Please allow me to introduce myself: my name is Scott Porad. I work as the CTO at Rover.com, a leader in the sharing economy, and am a co-owner of Do206.com, the guide for what to do in Seattle. These are the seventh and eighth early-stage consumer web startups I’ve been involved with.
Outside of my professional life, I live in Seattle, Washington with my wife and two children where we ski together in the winter and swim together in the summer. And, if you read my writing you know that I’m hopelessly addicted to golf, love music of all types, and have become increasingly liberal as I age.
Previously, I led product development for 5 years at Cheezburger, the company behind the hugely popular I Can Has Cheezburger? and Failblog.org. Cheezburger was my sixth dot-com startup, and in my time there developed a deep understanding of user-generated content and the essential nature of social interactions on the web.
Before working on Cheezburger, I worked primarily in e-commerce and online retail as part of the initial launch team at drugstore.com. At drugstore, I had many roles in both technology and marketing. At first, I managed the team of developers and testers who built the front-end of the web store. Then, I founded the Product Management group in the Marketing team. After that, I spent a short, but extremely intense (and personally influential time) managing IT Operations.
Prior drugstore.com, I worked for Paul Allen’s Starwave, primarily spending my time on the content management systems for ESPN.com. Prior to that, I worked in New York for Seth Godin at Yoyodyne Entertainment implementing some of the first online permission marketing campaigns, and then at Small World Software on the first online fantasy sports games.
In sum, I have spent my entire career working online, and consider myself pretty fortunate—every step along the way has given me the opportunity to be involved with world class, cutting edge leadership and pioneering on the Internet.
As a result of all these wonderful experiences, I regularly present, advise and consult. I genuinely enjoy sharing my experiences with others, so don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like my assistance.