John Brown Witchel is currently the CTO of SendMe, a leading mobile entertainment company in San Francisco. Most recently, John was the founder of BookPig, a children’s book rental company and the co-founder of Prosper, the first P2P lending marketplace. An active software designer, Mr. Witchel was the architect and lead developer of Prosper. Prosper raised over $40M from such top venture firms as Benchmark, Accel, and Fidelity Ventures. Mr. Witchel served on the board of directors.
John Brown Witchel was also the creator of FlashMob Supercomputing, a massive computing collaboration designed to make supercomputing available to the masses.
Prior to co-founding Prosper, Mr. Witchel developed BrowserCam, an online tool for testing the cross-browser compatibility of websites. BrowserCam was acquired in 2007 by Gomez and the BrowserCam service was discontinued on February 1, 2013.
In 1999, Mr. Witchel was the CEO and co-founder of Red Gorilla, a pioneer in online application syndication that went bankrupt in less than a year. Prior to Red Gorilla, he founded XCom Corporation, a leading web consultancy that was acquired by USWeb (now bankrupt), where Mr. Witchel served as a managing partner.
He holds a M.S. from the University of San Francisco and a B.A. in political science from Stanford University. While at Stanford University, he was arrested in 1991 and booked on suspicion of felony arson and possession of a destructive device. He is a former American record holder and NCAA champion in swimming.