Showing posts from August, 2016

Why 2016 US election issues mean so much – and so little – to Silicon Valley

In an industry that’s been careful not to play political favourites, it’s not hard to guess who Silicon Valley will be voting for in 2016. With the exception of Peter Thiel, “The Donald” is scaring Silicon Valley leaders. A lot.

It should be a good match. After all, Donald Trump is the poster-boy for capitalism and less government. And the new philanthropists from Silicon Valley (while reportedly much more generous with their wealth) aren’t averse to the wages of capitalism. And frankly, they just want to be left alone to go about their business. But that’s where the similarity ends.

Silicon Valley unites against Trump
Trump’s vocal anti-immigration stance is the prime reason he has the tech industry worried. In particular, his claim that the H1-B visas have to go has alarm bells ringing up and down the valley. It’s estimated that each H1-B salary offers a savings of $30,000 a year and that these hires are 100x more impactful than their counterparts.

Trump’s policies spell trouble for…

SmartSimple is now SOC 2 Compliant

SmartSimple is proud to announce that we are now a Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 compliant organization. 

SOC 2 is the most recognized and relevant standard for cloud security in the world, and it’s a reflection of our dedication to maintaining the highest level of security standards for our clients.

“SOC 2 is the standard many organizations hold their vendors to. It shows we’re on the leading edge of governance practices,” says Cameron McLean, President of SmartSimple. “We’re also currently the only Software as a Service (SaaS) provider in the grants and research management space that has achieved this level of certification.”

SOC 2 builds on top of our compliance frameworks and concentrates on non-financial reporting controls as they relate to the security, availability, and processing integrity of the SmartSimple system. These reporting controls are commonly known in the industry as the Trust Service Principles, and outlines the standards needed to qualify for SOC 2 certificat…