|Stanford University, BS||1990|
|University of California - Santa Cruz, MS||1994|
|Computer and Information Sciences|
Carl Wescott was the founding CTO of GoingOn Networks, which provides an on-demand private academic social network, where students and faculty can more easily connect, collaborate & learn. The company has raised over $6.2 million of capital.
Wescott brought two dozen years of software development experience including fifteen years in technology management to GoingOn. The common thread to his career is leading the creation of scalable, secure, highly available, mission-critical software systems, but which are easy and intuitive to use.
Prior to joining GoingOn, he served as President of Broadband Mechanics, which designed, built, and deployed DLAs (digital lifestyle aggregators, or branded online social networks). He led successful DLA efforts for Ziff Davis’ 1up.com and aSmallWorld (www.aSmallWorld.net), among other companies, beginning in 2004, well before the founding of Facebook and other prominent social networking companies. He also worked with South Korean company 싸이월드 (Cyworld) to design the US version of their highly profitable social networking site.
Previously, Wescott was CTO & VP of Investor Relations at ZoomSystems™, where he helped raise a multi-million dollar round of funding after building out the product as CTO & VP of Engineering. ZoomSystems™ is a pioneer and global leader of the automated retail market, offering Fortune 500 brands ZoomShops - custom-branded, automated, self-service retail stores that combine the convenience of online shopping with the immediate gratification of traditional retail. Wescott is now on the Advisory Board of Zoom. ZoomSystems™ has had great success in the marketplace including several national rollouts and is currently expanding internationally, having conducted over 1 million transactions and having now raised $87 million.
Prior to that, Wescott was VP of Engineering at CPlane, the market leader for carrier-class, integrated service provisioning and core optimization software. The company raised over $42 million in venture capital. As VP of Engineering, Carl managed the software engineering group and was responsible for a team of 40 people. He reduced the monthly burn rate by 70% while raising productivity and hitting product release dates, which the company failed to do before his arrival.
Prior to CPlane, Wescott was CTO & VP of Engineering at CriticalArc Technologies, a supply-chain software provider for the hospitality sector. The company raised over $41 million in venture capital where Carl was an integral part of the capital raising and company building process. He designed CriticalArc’s original systems and software, which included the online procurement applications and patent-pending credit card processing technology.
Previously, he was CTO & VP of Engineering at Tritonic, creating software for financial services customers, such as Goldman Sachs, E*TRADE, H&Q, and Robertson Stephens. While at Tritonic, he was best known for leading teams implementing & optimizing online investing systems at Charles Schwab & Co.
Prior to this, he was CTO & VP of Engineering at SoftBridge, and started his career at Animated Systems & Design and Mozart Systems Corp.
Carl has been featured on CNN and on the cover of Internet Week for his role in the software industry and at Charles Schwab. He earned a BS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, a MS in Computer and Information Sciences from University of California-Santa Cruz, and was a PhD. candidate in Computer Science at University of California-Santa Cruz.