Our Mission: future-proof the workforce
The industrial revolution transformed companies into global economic leaders because they figured out how to turn raw materials into products 50x more efficiently and effectively than everyone else. We now live in a knowledge-driven economy. Tomorrow’s economic leaders must similarly become 50x more efficient and effective at converting raw information to actionable information. They must develop better knowledge workers – workers who are better at using information to learn, think, transfer knowledge, form conclusions and make business decisions.
That’s not going to happen as long as workers continue using 1980’s methods to process information – e.g. attempting to memorize it or leaving it pigeon-holed in documents buried deep in folder systems where it is all offline, inaccessible, non-measurable and non-shareable. Our mission is to future proof the workforce by providing the education, innovation and toolset that enables knowledge workers to succeed and thrive in our fast-paced, ever-changing knowledge-driven economy.
Our Team: thought-leaders & management
Bob Danna, Executive Chairman
Bob Danna retired as a Managing Director from the Human Capital practice at Deloitte Consulting LLP in June 2017. With more than 40 years of experience in HR and learning transformation, leadership development, workforce analytics and associated management consulting, he has provided consulting services world-wide for both commercial and government clients. In January 2013, Bob joined Deloitte as part of the acquisition of Bersin & Associates where he served as EVP and COO. Prior to Bersin, he held senior executive management positions at several consulting firms, served on several Boards of Directors, was a naval officer, and completed masters degrees in physics and engineering.
John Burge, CEO and Co-founder
John is an engineer/attorney-turned-entrepreneur and operating executive. For the last 15 years he has led science & technology startups and turnarounds in the medical, insurance and litigation verticals, all of which were focused on the re-engineering of information-based processes. John is named inventor on several granted software-related patents, with several more pending. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, John was a product liability litigator at Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold and served in engineering roles with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Eastman Kodak Company. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University and a J.D. from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.
Laci Loew, Executive VP of Marketing
Laci is Human Capital Industry thought-leader, analyst and consultant. She has more than 30 years experience helping CEOs, CHROs, and other senior leaders optimize the performance of their people. Laci has served in senior HR roles for Motorola, United Airlines, Owens Corning and Accenture. Prior to launching her own firm, she was VP of Talent Management Research for Brandon Hall Group and a Leadership Principal Consultant for Bersin & Associates (now Bersin by Deloitte). Laci’s though leadership has been cited in Harvard Business Publishing, HR Magazine, Learning Executive, Workforce Expert, SHRM, and is often published in Training Magazine and other trade journals. Laci has a BS in education from the University of Illinois, holds her MBA and is currently a PhD candidate in organizational effectiveness.
Simon Politakis, Chief Technology Officer
Simon has more than 20 years of experience in building technology teams, as well as architecting and leading the development of cutting-edge, scale-intensive web applications. He most recently led the development of the cross-platform, HTML5 health-tracking application for Microsoft’s in-house fitness center. Simon served as the CTO at LegacyIt (social network) and Enterprise Architect at Kelley Blue Book. Prior to that, Simon served as Chief Architect at ProcessClaims.com – a VC-backed SaaS startup, acquired by CCC. Simon has held other roles in a wide array of industries including health care, insurance and utilities.
Brandon Varilone, VP of Engineering and Technical Co-Founder
Brandon has more than 10 years of experience as a technology expert, specializing in the design and construction of robust, high-performance distributed systems driven by progressive technologies and conforming to the most stringent security protocols. Brandon most recently architected a global intellectual property management system for Thomson Reuters and has headed the development of enterprise solutions for Urban Science, Valassis, Compuware, and General Motors. He holds both a B.S. in Computer Engineering (Suma cum laude) and a M.S. in Computer Science (Magna cum laude) from Lawrence Technological University.
We are the world’s experts on curated insightsTM. We own the thought-leadership, created the data structures, invented the patents, built the technology platform and developed a rapid implementation process that explicitly arms employees with the insights they need to excel as experts.
Curated insights need to be small so they are fast-to-consume, yet also instantly verifiable against underlying source content so they are trusted, credible knowledge objects with long-term business value. They also needed to be modular, embeddable in content, mobile and trackable. Our Smartsnips and Hyperpoints data structures employ unique multi-layer data structures with vertical hyperlinks to meet these requirements and make insight curation and networking possible.
Related to these new data structures, an effective insight curation and networking system requires new innovations in: user rights, copyright protection, assessing quality, ordering search results and using curated insights to crowd-train cognitive systems and map organizational expertise (to name a few). We have been granted four (4) patents to date, with six (6) more pending, covering the key innovations that make insight curation and networking possible.
We learned early on that insight curation and networking would not be properly accomplished with a destination application. Employees form insights wherever they consume content, and have a need for insights wherever they execute business processes. This called for a platform that can plug into existing systems and workflows, and that is exactly what we have built.
Implementing insight curation goes beyond implementing a software system. It is a new layer of enterprise information. A fundamentally better way of working with information. An extension of employee’s brains and part of their credentials. A thought-processing and critical thinking system. It is necessary infrastructure for the modern workforce.
Board of Directors and Advisors
More on how we think
The name Pandexio
Pan-dex-io stands for 'Index of all'
- PAN stands for all (e.g. panoramic)
- DEX stands for index
- IO stands for portfolio
Our favorite quote
“The most important, and indeed the truly unique, contribution of management in the 20th century was the fifty-fold increase in the productivity of the MANUAL WORKER in manufacturing. The most important contribution management needs to make in the 21st century is similarly to increase the productivity of KNOWLEDGE WORK and the KNOWLEDGE WORKER.”
- Peter Drucker
Insights as a natural resource flowing freely across people, systems and business processes
Our guiding principles / strongly-held opinions
We need to move beyond it. Humans are terrible at it. This is what computers are for – they are far better suited for this function (infinite memory with zero decay).
I should be able to access yours, you should be able to access mine and it should all be online, transparent and fingertip-accessible via smartphone.
Institutional knowledge capture
First, it needs to be quick. Authoring whole documents is slow – tweets and annotations are quick. Second, the primary payoff needs to be for the author (not the consumer).
Identifying and acknowledging knowledge contribution
The smartest people in the organization are frequently the least-known. This causes inefficiency, under-utilization of resources and is unfair. We intend to surface them.
A lot of people develop great insights and ideas, but never get credit for it. This 30-second Fedex commercial is a great illustration: https://youtu.be/zNCrMEOqHpc. With Smartsnips, we seek to prevent this.
A company’s success is a direct function of the quality of its business decisions. The more transparent and measurable they become, the greater their ability to avoid mistakes and improve decision processes.
Measuring and managing knowledge work
Once the daily activities of legal and medical professionals became transparent, efficiency leaped and process management and optimization became possible. The same can happen for all knowledge workers.
Big data and the role of humans
We spend billions on big data technology looking for needles in haystacks of unstructured data (web content, documents, etc.). Employees are the most powerful big-data-generators on the planet, and if we just captured their insights from when they read all that stuff, the output would be invaluable.
Employees don’t need help curating content. They already curate it by the truckload – each storing thousands of documents across hard drives, sync engines, apps and browser bookmarks. They need help in two areas: (1) processing the quantity efficiently and effectively; and (2) retaining what they learn.
The role of HR & L&D in curated insights
HR/corporate learning has traditionally been focused on compliance, eLearning courses delivered through an LMS and somewhat lower-level skill development. A different focus is required to support the worker of the future. The worker of the future will be a self-learning, high-performing critical thinker and problem solver who builds their own base of expertise and can access and leverage the expertise of others.