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 whose been creating and building Internet startups since 1998. Back then I was co-founder and CEO of ImageCafe.com, an online superstore of pre-fabricated 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 ;-)

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.

After being an entrepreneur based in Maryland my entire career, in early 2011, I moved to Palo Alto, the heart of Silicon Valley, with the goal of doing it bigger and better. In pursuit of this goal, I co-founded Progressly, an enterprise platform for executing business processes and monitoring progress across your organization; and VentureFund.io, a funding marketplace that enables software entrepreneurs to pitch investors simply by sharing a real-time feed of their app's growth data.

As a serial founder and product architect, my investing activities are primarily focused on funding and leading the early product development of ideas that I feel have the potential to become transformative software companies. I then focus my attention on identifying co-founders who exhibit leadership abilities and have a passion for sales and operations that is equal to my passion for product.

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

  • Work
    • VentureFund.io
  • Education
    • B.S. Business from Johns Hopkins University