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Celebrating 20 Years

zu is a small prairie-based digital agency with big clients around the world. This is our story.

Where Do We Begin

When does a beer-powered parking lot discussion become a reality?
How do a couple of alt-rock print geeks set out to create the standard for workplace culture?

Our story starts here. From our modest beginnings, to many more humbling moments,
we reflect on 20 incredible years.

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“Looking back, it felt like we were jumping off a cliff. If we bought this used paper cutter, there was no turning back. Thankfully, we took that leap of faith.” - Ryan Lejbak, Founder & CEO
Through the Years

zu is founded

Newhaven Media launches hostile takeover; zu rebuffs.

zu named SABEX Saskatoon Business of the Year

zu wins Canadian New Media Employer of the Year

zu celebrates 10th anniversary with a mega-party!

zu adds office space down the alley called “The Island”

zu moves into old Macleod’s building, wins Premier’s Award for Excellence in Building Design

zu becomes an open-source CMS company

zu turns 20!

 
1995
 
1998
 
2000
 
2003
 
2005
 
2007
 
2009
 
2013
 
2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Justin Bieber
turns 1

Google founded

Everyone survives Y2K

Arnold Schwarzenegger elected Governor of California

YouTube goes live

iPhone released

Kanye West ambushes Taylor Swift At MTV Awards

Saskatchewan Roughriders win Grey Cup at home!

Leonard Nimoy, aka Mr. Spock, passes

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1996

Spice Girls first number 1 “Wannabe”


zu attends MacWorld

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1997

First Harry Potter book released


zu’s first CMS, EasyUpdater, is released

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1999

Jar Jar Binks most hated being in the universe


zu moves to Duchess Street location

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2001

Napster shuts down


zu creates Survivor Christmas, sparks tradition of legendary parties

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2002

MSN messenger most widely used format for flirtation


zu holds its first ever Rookie Talent Show

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2004

Facebook founded


zu creates eco bonus for staff after Ryan sleeps in Malaysian jungle

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2006

Pluto is no longer a planet


zu helps launch BarCamp Saskatoon

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2008

Barack Obama elected US President


zu develops first iOS mobile app, TimmyMe

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2010

Instagram launches


zu wins SaskInteractive Excellence Award for website design

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2011

iCloud debuts


zu helps create MoSo Conference

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2012

SpaceX launches commercial flight


zu dives deeper into Agile

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2014

QR codes still trying to be cool


zu offers full digital agency service package to clients

We Had to Explain What Email Was

"A lot of our expertise was built upon knowing something a few minutes before the client did.
There was no such thing as having 20 years of experience in our industry,
it was either in your DNA or not to care about technology"

- Tony Zuck, Founder & CSO

Explore zu's 20 year vault ›
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How did a small prairie city become home to some of the top digital talent? Ryan reflects on the Saskatoon community. Read more ›
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From animated bouncing text to neon colours, discover where web design originated, and where it might go. Read more ›
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"I think my favorite memory was the year staff became rock stars." Hear more incredible moments from current and past employees. Read more ›
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"Wear your brand." Find out what other important lessons Tony has learned from the past 20 years in business. Read more ›
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Devon experimented with the new trend of the Internet back in the 90’s. Learn why he decided to become a Developer. Read more ›
Over the past 20 years, it’s safe to say that without the support and trust from our clients, we would not be where we are today. Whether it was for a single project or an ongoing partnership, we extend our gratitude to all of you. #freecoffeewitheverywebsite!
What we're proud of

For some people, zu is a career, and for others, it’s simply a step along the way. What we take pride in most, is making their time at zu unforgettable.

Memories of the Journey