Software and consulting services
high-stakes online auctions
For auctions that must succeed.
About Innovative Auctions
A leading provider of auction software and consulting services for high-stakes online auctions
telecom spectrum - natural resources - energy - top-level domains
Innovative Auctions is a software and consulting company specializing in high-stakes online auctions. At the center of our services is our state-of-the-art, auction system for conducting custom-designed auctions securely over the Internet. By also providing related services, either ourselves or with partners, we can continually improve our software and processes. We operate many auctions ourselves, either on our own account or for clients, and therefore have first-hand experience with the unique requirements of high-stakes auction software and processes.
Our team includes more than 20 economists, software engineers, quality assurance experts, and auction managers. Our exceptionally deep understanding of high stakes auctions results from projects with government regulators, bidders in spectrum auctions, non-governmental organizations, consulting firms, and economists in academia.
Our founders, Ulrich Gall and Adeh DeSandies, are the world’s leading experts in high stakes auction software, having managed the customization process for over 200 high stakes auctions.
Innovative Auctions combines this expertise and experience into a service offering that ensures a smooth and efficient operation of the auctions we support, and minimizes risk for our clients.
What we offer
High Stakes Auction Software, Consulting Services, Operations, Support, Training and Facilitation
Robust, Secure, Reliable, Proven.
Our software team has specialized in developing auction software for over 15 years and applied this experience to develop and maintain the most sophisticated high-stakes auction system available today. We then customize the system based on the specific needs of a project.
Auction Simulation Software
A valuable tool for bidders in high stakes auctions
Bidders in more than 10 countries have used our simulation software to practice and evaluate bidding strategies in spectrum auctions.
Consulting and Auction Management
Good advice and dependable execution
Our economic consulting team offers auction design advice, drafting of auction rules, auction software testing, auction simulation, contract drafting, escrow, training, settlement, and post-auction analysis.
Auction Facilitation Services
A trusted third party to run the marketplace you need
We offer independent auction facilitation services to organizations that require an impartial resolution of contention for goods or resources.
Recent projects from around the world
Costa Rica Spectrum Auction 2017
Auction Design Advice, Software, Training, Auction Management
We were selected by SUTEL, the spectrum regulator of Costa Rica, to support them with their upcoming 1800/1900/2100 MHz spectrum auction. The scope of work includes a review of the auction design and auction rules, software, testing, training, auction management, and support.
Australia Spectrum Auction, 2016
Software, Training, Auction Management Support
In partnership with Power Auctions LLC, we provided software, testing, training, and auction support for their recent 1800 MHz auction. The auction was held in SMRA format, and concluded successfully on February 4, 2016. We continue to support the ACMA with their future auction needs under a long term contract.
Spectrum Auction in Finland, 2016
Software, Training, Auction Management Support
Innovative Auctions was engaged by the spectrum regulator of Finland to develop the auction software system for its 700 MHz spectrum auction in 2016. We customized software to meet the requirements of the auction design, performed quality assurance testing, security hardening, and managed all hosting and delivery of the software over the internet. We trained government staff on the operation of the auction and supported the auction management team on-site during the live auction.
Thailand 4G Spectrum Auctions, 2015-2016
Software, Training, Auction Management
We developed a customized auction system, provided bidder training and support, managed and supported the live auctions, and provided related services. We produced materials for bidder training, led the bidder training sessions on-site, and produced the user manuals. A team of consultants from IAL was on-site for all three auctions as the fully responsible Auction Manager. Auction Revenues in the first auction alone exceeded USD $2,000,000,000.
Government of Singapore, 2016
Research project, policy advice
For a government agency in Singapore, we custom-developed an experimental auction system to inform policy decisions. Details are currently confidential.
Applicant Auction, 2013-2016
In-house project, Auction Facilitator
We designed, implemented, and then operated Applicant Auction, a series of private auctions for top-level domains. Our team handled the entire process from bidder training to conducting the auctions, including contracting, escrow, training, auction management, and settlement. Deloitte LLP (London) audited our processes and the auction results. Revenues were in the hundreds of millions of USD.
Experience and Competence in Auction Design, Software, and Operations
Ulrich Gall has over 15 years of experience with all major aspects of high stakes auctions, with a particular focus on auction software. Since he developed the first clock auction software for high stakes online auctions, in 2001, he has built a team that has now supported over 200 high stakes auctions in a variety of industries. In 2013, he assembled an interdisciplinary team to facilitate the Applicant Auction for generic Top Level Domains, and directed marketing, contracting, software, escrow, auction management, and settlement. He continues to apply learnings from all aspects of high stakes auctions to improve IAL's software and processes.
M.S. in Computer Science, University of Erlangen
M.S. in Management Science, Stanford University
Since 1983, Peter Cramton has conducted research on auction theory and practice, with a focus on the design of auctions for many related items. He has advised 12 governments and 36 bidders in spectrum auctions, co-invented the spectrum auction design used for auctions in Canada, Australia, and many European countries to auction 4G spectrum. He has led the development of innovative auctions in a wide range of applications, including electricity, gas, airport slots, wind rights, diamonds, medical equipment, and Internet top-level domains.
B.S. in Engineering, Cornell University (1980)
Ph.D. in Business, Stanford University (1984)
Adeh DeSandies is a software veteran with over 18 years of experience in the field. Since 2006, Adeh has led the development and customization of software for over 200 high stakes auction projects around the world. He has designed user interfaces, and refined interaction models for a wide range of auction designs including CCAs, SMRAs, Clock Auctions, and many custom designs.
B.S. in Computer Science, Stanford University.
Hector Lopez has advised numerous government agencies and other clients in the design and implementation of high stakes auctions. He has a broad background in economic consulting and private equity. He fully integrates bidders’ competitive landscape, liquidity situation, valuation and business strategy into meaningful advice for regulators and bidders.
Ph.D. in Economics, University of Maryland
M.A. in Economic Theory, ITAM, Mexico
- Team -
Our team includes more than 20 specialists familiar with a wide range of tasks related to high stakes auctions, including auction software development and customization, quality assurance and testing, IT and security, auction management and support, onboarding, training, escrow, and settlement.