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CTO_Head of Engineering / Technical Co-founder

at Verago in Los Angeles, CA   —   Apr 12, 2014   |  
Overview
Verago’s mission is to transform service delivery so individuals, companies and communities may thrive. The company’s online and mobile app platform, provides service companies with tools to efficiently deploy field workers and provide premium services. The company will initially launch its solution in the burgeoning home healthcare sector providing care to seniors and others in need. The company’s management team brings over 15 years experience in developing intuitive and revenue- generating solutions for business and consumers across industries.

We are looking for an entrepreneurial and creative CTO to drive the technology strategy and organization as a principal co-founder on this start-up team -- reporting directly to the CEO. Core to this, we are looking for someone who understands the demands of a start-up in its early seed stage with the ability to keep focus on accelerating product development to build a compelling prototype and secure funding. The ideal CTO is an individual who can effectively engineer a new product crucial to the company’s success. Looking for a hands-on, roll-up-your-sleeves developer who can code and develop the product until funding is obtained and other developer resources are added.

The individual will have the autonomy to work independently and as a team player initially in a virtual environment. Home base in the Los Angeles area is strongly preferred.
Responsibilities
The CTO/Head of Engineering will be responsible for providing leadership around technology vision, product architecture and development, integration with external system and databases, deployment and usability testing. The candidate must have hands-on experience building software solutions and mobile apps from scratch and he/she must be adept with agile development methodologies. Verago’s platform will leverage best-in-class components from leading software products.
The candidate must have significant and recent experience in architecting and developing Mobile and Cloud based solutions that are used commercially, including owning and managing release management, product availability, disaster recovery and security. The ideal candidate has led technical development teams, as this role will require leading, recruiting and growing the technical team after funding.
The CTO/Head of Engineering is prepared to thrive in a nimble start-up environment and should have a successful track record of building product from inception and scaling it to market leadership.
Experience
A minimum of 7 years experience leading a technology organization, and delivering high quality, high value software products and solutions that drive business strategies and performance.
Familiar with all phases of systems and application development along with at least 5 years of management experience supervising technical team members.
Strong Mobile apps development experience in at least one of the platforms: iOS / Android / WebApps frameworks.
Strong Web Development background.
Experience with cloud computing especially with Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings.
Ideally experienced with front-end website design and integration.
Understanding of when to use third party tools and platforms, and when to build new.
Strong experience architecting online and mobile solutions, which can be replicated across multiple industries.
Experience managing applications development process/ organization for high quality code- base that is modular, scalable, and efficient.
Experience deploying and maintaining applications in cloud-based environments.
Strong management skills in leading multiple initiatives to completion, based on aggressive target dates and budgets.
Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks with attention to detail and accuracy.
Understandings of options to deploy highly secure applications that meet regulatory requirements.
An ability to interact/influence executive, business, and technical personnel.
Acts as a subject expert and point of escalation for issues involving the IT Operations and critical systems.
Experience building products from the ground up, especially in an early stage startup environment, is a plus.
Tech startup experience, is a major plus.
Skills
iOS / Android / WebApps frameworks
HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript and modern web development with at least two of the following:
Ruby, Python, PHP, Java, C#, Scala
Experience with Amazon AWS/Cloud, Google maps, geolocation, geofencing all major pluses.
Education
The candidate must have demonstrated leadership in technology and proven accomplishments commensurate with the experience.
Compensation
Co-Founder's equity followed by competitive salary upon funding.
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