June 27, 2014

Meet the Squirrels: Dave Stanfill

This is the first post in an ongoing Meet the Squirrels series. Read more in this series.

Dave is the President and co-founder of Squirrels. Born in the cornfields of Goshen, Indiana, Dave moved to the cornfields of Zoar, Ohio where he was raised. All of Dave’s responsibilities at Squirrels involve pushing the company outside of the box. He strives to set the example for the company that “we can do more than we think we can in a given timeframe and to not accept mediocrity.” He stays out of the way of everyone creating and maintaining long-term products and focuses on prototypes and ideas that will become “the next big thing.”

The coolest things Dave has done at Squirrels are very assorted. “When I was really frustrated and worn out from coding, I single-handedly demolished the entire other side of our office building in preparation for phase two of our renovation… that’s a lie, I used both hands,” he said. “I also built our original AirParrot and Reflector for Mac released by myself in a 45 day sprint of very little sleep and tons of Mt. Dew, pizza, and Taco Bell.”

To Dave, the best part about working at Squirrels is the culture he has worked to establish and the cohesiveness of the team. “It’s a family, no one yells at you, bosses you around or belittles you. Everyone pushes forward on the same goals because we are truly a team working together. That and we can have rocket wars to burn off stress.”

Learn more about Dave!

Favorite thing to do in your free time: What free time? When I can, I love to tinker with physical things – machining, building things, electronics, carpentry and construction. Anything where you can watch something get created.

Favorite food: I love strawberries, brisket and cantaloupe.

TV show: I don’t watch much TV.

Movie: Classics: The Rock and Top Gun

Band/artist: I wasn’t raised around music, so I have very little appreciation of celebrity and I don’t really identify with brands/artists. That being said, if I’m going to rock out I will rock out to 90s rock.

Your idol and why: I stand on the shoulders of faceless giants. Similarly, if I can teach someone something or help him or her advance that is awesome but I hope no one ever considers me an idol. People are just people – it is ideals we should strive for.

Your motto: If something is worth doing, it is worth doing now.

If you could be any animal, what would you be? I’d be a tiger. I’m not sure why, I’ve just always liked tigers. It may also have something to do with the fact that they are relatively rare, beautiful and wholly misunderstood creatures.

When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? When I was a kid, probably about 3rd grade, I declared my answer to this question to be “I want to run an electric company.” I had no idea what that entailed. I’ve always known I wanted to be a part of building something though.

If you could have one super power, what would it be? I want to fly. The ground is so restricting.

June 25, 2014

Squirrels ISTE 2014 Raffle

If you’ll be at #ISTE2014, stop by booth #3660 and enter our raffle for a chance to win our basket of great prizes! 

One winner will receive:

  • 16GB iPad mini
  • Invisible Shield iPad scratch protector
  • Apple USB Cable
  • Logitech Ultrathin keyboard cover
  • Griffin Technology Survivor iPad case
  • SymtekTekPower vehicle charger (with cord)
  • Arion Bluetooth mini keyboard
  • Targus Slim Stylus Pen
  • Rocketfish Stylus Pen
  • $50 iTunes gift card
  • $50 Best Buy gift card

Find us at ISTE 2014:

We’re at booth 3660. Use the interactive ISTE floor plan to locate us!

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Also be sure to check out our tips for surviving ISTE

June 24, 2014

Meet the Squirrels: Coming soon!

At Squirrels, we take great pride in the talented, dedicated team of people contributing to the products you’ve come to love. Now it’s time to let them shine!

Every Friday we will introduce you to a member of our team and highlight their unique personalities, perspectives, hobbies and ways they contribute to Squirrels.

We will begin with the people who started it all… the cofounders and partners! Stay tuned!

June 19, 2014

Squirrels LLC Takes Hit From Slingshot by Facebook

People Worldwide Confuse a New Facebook Offering With Squirrels Slingshot™ Application

NORTH CANTON, OH–(Marketwired – June 18, 2014) – Squirrels LLC prides itself on providing software applications that “people go nuts for.” A popular Squirrels product, Slingshot™, is an application that allows mobile device users to meet face-to-face using webcams and microphones. Squirrels has been promoting Slingshot™ since April 2013 and applied to register this trademark with the U.S. Trademark Office.

On June 17, 2014, Facebook introduced a video-sharing application designed to compete with the popular Snapchat program. Unfortunately, Facebook is calling the new application “Slingshot.” The Facebook product performs some of the same functions as the Squirrels Slingshot™ application.

People now think that the Squirrels product is distributed by Facebook. The Squirrels Slingshot™ mark and logo have been posted on blogs and discussions of the new Facebook product. There is a clear confusion of the two.

“People from all over the world have been sending us messages thinking that we are the source of the new Facebook offering,” Squirrels cofounder Andrew Gould said.

“Often they have questions or criticisms concerning the Facebook app,” he continued. “Unfortunately, these inquiries just keep coming.”

Squirrels LLC wants everyone to know that it is not associated with Facebook and has nothing to do with the Facebook app, Slingshot.

“We know Facebook is a large player in the tech industry,” Gould said. “We are hoping that their use of our trademark doesn’t harm the reputation of our company or Slingshot™.”

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Squirrels LLC is a privately held software development company based in North Canton, Ohio. Squirrels specializes in products for wireless audio and video transmission between hand-held devices and computers. More information about Squirrels and Squirrels products can be found at http://airsquirrels.com.

This release can also be found on Marketwire.

June 18, 2014

AirParrot for Windows 1.2.1 is Available

Version 1.2.1 fixes a bug that caused some mirrored content to appear upside down.

Release notes for version 1.2.1 can be found here: http://www.airsquirrels.com/airparrot/release-notes/?os=Windows

You can download this update by selecting “Check for Updates…” from the AirParrot preferences menu. The new version of AirParrot can also be downloaded from here: http://www.airsquirrels.com/airparrot/download/