September 27, 2018

How We Got Here: An Interview with Squirrels Leadership

Squirrels partners Shoaf, Stanfill, Gould, Keith
Squirrels partners (L-R) Cory Shoaf, David Stanfill, Andrew Gould and Sidney Keith

2008 to 2018: How We Got Here

To cap off celebrating our 10-year company anniversary, we sat down with the Squirrels leadership to discuss guiding our team through a decade of work. Meet partners David Stanfill, Andrew Gould, Cory Shoaf and Sidney Keith.

What does Squirrels mean to you?

Shoaf: Squirrels is my family. I get to work with skilled and passionate people in a fun, collaborative environment every day. I really believe there’s nothing quite like Squirrels anywhere else.

Keith: Squirrels is an adventure. It’s an opportunity to learn more, to do more, to experience more and to grow. This company opened my eyes to a world beyond Northeast Ohio and introduced me to people and places I never would have thought of otherwise.

Gould: Squirrels means so many things to me. It's been the subject of 10 years of intense focus, long hours and endless stress. I've poured everything I have into it and it's so amazing to see what's grown out of that. When we're able to step back and look at what we've accomplished, it makes all the focus, effort and stress worth it.

Stanfill: We all came from a background where we knew we wouldn’t do well working for anyone else. When I was younger I always had the goal to start my own company, but I never knew exactly what it would be. Now I know Squirrels is it. We truly love what we do here, and that’s reflected in our employees, too.

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We’ve heard you talk a lot about growth recently. What’s the big deal?

Stanfill: Well, we’re hiring.

Keith: We’ve traditionally been involved in software, but we’ve always kept an ear to the ground for other needs. Now we’re producing hardware, too, and that’s a completely different ball game.

Stanfill: We’re always pushing the envelope with new ideas, and as technology grows, we continue to grow as well.

Is that the secret to your success?

Gould: I’d say so. Being able to adapt, learn on the fly and move quickly to take advantage of opportunities is what makes Squirrels so unique. I learn something new every day from the people around me and I hope they learn from me every day as well.

Shoaf: Definitely the ability to adapt and pinpoint successes and failures has been an important part of our growth.

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When people talk about Squirrels, there’s always an emphasis on investing in employees and growth. Why is that?

Gould: I’ve watched Squirrels grow from David and I working in a tiny basement office to the size we are today. It’s incredibly rewarding. We’re continually adding unique, talented, hardworking people. It's awesome (and sometimes terrifying) to think about how every day Squirrels supports 45 employees, their spouses and their children. Our employees are the hardest working and most passionate people around.

Keith: Watching everyone here grow has been meaningful. We’ve been around for 10 years and really started hiring about six years ago. The number of names on our “Five-Year Plaque” grows every few months.

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Shoaf: We set out to create a company ecosystem that allows employees to grow and expand their skill sets. That’s been important to our success.

Keith: Exactly – investment in employees is extremely important to us. I’ve seen people go from entry-level positions to manager all on their own will – by asking questions, taking classes and having the drive to do more. There’s nothing we can’t do as a company, and it’s because of our employees.

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What gets you excited about the future of Squirrels?

Keith: Opportunity. We have room to do so much more, and we have so many fresh ideas we can act on. We’re in a position to hire many more employees and be a leading employer in our area. Squirrels isn’t afraid to take risks and try new things.

Gould: The future of Squirrels can be anything we want it to be. We've proven time after time that if we set our eyes on a goal, rally the team and work quickly, we can do anything we want. In 10 years, we've tackled so many markets like entertainment, social networking, healthcare, K-12, higher education, screen mirroring, remote meetings and blockchain hardware. Imagine what we can do in the next 10 years if we continue to build off of our previous successes.

Find more Squirrels snapshots and facts with #SquirrelsTurns10 on our blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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September 21, 2018

By the Numbers: Squirrels Turns 10 [Infographic]

Squirrels Turns 10 infographic

Software, hardware and more: all in a decade’s work.

To think, 10 years ago we were just a couple of friends with a strong work ethic and an idea. We’ve grown immensely since then, maintaining our private status and accepting no outside funding.

It’s all thanks to our leaders who guide us and our skilled team members who give it their all. We couldn’t have done it without them.

To celebrate turning 10, we created an infographic with some facts and numbers, then vs. now. Learn a little more about Squirrels while you’re here!

Read the press release.

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SquirrelsFind more Squirrels snapshots and facts with #SquirrelsTurns10 on our blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

September 10, 2018

Squirrels Turns 10! 🎉

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Squirrels is now 10 years old!

In the business world, that’s pretty darn successful – and in the technology world, that’s ancient.

We’re celebrating the entire month of September with #SquirrelsTurns10 around the web, so look out for more festivities here on our blog, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, too!

A lot happens in 10 years. Squirrels has been at the forefront of creating digital spaces to share ideas and information from our humble beginnings as a basement startup in 2008.

ConfettiOur community

The community support of our products is inspiring, from the teachers and students who use our classroom tech daily, to businesses presenting their screens in meetings around the world, to the blockchain champions who mine efficiently, to the media consumers who kick back, relax and enjoy content across any device.

Our team

But the heart and soul of our company is our team. A company is only as successful as the people who make it that way. Squirrels is a group of ridiculously talented people who give it their all, take care of each other and build amazing things. Double-digit years in business wouldn’t be possible without them – and they’ll take us far into the future.

Squirrels president and co-founder David Stanfill said it best:

“Squirrels has always been about our team. We have a collective of people who embrace our mission and each other’s talents. Not only do they champion our amazing team culture, they can create just about anything.”

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David Stanfill
Squirrels President and Co-founder

Squirrels company photoOur Alpha Squirrels

Along the way, we’ve been inspired by our amazing scurry of Alpha Squirrels, experts in EdTech who love what we do and tell the world. They’re training a generation and shaping the way education surges into the future. Thank you, Alphas, for being there for our schools, our students and for us.

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After a decade, this much is clear: It’s in our DNA to always be rolling up our sleeves, diving into the next wave of technology and creating the future.

Look out, world. Double digits are just the start.

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December 28, 2016

2016 Squirrels Company Recap

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It’s hard to pinpoint the best place to begin our 2016 Squirrels year-end recap. No individual highlight or accomplishment would do this year justice. Only the culmination of many unique moments– from national recognition and globalization to new products, team members and more – can reveal the complete picture of our best year to date.

So we’ll start at the beginning.

January 2016

Squirrels Supercomputer Verifies Largest Prime Number Ever Discovered
The in-house supercomputer at Squirrels HQ is 2,400 times faster than today’s average consumer computer. It was built by Squirrels employees using their “10-percent time.” We used this computer in a coordinated global effort to find the largest prime number ever discovered (GIMPS). The efforts paid off in January 2016 with the discovery of a prime number that is 22,338,618 digits long.

Fortune Magazine Ranks Squirrels Among Top Three Best Workplaces For Technology
Fortune Magazine honored Squirrels in its Best Places To Work list after analyzing feedback from 48,000 employees at various companies around the country.

Squirrels Visits London
The Squirrels team made its first trip across the pond to attend a major education technology conference called Bett.

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February 2016

Squirrels Releases Reflector 2 For Android TV
Our AirPlay and Cast receiving software became available for Android TV, allowing people to wirelessly stream and mirror content from a wide range of devices directly to their TVs.

March 2016

Squirrels Named North Canton Business Of The Year
The North Canton Area Chamber of Commerce honored Squirrels as its business of the year. The company received recognition from several Ohio representatives. An annual awards dinner was held on March 2.

Squirrels Releases AirParrot Remote
The release of this new iOS app enables AirParrot users to control AirParrot from an iPhone or iPad. This was a significant release covered by publications such as 9to5Mac, LifeHacker, MacStories and iMore.

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April 2016

New Class Of Alpha Squirrel EdTech Experts
Squirrels selected its second class of Alpha Squirrel EdTech Experts. It included 19 teachers, principals, EdTech specialists, tech coordinators and more.

Reflector 2 And AirParrot 2 Add Support For 13 New Languages
We have a global customer base. It made sense to expand the language offering in Reflector and AirParrot to make our products easier to use for non-English speakers around the world.

June 2016

Squirrels Releases Cloud-Based Ditto Screen-Sharing Service
Squirrels released a significant new development in screen-mirroring technology. Ditto is a smart screen-mirroring solution that allows anyone with a Mac or Windows computer to walk into a Ditto-enabled meeting space and instantly (and wirelessly) present their computer to any screen connected to an Apple TV, Chromecast or Reflector-enabled device.

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Summer 2016 Alpha Squirrel Class Announced
Squirrels selected its third class of Alpha Squirrel EdTech Experts. It included 15 educators and EdTech specialists.

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Squirrels Attends ISTE 2016 In Denver
The Squirrels team took 15 employees to Denver for our largest and most ambitious conference exhibition to date. We also unveiled our DIY 20-by-20 island booth. It was a head turner.

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July 2016

Pokemon Go
…..because we were as addicted to it as everybody else.

Ditto Adds Audio Support
Squirrels added audio support after it was a highly requested feature in the first month of the Ditto release. Users can now share a screen and have accompanying audio come out of the TV or display that the user is connected to.

August 2016
Squirrels Adds iOS 10 Support To Reflector 2
Squirrels released the compatibility update to its flagship app, Reflector 2, before iOS 10 was publicly released.

Squirrels Sponsors North Canton Main Street Festival
It’s always good to give back to your local community, right?

September 2016

Squirrels Volunteers With Habitat For Humanity
Squirrels partnered with Habitat for Humanity for the fourth time to spend a day helping the organization build and restore homes for local families.

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Squirrels Company Retreat To Destin, Florida
The Squirrels team takes a weeklong trip each year to spend time collaborating, reenergizing and building camaraderie.

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October 2016

Fall 2016 Alpha Squirrel Class Introduced
The fall 2016 class included 26 EdTech experts from four different countries and 14 states.

November 2016

Cyber Monday 2016
Cyber Monday 2016 was the biggest sale in Squirrels history.

December 2016

Squirrels Holiday Party
Our annual holiday party took place at Chop and Swizzle in Uniontown, Ohio.

Whew! On top of all of that, we revamped our Edcamp sponsorship program and attended too many education conferences to name in one blog post. The Squirrels team had an incredible year, and we’re excited for an even better 2017. We would like to thank every customer, employee, educator and friend who helped make this year so special. We wouldn’t be here without you.

Stay tuned -- 2017 is going to be a big year.

September 25, 2014

#squirrelsdoBVI14: Our 2014 Company Retreat

Earlier this year, the Squirrels team traveled to the Caribbean for the 2014 company retreat! We spent our time on the island of Virgin Gorda in the beautiful British Virgin Islands to celebrate the past year and plan for the year ahead.

Although we spent a good part of our week snorkeling, swimming, kayaking and relaxing on the beach, the most impactful moments of the trip came from our group sessions. We took time everyday to come together as a team and reflect on what we’ve done, recognized who we are now and created a mold for the future of Squirrels.

The retreat was a great way for the team to bond and rejuvenate. Now that we’re back in the office, we’re focused and ready to put our plans into action. Stay tuned for great things to come from Squirrels!

 Check out some highlights from our incredible week!

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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!