Friday, September 19, 2008

Spheric in the Sun

"It’s all about simplicity and reducing redundancy. We have a disdain for repetition and prefer to automate processes. Our clients love us for it".
ADAM MACDONALD, Spheric Technologies

It all started with four guys in a basement.

Sharing pizza, a few pops and some mighty big plans.

About five years ago, Adam, Andrew, Cory and Dan would get together in humble surroundings in Moncton, NB and talk for hours on end about a different future for themselves. Those initial, helter-skelter discussions would extend late into many evenings, marked by several empty bottles and cardboard boxes that provided the necessary fuel for the rocket ship of an IT company about to liftoff. This hi-tech Fab Four pictured an international firm of highly specialized, computer programmers managing the deployment of Web portals for large corporations. Their dream was a lofty one as they envisioned a team that would be like Lear Jet mechanics for back-end, web platforms - understood by few - but necessary for world-class clients to facilitate access by millions. They could see Ruby (on Rails) in the sky with diamonds

Their launch was accomplished in 2005 without any venture capital or government funding.

Today is their day in the sun.

Spheric Technologies has just cracked Profit Magazine's, PROFIT HOT 50 List, for Canada's emerging growth companies. Spheric now belongs to a select group of companies that have proven they're willing to embrace risks; and are committed to finding the right ingredients to propel growth in the 21st century Digital Economy. And they have the numbers to back it up.

Spheric now boasts a total of 28 full time employees, year after year of exponential growth and 2007 sales of over 2.2 million dollars. Over the past 24 months, Spheric Technologies has grown by 152% with 89% of their sales generated through export markets. A stellar client roster includes Procter & Gamble, Bristol & Myers Squibb, Dole Foods, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, and more. In fact, one of their clients has 68 servers with 14 million active users.

The Spheric work culture is unique, to say the least. Operating from remote locations, and serving clients all over the world, they have developed a 3 level certification process that all staff go through to ensure they will mesh with the "hard days night" Spheric mojo. This creates continuity and ensures their team is prepared and passionate about the work they do as clients are served through a team-based approach and not lone individuals.

In the beginning, as anyone who has been with a start-up knows, Adam MacDonald, Andrew Foster, Cory Schop and Dan Martell all wore many different hats to get a fledgling company off the ground. Discover more for yourself at

Today, gentlemen, our hats are off to you.


"Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch" TIM BERNERS-LEE

p.s.....Before he left Moncton to help launch other start-ups in Silicon Valley two weeks ago, Spheric's co-founder, Dan Martell shared some thoughts about the upcoming "Taking Flight" conference coming to Moncton, October 1-3, 2008. If you listen to what Dan says (and read between the lines) you will get some idea of the value Don Schmincke and Roy H. Williams bring to the table for any company that is serious about growth.

For more information on "Taking Flight" go to


dmartell said...

Gair, thanks for the kind words. It's only when we stop and think about all the work we've done over the past 4 years do we realize how interesting and meaningful it's been.

Just a quick edit ... you forgot Cory Schop! :-) He was definitely there in the beginning, scheming with the rest of us. I'm sure it was a simple oversight.

David said...

Great post. Thank you for your praise, and the mention on your blog!

Razor said...

Great post Gair. Congratz Spheric! Fantastic!

Gair Maxwell said...

Thanks for the feedback gents!

Hope to hear from you guys again on your return visits.