Please allow me to introduce myself: my name is Scott Porad and since 1995 I have spent my career working as a technology and product leader building early-stage, high-growth consumer Internet businesses. My experience includes gig and sharing economy marketplaces, digital media, and e-commerce.
I have expertise with technology management, engineering leadership, and product management with an emphasis on Lean and Agile principles. I’ve led technology projects ranging from launching new businesses to driving M&A integrations. In addition to software projects management, I have developed product roadmaps, recruited and built teams, and implemented compliance programs.
Since 2007, I have been an executive coach and advisor to CEOs, CTOs and CPOs. I offer practical guidance and wisdom from hands-on experience. I also advise companies on their online and Internet initiatives, and have acted as a part-time or interim CTO.
In addition to technology, engineering and information security, areas of engagement have included strategic planning and FP&A, product management; project management and technical implementation; team building and recruiting. Typically, my focus is on early-stage to medium-sized companies, or innovation initiatives within more mature organizations.
I am currently the VP Product Engineering at 98point6. 98point6 pairs AI and machine learning with board-certified physicians to make primary care more accessible and affordable.
I was the CTO at Rover.com from 2013 to 2020. Rover is a sharing economy marketplace providing pet care services for dogs and cats in the US, Canada and Europe. At Rover, I led all aspects of technology for the company: software engineering, web and data operations, information security and IT. I built each of these teams from the ground up over 7 years.
Prior to Rover, I spent five years the CTO at Cheezburger, the company behind the hugely popular I Can Has Cheezburger? and Failblog.org. At Cheezburger, I led a single-threaded technology and product organization where I was responsible for engineering, product, design and analytics. Cheezburger was my sixth consumer Internet startup, and in my time there developed a deep understanding of user-generated content and the essential nature of social interactions on the web.
In 2013, I co-founded Do206, a local arts-and-entertainment guide for Seattle, and sold it in 2018.
Before working on Cheezburger, I spent 8 years working in e-commerce and online retail as part of the initial launch team at drugstore.com. At drugstore, I had many roles in engineering management, product management and IT operations.
Earlier in my career, I worked at Paul Allen’s Starwave, primarily spending my time on the content management systems for ESPN.com; for Seth Godin at Yoyodyne Entertainment implementing some of the first online permission marketing campaigns; and at Small World Software building the first online fantasy sports games.
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