July 8, 2014

SnakeClamp saves the day at ISTE 2014

ISTE 2014 was a success for Squirrels, but that’s not to say there weren’t some hiccups along the way.

In the center of our booth we had a television, computer and iPad displaying AirParrot and Reflector working in conjunction with one another. However, we needed some way to suspend our iPad from the display.  When the hardware we initially brought broke, we didn’t think we would be able to display the iPad. Luckily a fellow exhibitor, SnakeClamp, was there to save the day.

SnakeClamps are interchangeable hardware tools that feature different mounting bases, goosenecks and attachments to “hold what you need, right where you need it.“  They were gracious enough to give us some of their products; and they worked flawlessly! With the Rail Clamp, 18” Heavy Duty Gooseneck and iPad bracket we were provided, we were able to display our iPad at eye-level right from our backdrop.

We can’t thank the generous people at SnakeClamp enough for providing such an amazing product. Check out their website for a full list of products.

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July 7, 2014

Meet the Squirrels: Andrew Gould

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

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Drew is the COO and co-founder of Squirrels. A native of Green, Ohio, he manages the day-to-day operations at Squirrels by greasing the wheels between departments and making sure customers are getting the greatest experience possible from all aspects of the company. He facilitates communication and provides guidance to assure tasks are done to set standards of speed and quality. Andrew looks after the everyday evolution of the products to ensure they work and look great.

In the past five years at Squirrels, Drew has been able to experience incredible things. “Numerous Apple WWDC keynotes, dominating meetings with distinguished businessmen two and three times my age, snowmobiling in Montana, jet skiing on Lake Tahoe, blazing trail for new trends and helping revolutionize education and business with technology,” he said. “The coolest thing we’ve done collectively at Squirrels is assemble a team of 22 people that are great at what they do and so passionate about only putting out the best of everything.”

Drew has come to appreciate the diversity in his everyday routine. “One minute we’re crunching to hit a deadline, the next we’re in the midst of a foam rocket war, then we’re hearing great feedback about our products changing classrooms and then we’re moving quickly react to an issue at hand and resolve it promptly. Every day I wake up I’m excited to come to work and see what the day holds. Not many people can say that.”

Learn more about Drew!

Favorite things to do in your free time: I love to cook. I’ve always had a basic knack for cooking and have spent my post-college-pizza-diet-years learning new skills and techniques. I also try to focus on making healthy versions of every day dishes. I like to supplement healthy eating with running and working out. My brain is much sharper when my body is in shape and I generally have a better outlook on life. I also love traveling and experiencing different cultures, as well as listening to and playing music. In my 27 short years, I’ve learned to play the saxophone, electric guitar, classical guitar and bass guitar. I went through a phase where I was really into making digital music using things like Maschine and MIDI keyboards but eventually settled back into playing electric guitar.

 Favorite food: Authentic Japanese Ramen (although the packaged kind is mighty delicious)

TV show: Top Gear (UK version)

Movie: A tie between Ocean’s 11 and Goodfellas

Band/artist: Green Day

Your idol and why: My parents are definitely two people I really look up to. Everything I have or have achieved today is because they provided the base to build on. They taught me about hard work, seeing things through and loyalty. Even though it’s become really cliché to say, Steve Jobs was someone I looked up to even at a young age. More recently, I’ve really enjoyed watching Elon Musk’s passion to unrelentingly question the old way of doing things and push our technologies and culture forward. It’s really fascinating to watch the closest we’ll probably come to a real-life version of Tony Stark.

Your motto: We can always be better. I’m a firm believer that our best is only a stepping-stone to the better thing we can become. I’m always pushing myself and others to be better and improve on everything we do in life.

If you could be any animal, what would you be? A velociraptor. Somehow Mother Nature messed up and made us the dominant species instead of them.

When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an architect when I was really young and then anything involving computers after that. There is an old home movie of me sitting on a computer desk playing an Atari when I was about one and a half years old. I frequently asked “why?” whenever anyone tried to tell me something had to be a certain way. That pretty much set my career choice on an inalterable crash-course for where I am today.

If you could have one super power, what would it be? The power to open vacuum-formed packaging quickly without injury.

July 1, 2014

Squirrels in Action: FatStax's Sales and Training with Reflector

On May 20th, FatStax posted an article sharing how they use Reflector for both sales and training purposes. 

FatStax specializes in providing mobile apps for businesses, including iPad sales apps, customized sales apps and B2B sales apps.  

With the prevalence of iPad use throughout FatStax’s sales team, Reflector has become a staple. They use the software to demo services and share videos, PDF’s and other collateral with prospective customers. Once a client is secured, they train administrators on how to manage the company’s unique app that is created.

FatStax also uses reflector to provide sales or service training for their sales reps. They recommend using the Reflector recording feature to make a recording of training sessions to share with international team members that can’t make the meeting in person. 

Corey Trojanowski, FatStax’s Marketing Communications Specialist, also uses Reflector for his marketing purposes. Check out this video he made to highlight their latest version of FatStax:

Read more at the FatStax blog and learn more about Reflector’s many features that could help sales teams become more connected. 

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

About Us

Squirrels is a software development company based in North Canton, Ohio. We create high-quality, budget-friendly screen mirroring and device management software that’s compatible with today’s most popular devices. To date, our software can be found in hundreds of thousands of classrooms, businesses and homes. Follow our blog for all the latest product updates, Squirrels news and technology insight!