Igloo Software is a Canadian-based company that develops online communities and social software for business. Headquartered in Kitchener, Ontario. While originally established by The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in 2004, Igloo has been a private company since its commercialization in 2008. Since this time, Innovation Exchange identified Igloo as one of the 20 most innovative companies in Canada and Nemertes Research tagged Igloo as an emerging social platform.
In November 2004, CIGI established Igloo (International Governance Leaders and Organizations Online) as a free online research network. The original Igloo Software platform, supported in part by the Government of Ontario, served as a community portal for strengthening international governance research.
The collaborative effort of a diverse group of technology organizations produced the first Igloo platform. Contributing organizations included the likes of CIGI, Open Text, the University of Waterloo, and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation.
In accordance to CIGI’s agreement with the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, the commercialization of the Igloo Software platform began in 2008. The transition commenced with the establishment of Igloo Incorporated – a stand-alone company that develops, markets and sells the platform.
Delivered via a software as a service (SaaS) model, the Igloo platform combines document management and collaboration tools with social software capabilities to help build and support communities both inside and outside an organization.
Dan Latendre is the CEO and Founder of Igloo Software. Frontier Capital and Jim Balsillie, former co-chief executive officer of Research In Motion Ltd., provide private equity funding and are represented on Igloo board of directors.
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