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 branded online communities. In 2011 after 6 years as Groupsite's CEO, in order to pursue other opportunities, I transitioned to the role of Executive Chairman where I continue to oversee product vision and strategy.

After being an entrepreneur based in Maryland my entire career, in early 2011, I moved to Palo Alto, CA -- the heart of Silicon Valley, with the goal of doing it bigger and better. In pursuit of this goal, I recently founded VentureFund.io where I serve as CEO; and co-founded Progressly where I serve as Chairman.

VentureFund.io is a real-time traction marketplace that makes it easy for founders to build relationships with investors simply by sharing a live-feed of their startup's growth data. Our goal is to reduce selection bias and make access to capital performance driven.

Progressly is a marketplace and platform for sharing and adopting proven processes for your business -- making it easy to replicate success across any organization.

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