The Bridgelin Platform was developed and is maintained by NaberNet Inc.
NaberNet was incorporated in 2004 to build community websites. The founders, Tony Bolla and John Marano, (who were later joined by partner Bill Blak) had already established two sites, MyStClair.com and OnVaughan.com, which were folded into the new company.
One of the first measures the new company took was to develop an application that would make it easier to build and maintain these community sites, drawing on the experiences that had been gained by that time. Amongst the key design considerations were that all the modules be integrated and that it be possible to share content between websites.
With these features in place, the company decided to make the technology available to local volunteer organizations, in return for access to their content for their community sites, providing additional exposure in return.
The decision was then made to sell the technology to local business organizations which ultimately lead to making further improvements to the platform, such as membership management. It also meant a transformation into a software company from a website publishing company with the addition of programming and support capabilities.
The company is located in Vaughan, Ontario and serves hundreds of clients around Ontario with plans to move across Canada, into the United States and beyond.
Nabernet remains committed to its origins of fostering vibrant communities by providing a technology that makes it possible for all sectors of a community to become more effective, efficient and integrated.
In keeping with its pioneering spirit, NaberNet is actively developing an innovative and unique business model that will enable the following vision:
A vibrant community of communities, integrated by a commonly-owned, self-governed technology.