IdeaScale is a cloud-based software company that licenses an innovation management platform employing the principles and practices of crowdsourcing. The company was founded in Seattle. As of 2018, IdeaScale is headquartered in Berkeley, CA.
In 2009, IdeaScale founders Vivek Bhaskaran, Rob Hoehn, and Josh Folk, launched IdeaScale in tandem with President Barack Obama’s Open Government Initiative. In its first year, IdeaScale was adopted by 23 federal agencies. Over the next year, Ideascale welcomed many industry leaders to join the company's ranks, such as the Cleveland Cavaliers, Doctors Without Borders, Freddie Mac, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, NASA, United Way, the United States Air Force and many more. other organization.
As of 2014, IdeaScale had closed 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. In 2016, IdeaScale acquired Innovationmanagement.se.
IdeaScale is an innovation management solution that links organizations to people with ideas. Those ideas can not only change businesses, they can also change the world. Ideas are sought to support digital transformation, face the age of automation, fight climate change, eliminate inequality and more. Through this, creative ideas are connected with each other and start to co-create the future. IdeaScale supports innovation from problem sourcing to resource planning and implementation.
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.