We Are OpenSesame
We make elearning accessible, easy to implement, and rewarding for everyone
What Our customers say
"If you’re a training professional and looking for something easy to use, OpenSesame is the way to go..."
- Josh Murrell
Project Manager Training Department | Five Guys
"Working with OpenSesame has been a great experience. We are able to select the courses we want, when we want them and pay 50% less for the same courses."
- Denise Farrar
Manager of Training Sales, Channel Training | DISH
"The innovative and flexible model allows us to create a training program that gives our employees the freedom to drive their own development."
- Barbara Burke
Director of Training | Virtual Instruments
What We Do
OpenSesame makes buying and selling elearning courses as easy as downloading a song from iTunes. Preview courses, read reviews and research sellers in our marketplace. Buy courses with no subscriptions or long-term commitments and use them instantly in any Learning Management System (LMS). Let us do the heavy lifting, so you can focus on choosing the best courses for your employees.
Why We Do It
We enjoy simplifying processes and making systems better. It’s what excites us and keeps us energized. While running an LMS for the trade industry, we were frustrated by the lack of compelling content and grueling sales process to gain access to courses. We recognized the innovative techniques being used in the digital media realm and realized a similar process could be used to empower businesses to create a custom course catalog for their employee development. Since our launch in July 2011, we’ve focused on building out our content with the goal to be the largest marketplace for online training courses.
Who We Are
Director of Development / Co-Founder
Aaron oversees software development, sets product strategy, and solves technical challenges. Aaron has experience in software engineering and design and in designing and managing elearning platforms. Aaron designed the patented platform technology that makes OpenSesame uniquely able to connect elearning courses to any learning management system.
Abby is an Oregon native who loves all aspects of OpenSesame's product: customers, sales/marketing, support, and engineering. She keeps the team well-organized with her list making, while feeding her office supply addiction. Outside of the office, Abby enjoys her neighborhood farmer’s market or cheering for the Portland Trail Blazers.
As Technical Lead, AJ is keen to collaborate with his fellow developers in guiding the creation of both products and internal infrastructure. When not scribbling on a whiteboard, struggling with a class name (node, entity, thingy?) or writing thought-out code with a few misspelled variables, he likes to plan outings with his wife and children.
Alex is a customer experience superstar! Her easy-going, helpful, and ever-cheerful personality serves her perfectly in her role as OpenSesame’s community leader. When she’s not assisting customers, Alex is often found spending time with her family (usually singing and dancing with her daughter!), doing yoga, or traveling.
Junior Software Engineer
Passionate about technology and learning, Austin enjoys the journey of crafting technical solutions as much as implementing them. With a focus on communication and a dedication to learning more Austin enjoys taking on new problems. When he isn’t playing video games with friends, Austin loves to travel and is always planning his next adventure.
Carl spends his time working with new and existing training providers to provide quality training options. He loves connecting with people from all sorts of backgrounds and derives great satisfaction from working with the many sellers in the marketplace. When he's not in the office, Carl is found cooking up a storm or developing his green thumb.
Christina Thomas joined the OpenSesame team at the end of 2014. She brings over 10+ years of corporate sales and operations experience to our Strategic Partnership Department. She has a passion for adult education and continual learning and is excited to be a part of making it even easier for companies to access it for their employees!
Trumpeters make great salespeople,” says David, with a grin. “We carry the tune, and you can hear us for miles.” With extensive experience in sales and business development in other industries, David is a talented musician as well as a published author. He joined OpenSesame in 2014 and has been trumpeting the company’s virtues ever since.
CEO / Co-Founder
As the President & CEO, Don guides OpenSesame’s strategic operations and oversees the management team. With more than 10 years of experience in the elearning field, Don is a pioneer in adapting traditional communication and education models to meet consumer needs.
Head of Sales
As a microbiology major at Reed College, Erin honed her abilities to create processes and efficiencies, which serves her well as Head of Sales. She is a Portland native and a true nerd at heart. She loves to explore the world with her daughter, who claims that Erin’s success is “being funny.”
Fabion is responsible turning pretty mockups into functional and user friendly experiences for everyone. He has been working remotely with OpenSesame for over 3+ years from beautiful Kingston, Jamaica. When not in the zone coding, Fabion spends his time with family and friends, playing video games and volunteering in many capacity.
Senior Account Executive
Goran thinks that the only thing better than finding a perfect content solution for a new customer is to be able to do the training himself—which is why he already has set aside eight days vacation this year to help deliver leadership training. When not in the office, he likes to be found up front in a raft going down a class 4 rapid.
Chief Marketing Officer
Grover Righter has been the Chief Marketing Officer at multiple public and private companies, including Kabira (acquired by TIBCO), SCO, and Interix (acquired by Microsoft), as well as an applied mathematician at Bell Labs. He believes passionately in the OpenSesame mission to enable a lifetime-of-learning for employees.
Jessica is an admirer of all things strategy. An out-of-the-box thinker and idea girl at the core, she works with each client to find a unique solution to positively impact their training culture. When not in the office, Jessica loves exploring new places, attending Barre3 classes, and rewarding herself with an occasional late-night Netflix binge.
Senior Account Executive
Jolene has a background in technology as well as Human Resources. Leveraging her 15 years in solutions selling, she is able to customize elegant, cost-effective solutions that easily gain corporate approval. Jolene is a Portland native, and her most special skill is playing taxi to her three daughters in the family minivan.
SVP / Co-Founder
As Senior Vice President and General Manager of OpenSesame, Josh manages operations and oversees product development for the OpenSesame elearning marketplace. Josh works with everyone from the marketing team to the software engineers to instill a shared vision for effective products that meet consumers’ needs.
Enterprise Account Manager
Kristin spends her days at OpenSesame talking with our most favorite people...our customers! She helps customers transform their elearning programs with a friendly and innovative approach (and a good dash of humor!). Kristin’s love of transformation carries into the great outdoors where she loves to explore the diverse scenery of the Northwest.
Search Marketing Manager
Lindsay is passionate about user experience and spends her time crunching numbers and running tests to help more people find and use the OpenSesame site. When not brainstorming the next testing possibility, Lindsay can be found growing food in her backyard garden, exploring Portland by bike, sewing quilts and clothes, or wrestling one of her kids.
Max has been with OpenSesame since 2012 and packs enthusiasm into his lunch bag everyday. His work as a content specialist allows him to build fruitful partnerships with the seller community while adding valuable content to the marketplace. He also enjoys writing haikus for his colleagues and performing in musical theatre productions.
Junior Software Engineer
As a software engineer, Collin alternates between solving various technical mysteries and streamlining the workflow of customers, course providers, and coworkers. Whether it’s an on-demand elearning marketplace or networking technology, he enjoys making it simpler, faster, and more reliable. On sunny days, he likes a good hike and a good brew.
Brittany is master of puzzles—but instead of fitting pieces together, she connects people, ideas and solutions to ensure everyone gets what they need. This love of getting to the root of a problem makes Brittany a talented member of our team. Brittany is also an aspiring foodie and spends her weekends fanatically watching sports or paddleboarding.
Data Science Lead
Avi loves using technology to solve problems in life, business, and the world. He has worked on many components of OpenSesame's website, from servers to subscriptions to CSS, and currently works on ways to use data to predict the future. When not writing code, he can usually be found sailing or working on his 1971 Columbia sailboat.
Sarah loves building community in person and online. She’s passionate about connecting with the OpenSesame community, especially customers. This makes her well-suited to be part of our support team and coordinate social media efforts. Never without her phone, Sarah can usually be found Tweeting and searching for just the right filter on Instagram.
Shannon Willis Pier
Shannon manages the day to day accounting and HR functions at OpenSesame. She has been with OpenSesame since its early days and is continually inspired by the enthusiasm, motivation and intelligence of her awesome coworkers. When she's not busy crunching numbers, she enjoys hiking with her husband and two Catahoula Leopard dogs and practicing yoga.
Director of Content
As the Director of Content, Spencer splits time between helping existing content publishers be successful and recruiting new groundbreaking training providers to join the OpenSesame marketplace. Spencer has a long history in elearning and is committed to making OpenSesame the world’s biggest and best elearning marketplace.
Marketing Team Leader
Working directly under our CMO, Tim leads the on-site "boots on the ground team" for all things marketing and branding. When he isn't evangelizing about unified brand identity, or deep in creative thought, you can find this lifelong Portlander riding his Harley to Sturgis, or spending time with his wife and daughter.
Senior Account Executive
Todd worked in high tech around Portland for 20 years before joining OpenSesame as a Sr. Acct Exec. He loves the challenge of the sale and delivering exceptional customer service. He's an Air Force brat who's lived all over the US & Germany. Todd is a die hard sports guy with Beavers & Timbers season tickets and who still plays softball & goes snowboarding regularly. He's married with two great kids, ages 8 & 11.
VP, Business and Legal Affairs / Co-Founder
Tom works and coordinates with many teams to structure transactions and partnerships for OpenSesame. He is passionate about OpenSesame’s mission to make educational resources more widely available using technology. He earned a JD from the University of Washington and an MBA from NYU. Tom enjoys spending time with his boys and a good game of tennis.
VP, Partnerships and Distribution strategy
Victor has 15 years of Go-To-Market strategy and execution experience and is passionate about growing successful partnerships as a business development executive and about helping early stage startups as a mentor. He is always looking for ways to add value and make things better than when he found them.
An enthusiastic team player, Whitney works her magic to provide our business development team with the best leads possible. When she’s not pouring over data and making calls, this Pacific Northwest native can be found gardening, cooking, hiking, or pedaling Portland on her beloved bike with her dog Roscoe in tow!