The partner spotlight is a weekly series where we go behind the scenes with some of the companies that make VendorDB great. Next up is Bonzai Intranet. 

The Vitals

Name: Bonzai Intranet
Location: Canada
Year Founded: 2014
Specialties: Organizational communication, collaboration and engagement with Bonzai Intranet.

What inspired you to start your company?

A clear and obvious need for innovation in the intranet space. We identified a way to offer organizations well-designed SharePoint Intranets for a fraction of the cost, and implemented in half the time.

How did the partners meet?

Otherwise known as the four founders – two married vampires and two married werewolves (yes, female werewolves exist). They met on a foggy October evening at a Microsoft SharePoint event. The werewolf couple, Michal Pisarek and Denise Ching, began a heated argument with the vampires, Matthew Carriere and Shereen Qumsieh over delivery methods for custom SharePoint Intranets.

After a few growls and hisses, the couples came to agreement on one market gap in the intranet space—That custom built SharePoint Intranets did not need to take years to implement, and cost organizations into the millions. Recognizing that most companies were looking for the same features and functionality in their corporate intranet, they set out in the first ever vampire- werewolf business partnership in history.

What was the first job someone hired you for?

Matt – “I had a paper route…I delivered the Province. But when I saw raccoons I would abandon my cart and run home. My second job felt a bit safer at the good ol’McDs.”
Shereen – “I taught seniors how to use computers and at times…a keyboard. My second job was also at McDonalds.”
Michal – “Growing up in Australia, the first thing I was ever paid for was to pick up kangaroo dumping’s in my parent’s backyard”.
Denise – “Someone hired me to help kids out at an arts and craft festival.”

What is the most notable trend in your industry?

Smart machine learning for digital workplaces. Just like we are fed relevant content in our social networking environments, we will be fed relevant, timely and intelligent corporate content that will help us make better day-to- day decisions at work.

 

What is the smartest work you’ve seen in the past year that didn’t come from your shop?

We’re a bit biased but hands down Bonzai Intranet. Two years ago it was the first out-of-the-box intranet solution built on SharePoint. Something that hasn’t come from our shop within the past year, is machine learning on Microsoft Delve. Predictive algorithms help serve up relevant content for knowledge workers right in their digital workplace.

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How has the business changed since you started?

More and more companies are selecting turn-key intranet solutions. In the next 1-2 years, industry analysts expect that 80% of intranet purchases will be out-of-the-box SaaS solutions. Knowledge workers of today expect to work with best of breed technologies that offer seamless and intuitive experiences. Out-of-the-box intranets or “digital workplaces” like Bonzai Intranet make it a lot more affordable for companies to offer this.

What is your biggest challenge at the moment?

Tech trend—smart machine learning for digital workplaces. Just like we are fed relevant content in our social networking environments, we will be fed relevant, timely and intelligent corporate content that will help us make better day-to-day decisions at work.

Challenge—To be frank, keeping up with demand for Bonzai Intranet. We have an amazing solution delivery team and are currently looking for talented people to help us grow fast. If you’re skills are extra spicy, apply within! We’re currently looking for a Development Manager and a Full Stack Developer.

What is the best thing about working at Bonzai?

Delicious food…all of the time. And beer. Michal Pisarek, Founder and Product Director at Bonzai, is a former head chef that worked for Gordon Ramsay. Let’s just say food options are selected by that of a foodie with world-class taste. There’s an actual thing called the D.O. 10…most employees have had to hit the gym that much harder to keep it off. Others have said “**** it!” and invest in a jean-size up.

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You can learn more about Bonzai Intranet on VendorDB and at bonzai-intranet.com/.