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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.

  • It's official! We have been selected as Canada's Top SME Employer. We are so happy to be included on this list, it means a lot to us to receive this award in just 2.5 years!

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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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    Pros

    - The people. I have been working in consultancy services for about 5 years and have never worked with a team as smart, humble, and kind. Everyone has a desire to help one another, and learn from one another.
    - Sr management team offers great mentorship to the whole company
    - Dedication to the mission and core values. Everyone lives and breathes the core values of this company every single day.
    - Voices are actually heard. Mgmt team does an amazing job of listening (conducting regular satisfaction surveys and making improvements and adjustments usually in the same week).
    - Company disconnects every quarter for a full day off-site - usually filled with team activities, friendly competition, and are always something to look forward to!
    - The client list is incredibly impressive and almost unbelievable when you think about how long we have been in business for.
    - Opportunity to learn something new every day, regardless of the area or department you are in.
    - Office location couldn't be better. Lunch options, bar options, subway line etc.

    Cons

    - Office coffee could be better
    - Snacks are improving but could still be better
    - The company is growing so fast that we have a meeting room problem!
    - Due to the very open concept, there is a lot of collaboration that happens anywhere and everywhere - this does make it tough to focus sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    - Never loose sight of what is most important: people and culture.
    - Don't stop the hustle.

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Connected Lab Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Connected Lab (Toronto, ON) in April-2017.

    Interview

    I get an online test after applying for it. Which is not difficult, but the question looks a little unclear. Search an element in binary search tree is the first problem. The second one is given an cinema queueing system, calculate when the customer can finish buying several tickets.

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Connected Lab Awards & Accolades

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

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