One of the nicer coffee bars in Montreal is at the newly renovated headquarters of Groupe GSoft Inc., a business software maker. There’s also a basketball court, skateboard ramp and plenty of comfy chairs tucked into quiet corners. The place was bright and buzzy when I visited in December and its expansion was nearly complete, a testament to the 14-year-old company’s status as an unsung hero of the local technology scene.
Simon De Baene, one of three founders and the chief executive, was feeling a bit daunted by all the changes: he was no longer a kid from Saint-Lazare, Que., running a startup from his apartment, but the leader of a company of about 300 people on a trajectory to get much bigger. “It keeps me awake at night,” the 34-year-old said in an interview a couple of weeks before Christmas. “It’s the biggest challenge of my career.”
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