Conteneo Inc. Rebrands Core Platforms and Services, Focusing on Multidimensional Collaboration.

Mountain View, CA — April 20, 2015. Conteneo Inc., a Mountain View, CA-based collaboration software firm, recently rebranded its cloud-based collaboration platforms and unveiled a new website. Since 2010, Conteneo has been enabling progressive organizations to work better together to solve enduring problems in strategy, product development and innovation, market research, team engagement, complex sales and more. The rebranding highlights Conteneo’s continued focus on multidimensional collaboration, enabling organizations in the public and private sector to work more effectively together, no matter where they are in the world.

The Conteneo Collaboration Cloud is comprised of four cloud-based engines, each optimized to solve enduring business problems:

Strategy Engine
Conteneo’s Strategy Engine helps organizations tackle complex, multi-faceted problems that require consideration of a potential decision’s options, actions, and drawbacks. Based on the deliberative collaboration technique pioneered by The Kettering Foundation, Strategy Engine’s online forums create understanding and a foundation for action in such areas as mergers and acquisitions, growth and market expansion, community/urban planning and more.

Idea Engine
From product innovation to market research, team retrospectives and more, Conteneo’s Idea Engine enables organizations to use the power of visual metaphors and visual thinking to structure collaboration. Idea Engine is pre-configured with dozens of frameworks or can be extended to create custom frameworks tuned to specific goals, enabling single teams to thousands of teams to move beyond talking to true collaboration.

Alignment Engine
Conteneo’s Alignment Engine helps build high-performance teams through alignment. The engine’s compelling artwork, easy-to-use UI, analytics and customizable content enables teams to collaboratively understand their individual priorities and come to agreement.

Decision Engine
Conteneo’s Decision Engine enables teams, customers and partners to collaboratively reach decisions on priorities through negotiation and understanding. From prioritizing new features on an upcoming release, to participatory budgeting in the public and private sector, using Conteneo’s Decision Engine means you not only understand what initiatives/features are most important, but why. Customers are able to customize, create and use Decision Engine’s virtual market forums with 5 to 5,000 participants.

Combined with Conteneo’s Collaboration Consulting services and Certified Collaboration Architects, the Conteneo Collaboration Cloud has helped thousands of collaborating teams drive results for their organizations. The new corporate website highlights Conteneo’s focus on helping organizations achieve success through multidimensional collaboration.

“The rebranding of the Conteneo Collaboration Cloud reflects the evolution of our cloud-based software platforms over the past 5 years and the business problems they have helped leading organization solve,” said Luke Hohmann, CEO and Founder. “Organizations are recognizing that true collaboration requires more than an instant messaging platform or a document repository. Our collaboration engines enable organizations to get beyond talk, to action.”

The company website, http://conteneo.co, includes more information on multidimensional collaboration and Conteneo’s collaboration cloud and consulting offerings.

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Conteneo is the leading provider of multidimensional collaboration solutions for the public and private sector. The Conteneo Collaboration Cloud and our Collaboration Consulting services enable organizations to improve performance across the enterprise, including culture and change management, market research, strategy, complex sales, and innovation and product development. Current and past clients include Adobe Systems, Cisco, Emerson Climate Technologies, HP, Rackspace, Reed Elsevier, Qualcomm, SAP, Yahoo! and others. For more information, go to http://conteneo.co.


Webinar: Understanding Why Customer Advisory Boards Are Business Imperatives Today

We’re thrilled to be partnering with Ignite Advisory Group to bring you a free webinar on February 26 on how customer advisory boards can help your organization be more successful. The webinar will discuss how bringing peer groups of strategic advisors together to focus on your business can significantly help your organization gather insights into its corporate strategies and product direction. Gavin Nathan, VP Client Engagement at Ignite Advisory Group, and Luke Hohmann, our CEO and Founder of Conteneo, will be our guests. Drawing on their extensive background designing and managing successful advisory boards for leading companies, Nathan and Hohmann will talk about how advisory councils help:

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  • Guide the direction of your product roadmap.
  • Steer your business into viable new markets and customer segments.
  • Refine your corporate brand to differentiate from the competition and better resonate with customers.
  • Collect valuable feedback to critical corporate plans and initiatives.
  • And much more!

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Webinar Date: February 26, 2015 | 9 AM Pacific

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Conteneo & City of San Jose Produce Fourth Annual Budget Games

Addition of online games enables potentially thousands of residents to engage, participate and prioritize to help shape their city’s future.

 

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Conteneo, in partnership with the City of San José, is expanding the reach of the city’s fourth annual Budget Game to potentially thousands of local residents through a new online version of this innovative community engagement tool. The goal of the in-person and online sessions of the games is to obtain insights from citizens on with which city officials can make the required difficult decisions about the city’s budget.

Since 2011, Conteneo has produced a specialized version of its “Buy a Feature” game for the City of San José. These Budget Games have been used to engage neighborhood leaders during an annual half-day event at City Hall regarding priorities for spending, tradeoffs, and budget cuts for the City’s annual $2.9 billion budget. During the second year of Budget Games, 80% of the recommendations generated by participants were adopted and integrated into the City’s budget.

“Like many cities, San José continues to face difficult budget situations that require tough prioritizations with direct effects on San José residents,” said Luke Hohmann, CEO and founder of Conteneo. “In the past, these effects have included reduced community services, employee layoffs and pay cuts, and deferred maintenance to balance the budget.

“Along with the city, we strongly believe that residents should have a voice in this process since budget decisions can make a big difference in the quality of life for all members of the community.”

Road repair, fire and police department staffing, funding of community centers, public library hours and potential bond or tax measures are among the topics that residents have prioritized using budget games. This year, the games will drive community input on budget priorities and alternatives including the possibility of asking voters for a sales tax increase that could provide resources to help meet important community needs.

“Resident input is critical to San José’s community-based budget process,” said Mayor Chuck Reed. “When we’ve had shortfalls, our priority setting session provided early input to help rank difficult choices.

“More recently, we’ve added police officers, restored funding for gang prevention and intervention, and opened shuttered library branches based on feedback from our community.”

The fourth annual Budget Games in-person event will take place at City Hall on Saturday, January 18. This year, the event will be followed by free, hour-long online Budget Game sessions held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, January 23-25, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

“By engaging residents in a fun, user-friendly way, participants can achieve a better understanding of the tough choices their city government must make every year, and City Hall gets a better picture of what the community is thinking,” said Hohmann.

Both the in-person and online versions of the games will be moderated by volunteer Conteneo facilitators. In the past, the Budget Games used physical play money and calculators for participants to discuss, debate, and define their budget priorities, but this year the game has been redesigned for broader and more flexible participation.

Mark McGregor, who facilitated at last year’s games, said of the experience, “It was both a fascination and a privilege to listen to the debates and discussion around the table, as these people considered what was best for their community. It was equally impressive to watch how people changed their perceptions based upon new inputs from other players.”

About Conteneo
Mountain View-based Conteneo uses the science of play and collaboration through games to help businesses and governments with actionable insights for marketing, product development, and public policy. Formerly known as The Innovation Games® Company, Conteneo’s proprietary social game technology and techniques uncover customer and user preferences, values, emotions and other behavioral drivers in real-time, in person, and across the globe. Its proprietary, enterprise-class SaaS platform offers on-demand access in a secure and scalable manner, along with rich analytics and downloadable reports of game results that enable clients to tap into stakeholder creativity and insight through collaboration and game play. For more information, go to http://conteneo.co.

About the City of San José
Known as the Capital of Silicon Valley, San José is the nation’s tenth largest city and the largest city in Northern California with an ethnically diverse population of 971,000. San José was founded in 1777, once served as the state capital of California, and now encompasses 180 square miles. Facts about San José can be found here: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/780. The City’s website is www.sanjoseca.gov.

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