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|Industry||Innovation Management Software|
|Headquarters||Berkeley, CA, United States and Washington, DC, United States|
|Robert M. Hoehn, CEO|
IdeaScale is a cloud-based software company that licenses an innovation management platform employing the principles and practices of crowdsourcing. The company was founded by Vivek Bhaskaran and Rob Hoehn in Seattle
As of 2016, IdeaScale is headquartered in Berkeley, CA.
In 2008, the IdeaScale service was first offered. In 2009, Rob Hoehn enhanced the service to further address opportunities he cited in both government and the private sector to solicit ideas, feedback, and priorities. It launched 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 had close to 4 million members and over 25,000 communities. The company is privately held. It was bootstrapped without venture capital funding and has become profitable. IdeaScale was also ranked #513 on the Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies. and acquired Ideavibes as part of its continued growth.
Users create a profile on IdeaScale and once they are members of a community, they can submit ideas, comment and vote on other ideas, and the most popular ideas are prioritized at the top based on the number of votes the idea receives. Once a promising idea has been identified, the software allows teams to form around the idea. The team can add more information to the idea, refine it, propose it to leadership and the best ones are selected using sophisticated decision matrix capabilities.
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