#LabShopping Tip Number 1

chuttersnap-233105-unsplashLab supply shopping can be a time-consuming task. For example, at least 17 companies sell 50 mL conical tubes. So how do you avoid low-quality, experiment-ruining brands? Which supplier has the best price? That’s where we come in. At HappiLabs, we know how to get these answers efficiently and fast.

Over the next few months, we’ll share #LabShopping tips we swear by for buying the highest quality and most affordable equipment and supplies for our scientist friends. If you have any recommendations of your own, we’d love to hear them! Please tell us in the comments or tweet us @HappiLabs_org using #LabShopping. Now, on to our first tip:

Never Pay List Price…

….without asking for a lower price. Many companies sell the same product, competition is high and there is always someone willing to give you a discount. Just ask.

If you’d like help with searching or shopping for lab supplies, get in touch!

Promo Codes of the Week

Running a lab is way more fun when you find creative ways to save some moolah. Here at HappiLabs, our Virtual Lab Managers (VLMs) love to save you money on supplies and equipment.

That’s why we’ve curated a weekly promo list showcasing the best of the best. Check in every Tuesday for new additions – and if you know of any promo codes we didn’t catch, please share in the comments or tell us on Twitter @HappiLabs_org using hashtag #HappiSave.

Happi savings!

Exp. Date

Code Description

Supplier

10/9/18

101VWR18 15% off consumables VWR

10/15/18

CARTSEPT18

10% off & Free shipping

MAC’s Auto Parts

10/26/18 E51 Free shipping

Sigma

10/31/18

WICKEDDEALS2018 25% off Eppendorf tubes   and plates Eppendorf

10/31/18

OCTSHIP18

Free shipping

VWR

10/31/18 XTIP4               45% off xTIP4                    Biotix pipette tips

E&K

11/30/18

SCHOOL18

35% off Recombinant proteins

Biolegend

12/31/18

Multiple Codes

Various Promega promotions

Promega

12/31/18 495 Various discounts on “stockroom reagents”

Sigma

12/31/18

Multiple Codes

Various discounts on Thermo promotional page

Thermo Fisher

12/31/18

Safety60

60% off Chemical safety products – One time use

Fisher

TBD

SAVE5

5% off purchases

Vitality Medical

A Message from our CEO Tom: Post-YCombinator at HappiLabs

There has been a lot going on behind the scenes of HappiLabs the last few months. As we mentioned in our last blog post, this summer, we joined world-class accelerator YCombinator (YC), to help advance our virtual lab manager technology. A couple weeks ago, we participated in a pivotal part of the program, Demo Day, where I presented to a select group of investors, press and other YC companies.

ycombinator

Time has flown by and offered few spare moments, but while fresh on my mind, I wanted to share an update:

Fundraising is almost over and soon I will get back to focusing on operations and technology. We will fall short of our fundraising goals but have enough money to move forward with 1-2 strategic hires, and I’ll get back to finishing fundraising in a couple months.

There are two weaknesses investors are pointing out:

  1. We do not have an in-house engineering team (we’ve been outsourcing)
  2. They fear it is difficult to sell to scientists (I agree!), which limits the rate of growth

I’m not worried about sales, we know how to sell to scientists.

On the other hand, our priority continues to be welcoming a Lead Engineer to our team. YC offered a wealth of resources to help us understand and plan for the technological developments necessary to build a game-changing product that will allow us to reach more labs. This knowledge has influenced what we’re looking for in this leading tech position (Interested in learning more? Click HERE).

In the meantime, we hired two freelancing software engineers to continue development of our second app that improves security and automates the organization of our purchasing data. Little by little, we’re evolving our service and following through on our commitment to bring more innovation to labs and scientists all over the world.

We have received press from awesome business and tech outlets like TechCrunch and Chicago Inno, who have written about the work we’re doing. Click here and here to have a read, and feel free to share with your networks.

The last post-YC happening is four new customers. Again, sales is not an issue, we continue to grow based on an amazing customer experience and the word-of-mouth it inspires. When we do supplement that with real sales channels….look out!

We will continue to keep you in the loop on company news and updates.

Until then, hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into the last couple months. Thank you for your ongoing support!

HappiLabs joins YCombinator and is Searching for a Chief Technology Officer or Head of Engineering

HappiLabs is building the next big thing for the scientific community – a first-of-its-kind technology that will advance how scientists operate in their labs. There is AI, Ruby on Rails, Javascript, and iOS (among other things). We call it the Virtual Lab Manager.

Scientific labs move at the pace of 1983. With the Virtual Lab Manager, scientists have quicker access to information about their lab purchasing, inventory, safety, and finances, saving them time and energy better spent on their research. A scientist’s job has never been easier. The faster scientists can move, the faster scientific breakthroughs will happen.

The Virtual Lab Manager has proven an essential service to scientists as we’ve grown to 14 employees from our boot-strapped beginnings in 2012. We have built a legitimate and profitable $1M business.

Now it’s time to take it to the next level through technology and automation – and we’re aiming for $100M in revenue in 5 years. This can only happen if we have the right technological vision, talent, and execution.

Chief technology officer of Chicago business

Our Founder and CEO, Tom Ruginis, has moved to Silicon Valley and joined YCombinator this summer to help advance the technology by building a tech team to supplement our science team. But he needs help.

We are looking for a technological leader

We’re ready to welcome more talent to our friendly crew at headquarters in Chicago (and San Francisco), specifically a ​Chief Technology Officer (CTO) or lead engineer.

This person will play a vital role in our journey. Customers have likened the Virtual Lab Manager to having a reliable and trustworthy friend that lives in their computer. You will lead the development and implementation of the technology that brings this friend to every scientist on the planet.

In partnership with our CEO, you’ll map out the technical strategy for the software, create the product, and help further build out the engineering team. This role is an opportunity to bring true innovation to labs and scientists all over the world and in turn, shape the future of science.

We’ve spent the last six years experiencing steady growth, and mastering the art of virtual lab management, so you’ll be joining the team at a key moment in our evolution.

Our ideal tech innovator has vision, is smart, and wants to help scientists be better at their job.

Keep in mind….we will be patient with the CTO search but can use a software engineer now.

EXPERIENCE
A strong candidate will have:

  • BS/BA in Computer Science, Engineering or a related field
  • Intelligence
  • Prior experience as a CTO and/or software engineer with full stack capabilities and/or a recent Computer Science graduate from a top university
  • Knowledge of the life sciences industry or an interest in science

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Help us build a $100M company
  • Responsible for software design and architecture
  • Polish and execute the product roadmap
  • Understand the business and contribute to the company strategy
  • Team management (recruitment, personal development, retention, and success metrics)

TIMEFRAME

▪ Looking to start as soon as possible in Chicago or San Francisco

If you’re interested or have questions:

HELLO@HAPPILABS.ORG

We’re hiring a Virtual Lab Manager

Virtual Lab Manager at a growing life science company

If you have experience with lab management, purchasing, or customer service in the sciences, apply!

ABOUT HAPPILABS

HappiLabs is a small business in Chicago, still in the early stage but past the startup stage, that provides a service to scientists called the Virtual Lab Manager. We are similar to an outsourced purchasing department (some might say a Personal Shopper) for biotech companies and scientific research labs, and support them in many other ways besides buying things.

We have a mission: to improve the happiness of scientists and the quality of their research.

By helping scientists do their job, we are helping all the people on the planet who benefit from inventions, creations, and knowledge that scientists create.

Purchasing and Customer Service ScientistYou will co-manage a minimum of two labs. We are “virtual” so your job consists of sitting in an office and communicating with scientists, in other parts of the world, about what they need to run their experiments.

You will be trained to be one of the best lab managers in the world.

EXPERIENCE

A strong candidate will have one of these backgrounds:

  • Lab manager or postdoc (or superb grad student) who has managed people, experiments, and budgets
  • Purchasing agent
  • Sales rep in the life science industry (but this is NOT a sales job)

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Communicate with engineers & scientists to understand their needs and experiments
  • Communicate with suppliers (sales reps, technical help & customer service) to obtain pricing and technical info, place orders, retrieve order updates, and solve logistics and supply chain problems
  • Keep accounting records organized
  • Report progress and solve problems at team meetings

TIMEFRAME

Looking to start now, preferably in Chicago.

COMPENSATION

  • Full-time
  • $50-70k, depending on experience
  • Medical and Dental health benefits
  • A t-shirt, free coffee and snacks at the office

SKILLS AND TRAITS YOU SHOULD HAVE

We want a long-term commitment, someone who will help a small company grow into a large one.

  • Tech savvy (very good with a computer, its keyboard and multiple monitors)
  • Proactive mentality – help without being asked to help, and an ability to predict problems
  • Knowledge of hardware or mechanical engineering, and/or chemistry, and/or molecular biology
  • A passion for science and desire to make a difference in the world.
  • Confident presence on the phone. We frequently call suppliers

===== APPLY NOW! ======

CLICK this link –> HAPPILABS JOB APPLICATION (VIA A GOOGLE FORM)

It will not hurt to connect with Tom on LinkedIn.