Educational technology startup looking for seasoned, experienced CTO with extensive experience with early-stage startups, particularly in the educational technolgoy space, who are as passionate about the educational space as we are.
Our flagship product is already in use in the marketplace with outstanding results... we now need to build a team and market the product both domestically and internationally.
Company started in 1998, and was the first company to develop a fully internet-based Student Information System for K-12 schools, which besides being best-in-breed for school management, also automates the process of communication between home and school.
System is Linux-based (LAMP stack, for the technogeeks out there, specifically Perl and MySQL), is extremely easy to use, and currently has 17 discrete, seamlessly integrated modules, including classroom management, school management, and school accounting, and stands at just under a million lines of code. Will provide a more thorough description of features and functionality upon request.
Regularly beats competition hands-down in head-to-head RFP's, but loses because of lack of installed base. Company was self-funded by founder and developer, a former silicon-valley CTO. Has 98% teacher buy-in, 99% parent buy-in. Saves teachers 8-10 hours a week, and allows them to manage their classrooms from home.
The bottom line is that this company has been led by a non-MBA propeller-head (GREAT executive, so-so- developer), has been dogged constantly by bad timing in seeking funding (we started approaching VC's 2 weeks before the 2000 NASDAQ crash, and renewed our effort in 2002, 3 weeks before the market crash, and then again 1 week before the market crash of 2008) and founder needs to refocus his energy on Business Development while someone else takes over managing the development side of the house. Consequently, we are looking for a CTO/VP of Engineering/Development who can take this diamond-in-the-rough, and take it to the next level. The good news is that the product is on the market, has had screaming outstanding results, and simply needs a seasoned hand to lead it to the Promised Land.
Leading overall product design, development, and maintenance of SaaS product suite
Contribute towards strategic direction of company
Evaluate current development environment, and upgrade and enhance as needed
Create long-term product development roadmap
At least 10 years experience with Perl and MySQL (guru level)
Experience with SaaS development
Extensive experience managing total lifecycle management
Experience with testing and quality assurance
Experience recruiting, hiring, and leading development teams
Experience optimizing and normaling MySQL (advanced skills preferred)
Experience implementing enterprise-wide source management systems.
Extensive working knowledge of Perl, MySQL, Apache and Linux
Program Management and Project Management
Senior Management, in prior CTO/VP of Development Role
Current on industry knowledge, platforms and technologies
Experience building, scaling and rolling out SaaS applications
B. S. in Comp Sci or equivalient professional experience.
Equity to start, then salary after funding is obtained.