Our Mission

We’re trying to improve the shape of things. 

Shapes are so entrenched in our lives, we sometimes don’t question them. Circl.es (.es = España) was born in Barcelona, where Gaudi’s Cathedral of the Sagrada Familia shocks you with spirals, curves, colors, images of nature, intertwined and dynamic. Gaudi dared to push the bounds of what shape a cathedral was supposed to be. It got us thinking, can we shift the shape of our classrooms, training rooms, and even video meetings? Can we learn in circles instead of rows.

When humans are arranged in a circle, they connect. Add facilitated dialogue, and they feel included, heard and begin to open up. They start giving and receiving help. Adding in a few “sparks” of outside concepts to help them look at the world differently, but won’t overwhelm the conversation with presentation. They get creative. Repeat this every few weeks and they rise to impress peers by achieving their goals. When a Circle “jells,” as we call it, participants use words like magical and transformative.

We came together as a company, from Barcelona, Brooklyn, Saratoga Springs, Lake Oswego, Auckland and more, to help other companies and communities create Circles, so they could connect deeply, help each other grow, and take action. Circles aren’t a novel idea. We’ve studied and worked with hundreds of practitioners of all kinds of Circles, and our goal is to amplify their efforts, and spur on a movement. We’re continually improving our system, platform and services, as we learn from our partners, participants, and from each other. 

Our Team

Bart De Vocht

he/him

Head of Operations

Singer of La Bamba

Bernard Duggan

he/him

I Write Code

I’ve worked on three published computer games you’ve never heard of.

Dan Hoffman

he/him

Founder & CEO

Knows 4 chords on the guitar

Darren Klein

he/his

Software Engineer

I’m an avid birdwatcher

Franko Franicevich

he/him

CTO

Gilad Barkan

he/him

Software Engineer

Knows 5 chords on the guitar

Jami York

she/her

Partner Relationship Manager

a US Pacific Northwest girl who loves the outdoors, deep conversation and dark chocolate

Jenny Good

she/her

Communications Assistant

I’m a tiny house enthusiast.

Jonathan Hefter

he/him

Head of Program Design & Delivery

I once shot rifles with Hunter Thompson.

Lucy Burrluck

she/her

Program Manager

Was once kicked in the head by Juliette Lewis

Mari Scalese

she/her

Program Manager

Dog lover, ukulele enthusiast, amateur chef

Maria Tenberge

Program Manager

Lived in 6 countries on 3 continents and finally decided to grow roots in a small community in Barcelona.

Matt Fox-Wilson

he/him

User Experience Designer

I’m a qualified instructor in the Japanese sword art of Iaido.

Our Guides

We are continually training and certifying guides to facilitate for us, customers and partners.
Here are a few representatives of this wonderful and growing group.

Our Advisors

We are so grateful to our friends, investors and advisors who have helped us learn and grow. Even though this is a long list, it is far from complete.

Alex Hart

Software Development Leader, CTO at CultureIQ

Bill Wiggenhorn

Legendary Chief Learning Officer, Learning Consultant

Bob Halperin

Alumni peer groups expert, executive education leader

Carl Marci

Brain Science MD, Entrepreneur, Shrink, Philosopher

Charles Fadel

Exec, Author, Policy Influencer, Curriculum Designer

David Joerg

Technology Leader, Architect, Entrepreneur, Data Aficionado

Di-Ann Eisnor

Neogeography Pioneer & Serial Entrepreneur

Doug Lynch

Learning Innovator, Entrepreneur, Academic, Uber Connector

Giuseppe Auricchio

Reinventing learning at Europe’s top B-school

Heather Tenuto

Chief Learning Officer, Business Development Executive

Jake Schwartz

Learning Pioneer, Entrepreneur, CEO, Social Engineer

Jeff Snipes

Learning Pioneer, Entrepreneur, School Founder, Coach

Jill Johnson

Business Strategist, Nonprofit Earned Revenue Development

Joanna Rees

Mentor, Investor, Facilitator, Mayoral Candidate, Marketer

Jonathan Katzman

Product Designer, Higher Ed Pioneer, Entrepreneur

Josh Targoff

Investor, Lawyer, Activist, Operations Chief, Philanthropist

Josh Waitzkin

Learning Innovator, Chess Champion, Martial Artist

Kaley Klemp

Small-group Dynamics & Leadership Development Expert

Lisa S. Meyers

Global Media Executive & Peer Groupee

Marci Weisler

Emerging Tech Leader, Strategy + Execution, Problem Solver

Mike Bergelson

Experienced entrepreneur, CEO, Education Technology Pioneer

Mo Fathelbab

Expert Peer Group Facilitator, Entrepreneur, Author

Peter Meyers

Author, Consultant, Journalist, Content Format Futurist

Philipp Schmidt

Peer group and learning innovation, MIT Media Lab

Rob Autor

Accomplished leader in technology, operations, strategy

Sarah E. Endline

CEO, entrepreneur, EIR, board member and speaker

Sean Duffy

Patient Care Peer Groups Innovator

Sebastián Barajas

Consultant, Learning Designer, Coding Bootcamp Founder

Shirzad Chamine

Bestselling Author, Stanford Professor, YPO Forum Architect

Verne Harnish

EO Founder, Entrepreneur, Bestseller, Scaling Expert

Work with us

Interested in joining a fast-growing start-up with an ambitious and inspiring mission, looking for a way to unlock new ways of learning and growing together? Check out our open positions!

Ready to create authentic, human connection with Circles?

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In a world of physical distance, circles facilitate authentic human connection.

In a circle, 3-12 participants contribute equally, share openly, and push each other to act.

We spent years with academics and practitioners, honing best practices and building a technology platform. Our circles have helped scale peer learning, sustain manager and leadership development, move live training online, onboard new employees, support career development, teach collaboration, and build community.

We’ve been grateful for the support and the referrals from our large corporate partners, schools, and communities who have been hiring us to help design, facilitate and manage Circles programs.

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Make human connections.

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Make human connections.

Get in touch to find out how you can get started.