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Soren Riise

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Co-founder, BitYota. Previously Sr. Dir Eng @ Yahoo. and CTO WhereOnEarth (sold to Yahoo). Advisor. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sorenriise

Co-founder, BitYota. Previously Sr. Dir Eng @ Yahoo. and CTO WhereOnEarth (sold to Yahoo). Advisor. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sorenriise

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BitYota Inc
MaxSpend UK

Advisor

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Freelance

Positions

Advisor, Architect, CTO Freelance May 2014 - present
Co Founder BitYota Inc May 2011 - March 2014
VP Engineering Tribal Technologies March 2011 - June 2011
Sr. Director Engineering Yahoo October 2005 - March 2011
CTO & VP Engineering Whereonearth March 2003 - October 2005
CTO & Founder MaxSpend UK November 2001 - October 2004
Technical Director Kabira Technologies March 1997 - March 2003
Project Manager Thales 1991 - 1994
Team Lead Ambrasoft 1988 - 1991
Engineer Markussen & Rasmussen A/S 1986 - 1989
Engineer Rovsing A/S January 1982 - August 1986

Education

KĂžbenhavns Universitet

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Financial Services
  • • Local
  • • Payments
  • • Smart Home
  • • Records

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John Merrells
They're my friends  •  Consultant, Advisor, Mentor
Great technical and domain depth.
Ash Patel
We worked together  •  Board Member, DataTorrent Inc. and Managing Director, Morado Venture Partners.
Soren is a great technologist and very hands on. Has been a repeat entrepeneur and has built great teams. He knows great tech talent, knows ... how to hire them and knows how to get the best out of them
Rob Weltman
We worked together  •  Independent Technologist, Independent. Previously Development Director, Engineering, Cloudera.
Strong drive, works through challenges
Jason Goecke
Member, Industry Advisory Board, Ericsson and Founder & Board Member, Adhearsion Foundation.
Mangalakumar Vanmanthai
We worked together  •  Director Data Operations, Yahoo!. Previously Head of Cloud Operations, BitYota.
Soren is a great technological thinker, he understand the market needs and always on the look out of solving problems of user community. He ... has a pleasing personality and a great person to work with. His brilliant technical skills combined with what the market demands on the product he is thinking/building makes him a great entrepreneur.
Michael Wexler
We worked together at Yahoo  •  Director, Digital Insights and Marketing Effectiveness, Citibank. Previously VP of Web Analytics and BI, Barnes & Noble.
Soren quickly grasps "the issues", the underlying drivers of a problem, and proposes technical solutions that hit on 2 targets at once: he r ... ecognizes the MVP version to get started, but his approach will allow reasonable growth for the near term to allow for strong rampups. While fully understanding the business and resource limitations any startup faces, he has a great grasp of prioritization and ability to recognize when to push just that one step beyond where many would say "hold on, now". Finally, he inspires his teams (both in large companies and small) to consider how they can create wonder with both speed and quality. It becomes not something they have to do, but something they want to, because he's painted a technical picture that they want to be a part of. And none of this tech/team stuff would work without the constant balancing of all the needs of an entrepeneur: talent acquisition, great products, quick iteration, learning, changing... Soren not only demonstrates these in startups, but I enjoyed seeing him bring similar approaches to larger companies he's been with at times. You can't make an elephant dance on a pin, but Soren's made some pretty big and hairy processes better, and that mix of insight into a problem and it's solution, and the ability to execute, make Soren a potent force.
Michael Wexler
We worked together at Yahoo  •  Director, Digital Insights and Marketing Effectiveness, Citibank. Previously VP of Web Analytics and BI, Barnes & Noble.
Soren has the great talent to quickly isolate the drivers and root causes of problems, both in the tech he builds, but also in his approach ... to recognizing the core business issues underlying a need. His approaches balance the need for MVPs with a recognition that hits can scale, so his creations are balanced: he executes and gets them out the door, but they are built with an eye towards rapid scaling during the early growth phase to reduce the need for rebuilds later. That balance is difficult to achieve in many cases, but Soren rides that edge with ease. In my work with Soren and the teams he's built, I've seen him paint a picture of why the tech they are building is important, and rally them around his balance of speed with quality. And it's that drive to get it done, and done well enough to stand up to some rigor, that I appreciated in watching him pivot tools around whichever feature is most viable. Finally, he is no stranger to life in all the phases of a startup, from basements and garages to live in a big-co after acquisition. Through it all, he's kept his same analytic and driven approach, keeping teams focused, priortized, and aligned around delivering well architected and useful solutions.
Avi Tuschman
We worked together  •  Cofounder and CEO, AMS Psychographics, Inc.; Author of Our Political Nature (Prometheus / Random House); Stanford BA and PhD
Soren has deep expertise and a wealth of experience in ad tech, big-data storage and high-performance analytics, management, and entrepreneu ... rship. He is decisive and action-oriented.

John Merrells
They're my friends  •  Consultant, Advisor, Mentor
John has a very good balance between understanding the need for good architecture and understanding how that fits into the overall business ... goal for both short and long term value. Have a long experience of hands on with both technology and business building.

Keith Dixon

Keith will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Walter Andrag

Walter will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Jeff Gill

Jeff will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Allan Lees

Allan will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Jason Goecke

Jason will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Jeff Cooper

Jeff will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Mike Deerkoski

Mike will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Shai Deljo

Shai will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Chris Westin

Chris will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Jason Goecke
We worked together  •  Member, Industry Advisory Board, Ericsson and Founder & Board Member, Adhearsion Foundation.
Jason has great domain expertise and have used that as a solid strength in all the engagements I have known him take on -- his is typically ... able to see the business opportunities in new technology before any of his peers.

Praveen Kumar
We worked together  •  Entrepreneur, SW architect/engineer. Mobile, social media, Internet, consumer electronics, and hardware industries. CMU grad.
Praveen is a deep hands on technologist and developer, who is never afraid of hard work to make success.

Keith Dixon
Entrepreneur in Residence, University of Surrey and Entrepreneur in Residence, University of Surrey.
Keith has a wealth of experience, and is both one of the best operators and mentors. He has a keen insight in both technology as well as b ... usiness matters and will always ask the right questions to steer the decision needed in the right direction.

Jay Zaveri
Co-founder, Chief Product Officer, CloudOn and Advisor | Investor | Mentor, Early stage tech companies.
Jay is an amazingly focused an knowledgeable individual. He is able to grasp any new business and is able to ask the right questions in a ... taught provoking way. At the same time he has the operational experience which makes him a great all round player.

Avi Tuschman
Cofounder and CEO, AMS Psychographics, Inc.; Author of Our Political Nature (Prometheus / Random House); Stanford BA and PhD
Avi has a mission and he has connections.