Development professionals for the technology age.

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We are a team of development professionals who noticed a huge gap in the new development work that was happening world-wide. As technology started to become a focal point for development projects, we realized that most agencies were unsure how to design, build, test, and launch tech solutions. We do.

 
 
 

David Burton

executive director

Dave is from the UK, and he's a specialist in communications for international development (C4D). 

Dave loves helping people and organisations to communicate across dividing-lines of geography, economics and culture, and he's helped meet communications needs in contexts from disaster-relief in Pakistan and community development in Bangladesh to region-wide communications strategy and training in the Mekong.

 
 
 

Jesse Orndorff

FOUNDER

Jesse is from the USA, and founded Glean in 2011. He's consulted as a designer and project executive for clients including Splash, USAID and the World Bank.

His ability to bring together user-friendly design with top-tier development has helped our clients to improve the lives of thousands of people by ensuring they have access to world-class digital resources.

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Our Values

KEEP IT SIMPLE

We want our work to be something you can use right away. 

We start with solutions that are as simple as possible, so when you need to grow, you’ll have a solid foundation, and measurement will be built in from the start. We believe our solutions are most effective when they are most elegant and easy to use.

FIND CREATIVE SOLUTIONS

Creative solutions are the ones you don’t expect; they’re the ones that make your reputation and magnify your impact.

We’re proud of what we make, and we never want to give you the same old, same old when we can give you something that’s built specifically and creatively for your needs.

ALWAYS BE CURIOUS

We get better by trying new things. Our staff are innovators, and we’re constantly engaging with the best thought in our field to raise our game. We study and practice so we can take what’s great and make it better.

We like finding out what we don’t know, and that means our work for you will harness the latest innovations in tech, design and strategy. 

PEOPLE OVER PROFITS

We’re people-oriented, so we value our staff, and make sure they know it. And it means our clients should know they’re special.

We limit the number of organisations we work for so we can be fully involved in the relationships we’re committed to. If we’re working with you, it’s because we’re excited about your work.

DO THE RIGHT THING

We don’t compromise on quality, ethics or responsibility. Whether that’s taking the time to develop solutions from the ground up, or looking at the broader social impact of the story you want to tell; from top to bottom we make sure we do the right thing.

This isn't because it’s nice to be nice. We’ve learned that doing it right from the very beginning embeds a value in your work that money just can’t buy. Doing the right thing raises our game, and raises yours.