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.
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 Sarris is a recognized expert in the field of streaming and collaborative technology and the inventor of Linqto technology.
Bill has delivered major enterprise software applications for Microsoft, Intuit, Digital Insight, NCR, Google, Stanford and other clients.
With over a decade of experience in financial services applications, digital and mobile banking, Bill's work has received the Forrester Groundswell Award
and he holds numerous software certifications.
Vicki lawrence is responsible for the design and implementation of
Linqto technology into a live Facebook application model for small business and
nonprofit users. She has a 15 year history of designing software platforms for small
business and has received grants from the New York State Science and Tech Foundation,
MapInfo (now Pitney Bowes Business Insight) and Stanford University. Vicki co-founded
Home Search Information Network, the first online real estate communications and
marketing solution provider to brokers; implemented in 250 US markets. Recently
Vicki worked with the U.S. Dept. of Commerce's National Advisory Council on Innovation
and Entrepreneurship. Report
Carla Hudson 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 on the board 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 Reed 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 Software 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.
Ben is a marketer with a sales and technical slant. He was most recently VP of Product Marketing at Joyent, makers of Node.js.
Prior to that he was VP of Sales and Marketing at MongoLab and a Product Manager for IBM WebSphere. He was named Salesman of the Year at IBM DataPower,
closing business with Global 200 customers in the Financial, Telco, Retail, and with Government entities. He created a world-wide partnership channel
with resellers in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the US. Ben has an EECS degree from MIT where he
worked on the massively parallel research machine Project Alewife. He loves short walks on the beaches of San Francisco. Find him on Twitter @benwen.
Dune Thomas is Linqto's Vice President of Mobile Banking Solutions. For over 15 years, Dune has worked as a consultant,
multimedia developer and solutions architect serving dozens of tech-industry giants. Turning his focus towards mobile development and systems
automation in recent years, Dune led automation efforts for Digital Insight and NCR in the financial mobile app sector.