History of iCohere

They Came, They Saw, They Collaborated

iCohere began as The Kaplan Consulting Group (KCG) in 1988, an organization dedicated to the pursuit of individual and organizational learning. Founded by Pascal Kaplan, Ph.D., former Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at John F. Kennedy University, KCG started by developing custom, enterprise-wide applications for a variety of small and large organizations that sought to educate and build collaboration among its employees, including AT&T, Bank of America and the State of California.

In 1999, Pascal teamed up with his son Soren Kaplan, then Manager of Hewlett-Packard's Internal Strategy and Organizational Development Consulting Group, to explore ways to bridge KCG's online application work with Soren's organizational development work. The two Kaplans envisioned professional online communities where people could come together to share ideas, knowledge and strategies to build and learn from each other.

Drawing on their backgrounds in education, technology and organizational development, Pascal and Soren set out to build a

secure and flexible online community platform with a set of features designed to promote engaged online activity that would be inherently beneficial to users. Beyond the platform, they saw an opportunity to create an approach closely tied to their experiences in education, group dynamics and knowledge management. They envisioned a company that was about more than simply selling software. It would work hand-in-hand with clients to discover innovative ways that online communities could meet educational goals, work towards collective understandings, further their mission, and provide benefit to members, stakeholders and staff. With those principles in mind, iCohere was launched in 2001.

Since then, iCohere has built hundreds of online communities for large and small organizations including associations, government agencies, non-profits and corporations, all of them with a shared respect for education and collaboration. Most importantly, its founders and the entire iCohere staff are still committed to the principles on which the company was founded.

Pascal Kaplan
Pascal Kaplan
Co-Founder

As CEO of iCohere, Pascal's most important work is to help organizations develop their eLearning and online community projects, increase their expertise, and strategize for maximum impact. These 200+ clients have ranged from educational organizations like U.C. Berkeley and Learning Forward, to associations such as ASAE and ASHA, religious organizations like the Paulist Evangelization Ministries, and state and federal government agencies, including the United States Forest Service and the Library of Congress.

Soren Kaplan
Soren Kaplan
Co-Founder
Soren continues to contribute to the direction of the company, to use iCohere's tools in his work at InnovationPoint and to support leadership development and training around his latest book, Leapfrogging. He's also an Adjunct Professor at the Imagineering Academy of NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands, and sits on the advisory board of PocketOffice, an early stage start-up focused on mobile applications for the small business market.