Hyve App tells you what’s going on tonight

Hyve iOS App developed by rmdStudio.com

A while ago I noticed that Hyve App was mentioned on the VancityBuzz website titled – Hyve helps answer “what’s going on tonight?” – and it was so thrilling to see that one of the startups that we’ve been helping is getting the spotlight in town. The Hyve App promotes local bars and restaurants to the population of college and university students and yes they are a Vancouver mobile startup.

Hyve iOS App developed by rmdStudio.com

Few years ago Hyve’s founders, Andrew Lackie and James Isaacs, dropped by our office at rmdStudio and pitched their idea to us. At first we didn’t accept their project, because building such a service requires a lot of commitment and at that particular moment we weren’t sure if they were willing to take on the challenge. They proved us wrong by keep following up and not giving up. We agreed to help them as long as they promised to put together their team and take over the future development cycles.

That is an important issue, because a startup must be able to take care of its own technical needs rather than outsourcing them, however the value that we could offer was to provide them the infrastructure they needed using our social networking platform Anahita and mobile development experience and to help them execute their idea to the point of an alpha release.

The idea was to put them in the right general direction while they focused on customer discovery, fund raising, and putting together their team. We told them that we were going to give them a ride close to the finishing line, but they have to go across on their own and continue from there.

I must say that they have done an incredible job. Since our delivery, they have gone through several development cycles on their own and they even have paying customers too. Now here is an inspiring story about a Vancouver startup. Big congratulations to the Hyve founders and team.

  1. Download the iOS app on the App store
  2. Visit HyveApp.me
  3. Follow @Hyveapp on Twitter

Reflecting back on my life in 2014

All ready to cheer for the girlfriend @dani_darko28 and her team @riotgirlstcrg #rollerderbyThat’s my girlfriend’s Roller Derby team T-Shirt

Last year I wrote a blog post about reflecting back on my life in 2013 and described a year in which some of the most profound events of my life – good and awful – happened. 2014 on the other hand turned out to be a great year of growth and healing for me. Here is a summary:

1. Started Meditating

As a kid I used to mediate a lot. Back then I was hoping to develop telekinetic and telepathic powers. Of course that never happened, but I develop great abilities to manage my anxieties. At that time my family was going through a difficult time and my father was starting and growing his company which turned out to be quite successful eventually.

Last year I did some reading about meditation and scientific evidence of how it could benefit the mind. So I started meditating again and this time for the purpose of developing a stronger mind. A mind which can focus sharply and naturally calm down the stress, anxiety, and depression. Those 3 are Entrepreneur’s worst plagues. Meditation is something that I really recommend. Get enough sleep, mediate, and take weekly times to recharge and heal the mental and emotional wounds.

2. My company launched 6 apps

Celebrating another #mobileapp launch with the @rmdstudio team #vancouver

Celebrating App Launches with Sushi

rmdStudio is a mobile and web app development company that I founded in Vancouver several years ago. Last year we’ve had one of the most successful years and launched 6 apps. One for a local startup and 5 enterprise apps:

  1. HealthConnection iOS App and Web App
  2. Lafarge ePod for Android
  3. Lafarge ePod for iOS
  4. WiFi Actuator Controller for Android
  5. WiFi Actuator Controller for iOS
  6. Hyve iOS App for a local startup that promotes bars and restaurants to college and university students.

My special thanks to River, Bosco, and Naomi for being such great team members. If you have inquiries please contact us

3. Two Anahita Birth releases

Anahita is an open source social networking platform and framework that I founded years ago and last year we had two Birth releases of Anahita 3.0 and 4.0. Anahita is well on its way to become a technology for building insightful knowledge sharing apps and services. Currently we are working on rewriting all the javascript libraries in JQuery an then rebuild all the user interfaces following MobileFirst approach in HTML5. In fact there will be much more happening and you can read all about it on this blog post: Happy New Year and here is the 2015 Anahita outlook

4. Gave Talks at Technology Events

Connecting The Dots at LaunchAcademy, Gastown, VancouverConnecting The Dots at LaunchAcademy, Gastown, Vancouver

Last year I had the pleasure of delivering my talk called “Connecting The Dots” which was about a new approach to developing apps that learn and get smarter over time. I first deliver this talk at LaunchAcademy in Vancouver to an audience of 20+ developers and entrepreneurs.

I was given the prize for the best talk "Connecting The Dots" at #NookuJam14 thank you #nooku tribe for your votes. #AnahitaConnecting The Dots at NookuJam2014

Two weeks later I traveled 8000 miles to Belgium and delivered the same talk at the NookuJam2014 where it was voted the best talk by an audience of 23 hackers and developers from 10 difference countries. I also got to be with the amazing brothers Johan and Tom Janssens and they did everything they could to make me feel welcomed and comfortable. I can’t wait to see them again and the rest of the hackers and hackerpreneurs for the NookuJam2015.

5. Learned Blues Dance

Last evening's #blues #dance

I’ve been doing Swing, Lindy Hop, and Balboa for the past few years. We have a great social dance scene in Vancouver. Then one of my friends invited me to a fusion dance night which was happening from 10:00 PM to 03:00 AM that evening and I got hooked, except I was terrible at it. All wobbly and confused on the dance floor. That was until I got picked out by some very good dance instructors: Jerry Hamburgers and Tamara Cohen. I started learning and practicing Blues dance 10-15 hours a week throughout the summer. I like to think of Jerry and Tamara as my Blues foster parents who raised me to become a Blues warrior and I was later sworn in by Diane Garceau who taught us Fusion dance turns and how to dip properly.

Blues dance is a lot like tango, but it is more grounded. The connection between the lead and follow is intimate and strong but it allows room for freedom. The relationships between the lead and follow is more gender equal. It is much like a modern romance where the lead provides a reliable frame and the follow chooses whether to connect or not. I really like the Blues style of connection since Swing, Tango, and Latin dances seem to be based on the traditional gender roles.

Best of all the Blues dance community is simply amazing. Every week I get to meet a large room full of people who are happy to see me and dance.

6. Found Love

Rastin and Dani

Being entrepreneur means your social life diminishes over time, but one of the most wonderful aspects of last year was that I met this wonder woman who is very kind, charismatic, creative, smart, witty, and fashionable. She plays roller derby and is learning how to dance. I feel blessed to have her in my life and I really hope that our relationship is nourished and nurtured for a very very long time. Oh … and she has this wonderful black lab puppy called Hank. I got myself a 2 for 1 deal.

Update: it didn’t work out unfortunately

7. Launched a New Startup

The announcement was made a week ago, but we launched the landing page on mid December. We are building an open science platform using Anahita. It is called Banu.io which is a network for scientists to share their raw scientific data and make it available as an API. The concept of connecting the dots and network graphs have been a passion of mine for the past few years and out of all the business ideas that I have been researching and experimenting with I decided that serving science is where my heart is at. So I officially picked my battle.

So its all good right?

It is never as simple as it seems. Entrepreneurship is hard work and I have been through things that I don’t wish for my enemies, but I must say that looking back 2014 was an incredible year for me. In the mean time I have major battles ahead for the new year. I guess that’s what the meaning of life is, or at least for me: that is to learn, experience, and grow so I can leave a positive social impact some day.

HealthConnection App for the Greater Vancouver Health Practitioners

The HealthConnection App

Are you a health practitioner in the greater Vancouver area? Until now the information about the available local programs and resources were delivered to you in PDF files and spreadsheets. These documents are very hard to search and update, but now you can simply download the HealthConnection iOS app from the Apple app store or visit HealthConnecBC.ca to obtain those information.

Continue reading HealthConnection App for the Greater Vancouver Health Practitioners

My Green Space is Crowd Funding

My friends in LaunchAcademy are crowd funding their startup on Indiegogo. It is called My Green Space which is aiming to make it possible for us to grow food no matter where we are. They will be offering web and mobile apps to manage your own urban garden and the mobile app will notify you and keep you updated on how to take care of your greens. In fact their mission is to cover 100,000 acres of urban space one garden box at a time. Their goal is to raise $20,000 initial funds. So if you want to support an awesome Vancouver startup, here is a good one. You can also follow them on twitter @mygreenspacevan, Instagram @mygreenspacevan and their facebook page.

Hackers rejoice for Vancouver DevFest

There is an awesome event coming to Vancouver where participants get down to hacking, developing, and experimenting with cutting edge technologies. DevFest Vancouver is a week-long workshop-series and hackathon for experienced developers. To be more precise, there will be 7 workshops and 1 hackathon. The focus will be on cloud computing, Android TV, wearables, 3D printing, Virtual Reality, and Arduino Platform.

  • Time: November 3rd to 9th
  • Location: #200 – 375 Water St, Vancouver
  • Price: $10 each of workshops or $95 for a package of all workshops and the hackathon.

For more information and to sign up go to DevFest.ca

Will I be there with our mobile app development team? Maybe! This sounds very interesting.