Clarence Wooten

Serial Entrepreneur, Investor, and Public Speaker in Palo Alto, California

Clarence Wooten

Serial Entrepreneur, Investor, and Public Speaker in Palo Alto, California

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I'm a serial internet entrepreneur who has been creating and building Internet startups since 1998. Back then I was co-founder and CEO of ImageCafe.com, an online superstore of prefabricated websites for small businesses. ImageCafe was acquired for $23 million by Network Solutions/Verisign in November 1999, 7-months after we launched and just before the dot-com bubble popped. Timing is everything.

More recently, I co-founded and served as initial CEO and Chairman of Progressly, an enterprise SaaS platform that makes it easy for enterprises to turn business processes into visual, repeatable, workflows in the cloud. Progressly was acquired by Box (NYSE: BOX) in June 2018.

Additionally, in 2006, I founded Groupsite.com, a self-serve SaaS platform for building private, branded communities of interest. At present, Groupsite.com is profitable and powers more than 50,000 online communities. In 2011 after 5 years as Groupsite's CEO, in order to pursue other opportunities, I transitioned to the role of Executive Chairman where I continue to guide product vision and strategy.

At present, I am founder and CEO of STEAM Role, a mission-driven startup focused on helping the workforce of the future discover whom they can become and how to get there via the STEAMRole mobile app (see: http://steamrole.app). STEAMRole is like Tinder for finding your dream career. The app makes it easy for successful professionals with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, art/design, and math (aka STEAM fields) to showcase who they are and how they got to where they are.

As a serial founder and product architect, my startup and investing activities are primarily focused on funding and leading the early product development, strategy and company-building activities with talented co-founders and teammates. There is nothing like working with a driven team of smart passionate people.

I am a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and was honored as a distinguished alumnus in 2010. In 2006 I was named an honorary alumnus of the University of Maryland. I serve on the board of trustees at Philadelphia University - one of the nation's top design schools.

  • Work
    • SteamRole.com
  • Education
    • B.S. Business from Johns Hopkins University