4 Austin CTOs you should know

by Tessa McLean
September 3, 2015

Anybody looking to start a company today knows the importance of a killer tech team. The people behind your startup's technology will likely make or break the product, so including a strong leader with a vision can take your business to the next level, faster. At Built In Austin, we want to foster the growth of local digital companies by helping entrepreneurs connect and learn from each other. These 4 Austin CTOs have helped mold their companies into what they are today, and we hope you can learn a bit from what powers their technology and what they see for the future.


Christian Carollo, Dropoff

Austin-based Dropoff has been sprinting ever since they launched in November 2014. The company has raised over $8 million to date from notable investors like Austin Ventures, Silverton Partners and Mucker Capital and shows no signs of stopping their accelerated growth. Christian Carollo is one of the founder's of Dropoff, and also acts as the CTO. Prior to joining Dropoff he has served in various engineering positions at Gamefly and Movies.com. Built In Austin caught up with Carollo to learn more about what's powering Dropoff technology today.

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Aaron Allsbrook, Clearblade

ClearBlade’s platform keeps connects the old with the new. The Austin-based company assists corporations in integrating their old data and technology with new advancements like mobile apps. CTO Aaron Allsbrook leads the technology team at Clearblade, bringing experience from IBM and a thirst for IoT. Built In Austin caught up with Allsbrook to learn more about what's powering Clearblade's technology today.

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Sean Nathaniel, Upland Software


To say Upland Software is on fire would be an understatement. After going public in November and acquiring several companies along the way, this cloud services company is poised for success in their Austin hometown. In 2011, the company had three employees. Now, it employs over 300 people, with thousands of clients using their cloud-based enterprise software, which businesses use to plan, manage, and execute projects. Sean Nathaniel joined Upland Software this summer, leading their tech team as the CTO. Nathaniel had served as CIO of Enterprise Software Developer Marex Group, Inc previously and has a strong background in cloud services. Built In Austin caught up with him to learn more about what's powering Upland today.

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Tom Hudson, Springbox

Springbox is a digital strategy agency specializing in web design, user experience, Adobe Omniture & Google analytics, social media. CTO Tom Hudson is known as employee number one at Springbox and is so well respected, the team celebrates Tom Hudson Day every May 13th to honor his humor, honesty and dedication to Springbox. Built In Austin caught up with Hudson to learn more about what's powering Springbox's technology today.

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