Kevin Carlson

Partner - Product & Technology; Fractional CTO / Fractional CISO

Kevin is a veteran technology executive with a unique combination technology expertise and business acumen. A four-time CTO of both services and product companies, he has worked with numerous organizations across various industries in technology leadership and executive-level roles in North America and Europe. He is also a technology thought-leader, with in-depth working knowledge of current technologies such as mobile application development, AI, predictive analytics, privacy, security, and technical architecture.

Serving as fractional CTO for a number of companies, he is an expert at helping clients leverage technology effectively and manage the change inherent in the technology world. Seeing companies transform through the thoughtful application of technology solutions has been a career-long goal. Throughout his career, Kevin never lost the desire to code and prototype solutions . He believes that in order to gain a full understanding of how things work, it’s necessary to get into the details and determine how they apply to solving a business problem. Equally as rewarding as helping business strategize and plan on technology solutions, he still likes get in the trenches with software engineers and work through making a system more performant or find an elusive bug.

A founder of multiple startups, he stays active in the startup community by mentoring founders and providing technology leadership. He is currently a mentor for The Farm, Comcast’s Accelerator located in Atlanta, GA.

Among Kevin’s career highlights he is serving or has served as:

Board of Advisors, ChartSpan Medical Technologies – As an advisor to Chartspan whose flagship product is a first of it’s kind, fully automated personal healthcare record management system that operates on a mobile platform. Chartspan allows an individual to take ownership of their personal health information, manage the information for an individual or entire family and control which healthcare providers receive the information.

Vice President of Development, DataFinch Technologies – Led and managed development teams for three products, mentoring and fostering collaboration between team members in development, user experience, quality assurance, project management, and technical writing. Responsible for helping set technology strategy, working with product management to prioritize effort, and ensuring the timely delivery of quality software.

CTO/CSO, Optaros – Set technology direction and strategy for world-class digital agency focused on eCommerce for B2C and B2B. Responsible for global technical resource pool and for working with partners and clients to set eCommerce technology strategy.

CTO, Verteris – Chief Technology Officer for firm that provides software and information services to legal andfinancial services organizations.

CTO, Delivery Services, Viant – Responsible for technical strategy and direction for Viant in all areas of the company. Key responsibilities include business development, enterprise marketing, recruiting, service model development, and other broad ranging managerial duties within the technology community. Responsible for the management of over 500 technology staff members in 8 offices worldwide.

Founder & Managing Partner, Advanced Systems Group – Founded and managed a technology focused consulting firm that provided focused services to companies developing software either for internal use or the retail market. Flagship clients include: IBM, Peachtree Software, Equifax.

In addition, Kevin is a published writer, songwriter, blogger and speaker. When he isn’t busy helping his clients, he is active in the music industry and voting member of NARAS. Several of his original songs have been licensed for TV shows and he actively writes and records new music.

Kevin received his Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia State University; and completed executive education studies in Leadership in Professional Services Firms from the Harvard Business School.

Read more of Kevin’s insight at his blog: FractionalCTO and on Twitter @thatcarlson.

 

The Latest from Kevin Carlson
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