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Will Koffel

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater Boston Area, US

Advisor, BookBub and Chief Elucidation Officer, ClearlyTech. Massachusetts Institute of Technology grad.

Advisor, BookBub and Chief Elucidation Officer, ClearlyTech. Massachusetts Institute of Technology grad.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Fundraising
  • Product
  • Full Stack Engineering
  • Mobile Engineering
I don't yet have an idea I'm excited about
Part-time now, full-time soon

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Fundraising
  • • Product
  • • Full Stack Engineering
  • • Mobile Engineering

Involved In

Founder

Outlearn - Dev Team Learning Made Easy
F1 The Game
wis.dm
JohnnyCab, Inc.

Advisor

Tasted Menu
MassChallenge
Wonderful World of Startups
Critical Mass @ CIC

Positions

Co-Founder and CTO at Outlearn - The Learning Platform for Developers Outlearn - Dev Team Learning Made Easy March 2015 - present
Boston Leader Venwise March 2014 - present
Chief Elucidation Officer ClearlyTech May 2013 - present
Mentor and Judge MassChallenge March 2011 - present
Advisor Wonderful World of Startups November 2009 - present
CTO Thumb June 2011 - June 2013
Mentor in Residence Critical Mass @ CIC July 2011 - July 2012
CTO and VP of Operations Sermo (see new page) September 2008 - January 2011
Founder F1 The Game March 2007 - January 2011
CTO and Co-founder wis.dm June 2006 - October 2008
Director of Server Development Miva January 2003 - June 2006
Co-Founder JohnnyCab, Inc. March 2003 - December 2005
Senior Software Engineer Akamai Technologies May 1998 - December 2002

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science, Music Composition September 1996 - June 2000
St. Mark's School September 1993 - June 1996
Fay School September 1990 - June 1993

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Business Development
  • • Marketing
  • • UI/Design
  • • Industrial Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Games
  • • Mobile
  • • Music
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Smart Home
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • SaaS Development Tools

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Saas • Product management • Ruby on Rails • Entrepreneurship • Startups

Key Accomplishments

I've been a serial entrepreneur for 15 years. I've been in the first 10 employees at companies that went IPO, that sold for good exits, that sold for mediocre exits, that had small busts, and big busts! I still code every day, but am equally comfortable in 5-hour meetings, hashing out product, or slogging through the fundraising process. I'm particularly passionate about operations, how to run a product, technology, and company efficiently. I love bridging the gap between technical and business stakeholders. I'd love to partner with an exec who needs a great CTO founder. Or be a business co-founder with a highly-technical leader who is ready to monetize interesting technology, development tools, or cloud services.

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Andrew Lau
We worked together
Will brings diverse prospective to the table and is an all around good guy.
Jackson Deane
We worked together at Thumb
Will is the most effective technology leader I have worked with in my career. His thoughtfulness and grasp of both the big picture and fine ... r details of developing software products make him a top choice of mine for any future endeavors.
Rob Go
We worked together
Great experience, great technical ability, has scaled teams and products in many contexts (B2B, Consumer, Mobile, etc)
Joe Medved
They're my investor
Will is the rare breed of a highly skilled lead technologist that can effectively communicate and lead operations on the business side of th ... e house as well.
Aaron White
They're my friends
Will is one of the sharpest technologists I know. The kind of guy that keeps you on the edge of your seat in every conversation
Mina Hsiang
They're my friends
Very sharp, knows technology inside and out but also thoughtful on the business implications, experienced at working with different people i ... n different entrepreneurial contexts, great at communicating.
Hadley Harris
We worked together at Thumb
Will is one of those rare folks in tech who is a brilliant CTO with the soft skills to manage and mentor others.
Nick Marden
We worked together  •  Founder, Rapid River Software. Two decades as lead Engineer at startups ranging in size from 1-1000, and in outcome from implosion to IPO
I've worked with Will in several capacities: as a colleague at Akamai, as a Cofounder of an Uber-ten-years-before-its-time service called Jo ... hnnyCab, and in various informal settings over the years. Will is absolutely brilliant. He focuses on the bigger picture, but has ample chops to dive into any (new or mature) technology to get the job done. I look to him as a thought leader on new technology trends and opportunities, because he truly does see things happening before other mortals like myself.
David
They're my friends
I've know Will for a decade. He's super-smart, communicative, and a brilliant entrepreneur.
Manuj Aggarwal
Chief Technology Officer, bazinga! Technologies and Principal Consultant, Spider Communications Inc..
He is a software and intellectual power house. Will have been involved in and responsible for very widely known startups.

Nick Marden
We worked together at Akamai Technologies, Inc.
I've known Nick in a few capacities, including being a former co-founder with him. He is painfully smart. He is a true software craftsman, ... without letting the craft interfere with a pragmatic approach to using technology as a tool to serve business needs. For numerous companies he has been a "white knight", swooping in to clean up wide-ranging technology and product issues. He's created tens of millions of dollars in enterprise values for those companies, and he's more than ready to jump into doing it again for his own business with a great founding team. Nick is a technology mentor, a natural engineering leader without being an overbearing "manager type", which earns him the respect of his often-younger geek peers. He's one of the unicorns of tech founders, and an ideal candidate for Founder Dating.