Ryan Norris - Fractional CTO

I am a generalist who solves problems for growing companies. I am also a husband, and father to two girls who my wife and I homeschool outside of Boston. My work makes me a Fractional CTO - working with companies to understand how technology can address their business needs, whether it be through software development for automation of cost-intensive operations or integrating best-in-class solutions to help deliver efficiencies in growth and product development. I've spent my career focused on finding ways to make teams more effective at building and integrating software and technology. Sometimes this involves evaluating process and approach, and other times it requires meticulous understanding of individual contributors and leadership to help them realize their full potential.


I am a dad, technology guy, and generalist who builds companies, coaches leaders, and fixes problems. I get excited about working together with other smart people who want to make a difference for people, particularly in areas where technology has been traditionally slow like healthcare and education. I work in the Boston-area for companies in many places, helping them with things like coaching young and talented CEOs and CTOs, directing project teams for organizations scaling their software development capabilities, and knocking out projects that are enterprise-critical but resource or talent constrained. I blog largely about my experience building technology and technology teams, particularly in software service delivery and product development. I also write about self-growth, career development, alternative education, and topics of note in business - particularly in the digital space.

You can always find me on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

Background

I am a Fractional CTO currently doing work with Osmosis: Knowledge Diffusion, Modea, and Pod. Previously I was the full time CTO of Consumer Business at Vitals, CTO at Be the Partner, and Chief Product Officer and Technology Practice Lead at Medullan. I've done projects for companies like WebMD, Partners Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Janssen, Pfizer, Genentech, and others. I've probably built software teams more than I've built software - at Medullan I was employee #6 and lead the development of our software engineering practice to over 70 engineers globally. I'm adaptable to solve a variety of problems. At Vitals I lead the rebuild of their UX and SEO to grow their organic traffic nearly 10x before the sale to WebMD. I'm a proficient technologist and can be hands on as needed, able to handle everything from frontend apps using Angular and React to PHP and NodeJS-based web applications to DevOps using Terraform, Kubernetes, and Docker, to CMS work with CraftCMS.

We have the luxury of being able to homeschool our two daughters. We are members of the Macomber Center for Self-Directed Learning. I lecture occasionally on topics of technology and digital at places like Bentley University (my alma mater) and George Mason. In the past I've made the time to brew beer, teach myself guitar, paint, draw, and write. We have labored over our gardens and dealt with the perils and pride of home ownership. We travel when we can, all part of the experience of homeschooling.

I've worked with some incredible people, and through those relationships I continue to work on the things I like to work on.

Fractional CTO Services

I enjoy working with companies looking for the value-add of a part-time technology leader who can take on projects and products, coach teams and leaders, and help build stronger more effective businesses. I work with companies like Pod to help organizations modernize their IT and deliver solutions that create sustainable value. If you are interested in learning more about my philosophy on technology, feel free to drop me a line at ryan at ryannorris.com.