written by FreshWorks Studio | Jun 17

BC Wage Subsidy Program

Hey BC business owners - did you know you can partially offset the cost of bringing on new talent to your team? The GT Hiring Solutions Wage Subsidy program is a valuable resource that is not nearly utilized enough. Click to learn more.

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Written by FreshWorks Studio | Jun 6

Increasing Diversity in Your Business

Attracting diverse talent has been a hot topic in the business world lately. In the month of May we gave diversity even more time in the spotlight, paying mind to practices that promote diversity in your business.

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Written by FreshWorks Studio | May 6

FreshWorks Quarterly Updates (May 2019)

What’s the buzz? The FreshWorks bees are working harder than ever in 2019. In our first-ever video update, FreshWorks founders Sam and Rohit share a range of news including VIATEC's Fu**-Up Night, award nominations, and exciting new projects underway.

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Written by FreshWorks Studio | Apr 29

FreshWorks is Ready for Agile Open Canada

The infamous unconference is coming to Vancouver May 27-28, and FreshWorks is one of Agile Open Canada’s sponsors this year. Join us at Soundhouse Studios to help shape the unconference through deep, meaningful information sharing and networking.

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Written by Sienna Blumstengel | Mar 25

Concept to User-Validated Prototype in Just 5 Hours

Business and engineering students from the University of Victoria came together for the first ever Design Sprint case competition. The event aims to provide experiential learning, teams were competing for prizes, including a pizza party with our FreshWorks team.

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Written by Desmond Brisbin | Feb 22

Are You Ready For Battlesnake 2019?

Battlesnake comes back to the Victoria Conference Center on March 2nd. FreshWorks will be entering bounty snakes for the first time and you can win some great prizes for challenging us or the other participating tech companies from around Victoria.

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Written by Desmond Brisbin | Jan 24

IPAC Victoria Digital Government

A few nights ago VIATEC hosted an event by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) in Victoria that demonstrated the passion which with leaders in both the public and private sector are pursuing their vision for a bold new digital future.

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Written by Desmond Brisbin | Jun 11

According to Clutch, FreshWorks Studio Continues to Deliver!

Clutch performs extensive research on App Developers in Canada and uses over a dozen criteria to rank companies, the most important one being client reviews. In the past few months we have had some reviews which assure us that our clients are still happy.

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Written by Samarth Mod | Feb 8

BCHighways - Developing This Native App via BC Dev Exchange

BCHighways provides real-time provincial highway information including road closures, planned work and extreme weather conditions. The free app also features estimated border crossing wait times, traffic cam images and integrates with DriveBC’s Twitter feed.

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Written by Desmond Brisbin | Dec 11

FreshWorks Open House 2017

On Friday, we kicked off the holiday season with an open house at our office. Thank you to everyone that came out and made it such a wonderful evening. If you weren't able to stop in please reach out anytime as we'd love to give you a tour of the new office.

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Written by FreshWorks Studio | Aug 10

August FreshWord: FreshWorks is Fourth in Canada

After more successful projects, Clutch.co has just ranked FreshWorks fourth in their Leaders Matrix of Top Canadian App Development Companies. We’ve also been recognized by Instabug, continue to grow our team, and will be moving to a new office very soon.

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Written by Samarth Mod | May 19

FreshWord: May Edition

Here’s more of the latest FreshWorks news via our monthly FreshWord, our roundup of the latest company and industry news to keep you up to date and let you know what we’ve been up to - including which events we'll be out and about at in the coming weeks.

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Written by Samarth Mod | Apr 25

Embracing Awards Season While Hard at Work (and Play)

It’s tech awards season in Victoria. Our FreshWorks co-founders are suiting up to mix and mingle with some of the best companies in Victoria - and getting recognized themselves. Plus the team continues to pump out some amazing tech! Here's the latest.

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Written by Samarth Mod | Apr 21

Introducing FreshWord from FreshWorks

Welcome to V1.0 of the FreshWord - your monthly update on all the hustling the FreshWorks team has been up to. We'll be introducing everything from awards we've been winning, to cool features our developers have been cooking up, to our #funfund outtings. We're excited to be sharing our journey with you!

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Written by Samarth Mod | Sep 27

The Times Colonist Features FreshWorks Studio

FreshWorks Studio has been featured in The Times Colonist. We’re excited to be able to share our story of success within the Victoria BC community and share a lesson on how we went from the plucky local startup to one of Canada’s top mobile app developers.

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Written by Samarth Mod | Sep 10

FreshWorks Named in Top 10 Canadian Development Companies

Clutch, a rating firm that validates client reviews, has highlighted FreshWorks Studio as a leader among Canadian app development firms and named us in their Top 10. We’re humbled to see what some of the FreshWorks Studio’s clients had to say.

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Written by Samarth Mod | Jun 15

WWDC Keynote: What to Expect From iOS 10

This year’s WWDC Keynote from Tim Cook didn’t disappoint, with lots of fun updates, new releases, and a chance for developers to finally access the Siri tech in iOS 10. As always, there is a lot to dig into and unpack, but here are some of the highlights.

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Written by Samarth Mod | Jun 10

FreshWorks CEO Interviewed on Mobile App Platforms

Our founder and CEO Samarth Mod, was interviewed about the merits of developing on a native platform, as opposed to building hybrid apps. Sam was asked by the research firm Clutch to focus much of the interview on Apple’s Xcode and Google’s Android Studio.

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Written by Samarth Mod | May 20

Newbie's First Week at FreshWorks Studio

April 29 was the official launch party for FreshWorks Studio, a cross-platform mobile app development company here in Victoria, BC. For FreshWorks, the official launch was a great opportunity to recognize individuals who helped the company get off the ground.

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Written by Samarth Mod | May 16

FreshWorks Studio Named Tectorian of the Week

FreshWorks Studio has just been named the tectoria.ca Tectorian of the Week! With our recent launch in April, and some rave reviews on Clutch, we’re positioning ourselves as a standout app developer in Canada, operating from right here in Victoria BC.

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