About IdeaScale

IdeaScale is the largest cloud-based innovation software platform in the world with more than 25,000 customers and 4.5 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 Citrix, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, NASA, the New York City Police Department, Princess Cruises and many others.

 

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 2016, IdeaScale has maintained its bootstrapped status and profitability and has offices in Washington D.C., Japan, and Germany with headquarters in Berkeley, CA.

Meet Our Team

Rob Hoehn, CEO
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 Bhaskaran, Co-Founder & Chairman

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

Josh Folk, Chief Revenue Officer
Josh Folk, Chief Revenue Officer

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

Jessica Day, Chief Marketing Officer
Jessica Day, Chief Marketing Officer

Jessica Day is responsible for all marketing strategy and communications to IdeaScale’s innovation prospects and customers.

Mainul Islam, Lead Software Architect
Mainul Islam, Lead Software Architect

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

Andre Borrelly, VP of Engineering
Andre Borrelly, VP of Engineering

Andre is currently working on Capacity Planing, Multi Regional Deployments, Security Hardening, Compliance (FEDRAMP), and much more.

Whitney Bernstein, VP of Accounts
Whitney Bernstein, VP of Accounts

Whitney empowers organizations of all sizes to crowdsource ideas and bring the leading ideas to fruition.

Erik Siebert, Head of Product
Erik Siebert, Head of Product

Erik has worked with numerous enterprise organizations including Dupont, First American, Xerox, and others. He brings that experience to bare on his product development strategy.

Tim Sussman, VP of Government Solutions
Tim Sussman, VP of Government Solutions

Tim specializes in empowering public-sector use of open innovation strategies and idea management within organizations.

Sean Miller, VP of Innovation Advisory
Sean Miller, VP of Innovation Advisory

Sean Miller helps organizations (both large and small) develop innovation strategies that deliver positive outcomes.

Ben Bronsther, Innovation Advisor
Ben Bronsther, Innovation Advisor

Ben helps enterprise organizations reduce costs and create new value by leveraging ideas from the crowd.

Isuru Subasinghe, Senior Director of Operations, Japan
Isuru Subasinghe, Senior Director of Operations, Japan

Isuru is an innovation specialist who developed a high-level, repeatable innovation program

Kerry Seed, Innovation Strategist
Kerry Seed, Innovation Strategist

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

Matt Paulson, VP of Government Innovation Advisory
Matt Paulson, VP of Government Innovation Advisory

Matt serves numerous innovation programs across government and healthcare.

Josh Yezzi, Innovation Strategist
Josh Yezzi, Innovation Strategist

Josh is an experienced strategist with a demonstrated history of working in the advisory industry

Chloe Günther, Innovation Strategist, IdeaScale Europe
Chloe Günther, Innovation Strategist, IdeaScale Europe
Chloe works with numerous clients across Europe and helps them establish and maintain a successful innovation program.
Lindsay Rentz, Innovation Strategist
Lindsay Rentz, Innovation Strategist

Lindsay uses crowd expertise to drive long-term engagement for clients in the healthcare, government, and technology sectors. 

Gretta Martinez, Innovation Strategist
Gretta Martinez, Innovation Strategist

Gretta thrives on creating collaborative spaces that create digital and offline campaigns driving impact and inspiring change. 

Joby Emmons, General Counsel
Joby Emmons, General Counsel

Joby ensures IdeaScale maintains the highest level of security and legal compliance.

Eric Mills, Information System Security Officer
Eric Mills, Information System Security Officer

Eric monitors IdeaScale system activity for security and compliance.