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.

10-Year-Infographic

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

September 10, 2018

Squirrels Turns 10! 🎉

10 Birthday Candles

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.

Birthday gift

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.

Birthday cake with acorns underneath 

 

January 20, 2016

Squirrels Developer Tweets 22-Million-Digit Number

Earlier this month, the Squirrels supercomputer verified the largest prime number discovered to date. The prime is unfathomably large at 22,338,618 digits. That’s a number with more than seven million commas!

To showcase just how big the number is, and of course to further programming knowledge, developer Matt Bowen created a Twitter account that is currently tweeting the number.

At a rate of one tweet every 38 seconds, the account will be tweeting for three months. Each tweet contains 100 digits, and in total, the account will send 223,386 tweets. Don’t worry, Bowen isn’t sending the tweets himself. The process is automated.

Check out @LargestPrimeNum on Twitter to see the digits.

Prime Number in Book Form

 

January 19, 2016

Squirrels Supercomputer Verifies Largest Prime Number Ever Discovered

We’re excited to announce that one of our workplace hobbies recently contributed to a monumental discovery in mathematics.

Members of our team began building a supercomputer during summer 2015 as part of our 10% program that allows employees to use 10% of every week to work on projects that help them develop professionally. The supercomputer they built is 2400 times faster than today’s average consumer system, and it’s unofficially ranked as the 182nd most powerful system in the world.

Squirrels Supercomputer

Supercomputers can be used for a number of things, but the team joined their newly created system in a coordinated global effort to find the largest prime number ever discovered—GIMPS.

Big task, right? Months of research, infrastructure enhancements and computing paid off this month when a prime number consisting of 22,338,618 digits was found. That’s a number with more than seven million commas in it. The discovery came after 31 days of non-stop computing on a University of Central Missouri computer volunteered by Dr. Curtis Cooper, a professor at the university.

After Dr. Cooper’s discovery, our supercomputer went on a 55-hour sprint to verify the largest prime number he had discovered. The number is much too large to write out, but it is mathematically represented as 274,207,281-1. Written out, the number would stretch for more than 68 miles. The discovery is included in a rare class of primes known as Mersenne primes and is the first of its kind discovered since 2013. This number is one of only 49 Mersenne primes discovered in more than 500 years.

Squirrels SupercomputerOn a normal consumer computer, the verification would have taken months, but the Squirrels system cut this time to just over two days. The risk of an error in the initial discovery is around 2 in 100, but the verification done by Squirrels on different hardware than Dr. Cooper creates an impossibly small margin of error.

The search for primes is never-ending. There will always be greater and greater primes discovered as hardware and software capabilities continue to improve. However, the technology that is developed in the search for primes can have a huge impact elsewhere, such as protein and enzyme analysis in diseases and cancers.

Our supercomputer project is central to Squirrels’ goal in education to excite students and drive them toward interests in math and science. We plan to contribute to other high-profile research projects and not just continue research with prime numbers.

Supercomputer

Other projects may include protein folding analysis to help find cures for diseases, deep learning algorithms for rapidly identifying cancerous cells in medical images and extremely detailed physics and chemical simulations to identify potential improvements in battery and other technologies.

For more detailed information and photos, read our press release.

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!