As an angel investor and startup mentor, founder Martin-Luc Archambault has relied on the knowledge of his friends on countless occasions to make good business decisions.
With the popularity of social networks, Martin-Luc wondered why it was so difficult to search through what his friends had shared with him. "My friends share bits of wisdom each day across social networks— there has to be an easy way to tap into this knowledge." This idea gave birth to Wajam.
What started as a prototype with one engineer and one business guy quickly grew into a 44 person startup crunching massive amounts of social data.
Today, the team works on the forefront of innovation— bringing you the best in social search
As Wajam's chief executive officer, Martin-Luc is responsible for day-to-day operations as well as leading the company's product development. Martin-Luc is an accomplished serial entrepreneur and angel investor with more than 15 years of leadership experience building, selling and advising technology companies. As co-founder and chairman of start-up incubator Bolidea, Martin-Luc has invested in Planbox, Artfox, Acadam, Modasuite, Anomalous Networks, Real Ventures and Montreal Start Up. Martin-Luc holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from HEC Montreal, and participates in the Canadian start-up community as a mentor for FounderFuel and GrowLab as well as a board member for Anges Québec.
As the first web developer at Wajam, Sebastien is a core member of our engineering team— building the first Wajam prototype. His preferred web language is PHP, but he has handled everything thrown at him, from building X in Java and Y in C++. He's a frequent contributor to the open source community, most recently open-sourcing a graphic user interface for Cassandra, our database. Prior to Wajam, Sebastien launched websites for fashion brands, schools, and night clubs. He's most proud of his modded 1993 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24.
As the front-end developer at Wajam, Pierre-Alain translates the Wajam product into a usable and accessible piece of art. He's sticky on details, and relentless in his quest for perfection. Hailing from Normandy, France, Pierre-Alain has an affinity for spicy Asian food, travel, wine and classic rock.
Andre-Philippe is our Big Data specialist at Wajam. Having earned his Engineering degree at ETS, he's dabbled in all sorts of projects, from Linux to mainframes, COBOL to C#. He currently leads our efforts to make Wajam search results more relevant by working on information extraction and machine learning. He's responsible for designing and maintaining a scalable architecture. In short, his work lets Wajam store and serve up relevant results quickly.
Proficient in many languages including C, C++, SQL, Java and Haskell, Guillaume is a key part of the Wajam engineering team. Guillaume graduated from Université du Québec à Montréal with a Bachelor in Computer and Software Engineering. His dedication to solving any problem sent his way has made him a great chess player and a tenacious developer. Guillaume thinks that Wajam is best used for looking up stand-up comics. He highly recommends Ray William Johnson and Chris Pirillo.
Gabriel is our resident system administrator, making sure that all the data we crunch works in symphony with the hardware we use. He's been a member of the Linux community since 1993, when you could still count the number of Linux users on one hand. A proud family man, Gabriel was originally trained as a chemical engineer in his native land of Romania.
As Wajam's business intelligence analyst, Ben is responsible for optimizing conversion and user retention. Having earned a degree in economics from McGill University, he sharpened his analytics skills in the online dating industry. Originally from the United States, Ben is an international man of mystery. When he’s not fencing or keeping the sky from falling, Ben can be found working on his jazz music. He also likes chocolate cake for breakfast.
Alain came to Wajam fresh off a week of DJ’ing in Boston and brings with him a wealth of experience, having previously worked at Montreal startups Akoha and Standout Jobs. Although he spends the majority of his time helping users and spreading the Wajam love, he’s also be sitting in on our design sessions to help us improve the look and flow of the product. When not working, Alain can be found dancing and choreographing for swing dancers as well as taking LONG bike rides.
After finishing his Masters in Computer Systems Engineering in New Zealand, Felix honed his coding skills at Oz Communication, Nokia and Synchronica before arriving at Wajam. Little known facts: Felix is a runner, having ran multiple half-marathons, and he’s also visited every continent except Antarctica. That’s his next vacation destination!
Alexandre Bergeron comes to us from l’École de Technologie Supérieure after stints at Ericsson and Arthrovision. Although we prize him for his exceptional backend development skills, Alex has surprised us with his keen interest in journalism, improv theatre and game development.
Heikki Koivikko is our lead mobile developer. He has been developing applications on mobile for the past eleven years, and will be spearheading our social search efforts on handheld phones. Originally from Finland, he’s now firmly anchored into Quebecois culture and has recently started playing hockey.
Ronny Li joins us straight out of McGill University where he studied finance and marketing. As part of our business intelligence team, he helps us make good decisions based on numbers, numbers and more numbers. When not coming up with better ways to crunch said numbers, Ronny loves to play poker and always wins at paintball.
Vincent Surette is our Chief Financial Officer. Currently CFO of five startups in Montreal, Vince is an expert on raising money and strategic planning.
Robert D. Vincent is a Ph.D. candidate in the Reasoning and Learning Lab of the McGill University School of Computer Science. Originally from the USA, he was part of many startups in the Boston area before moving to Canada. While his French is still appalling, he is now happily settled in Montreal with his wife and two beautiful daughters. When he's not changing diapers, Bert gets to apply all his software developer geekiness and machine learning nerdiness to improve the search and retrieval algorithms of the Wajam social search engine.
Suhail holds a Bachelor of Science (Computer Engineering) degree from Clemson University and a Master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He brings a wealth of experience in statistical analysis, automation and machine learning. He's also an Emacs evangelist, a Lisp lover, a Haskell hobbyist, a Python promoter and an Open Access advocate.
Brock is our resident pro softball player and mile-end breakfast eater. As an integral part of our front end team, he helps Wajam connect with social platforms like Facebook and Twitter in a beautiful way. His only regret was that he never became a pro wrestler.
Michaël joins our posse of graduates from École de technologie supérieure, having earned his degree in Software Engineering. With previous gigs at CGI, Dakis and Genetec, he adds serious test design and web development chops to the team. He's an avid hockey player and loves The Killers.
Currently finishing his Software Engineering degree at École de technologie supérieur, Olivier brings solid development experience from Groupe Gsoft, Ubisoft and Xandros. In his spare time, he's been known to program robots and work on artificial intelligence. He also loves to mod bikes and climb rocks.
With previous experience from Desjardins, Sologlobe and Dakis Decision Systems, Jérôme is one of our do-it-all developers, working on projects from reverse engineering to Big Data. He's done a lot of R&D work since he started at Wajam, from decoding the communication protocol of Google Maps to Pig scripting and Map/Reducing with Hadoop, as well as exploring the potential of ElasticSearch. In his spare time, Finally, he's our resident softball pro, helping us beat up fellow startup PasswordBox.
Coming to us from the southern shores of Quebec City, Manuel brings to Wajam over 15 years of experience in software development from Nokia, Oz Communications, Freeborders, Simbioz and more. He's one of our Scala specialists, working to improve the performance of our social search engine.