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Connected Lab Overview

Toronto, ON
51 to 200 employees
2014
Company - Private
Information Technology
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Connected Lab is a leading product innovation and delivery firm. We are experienced digital natives who have helped ship some of the most disruptive digital products of the last decade. Connected's proven start-to-finish methodology is currently helping the ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to build better products

Company Updates

  • Without any external funding, Connected became a top employer in Canada in the span of two years. Here’s how we did it — and you can too http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQBvK…/against-the-odds-8a1ab4bc9a6f

    Against the Odds - Connected Lab - Medium

    Without any external funding, Connected became a top employer in Canada in the span of two years. Here's how we did it?-?and you can too. Written by: Ally Contardi According to Mashable, 25% of startups fail in their first year of business. By year two, another 36% fall off the charts.

  • Our principal consultant, Jonathan Savage wrote a post on how to make product decisions wisely. Click on the article to read his take on the three values that drive mobile product growth. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ4Bl

    3 Values That Drive Mobile Product Growth - Connected Lab - Medium

    By Jonathan Savage theScore began on TV, but it came of age during the rise of mobile. To keep a straight course in that transitional period, we adhered to the following three values to help us make product decisions wisely.

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Connected Lab – Why Work For Us?


We hire people who are: 

  • Smart
  • Kind
  • Reliable
  • Excited to Teach and Learn

Our values resonate with talented designers and engineers:

  • Flat & Fearless
  • What's Right, Not Who's Right
  • Pair It Forward
  • Quality Over Quantity
  • Run Into The Spike 
  • Ship Sustainably
  • Status Loco
  • Apprenticeship & Mastery
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Mike Stern, CEO 
Mike is the founder and CEO of Connected Lab, where he oversees growth and operations. Since 2009 Mike has helped launch over one hundred technology-enabled products and services, including work with Facebook, American Express, Uber and Salesforce.   
 
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Damian McCabe, VP Engineering
Damian leads the Engineering team at Connected Lab. Before starting Connected, he worked at Pivotal Labs, Xtreme Labs, and IBM Global Business Services. Damian has been focused on mobile computing for the past 5 years and has worked on apps for CIBC, Uber, Target, Air Canada, Walmart, and Instagram.
Joining the Connected Lab team means working with smart, reliable and kind people that have a strong desire to both teach and learn. Our focus on the team determines how we hire and how we work together. We work on cutting-edge technologies, complex systems, and massively impactful consumer products.
 
We use the "Connected Method", a fusion of extreme programming and design thinking. Connected Lab engineers and designers work together in all parts of the product lifecycle: idea generation, design, prototyping, planning, execution, and shipping.
 
We build products on a variety of platforms, including web & mobile apps, wearables, smart cars and the connected home. Some of the platforms we work on include:
 
  • Apple Ecosystem (iOS, watchOS, tvOS, OS X, MFi, CarPlay)
  • Google Ecosystem (Android, Wear, TV, Chromecast, Google Now, Auto)
  • Cloud Platforms (Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Cloud Foundry)
  • OTT (Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, SmartTV)
  • Voice Platforms (Alexa Voice Service, Amazon Echo/Tap/Dot, Google Now, Siri, Nuance)
  • Wearables (Fitbit, Pebble, Jawbone, Apple Watch, Google Wear)
  • Proprietary New Hardware (Sporting Goods, Consumer Electronics, Bluetooth Devices)
  • Virtual Reality (Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive)
  • Various CAD and Digital Fabrication tools (3D Printers, Laser Cutters, CNC 3D milling)

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Toronto, ON
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    I have been working at Connected Lab full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This has been the best company which I have worked at so far. I had other opportunities available however I chose Connected Lab and have yet to regret my decision. The management team seems to know what they are doing and actually care about making a positive impact in the tech scene, the sustainable growth of the company and taking care of their employees. We have interesting projects to work on, are supported to continue learning and growing and all have an impact on the company's success and growth. Even though we work hard and are knee deep in work at times, I still enjoy coming into work everyday.

    Cons

    I would prefer to finish work at 5pm rather than 6pm. Though we don't have to take work home and there is flexibility to leave prior to 6pm when necessary, completing work at 5pm provides more family time.

    Advice to Management

    There are many opportunities in the tech scene however not all of them will make sense for Connected Lab's future. Take the time and research to do what's right for the company and continue caring about your employees. This company is becoming one of the hot startups to work at in the Toronto Tech scene and I believe that this is due to your strategic decisions and your dedication to taking care of your employee. Keep up the great work, I'm looking forward to a bright future with this company!

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Connected Lab Interviews

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    Software Engineer (IOS, Android, Full Stack Web) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON
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    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Connected Lab (Toronto, ON) in August-2017.

    Interview

    First stage of the interview consisted of a coding challenge on hackerrank & duration of the challenge was 2 hours. As a college diploma holder who didn't have to study Algothrims & Data Structures, it was daunting at first but I was able to complete the challenge with help of Google & little bit of common sense on my own.

    I was out of the candidacy because I failed at the first question. That took me by surprise a little bit. Well no body is perfect, but I believe what matters we try & I think Connected Lab could have that appreciated.

    Interview Questions

    • Given a number input, how would search element in a Binary Search Tree?   Answer Question
    • There are n people standing in line to buy show tickets.Due to high demand, the venue sells tickets according to the following rules:

      - The person at the head of the line can buy exactly 1 ticket and must then exit the line.
      - If a person needs to purchase additional tickets, they must re-enter the end of the line and wait to be sold their next ticket (assume exit and re-entry takes 0 seconds).
      - Each ticket sale takes exactly 1 second.

      We express initial line of n people as an array, tickets = [tickets0, tickets1 ... ticketsN-1], where ticketsi denotes the number of tickets that person i wishes to buy. If Jesse is located at a position p, how many seconds will it take for him to purchase ticketsp tickets.

      Complete the waitingTime function in the editor below. It has two parameters:

      - An array, tickets, of n positive integers describing initial sequence of people standing in line. Each ticketsi describes number of tickets that a person waiting at initial position i needs to purchase.
      - An integer p, denoting Jesse's position in tickets.

      Sample Input: 5 2 6 3 4 5 2
      Sample Output: 12
      Sample Input: 4 5 5 2 3 3
      Sample Output 11   Answer Question
    • What is the complexity of the following:

      a = a * 2;   Answer Question
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Connected Lab Awards & Accolades

  • Canada's Top SME Employer, Canada's Top 100 Employers, 2017

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