We've all cut our teeth at big companies. Now we're changing the future of work.
Our mission: To help you leverage the untapped knowledge, experience, and wisdom of your people to improve the decisions and judgments you're making every day.
Our Mission and Story
The days of command and control management styles are dying. We believe between no management and micro-management there is a healthy middle where everyone's role description - from the CEO, to the customer service rep, to the summer intern - includes forecasting, innovating, sharing, and collaborating. This new organization systematically taps the collective wisdom and experience of their people to make better decisions and work on the things that will help the company prosper.
Cultivate Labs was born in 2015 after a merger between Inkling Inc., a Y Combinator funded company founded by Adam Siegel, Nate Kontny, and Jim Richmond in 2005 that focused on crowdsourced forecasting using prediction markets, and FlyoverWorks, a custom design and development shop founded by Ben Roesch and Adam Siegel in 2014.
I help set the direction of the company, cultivate (no pun intended) new projects, and work directly with some of our clients. I'm also a poor man's front-end developer. More importantly, I have a 5-year old daughter and a 2-year old son who are slowly teaching me the art of patience and perseverance. Before starting Cultivate, I founded Inkling, a Y Combinator (YC06) funded company, and worked at Accenture in the Accenture Technology Labs.
I'm the Director of Software Engineering, which means I get to define best practices and strategy for our tech, while also helping to build and manage our products. When I'm not nerding out at work I enjoy hanging out with my family, and playing basketball. I'm also an Accenture and Northwestern University alum.
I work with our clients to make sure our products make a positive difference for their organization. Before Cultivate, I worked as a change management consultant, focusing on how to capture attention and engage audiences. When I'm not helping clients, I'm trying to become an expert on Chicago's food scene or learning new life hacks on YouTube.
I think design is solving a problem in a beautiful way to make someone's day easier or more enjoyable. I lead the design for Cultivate Labs' products and brand. I have experience working on conceptual development and design for websites, mobile apps, and large scale digital promotions. I am a painter, metalsmith, dog geek and have a weakness for house plants.
I found Cultivate after spending way too much time playing with prediction markets. I have a background in Economics and management consulting, and recently took the plunge into software development. My hobbies include trying to figure out how to raise a child and posting stupid jokes on Twitter.
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