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Portal of Pain (PoP), a lean startup platform for IT executives to share and solve business-critical problems, today launched PoPin, a CrowdSourcing leadership tool that transforms how executives engage with internal teams, partners and customers to help drive innovation.

PoPin is a SaaS mobile and web solution that facilitates the CrowdSourcing of ideas that a team votes to the top. This process helps companies solicit feedback from large groups while facilitating a productive discussion and driving problem resolutions on a range of management issues.

PoPin-selected initiatives are then CrowdSolved through specific discussions to deliver timely and innovative impacts to relevant corporate objectives. This format results in highly motivated and better-aligned teams, as well as healthier, more productive organizations, according to Hayes Drumwright, founder of PoPin and CEO of Trace3, a pioneer in business transformation solutions. Trace3 works with more than 2,000 globally recognized companies.

“Companies today are riddled with cultural challenges and dysfunctional processes that prevent business leaders from engaging with and motivating employees, partners and customers on a range of business-critical ideas, projects or initiatives,” said Drumwright. “We initially developed this product as an internal tool at Trace3, which helped us identify and correct a variety of problems. When we realized the power of this tool, we wanted to roll it out to our client group to help them address their own internal challenges.”

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers recently deployed PoPin as part of its company-wide push to leverage social media as a way to glean critical insights and ideas from managers in nearly 400 restaurants throughout the U.S. The executive team will use PoPin for its quarterly operations meetings, and regional directors will use the social collaboration tool year-round.

“PoPin allows us to contain, control and curate social conversations in order to uncover, solve and implement specific business and operational initiatives,” said Chris Laping, CIO of Red Robin.

In addition, F5 Networks, the global leader in application delivery networking, recently implemented PoPin with 70 of their partners around the globe.

“We deployed PoPin as a way to help us collaborate more effectively with our expanding global partner network,” said Lisa Citron, Director, Channel Sales, for F5 Networks. “With PoPin, we are able to leverage a proven process designed to share ideas, and create the actionable intelligence needed to build consensus. This helps us to more efficiently take advantage of opportunities as they arise and to address business challenges with practical solutions.”

The Table Group, a specialized management consulting firm, also leverages PoPin as a critical leadership tool for its clients.

“PoPin provides an innovative approach to CrowdSourcing that gives actionable insights from key constituents to inform the next generation of leadership,” said Al Amador, Vice President of Consulting at The Table Group. “PoPin combines the latest CrowdSourcing technology and smart management practices to flatten an organization and break down the communications barriers that limit the discovery of real problems, timely opportunities and relevant solutions.”

About Portal of Pain (PoP)

PoP is an invite-only process and funding platform that allows IT professionals to leverage CrowdSourcing, CrowdSolving and CrowdFunding to meet specific business challenges, and to spin out new companies.

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