Olive's founding team have spent much of their careers experiencing the time, effort and money wasted during software evaluations.

Evaluations often end with poor user adoption due to the bias and lack of visibility into company needs during the evaluation process. We've made it our mission to change this.

Our vision is a world where all business purchasing decisions are made on accurate, unbiased data. We're here to help you make smart decisions, faster.

The Spark

It's a cold winter's evening in 2017. Chris, our co-founder and CEO, is sitting at ordinary bar in a standard Canadian airport. He'd just met Number 30 in a (so far) 9 month sales cycle. He began pondering, "Is my company the best fit for that customer?" Probably not. But he'd worked hard to bias their decision in his favour.

Chris immediately decided that this was not the way evaluations should work. He rang Dan, a long-time colleague (and now Olive co-founder and CTO), to talk about a brighter future.

The Brighter Future

The initial idea was a big one: "Let's build an efficient robot technology consultant that's free of bias".

We knew we'd have to work towards this, but after working with customers, it was clear that there were pain points that we could solve today. Without the need for a robot. Among them, gaining visibility into company-wide needs; reducing time, effort and cost of evaluations, and easily communicating with vendors.

Olive quickly adapted to this understanding, and we launched our initial platform in January 2019. Along with our growing community we have been helping our customers make faster, more accurate decisions.

We're continually building our rich knowledge base that will power our future robot consultant.

What's with that name, Olive?

“Working in enterprise technology for most of our careers, we feel that buyers and sellers are more often at war with each other than they are partners. We want to change that and believe that by breaking down the barriers between buyer and seller, we can be the Olive branch our industry needs...

Plus, it's someone's name....so that worked out well!”
Chris Heard - Cofounder and CEO, Olive

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