Linqto's roots are in streaming technology originally developed for Stanford University by CEO Bill Sarris in 2007.
Stanford used this online communication application for a series of national focus groups that formed the basis of the study, "Dialogues in Democracy".
The study became the subject of a 3 hour PBS special produced by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions named "By the People" which aired in January 2008.
The Obama for America campaign saw the special and commissioned Sarris LLC to build the Obama Town Hall, which hosted live nightly sessions on Facebook during the 2008 Campaign.
From there, a number of Intuit employees who were attending suggested building a series of applications for the enterprise which Intuit used for HR recruiting events,
small business webinars and customer focus groups.
Linqto was incorporated in 2010 by co-founders Vicki Lawrence and Bill Sarris. Since its inception, it has been providing the Financial Services and Educational verticals
with software and engineering services. Linqto specializes in white-labeled, difficult to engineer, projects for banking. Linqto's 8 senior level engineers have a combined
100+ years in financial services software development experience and include former staff engineers at Intuit and former principals of three software development firms.
Otter creates a revolutionary new marketplace where banks can brand new software and use it with their customers. Automatically. In an online store.
Imagine the flexibility and agile advantage if a bank could go online, choose from a storefront the new app to try and submit.
The Bank Store is powered by Linqto’s “Otter” a patent pending software delivery platform. From design to integration to app store submission, the process is easy and fully automated.
Linqto Personal Banker is a patent pending software application which addresses financial institutions’ need to instill and maintain customer loyalty.
Our technology introduces a real-time video conversation with an actual, on-duty, bank representative into the financial transaction.
Linqto Personal Banker allows the user to virtually “wait in line” at a bank and seek the assistance of a live teller or bank officer while banking from a computer or mobile device.
Customers receive face-to-face, personalized assistance with the convenience of online or mobile banking.
Transactions are carried out with full support from bank representatives, exactly as it would happen in a customer’s physical presence at the branch.
Linqto is a many to many live online platform. It is easy to use, no download
is required, and is available as a Facebook application. A standard URL is also
provided as an additional entry point to the live site.
Subscribers receive their own individually branded Facebook application with landing
page for navigation and viral news feed marketing features.
Linqto provides quality viewing and
participation for 2 to 300 users. Uses include product demonstrations marketing and sales,
online workshops, webinars, and learning forums, virtual conferencing and meetings, political town hall discussion,
not-for-profit fund raising and global events, product focus groups and market research,
social platforms for personal and business development and just for fun. Linqto can be implemented as a live online media tool,
integrated with Facebook, allowing a broadcast show with viewer audience interaction.
Bill is a recognized expert in the field of streaming and collaborative technology and the inventor of Linqto technology.
He has delivered major enterprise software applications for Microsoft, Intuit, Digital Insight, NCR, Stanford and other clients.
For Intuit, he developed applications for QuickBooks, Mint and the recent upgrade to QuickBooks Online. For Digital Insight,
Bill managed Linqto's engagement for their new Promotion Suite and Business Banking systems.
With over a decade of experience in financial services applications, digital and mobile banking, his work has received the Forrester Groundswell
Award and The Monarch innovation Award for Banking. Bill has served as Board Director of the Bay Area .NET Users Group since 2002.
Vicki has a 15 year history of designing software platforms for small business and non profits.
Her background includes decades of experience managing budgets, revenue generation, marketing and sales management, recruiting and accounting.
Vicki co-founded Home Search Information Network, the first online real estate communications and marketing solution provider to brokers;
implemented in 250 US markets. She has received grants from the New York State Science and Tech Foundation and MapInfo (now Pitney Bowes Business Insight).
Recently Vicki worked with the U.S. Dept. of Commerce's National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
She is an advisory board member of Arzu Studio Hope, an Afghan women’s project founded by the State Department’s Council on Afghan Women and
is a Board Director of the Carmel River Watershed Conservancy.
Carla is a graduate of San Jose State University and started
her career with Touche Ross, now Deloitte and Company. Carla is a partner in the
firm of Bianchi, Kasavan and Pope and is a former board member of Monterey County Bank. With
over 25 years of experience, she is also a past president and director of the National
Association of Accountants.
Jared has been developing software professionally for the past
12 years. He has filled the role of Architect, Lead Engineer, and Software Engineer
on projects for companies like Intuit, Local Matters, and Linqto. He has a
passion for tackling tough software problems. Jared recently founded Stiq Joy Games,
and previously co-founded a software consulting firm. He has played an integral
role in ensuring the Linqto room technology is scalable and reliable.
As Linqto's Chief Architect, Erik has developed enterprise financial solutions for Intuit, Digital Insight and NCR.
Erik has designed and built online payment solutions, ACH and wire transfer online banking applications and cross sell applications
used by thousands of financial institutions. Erik is certified in mobile and web application development and created the
Android and IOS versions of Linqto's communication applications.
Tara holds a BS in Psychology from Santa Clara University and an MS in IT Management from the US Naval Postgraduate School.
During her tenure as an Information Specialist at the US Department of Defense she helped design, build, and launch a pay and
personnel data warehouse for pentagon and congressional decision makers. Tara documented the design and implementation process
in her masters thesis which was then used to develop a technology patent. Born and raised in Silicon Valley, Tara moved to
Istanbul with her Turkish husband in 2002. She is a certified ICF coach and graduated from the Global Women’s Leadership Network
leadership program at Santa Clara University. Tara’s system design work won the top award in an InnoCentive Challenge connecting
women leaders around the world.