About Voodle

Voodle is reimagining how teams build connection and share knowledge using short videos.

The Voodle Team

Our remote-first team's mission is to transform how diverse teams collaborate. Our vision entails how Voodle can bring human connection, alignment, emotion, and context that we enjoy in our social communications, to our colleagues and teammates at work.

Leadership

Forest Key, CEO

Forest is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for innovation in visual storytelling. He was founder CEO of hospitality marketing SaaS provider buuteeq (acquired by Booking Holdings) and visual effects software tools innovator Puffin Designs (acquired by Pinnacle Systems). Forest also was founding partner of China based UX design and development studio for OTT video applications Redsafi (acquired by Objectiva), and the founder CEO of Pixvana which spent 4 years developing a VR video platform before pivoting to create Voodle. He was previously the GM of business development in the Server and Tools division of Microsoft and director of product planning and marketing for .NET platforms and tools. As a founding team member of both the Silverlight and Macromedia Flash video teams he worked in the boiler room of early internet video infrastructure.

Tamara Turner, Chief Marketing Officer

Tamara is a proven marketing and communications leader, having dedicated her entire career to the trade. She specializes in shaping company and product positioning, messaging, and customer strategy for innovative tech companies. She’s led marketing organizations across fortune 500 and publicly traded midsize companies, but found her true calling during her first leadership role at a startup. Since then, Tamara has helped raise over $150m in funding for various early-stage companies in the Seattle area. She loves the challenge of identifying market fit, pivoting with industry and customer demands and building high functioning teams.

Tamara is a pioneer in early tech, having begun her career in digital advertising and CRM software, then going on to lead the launch of Bing and bring the Bing/Yahoo! Partnership to market. She’s helped transition various software business models to SaaS and even worked to make virtual reality accessible to the B2B market.

Rachel Lanham, Chief Customer Officer

Rachel is obsessed with growing our tribe of voodlers and evangelizing their voice in the organization. She has dedicated her career to leveraging digital innovation in response to big disruptions. As an early team member at aQuantive (acquired by Microsoft in 2007 for $6B) she witnessed the dawn of digital advertising (pre and post .com bubble!), pioneering the medium alongside advertising powerhouses like Weight Watchers, MillerCoors, and Levi's. Rachel co-founded digital health platform, Health123 (acquired by Samepage in 2016) . Prior to Voodle, she led the commercial motion at Pixvana alongside Forest, developing revenue-generating business lines and delivering key market insights to inform strategy and pivots.

Beverly Vessella, Head of Product

Beverly is a start-up veteran who has been immersed in enterprise SaaS products for years, first as a founder and designer at Resembl, an early visual search engine for retail goods, and at buuteeq (acquired by Booking Holdings) with Forest. She led Product at Pixvana for 3 years, developing the leading 360° VR video platform. She started her career at technology consulting firm Pace Harmon, before diving into venture and private equity at Horsley Bridge Partners in San Francisco. Inspired by the free-flowing energy of the start-up world and the desire to bring ideas to life, she returned to her heart's calling: to build companies, working hand in hand with the best software developers and making products customers love and delight in. Happy to have found her sweet spot, she's never looked back!

Jessica Turner, Head of Engineering

Jessica leads Voodle’s world class engineering team. As an electrical engineer who loves writing code and solving hard technical problems, she previously wrote software to simulate spaceflight for NASA and spent 5+ years at the Department of Defense (she could tell you more about what she did there but you probably don’t have the proper clearance). As one of the first employees at Pixvana, Jessica drove the development of an innovative distributed video computation and delivery platform for 360 video content, able to process massive video files in minutes and stream the content to headsets. Always wanting to push the applications of innovative technology, she now brings her experience and passion to the challenge of improving the future of work.

Lisa Tripathi, CFO & People Success

Jessica leads Voodle’s world class engineering team. As an electrical engineer who loves writing code and solving hard technical problems, she previously wrote software to simulate spaceflight for NASA and spent 5+ years at the Department of Defense (she could tell you more about what she did there but you probably don’t have the proper clearance). As one of the first employees at Pixvana, Jessica drove the development of an innovative distributed video computation and delivery platform for 360 video content, able to process massive video files in minutes and stream the content to headsets. Always wanting to push the applications of innovative technology, she now brings her experience and passion to the challenge of improving the future of work.

Board of Directors

The Voodle Story

While our 16 person product team worked together on our past project (formerly as Pixvana, a VR video production and publishing platform), we noticed that when communicating with friends and family we were increasingly using video and photography as the default medium to express ourselves. Yet at work, we were still rooted in text messaging and TL;DR emails. Our founding premise — that how we express ourselves at home will find its way into how we communicate at work, has driven our initial product ideas and development of Voodle.

We created our first version of Voodle using the extensive video infrastructure pipelines and know-how that we had built together. In January 2020 we started using Voodle internally to post voodles about our customers and prospects, about product progress and milestones, and about our team and our human experience as colleagues. We all universally had that “aha” moment, that we were on to something.

As our city became one of the first US cities afflicted by the coronavirus, we and other local companies were among the first in our country to start working from our homes, as part of our social-distancing efforts. We immediately made the decision to transition to remote-first, moving out of our office space and rapidly advancing our knowledge of distributed teams best practices. The “new normal” gave us added motivation to bring Voodle to the world as part of the critical collaboration tech stack. We see a Voodle-sized gap between the synchronous video calls and asynchronous messaging platforms that dominate the remote worker’s life.

Learn more about our culture and working at Voodle here.