Loveland, CO – April 4, 2019 – Bongo announced today that it has acquired SLIDE21, an Ottawa-based consulting company that specializes in Agile team development, Scrum training and certification, and business analysis. The two companies were partners prior to the acquisition, with Bongo’s video assessment solution powering the experiential learning and skill evaluation portions of SLIDE21’s programs.
“We are extremely excited to acquire SLIDE21 and further align our business goals to advance the training and certification marketplace,” said Josh Kamrath, Bongo’s CEO. “Bringing [SLIDE21 owner and CEO] Glenn Brûlé’s expertise in-house will only help us leverage our technology in more impactful ways moving forward.”
Brûlé brings 25 years of experience as a Certified Business Analyst Professional and Scrum Master to his new role as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Bongo. The Shu Ha Rai program he created focuses on the development of high-performing teams. It is based on principles of servant leadership, experience-led training, business intelligence, and AI, and uses Bongo’s patented video assessment technology for interactive learning at every stage of the professional development process.
SLIDE21 will continue to independently offer its innovative programs and methodologies with support and additional resources from its new parent company. Bongo will remain a video assessment technology provider and continue to partner with industry-leading companies to enable experiential learning and soft skill development at scale.
When Brûlé and Bongo’s leadership team considered the shifting skills demands in many industries and the current soft skills gap that exists among workers, they agreed that it was the right time to tackle professional development and agility in the workplace together.
“Bongo and SLIDE21 had perfect synergy from the beginning—shared values, shared vision, and the audacity to believe that more is possible in business and in life,” Brûlé said. “Our goal is to make Bongo synonymous with video assessment technology, and SLIDE21’s Shu Ha Ri program synonymous with high-performing teams. With Bongo’s young, visionary CEO teaching this old dog a few new tricks, we might just get there. Welcome to your future.”
Bongo is a video assessment solution that enables experiential learning and soft skill development at scale. Our structured video workflows facilitate repeated skill practice, personalized feedback, and knowledge application within a real-world context. When individuals demonstrate what they can do on video, evaluators get an authentic representation of their comprehension level. Founded in 2009, Bongo is headquartered in Loveland, Colorado. For more information, visit www.bongolearn.com.
SLIDE21 was established in 2016 when founder Glenn Brule saw a need to focus on people in Agile project management practices, which traditionally revolve around processes and methods during critical implementation stages. Drawing on cross-cultural and international experience with both private and public sector clients, Ottawa-based SLIDE21 created a program that leverages the retrospective stage and looks at the team itself, the people in it, and seeks to enhance their performance as a group. Learn more at www.slide21.com.