“The team at Closely has quietly invented a mobile-first SMB acquisition and engagement product that paves the path to scaled Social Media Management.”

- Joe Zell, Grotech Ventures

We’re a team of industry pioneers focused on making social media an everyday growth tool for small businesses.

Founded and backed by some of the brightest minds in local, the Closely team is building better ways to help small business time- and cost-effectively step up their game in social marketing.

Today, over 70% of SMBs identify themselves as DIY social marketers. In 2016, Borrell highlighted Social Media Management as the highest growth digital marketing segment at a 2020 annual spend of $22B.

We think long and hard about what DIY really means, and we talk - all the time - to the 100K small businesses who have registered into Perch and personalized the product for their own businesses.

We’re building out the front-end of Social Media Management with simple everyday live marketing for small business owners and managers.

Check out our CEO’s opinion piece on DIY and small businesses, to see what drives our product direction.

Our Team

The Closely team hails from innovative companies like Mapquest, Jabber, Netscape, Quark, ReadyTalk and Local Matters.

Perry Evans

Founder & CEO

Perry Evans

Founder & CEO

Perry's passion and deep experience in local technology is the core of the Closely team.

Christopher Lamey

VP Engineering

Christopher Lamey

VP Engineering

Christopher loves to deliver great software and build world-class teams. We call him Topher.

Anke Heckhoff

VP Customer Operations & Marketing

Anke Heckhoff

VP Customer Operations & Marketing

Anke knows where to find our best customers and keeps us focused on the right message.

Brian Erickson

Product Management Director

Brian Erickson

Product Management Director

Brian's dedication to product, scheduling and detail is why Perch leaves the building.

Jeff Davenport

Product Experience Director

Jeff Davenport

Product Experience Director

Jeff approaches product design with a zeal usually reserved for Liza Minnelli fans.

Dara Pieper

Designer

Dara Pieper

Designer

A lover of to-do lists, motorcycles and meticulous, forward-thinking design.

Shaina Jordan

Data Analysis Manager

Shaina Jordan

Data Analysis Manager

Shaina's obsession with analytics keeps us moving in the right direction. Professional weightlifter.

Madeline Evans

Customer Experience Specialist

Madeline Evans

Customer Experience Specialist

On the front lines of customer response and communication.

John Van Etten

Senior Software Engineer

John Van Etten

Senior Software Engineer

John's senior experience is proven weekly as he wins every office arcade tournament.

Jeremy Vinding

Software Architect

Jeremy Vinding

Software Architect

Jeremy's love of coding comes in at a close second to his love of Firefly.

Aric Walker

Senior Software Engineer

Aric Walker

Senior Software Engineer

Aric finds solutions to all our problems before we know it. Owner of Henry, dog extraordinaire.

Will Mitchell

Software Engineer

Will Mitchell

Software Engineer

Go-getter. Obsessed with all things tech. We can't keep him busy enough.

Closely has been funded by a world class group of venture and seed investors that deeply understand our market space.

Comcast Ventures

Michael Yang

CNF Investments

Joe Del Guercio

Grotech Ventures

Joe Zell

Steadfast Venture Capital

Dave Ambrose

Rick Blair

Former CEO, Examiner.com and former executive, AOL Digital Cities

Jim Davidson

Former VP, AOL Web Services and CTO of AOL Digital Cities

Christian Gheorghe

Founder/CEO of Tidemark, former EIR Greylock

Richard Gingras

Head, Google News + Social Products

Don Hutchison

Angel Investor and former senior executive with Excite and Netcom

John Kelsey

Chairman and founder, The Kelsey Group

Glenn Morey

Founder, The Morey Group, co-founder and CMO, Vehix.com

Patrick Marshall

Former HIBU CMO and President, SuperPages.com

Chris Onan

Co-founder and Senior Partner, Galvanize.it Ventures

Davis Pell

Angel Investor and Founder, Rollyo and Addictomatic

Bob Smith

Former GM AOL Local, CEO Brighthub

Antoine Toffa

Founder & CEO, Trip.com

Kendal Fargo

Former GM, Small Business Marketing Tools, Intuit and CEO of Rewarder.com

Mueller Verlag

Leading international online media holding company, led by Michael Oschmann

Brent Handler

Founder/CEO, Inspirato, Co-founder Exclusive Resorts

Gary Shaw

Former HIBU Global CIO

Doug Meeker

Angel Investor, former AOL local executive

Joe Walsh

Former CEO/founder, HIBU USA, Yellowbook