Please allow me to introduce myself: my name is Scott Porad and 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.
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Currently, I am in the customer development phase for a project to help managers be more effective, especially with remote teams. An aspect of this project is helping engineering leaders better quantify the impact of tech debt, and empower them to have healthier conversations with their stakeholders and business partners.
In addition, I continue to consult as a technology advisor as I have done since 2007. I have advised companies on their online and Internet initiatives, and have acted as a part-time or interim CTO.
Areas of engagement have included business model development, strategic planning, product management, project management and technical implementation, and team building and recruiting. Typically, my focus is on early-stage companies, or innovation initiatives within more mature organizations.
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 have built each of these teams from the ground up over the last 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.