Management Team

Matthew Greeley, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Matthew Greeley is Founder and CEO of Brightidea, the global leader in On-Demand InnovationPipeline Management (IPM) software.

Prior to founding Brightidea, Matthew consulted for Wrenchead.com, helping them to raise capital at a $100 million valuation from investors including: Polaris Ventures, Goldman Sachs, and CBS Corporation. Before joining Wrenchead.com, Matthew co-founded Silicon Valley enterprise software provider Alyanza Software, which was acquired by Niku eight months after founding, yielding triple digit returns to early investors. Matthew began his career at FMK Advisors, an east coast hedge fund, where he focused on marketing and fund raising.

He holds a degree in Computer Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and studied Creativity and Marketing at Stanford University.


Vincent Carbone, Founder and Chief Operating Officer

Vincent Carbone co-founded Brightidea with Matthew Greeley. Bringing strong business and technological leadership to the organization, he is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the company as well as contributing to its strategic growth. In addition, Vincent oversees the implementation and overall success of the company's largest customers and projects.

Prior to Brightidea, Vincent was an account manager at McCaffery, Ratner, Gottlieb and Lane where he successfully managed projects for the Warner-Lambert family of companies and Olympus of America.

Vincent holds an MBA in International Business from Clemson University's CIMBA program.


Claus Abildgren, Vice President of Sales

Claus Abildgren is Vice President of Sales for Brightidea, responsible for accelerating profitable growth for the company. Prior to joining Brightidea, Claus was the Director of Global Channel Strategy at Invensys, where he also led a corporate wide innovation program across the organization. In addition to his first hand experiences with driving an innovation agenda, he brings over 12 years of global sales and management expertise to the company.

As a passionate customer advocate, Abildgren creates tangible results via hands-on business leadership, technology expertise as well as a deep-rooted understanding of the challenges facing Brightidea's current and future customers. Abildgren holds a Master of Science in Engineering from Technical University of Denmark and graduated with honors from the MBA program of the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business.


Luis Ostdiek, Vice President of Technology

Luis Ostdiek currently leads the Advanced Technology and Infrastructure groups at Brightidea and assists the company with key clients on the role of Innovation software in their Web 2.0 roadmaps. Luis joined Brightidea from IBM where he was the youngest-ever technologist to be named a Distinguished Engineer. While at IBM, he served as chairman of the Architecture Board and worked closely with eBay and Linden Labs, the creators of Second Life. As part of this role, he advised IBM executives and clients on the impact of Web 2.0 technologies in the workplace. In addition, as IBM's chief architect to eBay, he developed solutions that allowed the online auction site to scale from 20 million to over 200 million users. Luis has also filed five patents on his work on highly-scalable systems.


Mike Xu, Vice President of Engineering

Prior to joining Brightidea, Mike was the Director / Head of Engineering of Rocket Lawyer Inc. In this role, Mike managed the overall product development and engineering teams for the company. Prior to Rocket Lawyer, Mike was the head of the US engineering team of Yodlee Inc. where, within one year, he built the team from scratch and delivered several key business-critical initiatives, such as the big data platform, mobile app and platform-as-a-service framework based on Node.js. Mike started his career at Oracle where he held two patents in server technology, and then joined eBay developing high-traffic web domains such as My eBay. Mike graduated with a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mike is a visionary engineering leader, well-recognized for producing fast and large-scale engineering execution, and a commitment to delivering high-quality products on-time while building world-class engineering teams. Mike is bringing his passion and experiences for scaling product development and engineering teams to build world-class products with Brightidea.

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