Changing the world, one career at a time

Everwise exists to solve a set of acute talent crises facing organizations today. We provide enterprise software that helps the world’s leading organizations optimize their workforce development investments by extending learning beyond content to incorporate people and development experiences.

Our business is built on the knowledge that people learn best from people. We believe that the top development experiences allow individuals to benefit from the knowledge and insights of those that have successfully navigated similar challenges in the past. This is core to everything we do at Everwise – from the features in the software we build to the development experiences we design for specific user groups.

Our Vision

We imagine a time when everyone is connected to the people, resources and feedback they need in order to realize their full potential.

We work hard around here

Everwise is a fast-paced, vibrant company that recognizes the value of hard work combined with unconventional thinking. We’re solving some extremely big problems (and having some fun along the way). Here are the values that we live by as a team.

01
Create something you believe in.

We work every day to help people grow their careers. We think about impacting millions, but never lose sight of each user or customer’s experience.

02
Be humble. Be hungry.

We admit when we need help, and we want Everwise to be the best in the world. We each strive to be the best at what we do.

03
Ask the questions.

We don’t just take things for granted, we question everything. We always ask why.

04
Be a character with character.

We bring our quirky, unique selves to work, and we respect each other’s differences. We do the right thing, even when no one’s looking.

05
Offer strong opinions, lightly held.

We want the best ideas to win, and we engage in respectful debate to get there. We advocate for our point of view and will push back when we disagree, but we rally around the best approach no matter who offers it.

06
See something, say something.

We know this is our business and act like it. We’re not afraid of conflict but are always respectful.

  • “Everwise allows companies to create learning experiences that matter. The end result is a more capable, engaged workforce that produces significantly better business outcomes.”

    Steve Kerr

    Former CLO of GE and Goldman Sachs

  • “I’ve been so fortunate in my career in having mentors, both men and women, who have helped move my career forward. So I’m passionate about giving back.”

    Anne Raimondi

    SVP Strategy, Zendesk

  • “The comfort level and confidence I have in executive meetings is so much greater than 6 months ago. This is all due to the coaching that my mentor was able to provide me. I can see the progress that I've made from the beginning of the partnership to now and couldn't have asked for a better outcome from this.”

    Benjamin Curry

    Salesforce

Mercedes Ellison

Mercedes Ellison

CEO

Mercedes has over 25 years of experience in the software industry and has held senior executive positions in sales, marketing, alliances and business development with companies such as SuccessFactors/SAP, Hyperion, BEA, Siebel and Oracle. Recognized as a "Top Channel Executive" and "Top 50 Women in the Channel" by VAR Business and CRN, she has also received two additional prestigious honors—the highly coveted "Stevie Award" and the rigorously-judged YWCA "Tribute to Women Award"—based solely on exemplary individual achievements in business.

Colin Schiller

Colin Schiller

President and Co-Founder

Colin Schiller is the President and Co-Founder of Everwise, whose software platform helps organizations scale learning experiences that transform teams and deliver meaningful business value.

Prior to Everwise, Colin served as VP of Business Development for Audium where he built key customer relationships that led to a sale of the company to Cisco Systems. At Cisco, he was responsible for identifying and launching new lines of high growth business for the Collaboration Software Group.

Colin is a liberal arts guy in the tech world and holds a BA with Honors in East Asian Studies from Lewis and Clark College.

Ian Gover

Ian Gover

Co-Founder

Ian is an innovative human resources leader with 15+ years of experience in industry, consulting services, and solution / product development.

Ian is passionate about designing, building, and deploying human capital management solutions that solve real workforce issues and help employees do their jobs better, faster, smarter. He has worked with public sector organizations and Fortune 500 companies around the world to help them improve employee effectiveness, increase organizational efficiency, and drive millions in operational savings.

He holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial / Organizational Psychology.

Colman Lydon

Colman Lydon

VP, Global Head of Partnerships

Colman Lydon is VP, Global Head of Partnerships at Everwise. As leader of the Partnership team, Colman is responsible for ensuring that Everwise forges the right partnerships, to advance the objectives of customers and participants.

Prior to Everwise, Colman built and led his first startup, in the mobile telecoms space, to successful acquisition. He is passionate about how community and networks can be leveraged to advance people in their lives.

Colman is an active board member, as founder or co-founder, of a number of successful empowerment initiatives and currently serves on the UN's International Organization for Migration's iDiaspora Advisory Board.

Crystal Rothberg

Crystal Rothberg

Head of Sales

Crystal Rothberg is Everwise’s Head of Sales, leading the sales organization including sales development, new customer acquisition and growth into existing accounts. She joined Everwise in June of 2016.

Before Everwise, Crystal spent 10+ years as a sales leader for Motion Recruitment Partners. She also held a senior sales role at leading mobile marketing and analytics platform, Localytics. Throughout her career, Crystal has a strong track record of exceeding sales targets, while building and scaling teams.

Crystal graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in Political Science.

Roberto DeGennaro

Roberto DeGennaro

Head of Engineering

As Head of Engineering, Roberto is responsible for all software development, quality assurance and data science aspects of the Everwise platform, as well as technical partnerships and integrations.

Prior to Everwise, Roberto has held lead engineering positions at Cisco Systems and at Audium, an automated voice telecommunications platform provider that was acquired by Cisco.

Jaya Kantipudi

Jaya Kantipudi

Head of Legal

Jaya is Head of Legal at Everwise, where she is responsible for all legal matters and internal operations of the company.

Before joining Everwise, Jaya was an early employee at Hickory, a Y Combinator backed startup. At Hickory, she focused on legal and operational matters, while also leading the content creation and client services team. Prior to this, she held legal roles in the public and private sectors.

Jaya holds bachelor's degrees from the University of Texas in Business Honors, Government, and Philosophy and a law degree from Columbia University.

Joel Davidson

Joel Davidson

Head of Operations

Joel Davidson is Head of Business Operations at Everwise where he leads our Operations, Enablement, and Finance teams.

Prior to Everwise, Joel worked at Achievers (acquired by Blackhawk Inc.) where he held roles in Sales Operations, Corporate Development and FP&A and played a key role in the transition to a recurring revenue model, shifting to an enterprise sales model, and implementing go-to-market analytical capabilities.

He has a degree in Business Administration and Finance from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. Outside the office, you can find him on his bike in the Marin Headlands or at a local Bay Area golf course chasing his Senior PGA dream.

Leng Lee

Leng Lee

Head of Product

Leng Lee is Head of Product at Everwise where he leads a team of PMs, designers and community managers.

Leng was previously the Director of Product (Cloud) at MongoDB. Before that, he was Director of Product and first employee at Codecademy, and Director of Analytics at Teach For America.

He has degrees in Law and Economics from Melbourne University, and a doctorate from Oxford where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

John Oh

John Oh

Co-founder, Head of IT and Cloud Operations

John is responsible for overall technology, system architecture and data analytics. He has over 20 year of experience in startups and technologies solutions that includes computer graphics, security and cloud software architecture.

Prior to Everwise John was CTO and co-founder of Audium, an automated voice telecommunications platform provider that was acquired by Cisco Systems.

John holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University.

Kim Vappie

Kim Vappie

Chief Experience Officer

Kim Vappie is Chief Experience Officer at Everwise. As leader of the Experiences group, Kim is responsible for ensuring that each Everwise Experience meets the needs of our customers and participants.

Prior to Everwise, Kim was the owner and CEO of Menttium Corporation, a company that designed and developed mentoring programs. Throughout her career, Kim has worked with thousands of protégés and mentors from hundreds of companies. Earlier in her career, Kim worked for a few Fortune 500 companies in a variety of roles.

Kim has a B.A. in Economics and a Juris Doctorate degree.

Maynard Webb

Maynard Webb

Co-Founder

Maynard Webb is a 40-year veteran of the technology industry. An active leader in the technology and business community, Maynard serves as a board member, investor, philanthropist and mentor to young entrepreneurs. As the founder of the Webb Investment Network (WIN), a seed investment firm dedicated to nurturing entrepreneurs, Maynard brings his experience developing and leading high-growth companies.

He is a board member of Visa and Salesforce. Previously, Maynard served as Chairman of the Board of Yahoo!, CEO of LiveOps, COO of eBay, and held executive roles at Gateway, Bay Networks, and Quantum. Maynard has also served on several public and private boards including Yahoo!, Gartner, Niku, Extensity, Hyperion, Peribit (acquired by Juniper Networks), Baynote, and AdMob (acquired by Google) where he was also one of the first investors.

In 2004, he and his wife created the Webb Family Foundation, which provides underprivileged, motivated young individuals access to quality education and supports individuals who are struggling against the odds to make a positive impact on the world through innovation and hard work.

Maynard is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book, Rebooting Work: Transform How You Work in the Age of Entrepreneurship (Jossey-Bass, 2013). His second book, Dear Founder: Letters of Advice for Anyone Who Leads, Manages, or Wants to Start a Business, will be released by St. Martin's Press on September 11, 2018.

Joe Dobrenski

Joe Dobrenski

Sequoia Capital

Joe Dobrenski is the former human capital partner at Sequoia Capital. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2002, Joe led the hardware and electronics executive recruiting practice for Russell Reynolds Associates. Earlier, Joe worked for Black & Decker and Price Waterhouse Management Consulting Services in roles involving strategy, operations and information technology. Joe has a BS in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.

Paul Hsiao

Paul Hsiao

Canvas Ventures

Paul is a General Partner and founding managing member of Canvas Ventures. His active Canvas investments include Everwise, Fluxx Labs, Roofstock, Transfix, and Zola. Prior to Canvas, Paul was a partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), where he led an investment in Houzz as well as had the privilege of helping eight companies go public on the NYSE or NASDAQ and seventeen companies with successful M&A exits during his 10-year tenure with the firm.

Mercedes Ellison

Mercedes Ellison

CEO

Mercedes has over 25 years of experience in the software industry and has held senior executive positions in sales, marketing, alliances and business development with companies such as SuccessFactors/SAP, Hyperion, BEA, Siebel and Oracle. Recognized as a "Top Channel Executive" and "Top 50 Women in the Channel" by VAR Business and CRN, she has also received two additional prestigious honors—the highly coveted "Stevie Award" and the rigorously-judged YWCA "Tribute to Women Award"—based solely on exemplary individual achievements in business.

Colin Schiller

Colin Schiller

President and Co-Founder

Colin Schiller is the President and Co-Founder of Everwise, whose software platform helps organizations scale learning experiences that transform teams and deliver meaningful business value.

Prior to Everwise, Colin served as VP of Business Development for Audium where he built key customer relationships that led to a sale of the company to Cisco Systems. At Cisco, he was responsible for identifying and launching new lines of high growth business for the Collaboration Software Group.

Colin is a liberal arts guy in the tech world and holds a BA with Honors in East Asian Studies from Lewis and Clark College.

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