Posts on Oct 2017

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Canvy Team Event&Award

We are proud to add yet another distinction to the Canvy Team portfolio! As you may have already noticed on our Facebook Page, this weekend Canvy won the Best Mobile Utility Solution Award at the Timisoara Innovators Award Gala 2017 – a local technology event.

The Timişoara Innovators Awards Gala was organized by TechFest, an umbrella event open to all tech enthusiasts. TechFest hosts a “series of activities dedicated to all those passionate about technology and innovation in the region (i.e. connectivity applications, smart solutions, VR, gaming robots, drones, and gadgets, etc.)”

Held in collaboration with the ARIES Timişoara Team, the Gala served the purpose of giving “recognition to businesses that are transforming their respective industries and are continually setting industry trends, as well as showing significant advances in terms of innovation and improvement.”

Canvy won the honorable achievement award in the Best Mobile Utility Solution category, and we are glad to share this piece of good news with you. We wish you a great week and many innovative ideas!

“We were glad to meet some of the local actors who manage to put Timişoara on the start-up entrepreneurship map of Romania, all in this friendly environment. I think this opportunity is part of a series of similar occasions to take the creative and local entrepreneurial potential to yet another level,” said Mr. Horia Damian, CEO and Founder Partner of Canvy.

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Missing the old-school vibe? You can still spice up your life with it

Missing the old-school vibe? You can still spice up your life with it

A big hello this week from the Canvy Team! Do you have a Canvy contact that chose a black-and-white pic for his account? If you have, then think of him/her for the old-school vibe, and if you haven’t, just imagine it.

This guided our weekly net surfing session – amidst the great digital disruption, there are businesses that thrive in their own way, keeping their services behind the times. Or, if you like, outside the mainstream times, as we know them.

 

Retro companies – cool by default

While many products and offers fade into a mass of resemblance, due to competing for similar USPs, this is definitely not true in what the following selection of brands is concerned. Courtesy of Oddee.com, we browsed through a list of a list of “companies that time forgot”.

How about playing a cassette tape? With what, you may ask. Considering that the National Audio Company (NAC) from Springfield, MO annually produces and sells around… a few million items (10 million in 2014, to be more precise), there are people who definitely still possess the necessary gadgets to play cassettes. You may check the NAC website here, because yeah, they also have a digital presence. Did you think they only advertised via flyers and megaphone!?

Another company sells “pre-assembled DeLoreans starting at $57,500”. If intrigued, their online history is available for all those interested. The company has over five locations all over the US.

Now, if you feel nostalgic, all you have to do is move to the Boston area and have your fresh milk delivered at home by the vintage brand Thatcher Farm, or even become one of their employees. This company, much like the previous two, features a simple website, with all the essential data crammed in a few simple static pages.

What makes these companies cool is that they are indeed one of a kind, and they either survive comfortably or even thrive.

 

From companies to clients – some out-of-timely products

Again, we are not considering products that are ahead of their time, but those who are out of time. Of course, they were branded “hipster-tech”, due to the fact these products are also pointless. However, they are endearing and make you think “wow”. They risk of making you want to own one exemplary, too. Therefore – case closed. These are viable products, and the companies that manufacture & sell them probably do not risk much competition, either.

What are some of these products? The laser keyboard – OK, OK, that is a bit progressive. (But we also have the wooden keyboard in another online selection, so you can back off). A device that “turns your iPhone 6 into an old-school 4K shooter”, and a pocket-size coffee brewer top off this rather short list.

Jumping right into the other selection we found, what do you think of a contemporaneous instant photo printer? The guys from Fujifilm estimated they will have enough appreciative customers for its production to be worth it. How about a levitating speaker? Now, this is progressive. If you think it’s scary at some point, just smack it with your bamboo keyboard and you are all set – back into the present!

 

The right products & the right strategy for the right customers

What the above companies did, voluntarily or by chance (sorry to all the strategists out there, but the “by chance” eventuality is one we must take into account), is finding their niche. There are an increasing number of people who simply don’t enjoy the mainstream clichés. (Don’t be too optimistic now, it probably is considerably lower than the number of people who enjoy them, but hey – it’s enough to provide the customer base for these businesses.)

The secret is to find this “right place” on the market – and add passion into serving your customers. Tech can be fun, and beautiful, and cherish nostalgia at the same time.

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Smile – it’s this weeks’ news mash up from the Canvy Team

This week the Canvy Team scoured the net for a few fun, tech-related news. (Seems like people are getting terrible serious of late about their grown up “toys”… Yes, we know that smartphones and devices are indeed useful in productivity, but let’s admit we all foster at least one game on these gadgets, so more or less secretly, they also are our toys – right?)

So, let’s see the findings…

 

The best office perks

In the spirit of steering away gradually from the work-productivity zone, here’s a great list of amazing amenities, some organizations provide their employees with. You will find from Google pods to maternity concierge services, indoor sports areas and other recreational spaces.

Although this list might make you feel a bit sad if you don’t have your own perks at the office, you may well take it lightly – there is still hope! Knowing how trends work, such attractive features are bound to reach your own work environment… someday.

 

Funny job titles in techworld

How about working as a digital overlord? Perhaps you already do and don’t know it, because that’s the title one company used for Website Managers. Also, plenty of Gurus, Ninjas, and Rockstars, Masters, Evangelists and Sherpas seem to populate the wondrous world of tech. There are even a few Prophets out there, or to be honest at least one, which works “across the globe to identify new opportunities for the business.”

Feast your curiosity and open your horizon by browsing this list here.

 

Next level CVs

This one you surely know about! Have you heard of the guy who Lego-ed himself in order to get better noticed in his job hunt?

You can find out more about this clever guy here. Or just Google him, and make him even more viral – his name is Andy Morris, and he’s a design school grad.

Here’s me, as a figurine… don’t throw out the packaging, there’s my CV there! Nothing more to see here, just move on to…

 

Your cat is controlling your TV

Oh, well, now that Internet streaming is usurping TV as we used to know it, of course your cat is playing with your old TV set in the basement… only that’s not the case here.

It’s all about the TV-remote wars, a society game played in every family of more than one member. We’ve played it with our friends, siblings and relatives. But I bet we’ve never thought of turning them into a remote. Or the cat. Or any other object in the house.

Wait for it… Yes, here it comes: “researchers at the University of Lancaster have developed a system that will let any object in your house become a TV remote – even your sleepy cat”.

Featured here by TechRadar, this odd piece of news, of course, can remain just a “would be”, since it will be a while until its consumer product stage. Nevertheless, we can dream on. I imagine the cats aren’t holding their breath for this innovation to reach the market.

 

That’s all, folks. Have a nice week!