About IdeaScale

IdeaScale is the largest cloud-based innovation software platform in the world with more than 25,000 customers and 4 million users. The software allows organizations to involve the opinions of public and private communities by collecting their ideas and giving users a platform to vote. The ideas are then evaluated, routed, and implemented, making IdeaScale the engine of crowd-powered innovation. IdeaScale’s client roster includes industry leaders, such as Adobe, Cisco, the Department of Homeland Security, Marriott, the US Navy, NBC, Xerox, and many more.


Our Story

In 2009, IdeaScale founders Vivek Bhaskaran and Rob Hoehn launched IdeaScale in tandem with President Barack Obama’s Open Government Initiative. In its first year, IdeaScale was adopted by 23 federal agencies. It served many organizations, including the Executive Office of the President of the United States.

The following year, the platform’s adoption rate expanded to include more than 36 agencies as well as numerous private Enterprise-level companies. Government clients cited IdeaScale’s “level of engagement as well as the platform’s affordability” as one of the reasons that it was adopted early on in the open government initiative.

As of 2014, IdeaScale has maintained its bootstrapped status and profitability and has offices in Washington D.C., Tokyo, and Berlin with headquarters in Berkeley, CA

Meet Our Team

Rob Hoehn, CEO

Rob is the co-founder and CEO at IdeaScale. He has helped build feedback tools for the Obama Administration, Nancy Pelosi, Xerox, The Veterans Administration, and others.

Vivek Bhaskaran, Co-Founder & Chairman

Vivek plays a key role in defining the company strategy to continuously maintain IdeaScale’s industry leadership.

Josh Folk, VP of Government Solutions

Josh Folk works directly with customers such as the Department of Homeland Security, the US Navy and Environmental Protection Agency (among many others).

Mat Fogarty, SVP of Business Development

Mat Fogarty transforms enterprise companies into innovative organizations.


Mainul Islam, Lead Software Architect

Mainul Islam manages software development at IdeaScale, aligning technology requirements to business goals.

Kerry Seed, Enterprise Account Management Lead

Kerry Seed brings nearly eleven years of project management and client services experience to bear on enterprise crowdsourcing initiatives.

Anthony Hill, Enterprise Account Executive

Anthony Hill helps launch organic, systemic innovation programs at organizations of every size.

Audrey Zuro, Director of New Business

Audrey Zuro helps companies transform their products and services through the use of IdeaScale technology.

Erik Siebert, Business Development

Erik Siebert has worked with numerous enterprise organizations including Dupont, First American, Xerox, and others.

Matt Paulson, Government Account Manager

Matt Paulson serves numerous innovation programs across government and healthcare.

Beniyam Kebede, Enterprise Account Manager

Beniyam Kebede has configured numerous innovation solutions for companies like Marriott, the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, and Yale.

James Baillie, Services and Partnerships

James Baillie is responsible for expanding IdeaScale’s software and services provision through a broad range of alliances in both the technology and consultancy spaces.