Oyster Tracker recently hit two big milestones--we raised money and hired our first Chief Technical Officer full time. Having clients in 10 different states and 3 countries has taught us a lot. We now know a lot more about what the industry needs, what we should build and how we should support you. With talent and money, we can bring our solution to the next level.
Our CTO is Andy Kearney. Andy has been working nights and weekends to build our current product. He is a talented engineer who most recently led a large engineering team at VRBO (a division on Expedia). We have worked together in the past and I know we are incredibly lucky to have such a talented leader. Andy works closely with Cat Ganim and Drew Condon our leaders of user experience and product. Together they make a really capable team that will continue to make our product easier to use and more valuable.
The investors in our company are what is known in this world as "smart" money. They see a big opportunity to help you all be more successful, but they know we need more than just money. We need support. Our investors range from institutions like Maine Venture Fund and Branch Ventures, to individuals who have a passion for aquaculture. Two of the investors are active oyster farmers. One is a former marine biologist another runs the largest organic food distributor in the Northeast. Two are active CEOs of mid-size companies. Many have deep experience globally and in other aquaculture ventures. In other words, it is a great range of folks who will give us superb support.
Bottom line: This will be great for our clients. We will continue to improve the product, add new solutions and provide the support they deserve.
Thank you for all you have done so far. We are eager to continue working with you.
Chip, Andy, Cat, and Drew