With the inevitable chorus of cold-feet Americans ready to leave to US following a Donald Trump presidential election, there’s been no shortage of articles purporting to show how easy it is to move to Canada. (Immigration Canada’s website actually crashed on Tuesday night from all the American traffic coming its way following Trump’s victory).
The reality is that it’s often a long and cumbersome process to immigrate to Canada.
However, moving to Canada as an international student or a temporary foreign worker remains a more attractive offer, something one local web company is keen to jump on. Preface: prepare thyself for mind-numbing buzz words like “guru” and “mad skills.”
AmpMe is willing to walk the walk when it comes to (presumably) paying some or all of the visa costs for US citizens to come work here. A new post from the company said “We’ll even pay to get you to Canada so that you can join us.” It was not specified what, exactly, the company would pay for.
The heavily-funded startup allows people to synchronize music playing from their cell phones.
The company wants “awesome peeps” to apply for open positions in Backend, Android and iOS, Head of People Ops, Product Manager, QA Analyst and Senior Data Engineer. AmpMe wrote that if a qualified candidate has “mad skills and the attitude to match it” they should “holla” at email@example.com.
Still, as CTV Vancouver alluded to, “Study, work, marry or wait: It’s not easy for Americans to move to Canada.” Rudi Kischer, an immigration lawyer in Vancouver, told CTV Vancouver that “some Americans are a little surprised at how defined the border is and that they actually have to go through an application process… It’s actually fairly difficult to move to Canada.”
AmpMe has a lot of cash after raising a $10 million (US $8 million) round in May led by Relay Ventures. It was founded by notable Montreal entrepreneur, investor, and star TV personality on Dragons’ Den (Quebec), Martin-Luc Archambault. His previous company, Wajam, is a free web browser plug-in that has been mentioned in past articles warning of “deceptive installation practices of unwanted ad injectors.” What is Wajam?
Gregg Delman, a San Francisco-based PR consultant for AmpMe (of DRS Media), told MTLinTECH that the idea struck Archambault while he was on a skiing trip in Whistler.
At a friend’s brand new apartment that didn’t have audio setup yet, the group of friends wanted to listen to music and dance. They put someones cell phone in the middle and streamed music, but it wasn’t good enough to turn it into a party. They tried all the tricks, but Archambault thought at the time, “This is terrible.”
“So he seized upon this idea and he wanted to find a way to play music across multiple devices at once, louder,” said Delman.
A year later, and about $1 million worth of Archambault’s own money, his development team came up with AmpMe, said Delman.
AmpMe also created a video to portray its working environment, in which workers are referred to as “street hustlers” and “Slack gurus.”