Forestry.io co-founder says after launching only four
months ago, it already has 5,000 users
Forestry.io is a content management tool for websites.
A Charlottetown tech start-up is aiming to be at the “leading edge” of website management.
Forestry.io is a content management tool for websites. Once a website has been designed, Forestry.io can be used to keep it updated.
‘We’d like to hire some of the brightest minds in the region, and build really cool products and build a world-class business from here.’– Scott Gallant
Co-founder Scott Gallant says the service only launched four months ago, and it already has 5,000 users worldwide.
“We see this as the future of the web,” he said. “In a few years, we think, no developer will use a site like WordPress and, all developers will use the platforms that we support and we just want to be at the leading edge of that.”
The company was accepted into the accelerator program Tech Stars, which offered three months of mentoring and $125,000 US in financial support.
Hiring more staff
Six people are employed now with Forestry.io, Gallant said, and they’re looking to hire a programmer, a designer and some administrative help in the next few months.
Gallant hopes to eventually take the company public, like Ottawa-based Shopify did a couple of years ago.
“We’d like to hire some of the brightest minds in the region, and build really cool products and build a world-class business from here.”
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Kalanick and Musk are interesting choices, given that the Forum mainly includes heads of more traditional firms, such as JPMorgan Chase & Co., Wal-Mart, PepsiCo and General Electric.
Plus, neither of them can be described as ardent Trump fans: In November, Musk said that Trump was “not the right guy” for the presidency, and last October, Kalanick said, “Oh my god, Donald Trump’s gonna win. I’m going to move to China if Donald Trump wins.”
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Musk also attended a meeting in New York hosted by Trump for face-time with a number of major tech head honchos, including Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.
It’ll be interesting to see if the appointments allow Uber and Tesla to sway the Trump administration towards enabling legislation for things like self-driving cars and increased support for electric vehicles.