This week on #RostieTalks features David Potter, Marketing Manager for Citrix Canada in Toronto and Spencer Anderson, Rostie Group’s Customer Service Representative. They dive into Citrix’s GoToMeeting platform and the benefits of having a versatile office space in Toronto’s waterfront community. Watch the video then check out http://www.gotomeeting.ca/ for more ways to improve your business meeting experience.
This is Spencer Anderson from The Rostie Group, and I’m here with David Potter from Citrix.
Q. Tell us a bit about your business and what are the specific areas that you guys specialize in.
A. We’re a software company. We have a range of online products that allow people to collaborate, work, and stay productive regardless of where they are.
Q. How did you develop your interest in the industry?
A. I came into tech marketing kind of backwards, I was in the advertising industry first and got into working on clients who were in tech business and gradually over time moved into working on the client side of the business and was lucky enough to join Citrix when we opened the office for our mobility apps business unit here a couple of years ago.
Q. What are the main differences between GoToMeeting and your competitors?
A. Whether you’re looking at GoToMeeting or GoToWebinar or any of our other products we really focus on a couple different things. The biggest one being ease of use because if the products aren’t easy for your customers or for you to use or your employees to use then you’re not going to see the benefit that you hope to. We also have a product set that is focused on businesses, so they’re not consumer products; they have really been designed with businesses in mind.
Q. How long has Citrix been with The Rostie Group?
A. We have been here at The Rostie Group for about three years since we opened since we opened our offices for the mobility apps and business unit here in Canada.
Q. How often do you use our meeting space and training space?
A. The great thing for the meeting space for us is that we have a relatively small team in Canada and the ability to have extra meeting rooms and scale up when we need it gives us the flexibility without the need to have to carry that extra cost in an ongoing basis.
Q. What is your experience working in this kind of an environment so far?
A. We have a great balance in this type of environment. We have a personal or a segregated office space here for Citrix which gives us the privacy but we also have access to the shared facilities such as the kitchen or the extra meetings rooms which has been great for us as we’ve grown
Q. What is the most exciting part of your job?
A. I think I have a really great job; I have lots of opportunities to do different things on an ongoing basis. There is a great opportunity to test and do new things whether it’s in social media or some of the things we’re doing to help support the sales team here in Canada.
Q. Living and working in downtown Toronto, Harbourfront/South Core, what do you love most about it?
A. I think for me I really like the way the South Core has been changing over the last number of years, despite the construction I think it will be well worth it in the end. I’m working here now as my second stint, my first being working at a university at one of the other buildings here and it’s amazing how much has changed. With the connection of the PATH getting you right downtown when you need to, particularly in the winters, the addition of UP is going to be great in the sense that if you’re travelling regionally you can quickly get over to Billy Bishop (Airport) to take a short flight, if you need to go a little farther the UP train will get you to Pearson (Airport) fairly quickly and painlessly once it’s up and running and I think the changes that are happening along the WaterFront make it a very vibrant place to work and live.
Thank you for coming out and answering a few questions David!