Industry Enterprise Social Networking
Social Networking
Computer software
Social software
Collaboration software
Enterprise content management
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Key people
James Fabricant, CEO
Francesco Bovoli, CTO
Products IdeaPlane Platform
Services Enterprise Social Network Consulting
Technology Consulting
Bespoke Software Development

IdeaPlane was an enterprise social networking platform targeted at companies in heavily regulated industries such as financial services. With expertise in compliance, IdeaPlane's platform was tailored to keep companies compliant with the regulations set forth by organizations like the U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Financial Services Authority and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

In 2010, James Fabricant, one of the four founders of MySpace International, founded IdeaPlane. The company was headquartered in London and also had a presence in New York and San Francisco. It was bought by competitor Workshare in November 2012.[1]

Products and services

IdeaPlane's enterprise social networking platform, has been developed specifically for financial institutions and other highly regulated industries.[2] IdeaPlane's platform offers a customizable solution that works across offices in different territories, as well as facilitating a multiple audience including employees, alumni, clients, and partners.[3] IdeaPlane's platform uses the best practices from existing social networks like Twitter and Facebook, this ensures that users are more likely to be familiar with the systems and feel comfortable about using a similar platform in the office.

IdeaPlane provides technology and enterprise social networking consultancy services, as well as delivering a software development service.

According to TechCrunch, IdeaPlane launched with two top-10 global investment banks as founding clients.[2]


IdeaPlane was founded by James Fabricant. Prior to founding IdeaPlane, Fabricant was one of four founders of MySpace International, and played an integral part of its global expansion.[4] Fabricant was Director of Business Development and Media, Europe, at MySpace.


  2. 1 2 Butcher, Mike (19 December 2011). "IdeaPlane thinks it has a new take on the enterprise social network". TechCrunch. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  3. Sawers, Paul (16 December 2011). "IdeaPlane is the new enterprise on the block targeting the finance industry". The Next Web. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  4. Kennedy, John (20 April 2007). "The Friday Interview". Silicon Republic. Retrieved 3 January 2012.

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