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Lingotek Executive Profiles

The Lingotek management team brings decades of experience and a history of managerial and entrepreneurial success. Our executives have stellar track records of combining technical expertise with business insight to develop innovative products that solve problems and enact positive change.


Rob Vandenberg, President and CEO

Rob Vandenberg, President and CEO

As President and CEO of Lingotek, Rob is driving the vision of a company that is looking to change the future of translation.

Prior to being named president of Lingotek in 2008, Vandenberg served as its vice president of sales and marketing where he was a source of guidance and inspiration. Prior to Lingotek, Rob headed up several successful ventures. He was co-founder and CEO of LocalVoice.com, which was acquired by HarrisConnect in 2005. He was named vice president of sales and marketing for HarrisConnect after the acquisition. Before his work with LocalVoice.com and HarrisConnect, he was one of the first 20 U.S. employees at INTERSHOP Communications, where he helped build its worldwide clientele as a top performing sales executive. The INTERSHOP initial public offering was one of the most successful enterprise IPOs in US history boasting a $10B market cap.

Rob holds a bachelor's degree in political economics from UC Berkeley.

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Jeffrey K. Labrum, Chief Financial Officer

Jeffrey K. Labrum, Chief Financial Officer

Jeff has more than a dozen years of experience in finance with a solid track record in managing and navigating the financial concerns of many successful companies.

New ventures are not new to Jeff. Prior to joining Lingotek, he was the CFO and later CEO of Chipper Snax, a manufacturing company he took from inception to consolidation.

Jeff worked as Corporate Controller for US Magnesium, a $150 million company, managing and directing the company's financial and cost accounting, external reporting, internal auditing, and financial policy development. He was also the company's principal interface with the external audit team for financial reporting. Additionally, he was an integral part of the development of the company's long-term plan and short-term forecasting.

Prior to US Magnesium, Jeff worked for the international accounting firm of KPMG, LLP in its audit division. While employed there, he specialized in manufacturing and high tech public companies, and was involved with the accounting for numerous entrepreneurial companies in their early development stages. In this capacity, he assisted a wide variety of clients with various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Jeff has also lived overseas for a number of years and is fluent in Danish. He holds a B.A. in accounting and an M.B.A. from the University of Utah.

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Matt Smith, CTO

Matt Smith, Chief Technology Officer

Matt Smith loves technology and creating real value through innovation and entrepreneurship. He completed his undergraduate studies at BYU, then decided to continue on, pursuing a MS and then a PhD in Computer Science. He developed a computational framework for measuring and reasoning about social capital in online communities. He is actively involved in the Utah entrepreneurial eco-system (creator of the Web Startup Group and LaunchUp) and loves helping and mentoring other tech entrepreneurs. 

Prior to being named CTO of Lingotek, Matt served as a Principal Engineer where he worked on Lingotek’s first connectors and helped design Lingotek’s latest API for developers.  Additionally, Matt served as the Director of Integrations where he strategically created agile development teams to build and maintain the best connectors in the industry, making Lingotek the translation network.
 

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Calvin Scharffs, VP Marketing and Product Development

Calvin ScharffsVP Marketing

Calvin is a dedicated executive with over 25 years of experience managing products, sales, marketing, operations, and personnel. His experience ranges from work with a Fortune 500 company to small start-ups.

Prior to joining Lingotek in 2010, Calvin worked for Sendside Networks, a customer and investor communication platform, where he served as vice president of product management. While at Sendside, he not only lead their integrated marketing program but was also a product evangelist and worked closely with the product development team to deliver world-class software.

Prior to working with Sendside Networks, Calvin was VP, Group Program Management Director at McCann Worldgroup where he worked with clients including Microsoft, McAfee, Unisys, VeriSign, and Plantronics. Before working with McCann Worldgroup, he was the Director of Marketing at Compliance Information Systems. Earlier in his career, Calvin was President and CEO of Digital Planet, an internet service provider that was acquired by the Citadel Broadcasting Corporation in 1998.

Calvin holds a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Utah.  

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Kent Bridges, VP Business Development

Kent Bridges, VP Business Development

Kent Bridges has a broad range of experience in all facets of business development, sales strategy, and building global partnerships. Prior to joining Lingotek in 2008, Kent held Senior Executive positions in a number of Global High Tech companies including SVP Worldwide Sales at DigitalPersona, VoiceObjects, Gadzoox Networks, Zeitnet and Director of North American Sales at Novell.

Kent has a B.S. in Marketing/Finance from Brigham Young University and Post Graduate MBA studies at Seattle University.

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Larry Furr, VP Product

Larry Furr, VP Product

Larry has more than 15 years of product management and marketing experience ranging from start-ups to publicly traded companies.

He started his career in media relations working for the State of Utah before serving in various senior roles at Nu Skin Enterprises, AutoPoint, Venafi and inContact. Larry first joined Lingotek in 2011, helping to rapidly grow the company by establishing its cloud-based translation management system as a market leader and overseeing the release of numerous integrations with popular enterprise business applications.

Following his four plus years at Lingotek, Larry served as VP of Product at Ghostery. During his time at Ghostery, Larry lead the launch of several new products, including a freemium subscription service for the company’s award-winning Trackermap tool; and a mobile app that quickly rose to be the top paid app for iOS. Larry’s tenure at Ghostery culminated in the complete redesign of the Ghostery browser extension, which helped grow its install base to more than 7 million active users preparatory to it being sold to Hubert Burda Media.

Larry rejoined Lingotek in 2016 and is responsible for product strategy, design and development. He holds a BA in Communications from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

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Larry Furr, VP Product

Nick Ramond,  VP Program Management

Nick started his software development career more than 25 years ago and has extensive experience in customer service, operations, and software development. Since 2008, Nick has focused on driving and supporting Agility in software development and throughout the organization and has successfully introduced Agile principles and practices to several companies.

Prior to joining Lingotek in 2017, Nick held key roles at Ghostery, Experticity, inContact (now NICE inContact) and Wolters Kluwer Health (formerly Ovid Technologies).

Nick holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Hamilton College. 

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The Massive Benefits of Cloud-Based Translation Management System

Language is social. It connects people and ideas. But what happens when it stops connecting, slows down, and goes offline? What happens when your global audience is left in the dark because your translations are stuck in someone’s inbox? 

With the Translation Network, Lingotek makes your content accessible to your customers globally. By connecting your company with our technology and translators, we connect your ideas with the world. Lingotek makes going global possible.

Cloud Based Translation is Faster, Easier & More Efficient 
Lingotek revolutionized the translation industry with its cloud-based networked translation technology. With Lingotek, you get an enterprise-grade, end-to-end solution that you control. Bring your translation workflow into the 21st century and get out from under the old-school, on-premise, traditional IT, and proxy architectures that slow you down and increase your costs with budget-busting implementation processes and ongoing maintenance.

Agile Software That Offers Scalability and Responsive IT
Our next-generation technology continuously delivers multilingual content and scalability to meet your increasing needs for more content, storage, and translation management. Lingotek’s cloud-based technology can extract large amounts of data and scale to any project size on the fly. With our agile software, Lingotek can be more responsive and can match your evolving requirements with fast IT. 

Seamless Integration With Your Applications
Seamless integration with your enterprise applications and our translation management system lets you upload source content for translation, have it automatically translated, and download the translated content back into your original application.

Automated Workflows Put Your Translations on Autopilot
Put your translations on autopilot with customizable workflows that let you trigger actions throughout the project lifecycle. From notifying a reviewer when a translation is ready for review, to reporting project status to an external system, the Lingotek rules engine brings AI-like capabilities to your workflow.    

Continuous, Real-Time Collaboration for Round-the-Clock Translation
With a vast network of translators working in our powerful cloud-based translation management system, you get continuous, round the clock translation and real-time collaboration.

Centralized File Management Gives You Control Over Your Content
Out-of-the-box integrations with popular CMS, CRM, marketing automation, knowledge bases, and social business software means your information resides in your system, giving you visibility, access, security, and control of your files and information.

Scalable File Storage to Match Your Growth
Our cloud-based Translation Network offers scalability that auto-scales to increased volume levels, without no additional charge for more file storage. It  can scale as your usage grows. 
 
Secure Your Information With Controlled Access to Files
Content stored in the Lingotek cloud is fully secured and kept private to your organization. Role-based authorization ensures that users only see information if they have been granted access by your project administrator.

 

 

 

 

Translation Solution Needs

Lingotek offers a wide range of translation solutions to its customers. Whether you are in the enterprise or federal space, or want our world-class translation services team to take care of your localization for you, Lingotek offers corporate and global translation solutions that are custom tailored for your needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Lingotek

Our Company

Lingotek | The Translation Network is a cloud-based translation services provider, offering translation management software and professional linguistic services. We are the leader in collaborative translation technology with an innovative cloud translation management system (TMS) that uses computer-assisted translation (CAT) tools to facilitate faster, more efficient, language translation. Lingotek was the first to introduce cloud-based TMS technology to the United States in 2006 with the launch of a fully online, web-based, computer-assisted translation (CAT) system that pioneered the integration of translation memories (TM) with main-frame powered machine translation (MT). Our multilingual application program interfaces (API) and connectors pair with the industry’s top enterprise applications to automate and integrate the translation process. They include:

  • Content Management Systems (CMS) 
  • Customer Relationship Management Systems (CRM)
  • Marketing Automation
  • eCommerce Platforms
  • Knowledge Bases 
  • Product and Support Documentation 
  • Social Business Software
  • Desktop Files
  • Software Localization

Customers can use their own language services providers (LSP) and linguists, or our global network of 5,000+ professional linguists. Lingotek is based in Lehi, Utah in the area known as Silicon Slopes. 

Our History

Lingotek was founded in 2006 and is funded by Signal Peak Ventures and In-Q-Tel

Signal Peak Ventures is a Salt Lake-based venture capital firm that focuses on early-stage technology investments in the Intermountain region. The firm was established as Signal Peak in 2011 after the spin out of Canopy Ventures venture capital team and the acquisition of portfolio investments in ten other companies. The Signal Peak team has extensive experience in sourcing, executing, managing, and divesting venture capital stakes across the Intermountain region. 

In-Q-Tel is a strategic, not-for-profit investment firm that works to identify, adapt, and deliver innovative technology solutions to support the mission of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Launched by the CIA in 1999 as a private, independent organization, In-Q-Tel's mission is to identify and partner with companies developing cutting-edge technologies that serve the national security interests of the United States. Working from an evolving strategic blueprint defining the Intelligence Community's critical technology needs, In-Q-Tel engages with entrepreneurs, growth companies, researchers, and investors to deliver technologies that provide superior capabilities for the CIA and the larger Intelligence Community. 

Our Clients & Partners

Lingotek  works with some of the largest, most innovative companies in the world, in a wide variety of industries and services including government, technology, finance, telecom, travel, and education. Our clients include departments in the U.S. Government and several large Fortune 500 companies. Here are some of the Customers that are trusting their translation processes with the Lingotek Translation Network.

We also work with a growing network of Partners--service providers, digital agencies, open sources technologies, and other strategically selected companies--to meet the unique translation requirements of our customers. 

Industry Recognition & Awards

Comparably Best Company Leadership 2018
Comparably Best Company Managers 2018
Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry - EContent 2017-2018
Comparably Best Company Leadership 2017
Comparably Best Company Culture 2017
Comparably Best Places to Work 2017
Comparable Best CEO - Rob Vandenberg 2017
Utah Business Book of Lists Top Telecom & Technology Software Developers 201
Utah Best in State Language Services 201
Silicon Review List of Inspiring 100 Companies 201
Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry - EContent 201
Top 30 Drupal Contributor 201
Top Translation Services Company 2016 - PFin
Hot in Lehi Award Top Trending Companies - Owle
Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry - EContent 201
Edison Award Finalist 201
CIO Microsoft 100 Solution Providers CIO Review 201
Edison Award Nominee 201
Gartner Cool Vendor of the Year 201
Oracle Gold Partner 201
Stevie Award Best New Product or Service of the Year SaaS Category 201
Most Innovative New Product Utah Valley Entrepreneur Forum 2006

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