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What The Tech Episode 50: “Just start doing it” with Simon Knauber of Glass Canvas

Podcast: What The Tech Episode 50: “Just start doing it” with Simon Knauber of Glass Canvas

While there are plenty of sales and marketing tools on the market catered to businesses driving leads down the funnel, nurturing engagement for faith-based communities calls for a different (though complementary) suite of CRM solutions.  That’s because the mission of many parish organizations is to meet their community “where they’re at” both throughout their lives and in their day-to-day.  Helping make this happen and bring the Catholic Church into the digital age is the team at Glass Canvas, whose Tilma products marry the latest and greatest features of enterprise-grade sales and marketing tools with unique solutions tailored specifically to ministries.  We welcome Simon Knauber, Director of Finance and HR at Glass Canvas, to discuss the tech and mission behind ministry products Tilma Parish and Tilma Diocese. Their software is more than just technology, but a way to create more ministry impact by helping dioceses and parishes serve their people better and create more meaningful encounters with their faith. This includes delivering Ministry, marketing and tech expertise for Dioceses, churches and ministries, while equipping teams with unified infrastructure, formation resources, and ongoing mission support. It’s a lofty mission that’s rooted in a lot of cool and innovative  tech—to say nothing of the unique value proposition that Glass Canvas delivers to the faith community.  I’m excited to learn more about Simon, Glass Canvas, and the incredible tech behind empowering the Church to form resilient disciples in our modern age. A different kind of CRM While there are a wealth of sales and marketing solutions that are a boon for enterprises, serving a faith-based mission calls for a different kind of engagement that's less beholden to the traditional sales cycle as many understand it.  At Glass Canvas, the Tilma suite of solutions marries the best-of-breed marketing and sales solutions with the unique needs of Church-based administration, meeting parishioners on their terms and providing resources at key milestones in their faith journey.  Real-world experience trumps degrees While there is incredible value that comes from a university education, it's increasingly valuable for folks looking to join a tech company in 2024 to have actual real-world experience building solutions. As Simon explains, the rate of change and innovation in the tech space has never been faster, and prospective talent who know what it takes to execute are the folks who he wants on his team. You may learn a lot of theory in college, but showing what you've actually done—the proof in the pudding, so to speak—is what sets leaders apart in the current tech ecosystem. At Glass Canvas, they're working on a solution that encompasses a wide range of functionalities that call for creativity—and not just theory—to deliver on the massive promise of Tilma's suite of products.  Catch the full interview with Simon Knauber on Boast’s YouTube Channel here.  To learn more about how Boast can help you drive innovation, talk to an expert from our team today. 
What The Tech Episode 49: “Failure can be good!” with Chris Hobbs of TTT Studios

Podcast: What The Tech Episode 49: “Failure can be good!” with Chris Hobbs of TTT Studios

Driving innovation is all about trial and error. It takes iteration and experimentation—in other words, research and development—to create solutions that can succeed at commercial scale.  That means that failure is an important part of the product development process that teams need to embrace!  Of course, that’s easier said than done when you’re a cash strapped founder working to create an MVP. As Chris Hobbs of TTT Studios explains, however, that’s part of what’s great about the Canadian government’s Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) program. It allows Chris’s team to take risks that have the potential for huge payoff down the road—and to fund innovation (and keep his team working) when he’s in the midst of a down cycle.  Through Chris’ leadership, TTT Studios has grown to become a powerhouse in the Vancouver tech community, creating digital experiences for customers that innovate and leave a lasting, positive impact on every user’s journey. What sets TTT Studios and Chris apart is their unwavering commitment to deeply understanding every client's unique challenges and business needs. From concept to code, TTT assembles an expert team around each project to build user-centric solutions that upgrade their clients’ business. As exciting as the work being done at TT Studios is, this is hardly Chris’s first go-round driving innovation in the tech space, as he’s been a Founder and Developer on some incredible projects over the past two decades. We dig into how Chris got into the entrepreneurial space in the first place, his experiences building amazing solutions at TTT, and his sage wisdom for founders in Canada and beyond.  Getting in conversation with innovators As Chris explains, Boast has been a big part of the tech ecosystem in Vancouver and beyond because we focus squarely on community. That means providng more than just innovation tax credits, but access to the minds, strategies and sounding boards that founders driving world-changing innovation need to see their startups and scale ups achieve growth. SR&ED is one of the key programs that allows Chris Hobbs and other Canadian innovators to avoid layoffs when times are tough. By viewing the program as "all about employment," businesses can encourage their teams to dig into research and development projects that could unlock game-changing solutions—even when budgets are tight, and tech peers in the US are tightening their belts.  All of this can be accomplished without exhausting your team's runway (and largely regardless of market conditions) because it's backed by SR&ED funding, which doubles down on the innovation investments teams are already making.  Innovation capital to be "hyper-competitive" Chris Hobbs and the team are leveraging new technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve operations and uncover new ways to delight their customers.  Because his team is driving truly unique innovation and tackling "technological uncertainty," they can explore these projects with confidence knowing that SR&ED funding will help cover and extend these critical investments.  Boast thrives on seeing our community partners succeed. We truly view ourselves as hand-in-hand with the founders and innovators who work with our team to tap into the wealth of innovation capital on offer in both Canada and the United States. We share in our customers’ successes because we know we helped play a part in making some of the coolest new tech a reality by maximizing access to non-dilutive funding for the most exciting R&D projects. To learn more about why Boast is best when it comes to funding innovation, talk to an expert today. 

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