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Connected Lab Overview

Toronto, ON
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Connected Lab is a digital product development firm. We plan, design, and build digital products for the world’s most ambitious brands. One of Canada's Top Small and Medium Employers.

Mission: Build better products.

Company Updates

  • Newest blog post by our very own Software Engineer, Cameron. Great article on training with Randori.

    Training with Randori - Connected Lab - Medium

    By Cameron Rowshanbin Katas in Isolation: The "Traditional" Approach If you've ever explored options for how to train your engineering team, you've probably come across Code Katas. Teaching with Katas is relatively simple: show your team a short, made-up problem (the "Kata") and get them to try and solve it.

  • 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.

    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?

Founded in 2014 and headquartered in downtown Toronto, Connected Lab was born to build better products. Our designers, engineers, and product strategists have helped ship some of the most disruptive digital products of the last decade. At 100 employees and counting, our mission to create impactful software experiences has put us on a trajectory of rapid growth. We are proud to collaborate with some of the world’s most respected brands.

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.   
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.

We hire people who are:

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

Our values:

  • Flat and Fearless: Your opinions matter. Make them heard!
  • What's Right, Not Who's Right: We battle for the best ideas, not personal victories.
  • Pair it Forward: Pair programming pays off. Invest in it.
  • Quality over Quantity: Build one amazing feature instead of two mediocre ones.
  • Run into the Spike: Tackle the big problems first.
  • Ship Sustainably: We ship early, often, and predictably.
  • Status Loco: Rapid growth can be stressful, tiring, and exciting. Get used to it! Get good at it!
  • Apprenticeship and Mastery: Teachers and learners welcome.

We use the "Connected Method," a fusion of extreme programming and design thinking. Our engineers, designers, and strategists work together in all parts of the product lifecycle: from research and idea generation, to prototyping and roadmapping, to design and execution.

We build products on a variety of platforms, including web and mobile apps, wearables, and the connected home. Some of the platforms we work on include:

  • Mobile: iOS (Swift, Objective C), Android (Java, Kotlin), React Native
  • Full Stack Web: Node.js, php, Java, Angular.js, React.js
  • TV: Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, RDK
  • Wearables: Apple Watch, Android Wear
  • Conversational Interfaces: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri,,
  • Cloud Platforms: Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Cloud Foundry
  • Car: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
  • New Hardware Interfaces: MFi including Lightning, Bluetooth including BLE
  • Emerging Technologies: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality

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    "So far, so glorious"

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


    Keep in mind I'm probably still in my honeymoon period. That said, I'm thrilled with it so far. I have been given trust and opportunity from day one. There is a corps d'esprit here that goes past the veneer of other places. There are no "brilliant jerks." Kindness really IS important. You can be both honest and tactful here. We punch above our weight and we do projects with huge companies doing some really cool things. The "with" is key. We are not code monkeys and CL is involved from inception to design to implementation.


    Since the core hours were reduced from 9-6 to 9-5, that addressed my single biggest concern. My only other one may be sick days. This is an allocations based company so I get that you can have a bunch of sick time but 5 days paid sick time is a bit lean. More people are having kids so this may not scale well.

    Advice to Management

    The company is at a dangerous growth point with respect to culture. I see the (heavy) efforts to maintain it (house system). Keep on your path and don't lose sight of that during this time.

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Connected Lab Interviews



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    Software Engineer (Full Time) Interview

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    The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Connected Lab.


    The process was reasonably straightforward and done entirely online, which was much appreciated. It consisted of about three calls on Hangouts with various parties at the company. I breezed through it. That said, when it came down to salary talks I was offered 55k with about two years’ worth of legitimate co-op experience in similar roles. That salary offer was about 8k LOWER than what I made at my previous (co-op!) position in the same city working a similar role. They wouldn’t budge on that and used skeevy “exploding offer” (you have 48h to accept) tactics to try to get me to accept. I turned them down and got a much more reasonable offer elsewhere.

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Connected Lab Awards & Accolades

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

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