PayrollHero secures $1 million in seed funding

PayrollHero has secured $1 million in seed funding to continue product development and expand its sales and marketing efforts in Southeast Asia. The company that has offices in Whistler, Manila and the Philippines offers a subscription based cloud software platform that uses the employees face and GPS location as the metric for clocking in and out to ensure that the right employee is in the right place at the right time.

Company founders Michael Stephenson and Stephen Jagger closed the $1 million seed round of funding from 500Startups, LX Ventures, The Futura Corporation, 8capita Partners, Ryan Holmes (CEO of Hootsuite), Dan Martell (CEO of Clarity), Benjamin Joffe (a.k.a. Mr. Asia), Christian Cotichini (founder of MAKE Technologies) and other angel investors.

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With this injection of funds, PayrollHero can add talent to its "Adventure Engineering" team and continue to add new clients to its expanding client base.PayrollHero currently supports payroll for companies in the Philippines and plans to expand its payroll capabilities to other countries within Southeast Asia in the near future. The company's time, attendance and scheduling solution works worldwide and currently has users in Canada, USA, Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and India. for more information.

New GM for Whistler Premier Resorts

Whistler Premier has appointed a new GM. Whistler local Mark Blasak took over the helm at Whistler Premier Resorts two weeks ago.

"I'm excited to join such a terrific team and am looking forward to a progressive year ahead," said Blasak.

Most recently, he held the position of GM at the Listel Whistler. Blasak has worked in the hotel industry for over 10 years and in the hospitality industry for 25 years. In his new position Blasak will manage The Blackcomb Lodge, the Horstman House and the Lost Lake Lodge and Whistler Premier's other units located in the Village and Upper Village. Visit their website at for more information on Whistler Premier.

New Whistler venture

Whistler local and six-year full time resident Matt DesBrisay has recently started a new venture with Pureview Window Films. DesBrisay followed in his family's footsteps as his grandfather founded a window film company in Ontario called Window Film Systems. He continues to work with this business today.

Many local homes and businesses have utilized his services to create personalized solutions for their spaces. Solar control films are one of the most popular options.

"Solar control films have been recognized to be the most affordable way to improve the energy efficiency of a building," said DesBrisay.

These films create a protection from fading, unwanted heating or cooling caused by direct sunlight, or unwanted glare. On the safety and security side of things they offer films that withstand shattering and deter graffiti. In an area that offers beautiful views from every window, the company has been very successful creating customized solutions featuring frosted films for privacy. Another popular offering is his full line of decorative printed films to match specific décor. For more information visit their website at or call 604-902-2009.

Stitch and Paint offers wholesale fabrics

A local designer has recently added to their list of services. Mary-Jane Glover Moffett has been creating masterpieces with her fabrics and textiles for many years and decided to grow and share her work. Stitch and Paint Whistler now sells fabrics wholesale.

This is great news for local designers in need of special fabrics for their creations. Stitch and Paint's designs are hand painted and produced on a variety of quality fabrics like 55 per cent linen, 45 per cent cotton, 100 per cent cotton and more. These fabrics are special because they are hand designed in Whistler and feature very unique patterns including botanicals prints, animal prints, and many co-ordinating geometric designs.

Visit their website at for more information.

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