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Techvibes: Trend Hunter Has One of Canada's Best Startup Work Cultures

— September 23, 2011 — About
Trend Hunter is a site largely based on two main ideas: innovation and community. These two concepts are of high value to us and are reflected through everything from our Intern Academy program to our office culture, as recognized by Techvibes in today's release of a list outlining Canada's Best Startup Work Cultures.

Trend Hunter proudly debuts at the top of this list, referred to as "an explosion of cool trends fueled by a global network of insatiably curious people" by President of Techvibes Media Inc. and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com Rob Lewis. With a more open-concept approach to the work environment, our Chief Trend Hunter Jeremy Gutsche has managed to build a truly inspiring atmosphere where creativity is encouraged and breakthrough ideas are born.

Full article at: TechVibes



Startup Work Culture: Toronto's Trend Hunter leads the way

By Rob Lewis, Techvibes.com

Earlier this summer we asked you who are Canada's top Startups from a work culture perspective. Many of you had suggestions and now that the summer is behind us we're wading through them to highlight the best of the best.

Up first is Toronto's Trend Hunter.

Trend Hunter is the world's largest, most popular trend spotting community. It is an explosion of cool trends fueled by a global network of insatiably curious people. By tracking the evolution of cool, Trend Hunters stimulate creativity and generate breakthrough ideas.

Trend Hunter is located in a former horse-carriage factory near Queen and SoHo and according to the Wall Street Journal the office is as hip as its occupants. Which really shouldn't be a surprise considering it's their job to spots trends on the bleeding edge.

Trend Hunter's office culture has been profiled on CNN, and in the National Post, the Globe & Mail and the Toronto Star. And last year Trend Hunter was named on of Canada's Most Innovative Companies at the Canadian Innovation Exchange.

So what makes Trend Hunter stand out?

Office space - A digitally projected scoreboard on the wall gamifies and motivates the editorial team's performance and keeps everyone focused on the goal.

Team building - Weekly employee highlights are shared at Friday beer'o'clock meetings where each team member talks about their professional triumphs and new ideas while trying out a new different beer each week.

Internships - Trend Hunter claims to offer the most journalism internships in Canada. And by joining the Trend Hunter Academy, interns will graduate with 1,000+ published articles, 2,000,000+ views of exposure, and a certificate of Digital Journalism and Social Media from Trend Hunter.
Trend Themes
1. Innovation in Work Culture - Trend Hunter's open-concept approach to the work environment encourages creativity and breakthrough ideas.
2. Gamification in Office Spaces - Trend Hunter's digitally projected scoreboard gamifies and motivates their editorial team's performance, keeping everyone focused on the goal.
3. Employee Engagement and Team Building - Trend Hunter's Friday beer'o'clock meetings allow team members to share their professional triumphs and new ideas while trying out different beers each week.
Industry Implications
1. Digital Media - The digital media industry can explore new ways to foster innovation and creativity in work culture, drawing inspiration from Trend Hunter's approach.
2. Office Equipment and Technology - Companies in the office equipment and technology industry can develop innovative products and tools that gamify and motivate employee performance, similar to Trend Hunter's digitally projected scoreboard.
3. Education and Training - The education and training industry can consider offering journalism internships and certificate programs, like Trend Hunter's Trend Hunter Academy, to provide practical experience and exposure to aspiring professionals.
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