Our History

We develop software and strategies dedicated to find and discover data and we have been doing so for over 10 years. The company was founded in the UK being initially specialized in providing training services to public and private sector organizations within the context of Information Retrieval and Enterprise Search. As of today Colbenson Learning continues to deliver educational services Worldwide for both technical and behavioral aspects of Findability and Information Retrieval.

In 2008 we launched the Empathy Project and a Software Factory to create the most advanced research and development directed to maximize the experience of finding and discovering data online, focusing on the process of finding within eCommerce stores. Such developments lead to the creation of the SearchBroker product; our flagship cloud-based Site Search, Auto-Complete and Discovery platform.

We focus first on delivering excellence for our customers: Our developments work ... but we don't just get the basics right, we also like to innovate and do things in style. Our ambition is to be at the forefront of the next generation of eCommerce Findability, maximizing the effectiveness of Site Search, Auto-Complete and Discovery by focussing on delivering an online experience designed to interact with People's emotions.

We have offices in Leeds, London, Barcelona, Ferrol and Florida.

 

Our Values

We believe in maximizing potential. We believe in maximizing the potential of our products, our customers and our selves, in a responsible and sustainable way.

Our mission is to provide innovative and stylish online conversion tools that consistently deliver excellence for our customers.

Company

About our history, values and team.

Clients

We work with clients in the sectors of e-commerce, public administration, banking and finance, online media, travel and tourism and other industries.

Technology

Our search products are based on Apache Lucene / Solr, an open-source technology project to which we are major contributors.

Empathy research

Our innovative research project to make e-commerce site search into a more human customer experience.

Partners

We collaborate with partner organizations to ensure consistent delivery and support.

Work with us

Jobs and other opportunities to work with us.

Team

At Colbenson we believe that everyone in our team has exceptional talent. Their primary objective is to maximize their own potential in order to contribute to the overall success of our company.
  • Angel Maldonado
    Angel Maldonado
    Chief Executive Officer & Founding Partner
    Bio:

    Angel Maldonado (BSc) Studied Computer Information Systems at Liverpool University. He has spent the last 12 years passionately developing and executing Site Search, Navigation and Information Retrieval projects worldwide for companies like BBC, Zalando (Germany), Waeplus (UK) or ATT (US).

    Angel founded Colbenson and its software factory from where SearchBroker; the Site Search Analytics and Shopping conversion platform is developed and marketed. 

    Angel loves virtually any type of sea sports, plays guitar and enjoys poetry and meditation. Angel has lived in the US (San Francisco), Spain (Asturias) and United Kingdom (London where he is now based). He stands for hope, learning and excellence.

  • Borja Santaolalla
    Borja Santaolalla
    Chief Customer Officer & Partner
    Bio:

    After 6 years in the UK, where he started his professional career as a product engineer (Unilever) and consultant (Microsoft/Groove), Borja came back to Spain to help Colbenson become a global leader in Enterprise Search. Borja has directly contributed to the sales and execution of best of breed projects in this arena, helping global organizations such as BBVA, Mango, BUPA (Sanitas), Banco do Brasil, Ministry of Justice, Bank of Spain and others to adapt their online businesses to their users through better site search and personalisation. 

    Borja is a frequent speaker on ecommerce events (OMExpo, Expo Ecommerce, iiR Search, IDC ECM, FICOD, etc..) and blogs regularly on site search and ecommerce issues.

    Borja has a BA in Physics and Mathematics from Lake Forest College, Chicago, USA and MSc in Mechanical Engineers – Product Design from University of Leeds, UK.

    He is passionate about food, music and design, and tries to never miss a training session for his next triathlon event. 

  • Guillermo Rodriguez
    Guillermo Rodriguez
    Chief Financial Officer
    Bio:

    When Guillermo was a boy, his dream was to become a professional golf player. However he is an economist now whom studied Business Administration and Tourism at Alfonso X El Sabio University in Madrid. 

    His life has been a constant change, he was born in Gijon (Asturias-Northern Coast of Spain) but has lived for a long time between Madrid and Lanzarote. Guillermo has worked for several companies performing different roles in different sectors such as Toursim (Oasis Hotels & Air Europa), Market Research and Consultancy. He finally found his place at Colbenson-SearchBroker

    After the office it's sports time! Football, Golf, Snowboarding, Cycling...it doesn't matter which one, sports is the perfect complement for the daily routine

  • María Martín
    María Martín
    Chief Marketing Officer
    Bio:

    Maria Martin, born in Spain with over 10 years of working experience in multinational companies and multicultural environments. Lived in the US for a few years and after working for the world leader company in market-driven Innovation and Science, DuPont de Nemours, she finished her MBA in Protocol and External Affairs by the Camilo Jose Cela University in Madrid and then gained experience as a professional event planner at the acclaimed International Cultural Center Oscar Niemeyer where she was responsible of the Events Managing as well as the welcoming of relevant personalities from all over the world such as politicians and celebrities. She is now responsible of Marketing and Public Relations at Colbenson-SearchBroker as part of the Internationalization project. Loves cooking, fashion and dogs and has a special abbility to help others with her ingenuity and charm.

  • Benito Santos
    Benito Santos
    Chief Software Architect
    Bio:

    The relationship between computing and Benito was not a love at first sight, but has consolidated over time. He began to study Computer Science not even knowing how to turn on a computer and he did not imagine he would end up graduating with good record and feeling privileged to enjoy his job.

    Benito has over nine years experience in designing and building information systems, and most of that time working with search technologies (Autonomy IDOL, Apache Solr / Lucene). Although more and more time devoted to management tasks, he never neglect his developer skills.

    In his spare time he is playing soccer (although every new year he is injured more often :), goes hiking because he loves nature, tries not to miss any near pop-rock festival and never stays at home for holidays.

  • Samuel Garcia
    Samuel Garcia
    Chief Product Manager
    Bio:

    From an early age, Samuel has been between bytes and opcodes. His passion begun when at 8 he was given his first computer and started learning the Basic language. From there, he learned to program in C and C++.

    Since he joined Colbenson, his day by day is a ongoing fight versus data and statistics. Also, he loves solving complex problems, especially those involving many systems and services.

    As hobbies, he loves bodyboarding and playing videogames. 

  • Miguel Garcia
    Miguel Garcia
    Senior Software Architect
    Bio:

    Miguel was born in Ferrol and when he finished his studies in Computer Science, he moved to Madrid to work at Accenture.

    After six years living in Madrid returned to Galicia, and now lives in A Coruña.

    He has worked in the software factories of the companies Coremain and Softtek, and since 2008 he is part of Colbenson's team

    He likes going to the cinema, playing and watching sports, especially basketball and enjoy good music.

  • Raquel Vidal
    Raquel Vidal
    R&D Front Engineering
    Bio:

    While in high school she had planned to study chemistry, however computer transformed her life taking 360 degrees turn. She was born and educated at Ferrol and she entered at Colbenson recently graduated .

    She is dedicated to Research & Innovation. She is passionate about programming but she is best at giving a new style and angle to any project.

    When she is free from work, She likes spending time reading or studying how to cook. She loves animals (especially cats), going for a walk along the beach of her hometown and making desserts.

  • Alejandro Perez
    Alejandro Perez
    Set-Up Manager
    Bio:

    Passionate about nature and animals, Alejandro was born in Ferrol when the city was being beaten by a cyclone. His vocation for technology is innate and he knew that he wanted since he was a child.

    Since he graduated, he has worked for several leading companies in its sector and now devotes all its efforts on improving Colbenson-SearchBroker.

    He spends his free time practicing his hobby, photography.

  • Manuel Fachal
    Manuel Fachal
    Software Architect
    Bio:

    Manuel is from the generation that was born with a computer under their arm, always had computing in his mind. He is Computer Technical Engineer from the University of A Coruña and reached Colbenson shortly after finishing his studies although he has work in several companies.

    Born in Pontedeume (Galicia) spends his free time lost by the Natural Park "Fragas do Eume" either walk, bike or canoe. Also likes switching off with a great paddle match with friends.

  • Eloy Ares
    Eloy Ares
    Support Manager
    Bio:

    Eloy Ares Villar was born in Avilés, Asturias. He studied higher level vocational training in the area of Management Computer Systems. Fascinated by computers, He began to study Engineering Computing in Information Technology at the Polytechnic High School of Engineering of Gijón. He gave up his hometown to anchor in Ferro with Colbenson team.

    He enjoys sports; football, judo, swimming and yoga. Passionate about the hellenistic philosphy and reading Plato, Aristotle, Socrates. He used to play acoustic guitar and bass with a group of friends. Among his greatest achievements is the top of the 2nd of ICT Skills Asturias awards for innovative project ideas and graduated from IECISA.