The transplant that took
Medium Rare Interactive Inc.

The Medium Rare team (L to R): Dominic Yarmie, Amanda Woloshyn, Tom Keenoy, Yosuke Hasumi, Paul Myers, Amanda Goodrick and Nathaniel Tubb.

Founded by Tom Keenoy in Brooklyn, New York in 2006, Medium Rare Interactive is a web design and development studio. Migrating westward, Medium Rare spent a year in Vancouver along the way, before finally making Comox Valley its home in 2010.

2016 was an incredible year for Medium Rare, with some of their best projects to date, new local clients and exciting developments for flagship product Kitestrings. Kitestrings is an app that manages password access across teams, letting managers maintain control over who has access to which accounts. Penetration testing has been completed and Kitestrings is now in Open Beta phase. Other highlights include new product prototypes for a Web integration with a POS/inventory system in Vancouver, a membership payment system for PEN America, plus a real estate development map project for CVEDS.

Looking ahead, plans for 2017 include the full launch of Kitestrings into the North American market – Medium Rare is seeking funding for the next iteration of the app.

When Tom taught as an instructor at North Island College in the IMG Program, he was struck by the high quality of the students. As a result, he hired two of his former students out of school: Yosuke Hasumi and Nathaniel Tubb, both honour roll and President’s Award recipients. Last year, two more top NIC graduates, Amanda Goodrick and Dominic Yarmie, came on board as junior staff, alongside three more local freelancers.

Next year, Tom hopes to expand the team from six to 12, including three new transplants he hopes will take root in the Valley.

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