Quark has been involved in a lot of very successful R&D service contracts since 2007 that have provided our clients with significant market advantage and increased profitability. We don’t have a “specialty” or market focus – from our perspective, problems are problems and solving them is what we do best. We’ve worked on projects in food processing, health care, military, IT security, and consumer products. We’d love to tell you all about them, but at Quark we take our non-disclosure agreements very seriously – so unfortunately, we can’t.
What we can tell you about is our own products and spin-off companies.
In 2009, when one of Quark’s employees purchased their first BlackBerry, the concept of tethering (accessing the Internet on your laptop through your smartphone cellular connection) was kicked around, after the rep at the local cellular phone store had said that tethering on a BlackBerry was “too expensive and difficult to setup”. This is the type of challenge we look for. After just three months of development, Quark had designed a faster, easier, cheaper means of tethering BlackBerry smartphones. Within two years, Tether has become one of the leading BlackBerry applications with over 100,000 paid users, worldwide.
In 2008, we launched a company called Skillz Systems that markets and sells a product called QuickStickz. We were the inventors of this award-winning technology that combines gaming with the development of a useful hockey skill – stickhandling with your head up. The concept was actually self-serving; it came about when one of Quark’s employees realized that his son’s stickhandling drills were all performed with him looking down at the ball/puck on the ground. The desire to prevent a major on-ice injury and to make stickhandling drills more fun, resulted in QuickStickz.