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, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Doctors Without Borders, Freddie Mac, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, NASA, the United Way, the US Air Force, and many others.

Our Story

In 2009, IdeaScale founders Vivek Bhaskaran, Rob Hoehn, Josh Folk, and Jessica Day 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 2020, IdeaScale has maintained its bootstrapped status and profitability and has offices in Washington D.C. and 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, Chief Software Architect
Mainul Islam, Chief Software Architect

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

Kyle Hart, VP of Product
Kyle Hart, VP of Product

In charge of IdeaScale’s strategic product development.

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 Johnston, VP of Accounts
Whitney Johnston, VP of Accounts

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

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.

Steve Mytinger, VP Global Sales
Steve Mytinger, VP Global Sales

Steve is an accomplished technology sales leader with extensive experience in public relations, marketing communications, information and cloud-based (SaaS) services.

George Clendenin, Enterprise Sales Representative
George Clendenin, Enterprise Sales Representative

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

Erik Siebert, Director of Product
Erik Siebert, Director 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.

Ben Bronsther, Innovation Advisor
Ben Bronsther, Innovation Advisor

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

Warwick Peel, Regional Director, AU/NZ
Warwick Peel, Regional Director, AU/NZ

Warwick helps clients in New Zealand and Australia meet their innovation goals.

Lara Luik, Head of Client Services
Lara Luik, Head of Client Services

Responding to client needs and requests in real time.

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.
Courtney Jamokha, Onboarding Specialist
Courtney Jamokha, Onboarding Specialist

Courtney works with new IdeaScale customers to provide initial technical and strategic training on the platform to help ensure their innovation program launch is a success.

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.

Rico Oyola, Innovation Program Manager
Rico Oyola, Innovation Program Manager

Delivering strategies to advance your government’s or company’s open innovation program.

Joby Emmons, General Counsel
Joby Emmons, General Counsel

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

Chrystal Banks
Chrystal Banks
Chrystal helps customers optimize their experience with our platform by providing technical support.
Eric Mills, Information System Security Officer
Eric Mills, Information System Security Officer

Eric monitors IdeaScale system activity for security and compliance.

Laszlo Gyorffy, VP of Global Services
Laszlo Gyorffy, VP of Global Services

Laszlo brings  25 years of consulting and training expertise working with clients around the globe, helping them to innovate faster, smarter, and with greater impact.

Ella, Security
Ella, Security

Yeah, you heard her!