Aha! is the third company Brian and Chris have built together. Collectively, they have founded or been early employees of six cloud-based technology companies in Silicon Valley and have a total of 15 issued patents. They have worked through two major technology recessions and their last two startups were acquired by public companies Aruba Networks [ARUN] and Citrix [CTXS] respectively.
After their last company, Paglo, was acquired by Citrix, they spent three great years there leading strategy, product, and engineering teams for the GoToAssist product line. That experience combined with what they had learned building their own companies led to the start of Aha! They were tired of the madness of trying to use Microsoft office products + wiki + bug system to build product strategy and visual roadmaps.
It was immediately obvious that many product managers agreed that there had to be a better way to create brilliant product strategy and visual roadmaps: over 600 companies signed up for the Beta within two months. And that was just the beginning.
As Aha! was rapidly being adopted and became the obvious choice for product managers, Brian and Chris wanted to share their philosophy for building great companies and being happy while doing it. In July 2014, they published a framework for personal and business success -- The Responsive Method.
The Responsive Method is centered around the belief that interactions with urgency are what propel people and organizations forward. It is a simple way to have mutually beneficial interactions. It embraces an interrupt-driven approach to communications and getting work done, but bases longer-term investments of resources on aligning requests against pre-set strategic initiatives.
The company is rapidly growing and the team is expanding. Employees are welcome to work anywhere in the United States. Aha! now serves over 100,000 users at many of the best-known software and Web companies worldwide. Check back here often as our history and the history of software innovation are being written every day.