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, VP of Global Sales
Josh Folk, VP of Global Sales

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

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

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

James Baillie, VP of Product
James Baillie, VP of Product

James rigorously evaluates customer data in order to create innovation software that makes real change possible.

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.

Jessica Day, VP of Marketing and Communications
Jessica Day, VP of Marketing and Communications

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

Erik Siebert, Business Development
Erik Siebert, Business Development

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

Tim Sussman, Director of Government Solutions
Tim Sussman, Director of Government Solutions

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

Devin Mcintire, Innovation Technology Adviser
Devin Mcintire, Innovation Technology Adviser

Devin helps put customers in the driver’s seat of innovation management. 

Sean Miller, Innovation Strategy Advisor
Sean Miller, Innovation Strategy Advisor

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

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 Architect
Kerry Seed, Innovation Architect

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

Matt Paulson, Innovation Architect, Government
Matt Paulson, Innovation Architect, Government

Matt serves numerous innovation programs across government and healthcare.

Beniyam Kebede, Innovation Architect
Beniyam Kebede, Innovation Architect

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

Whitney Bernstein, Innovation Architect
Whitney Bernstein, Innovation Architect

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

Sonja Sulcer, Innovation Architect
Sonja Sulcer, Innovation Architect

Sonja is passionate about helping companies in the government and enterprise space bring their top ideas to reality.

Lindsay Rentz, Community Strategist
Lindsay Rentz, Community Strategist

Lindsay uses crowd expertise to drive long-term engagement in IdeaBuzz

General Counsel
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.

Michelle Kee, Financial Controller
Michelle Kee, Financial Controller

Michelle manages IdeaScale’s financial data and relationships.

Ella, Security
Ella, Security

Yeah, you heard her.