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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September 24, 2014

Squirrels Sponsors a Teacher Through redditgifts Gift Exchange

Recently, reddit held its redditgifts for the Teachers 2014 gift exchange to help educators in need. Each year, teachers with inadequate budgets and resources reach out to the public for sponsorships and donations. Those who sign up for the exchange are matched with a teacher, given information about their needs and the necessary shipping information to send the supplies by the start of the school year.

As big supporters of education, Squirrels decided to sponsor a teacher through redditgifts. A lot of the Squirrels team is very passionate about music, and we were thrilled when we got matched with a music teacher in Iowa. The team donated $300 worth of creative, music and general supplies to help educate kids aged 4-11.

We appreciate reddit and the opportunity to make a difference in classrooms. Check out the Gift Exchange page on the redditgifts website to find this and other opportunities.

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September 19, 2014

Meet the Squirrels: Mike Keeton

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

Mike came from Canton, Ohio to be a quality assurance analyst at Squirrels. He spends his workdays making sure the software that is released is up to spec and of the highest possible quality!

For Mike, being a part of the Slingshot development before its release was one of the coolest things he has done since starting at Squirrels. “Watching it evolve into what it is now was a great experience,” he said. “The best part about working at Squirrels is the fantastic group of people who push the envelope to make themselves and everyone around them better.”

Learn more about Mike!

Favorite things to do in your free time: Fishing, disc golf, golf and relaxing with a video game.

Food: Mexican

TV Show: Game of Thrones and Big Bang Theory

Movie: Hobbit and LoTR series

Band/artist: Black Keys (currently)

Your idol and why: I don’t have one specific idol. Many men have done great things and I think focusing on one person’s achievements doesn’t allow you to appreciate the full value of other’s achievements. 

Your motto: “Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life.” It’s a phrase used by many and it’s very true!

If you could be any animal, what would you be? Some kind of bird of prey, like a hawk, eagle or condor. I’d like to be able to fly, go anywhere and have the aerial view of the world. 

When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A bigger kid with bigger toys; I’m slowly succeeding! I was always interested in driving Formula 1 or Le Mans.

If you could have one super power, what would it be? It’s hard to pick just one, but I would like to be Dr. Manhattan from the Watchmen. I could have the ability to be in multiple places at once and go anywhere I wanted in the universe.

September 12, 2014

Meet the Squirrels: Kyle Gritzan

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

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Kyle is from Bolivar, Ohio. He is the Squirrels quality assurance manager, ensuring the company releases the best possible software!

Kyle’s coolest experience at Squirrels happened shortly after he was hired. “We all headed out to San Francisco where some of us attended WWDC. This was an amazing trip and nothing like I had ever done before,” he said.

“It provided me the chance to get to know each and every one of the guys I would be working with on a more personal level. I learned how everyone interacted and quickly found out that we all shared common interests.”

According to Kyle, “The best part about working at Squirrels is the camaraderie that flows through the office. Everybody gets along and likes to have fun. When it comes down to business, each and every one of us is able to put on our big boy or big girl pants and get things done!”

Learn more about Kyle!

Favorite things to do in your free time: It’s funny, a lot of what I do in my free time actually involves some of the people I work with every day. We are a tight-knit group of friends who enjoy doing things together. When I’m not with them, I enjoy working out, biking, playing video games and just having fun.

Favorite food: Lasagna

TV show: South Park

Movie: Anchorman

Band/artist: Taking Back Sunday

Your idol and why: I idolize Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is a great man who has gotten his hands on and dominated pretty much anything he wanted to: from bodybuilding, to acting, all the way to becoming the governor of California. “I’ll be back.”

Your motto: You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

If you could be any animal, what would you be? I would like to be a big bird of some sort because I think it would be cool to fly. Preferably a bird native to a beach area of some sort.

When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? When I was a little kid I wanted to be a professional basketball player. The idea of getting to play the sport that I love each and every day while getting paid to do so always sounded amazing to me.

If you could have one super power, what would it be? The ability to teleport myself and those around me would be pretty cool. No more flying in boring airplanes to get from one side of the world to the other!

September 12, 2014

Meet the Squirrels: QA Team

It may be small, but our QA team is an important piece to releasing software everyone loves! Next up, Meet the QA Team!

Want to meet more of the team? Read more in this series.

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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!