Today Jason Siegel, Founder of Bluetext will delve into Timothy Springer’s remarkable journey as a digital accessibility visionary. SSB Technologies, or Side Show Bob Technologies, was Timothy’s brainchild, which he founded out of Stanford and transformed into a billion-dollar powerhouse – now Level Access.
Starting at Stanford and driven by Timothy’s leadership as Founder and CTO, SSB Technologies evolved into a leader in digital accessibility. As CEO, he orchestrated a transformation, culminating in the pivotal acquisition of BART Group.
In 2005, Timothy became CEO of SSB BART Group, driving significant changes, including launching the AMP platform. In 2017, a game-changing investment from JMI Equity propelled SSB BART Group, soon known as Level Access, toward its mission of tech accessibility for all and cemented its status as a billion-dollar business.
Today, as Level Access, they leverage their combined strengths to ensure digital equality. Join us in this episode as we explore Timothy Springer’s journey and Level Access’s remarkable evolution, named after Side Show Bob from The Simpsons, all rooted in his Stanford beginnings, on “Digital Doorways.”
Can you share the story of how you got involved in the field of digital accessibility, and what motivated you to start Level Access?
What were some of the early challenges you faced when Level Access was founded in 1997, and how did you overcome them?
Level Access has a unique history of being founded by engineers with disabilities. How has this perspective shaped the company’s approach to accessibility solutions?
Can you explain the importance of digital accessibility in today’s digital landscape and how it has evolved over the years?
Could you provide some examples of how Level Access has helped organizations transform their digital accessibility and its impact on their users?
What role does innovation play in ensuring digital accessibility, and how does Level Access stay at the forefront of this innovation?
In your view, what are the key challenges and opportunities for accessibility in emerging technologies such as AI and VR?
In 2017, JMI Equity made a significant investment in SSB Bart Group as it was becoming Level Access. Can you discuss the impact of this investment on the company’s growth and mission?
How did the process of rebranding impact the company’s identity and the way it positioned itself in the market? Were there any challenges or advantages to these changes?
Can you share insights into the significance of the name “Level Access” and how it reflects the company’s mission and values in the realm of digital accessibility?
Rebranding can sometimes be a complex process. How did Level Access ensure a seamless transition for existing clients and stakeholders during these changes?
How has a consistent brand identity, or the lack thereof, influenced the relationships with clients and partners throughout the company’s history of name changes?
What lessons have you learned about effective branding and communication through the various stages of the company’s evolution?
Level Access now represents a unified force in the digital accessibility landscape. How has the consolidation of brands under one name strengthened the company’s position and messaging?
What trends and challenges do you foresee in the future of digital accessibility, and how is Level Access preparing for them?
Accessibility-as-a-Service is a concept Level Access introduced. What does this approach entail, and how does it benefit organizations?
What advice would you give to businesses that are just starting to prioritize digital accessibility within their organizations?
What strategies can companies employ to ensure that accessibility is not just a checkbox but an integral part of their design and development processes?
As the CEO of Level Access, what leadership principles have been most valuable in driving the company’s growth and mission?