Please allow me to introduce myself: my name is Scott Porad and I am the CTO at Rover.com.

Rover is a sharing economy marketplace providing pet care services for dogs and cats.  Through Rover, hundreds of thousands of sitters and walkers offer overnight boarding, house siting, day care, dog walking and grooming in the US, Canada and Europe.

At Rover, I lead all aspects of technology for the company: software engineering, web and data operations, information secuirty and IT.  I have built each of these teams from the ground up over the last 7 years.

I also work as startup coach or rent-a-CTO.  I consult and advise, or act as part-time or interim CTO. Areas include business model development, strategic planning and product management, project management and technical implementation, and recruiting.

 

Previously, I owned Do206.com and was the CTO at Cheezburger, the company behind the hugely popular I Can Has Cheezburger? and Failblog.org.  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.

 

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 engineering management, product management and IT operations.

In addition, I have 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.

Contact me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottporad/.

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