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 US Navy, 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 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 Global Sales

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

Hans Dreis, Head of Account Management

Hans Dreis develops and guides innovation projects & solutions for numerous enterprise-level engagements.

James Baillie, Head of Product

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

Jessica Day, VP of Marketing and Communications

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

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.

Tim Sussman, Director of Government Solutions

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

Paul Dombowsky, Director of New Business, Canada

Paul is one of the resident experts in the area of crowdsourcing and open innovation particularly focused on cities as well as other levels of government and non-profits.

Toshio Kurihara, Director of New Business, Japan

Toshio Kurihara connects businesses to innovation solutions.

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.

Matt Paulson, Government Account Manager

Matt Paulson serves numerous innovation programs across government and healthcare.

Ross Wakeman, Innovation Architect, Government

Ross Wakeman serves numerous innovation programs across government and the military.

Beniyam Kebede, Enterprise Account Manager

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

Lindsay Rentz, Community Strategist

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

General Counsel

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

Ella, Security

Yeah. You heard her.