How we helped the tech & startup community grow in 2015

Anna Starasts

December 16, 2015

Looking back on 2015, we’re in awe of how much growth we’ve witnessed in the Toronto tech ecosystem. Since we help companies grow their teams, we’ve seen first-hand the rise in demand for great technical talent, the influx of funding (both local & international) helping power the expansion of some fantastic startups, and what the startup community can do when it comes together to give back. Following up our 2014 recap, here are some of the favourite events and initiatives our team has taken part in this year:

Launching gdR Grow Lunches: Adding to our gdR Grow series of events, in June we initiated Grow Lunches because we saw a missed opportunity for Toronto tech folks to share knowledge in a small, face-to-face setting, cutting across tech team silos. Our first lunch, a mix of developers and product managers, explored how developers and product can be true co-creators.

Coaching Product Managers at TPMA: Our senior recruiter Wendy Firestone joined HR leaders from SOTI and Telus on a panel about what makes a great product manager. There was a packed house for this September event that addressed questions like the type of experience that helps PM’s move forward in their career and how a recruiter evaluates PM skills.

Sponsoring PyCon Canada: Hundreds of developers, both Python and Py-curious, gathered at the University of Toronto in November for a deep dive into all things Python. With 40+ speakers from across the globe, hands-on workshops and 100s of attendees, this was Canada’s biggest event for this growing developer community.

Opening our doors at Startup Open House:  2000+ people signed up for the second Toronto edition of this global event, where 100+ local tech companies opened their doors to curious individuals looking to learn more about what it’s really like to work in a tech startup.

Partnering with events like FITC Toronto & Web Unleashed: We continued to support FITC learning events and conferences as a community partner, offering event discounts to developers, and having our Community Manager Anna Starasts MC two events (including FITC Toronto with 1000+ attendees).

Continuing to cheer on women in tech through the Girl Geeks Meetup: With gdR on board as fall sponsor, Anna also marked her two year anniversary of co-organizing the Girl Geeks Toronto Meetup group, the largest local community in for women in tech with 2500+ members.

Supporting the new Upside Foundation: A new organization that encourages Canadian startups and high-growth tech companies to give back to charity, we sponsored the Upside Foundation’s Meet the Investors & Influencers event at MaRS in October. This was a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs and startups to mingle with nearly 40 of Canada’s highest profile tech investors and influencers.

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