November 12, 2015

Squirrels Named a Top 25 Cool Tech Company in NorthEast Ohio

Since 2013, Inside Business Magazine has hosted the Cool Tech Awards. This year, Squirrels is proud to be named one of the top 25 coolest tech companies in Northeast Ohio. Squirrels also won this award in 2014 along with an award for coolest app.

We’re excited to be part of a growing tech community in the area!

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September 14, 2015

#SquirrelsDoOBX15: 2015 Company Retreat

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In June of 2014, while sitting in a beach house on the shores of the British Virgin Islands, 22 people set goals and a course of action for the year to come. We did not meet those goals.

We exceeded them.

In August of 2015, 29 people gathered on the shores of the Outer Banks in North Carolina to reflect on the past year and our bounty of successes. We looked at our products, finances, the market, what we did right and what we could do better. We all knew that the countless cups of coffee, handfuls of candy and sleepless nights were worth it.

But we’re not stopping there.

This year, #TeamSquirrels vows to continue to innovate. We’re listening to our customers, adapting to the markets and will develop products and programs that greatly benefit our loyal users. We’re dedicated to being at the forefront of “the latest-and-greatest” and are looking forward to another exciting year.

Stay tuned for the fruits of our retreat. In the meantime, check out some pictures from our week in OBX!

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January 2, 2015

And the Squirrels 2014 Fantasy Football Winner is…..

Matt Elsey! He secured this year’s Fantasy Football victory by a single point! In second place is a bitter Kyle Gritzan with Sid Keith rounding out the top three.

Our 2013 winner, Dustin, reluctantly handed over the trophy with promises to reign again next year.

Congrats, Matt!

December 31, 2014

Happy New Year from #teamsquirrels!

While 2014 was a year full of excitement, hard work and growth, our team is anxious to jump into 2015 and continue that legacy. But, before we do, it’s time to look back on some of the our favorite memories of 2014!

“I would have to say my favorite Squirrels memory in 2014 is when Drew finally got fed up with this old crappy printer that never worked correctly, then decided to throw it out the window. It was very satisfying to see that printer pay for its transgressions against us.”

- Dustin

“My favorite memory was in BVI when a group of us set out to kayak to the island that was way too far away. One person kept capsizing their boat, and the other took on water and started sinking. Two fellow Squirrels came out to save the sinking kayak, and others switched kayaks to ensure everyone was safe. Character, teamwork and compassion were shown in that trip - summarizes the Squirrels well. “

- Jessica

“Nothing made me happier in 2014 than watching our team grow. Seeing new, excited faces and fresh enthusiasm and energy come to the team continues to inspire me.”

- Dave

“I have many fond memories, and one I think everyone will enjoy involves NERF guns. Andrew purchased a gun with a grenade launcher on it, and my first shot with the grenade went straight into Matt E’s face. Direct shot with no warning. He lived, but he wasn’t pleased.”

- Sid

“My favorite memory was the final week of the Slingshot push. We were all exhausted, frustrated and tired of being around each other by that time., but, we stayed focused, came together and really showed what this team is capable of doing.”

- Matt E.

“The Saturday we all came in and tested/worked on Slingshot during the April pre-launch push is my favorite memory.  Everyone came in at about 10am and hammered on Slingshot until sometime early in the evening, but a lot of us stayed later. That night, as things slowed down, everyone left was hanging out here in the development office telling stories and drinking beer—all very chill.  Definitely a cool day.

- Jon Z.

“My favorite memory was floating in the ocean in BVI with my cousin Andy, having a cousinly conversation.”

- Matt Y.

“One of my fondest memories of the last year would have to be traveling to Belgium with Dave and getting to work with a development team there. From being in a different work environment to just being in Belgium, it was a trip that I will remember for a long time.”

- Matt Bowen

“My favorite 2014 memory is when everyone from the company crammed into the conference room and toasted some really expensive champagne as we celebrated the successful launch of AirParrot 2. Best feeling ever.” 

- Cory

“I would have to say my favorite memory from 2014 would be the day we all sailed on the catamaran in BVI.  I really enjoy the peacefulness of the ocean and the great company of my co-workers.”

- Aaron

“My favorite memory is the sequence of events that inspired Squirrels Game Night.

July 14, 2014: Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

15:00: Six men sit down at a RISK board armed with cigars, beer, and dreams of world domination.

19:30: A drunken World Congress is held during dinner. Pacts and Border agreements are made.

23:30: Three players have been eliminated. All pacts have been dissolved.

July 15, 2014

00:30: The map is split between two Super Powers: Stephen and Jon B.

01:20: Legions of tiny grey soldiers swarm the Western hemisphere. Jon B is victorious.

01:30: Jon B stumbles to Villa 2 to find everyone still awake and playing “Never Have I Ever”

01:31: Jon B’s life is complete.”

- Jon B.

“One of my favorite memories is the day we released AirParrot 2 and many of us were sitting in the conference room watching the page visits and the servers crashing. It felt great to see how well it was doing after all the hard work we put in.”

- Andy

“Oh, the memories of 2014 are full of laughs and great times. It’s hard to just sum it up in a few sentences. 

1. ISTE when multiple teachers came up to me and couldn’t believe I was real! With all of the back-and-forth emails I do everyday, it makes me feel good to meet the people I correspond with! 

2. One word: NERF

3. Our corporate retreat this year was full of great, fond memories. We all really had the time to bond as colleagues and friends. BVI is a trip I will never forget and always cherish.”

- Meghan

“Seeing our holiday party venue was one of my favorite moments of the year. All of the attention to detail made it an excellent night and already has me looking forward to next year!”

- Nate

“There are plenty of memories that stand out and the team has done some great things this year. My fondest memory though is more personal. Squirrels gave Kyle and I an opportunity to attend Agile Development Conference West, where I was able to learn from and collaborate with some great minds in software development. A number of those interactions were experiences that I’ll never forget. I expect that those memories will continue to motivate me well into the future.”

- Matt Becker

“Looking back at all the amazing things we have done and experienced together, one thing in particular sticks out in my head. After we got settled into our villas on our private beach in Virgin Gorda, I grabbed a paddleboard and hit the water. Slowly going over everything I could reach, hearing nothing but the wind, tiny splashes against the bottom of my board and the faint laughter of my co-workers was a surreal moment. It showed me what amazing things could be created when unique individuals come together to create an ecosystem to work, play and enjoy together.”

- Kyle

December 23, 2014

‘Twas the Weekend Before Christmas

‘Twas the weekend before Christmas and you could tell by each grin, 

that everyone was anxious for the festivities to begin.

The halls were decked, decorations carefully placed,

ready to celebrate all weekend with great style and taste.

The employees were nestled snug in their office spaces,

making apps wasn’t the only thing bringing smiles to their faces.

Once everyone was draped in sweaters that made them look strange,

they met Friday to begin the white elephant exchange.

After everyone selected a gift, ready for a gag,

they tore each present from its wrapping (or Chipotle bag).

Some were funny, some useful, some that needed turned on,

but most of them dealt with happenings in ‘the john.’

With bellies full of cookies and gummy worms by the heap,

each employee went to bed early, too anxious to fall asleep.

For the next day was no average day, a festivity for the hearty,

it was the eve of the annual Squirrels Christmas Party.

On Saturday evening, in suits and dresses,
each Squirrel gathered to celebrate the year’s successes.

During dinner, Jon gave everyone his or her moment of fame,

in a surprise award ceremony, calling each person by name.

“On David! On Andrew!

On, Cody and Matt!

On, Sid! On, Cory!

Everyone accept your awards, stat!

To ‘The Squirreliest Squirrel!’

To ‘The Oldest Old Man!’

Now ‘The Office Cat!’ and ‘The Cutie Patootie!’

You’re all a wonderful clan!”

The festivities continued, dancing at lightning paces,

with plenty of photo shoots with our cardboard faces.

But as dawn arose and the sun came creeping,

everyone decided to spend all of Sunday sleeping.

This time of year, Squirrels would like to thank you,

our loyal customers, why we do what we do.

We hope your season is both merry and bright,

Happy holidays too all, and to all a good night!

 

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!