Wednesday April 16, 2014

Local Business

Whistler could be a tech startup hub

Biz Briefs

A new software company now calls Whistler home.

PayrollHero’s mission began in October of 2011 and the software will begin its beta testing phase this September. They are now working on setting up a Whistler Engineering branch.

Founded by serial entrepreneurs, Michael Stephenson and Stephen Jagger have started three businesses together since 2000.

PayrollHero is optimizing work productivity with happiness by offering consumer-friendly time, attendance, scheduling and payroll in the cloud for web and mobile. The software puts the tools in the hands of the employees allowing them to access their past paystubs, manage their vacation time, check their schedules and clock in and clock out online.

It uses the faces of employees as their primary biometric to avoid buddy punching and ghost employees. These clock-in pics are further given a mood rating to establish an array of business intelligence to the company’s corollaries between productivity and mood.

With the motto “optimize work productivity with happiness” the system is a sure winner for both human resource departments and employees around the world. The goal of the software is to take much of the day-to-day paper work away for human resources departments, allowing them to focus on the employees and their work.

With PayrollHero they can monitor attendance, productivity and mood of their employees. Stephenson, Jagger and their team have recently moved operations to Whistler after four months of living and working from their San Francisco office.

“Our goal is to emulate what we have in San Francisco,” says Stephenson, who feels that happy employees work in places where recreation and fun is accessible. “Our aim is to utilize our networks in Silicon Valley and Asia to encourage other tech companies to locate here. Whistler can be a tech startup hub and compete with the likes of Boulder Colorado”.

They will be hosting a tech startup conference here once setup. Both founders are from Vancouver and Stephenson has owned his home in Whistler for five years.

They are currently in the midst of securing their office space. Over the course of the next year they will be building up their Whistler team from five to 15.

For more information on PayrollHero you can check out their blog at or visit their website at

One of Whistler’s favourite shops is taking part in a company-wide quest for awareness of dangerous ingredients in our skin care and cosmetic products.

Rocky Mountain Soap Company will be supporting Environmental Defense’s “Just Beautiful” Campaign in their efforts to raise $500,000 over the next three years.

The money will be used to raise awareness around the toxic ingredients that should be avoided in body care as well as to lobby Health Canada for tighter restrictions on what chemicals are allowed to be used in the body care industry in this country. Their intention is to both support them financial as well as help promote them in their stores and online.

During the month of August 2012 the company will be supporting the cause by making a donation of between $2,000 to $2,5000 to Environmental Defense this fall. For the entire month of August, they are donating all of the proceeds from their day cream sales.

For more information on Rocky Mountain Soap Company, you can visit their website at, visit their Whistler store on the Village Stroll at 4314 Main Street, call them at 604-932-2009.

A new home inspection business has been launched out of Squamish to service the Sea to Sky Region.

Owner/Operator Roger Tulsie is a licensed home inspector that has been running Coast Mountain Home Services since June of this year.

As a member of the Canadian National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (CanNACHI) he is held to one of the highest standards in the industry. Strictly adhering to the CanNACHI code of ethics and exceeding the standards of practice allows Tulsie to bring integrity to each and every inspection he conducts.

Services offered include pre-listing, pre-purchase, pre-warranty, home preservation and new home inspections. Also offered is testing for mold and radon gas. For more information on Coast Mountain Home Services you can visit their website at

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