Pursuit Technology this week announced the expansion of its executive leadership team with the addition of Keith Metcalfe as President and advisory board member.
Pursuit, a Human Resources technology company, believes Metcalfe’s quarter-century experience in scaling software companies will help fuel its next stage of growth.
The Australia-born startup, which developed the Acorn learning management system, is expanding headquarters to Vancouver.
“Metcalfe’s experience will help us to take our regional success in Australia and expand it to a global platform,” said Blake Proberts, CEO of Pursuit.
Over the years, Proberts and his team have “quietly focused our development on our customers and with one million annual learners we have strong convictions on how to redefine the concept of corporate learning.”
Moving forward, “Metcalfe will be instrumental in expanding on our success and driving adoption across new industries, geographies, and use cases,” according to Proberts.
Vancouver-based Metcalfe will oversee the company’s customer-facing teams from its new location in British Columbia.
“As soon as we connected, Blake and I shared an immediate conviction that companies are largely struggling to help employees learn,” noted Metcalfe.
The LMS industry “has a hard time creating technology that prioritizes learning,” Metcalfe says, but “Organizations that have a true understanding of their capabilities will increase their overall strength.”
Acorn LMS takes a different view to strategically enabling teams compared to traditional providers. Rather than focusing on analytics after learning experience, Pursuit products use capability discovery, mapping, and frameworks prior to any learning.
“We use gamification, tailored training content, and online courses to keep people engaged and motivated, helping to boost retention, productivity, and performance,” Acorn states online. Real-time reporting offers a “centralized database of information that’s easy to access with all data stored in the highest levels of security.”
By linking to a company’s strategy, Pursuit products can inform organizational capability gaps and suggest and deliver education, then measure impact.
“Besides sharing a conviction on the importance of learning, Keith and I share the same principles on how to grow a company,” added Proberts. “Our customers are our focus and they have spoken. Most of our growth has been through word of mouth.”
“Employees have always been our most important asset,” agrees Metcalfe, “and they all want to learn. We’ll continue to build on this success and welcome more customers, partners, and employees to our community.”
Through Metcalfe, Pursuit will market Acorn LMS to the Canadian market and beyond as the tech startup scales up in 2023.
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