Joseph Emison

Six-time technical co-founder, including a fintech unicorn (Branch)

I've built six companies from scratch--bootstrapped, VC-backed, and PE-backed. I've exited four of the companies, been the CIO and CTO of multiple PE-backed companies, have two patents, and have recently written a book published by Pearson (Serverless as a Game Changer). I have handled all aspects of running technology at SaaS and data companies, including enterprise architecture, software development, data engineering, reporting, information security, infrastructure, internal IT, and anything e…

Joseph Emison

Work

  • Branch

    Branch is a full-stack insurance company that uses data, technology, and automation to make bundling home and auto insurance easier and less expensive.

Experience

  • Branch

    Branch

    Co-Founder and CTO

    Apr 2018 - Present

    Branch is a full-stack insurance company that uses data, technology, and automation to make bundling home and auto insurance easier and less expensive.

    • Initial developer and architect of back-end architecture
    • Scaled the company to over $200M in annual premium and more than 400 employees
    • Raised over $230M in venture capital
  • FuelSQC

    FuelSQC

    Consulting CTO

    Oct 2015 - Present

    I have been the part-time/consulting CTO for FuelSQC, an online statistical package built specifically for the fuel and bio-fuel community, providing comprehensive quality control analytics, and control charting. We bootstrapped FuelSQC from scratch to more than $1MM in ARR over several years.

    • Built the original application in Angular 1.4 on Firebase Realtime Database
    • Redesigned and led the rebuilding of the application in React on Firestore
    • Have cost-optimized to keep run costs under $5K/year
  • Spaceful

    Co-Founder and CTO

    Oct 2015 - Jun 2017

    Founded a commercial real estate SaaS product out of an incubator in Redwood City (Mach49).

    • Built and launched initial product in 3 months
    • Acquired into a larger company, where I became CIO
  • BuildFax

    BuildFax

    Co-Founder and CTO

    Jul 2008 - Oct 2015

    I founded BuildFax to collect all the building permit data in the US. Building permit data is stored in many different formats and structures, and so I designed a pipeline that could be operated by non-technical staff that ingested the data in arbitrary formats and standardized it for analysis and sale. We had a YC-backed competitor that we beat in every head-to-head because of our data quality, and we operated with much lower overhead.

    • Designed underlying software and cloud architecture
    • Original developer for software, reporting, and analysis
    • Awarded two patents around using building permit data for roof condition
    • Built team to more than 50 employees
  • EphPod

    Founder

    Oct 2001 - Jun 2008

    I built the first software to make the iPod work with Windows. I was first to market, despite being a solo developer against several companies with teams of developers working to build their own products. I released it for free, and monetized the traffic and partnerships through ads. In 2008, I sold the product and domain to Wind Solutions.

    • Built EphPod in Borland Delphi
    • Translated it in eight different languages
    • Featured in Wired, New York Times, Wall St Journal, and others
    • Sold to Wind Solutions
  • BluePrince

    BluePrince

    Co-founder and CTO

    Jun 1998 - Sep 2004

    We founded BluePrince to put municipal building departments online. The first jurisdictions went live with BluePrince in 2000, and it's still in use across many states.

    • Designed and built the original Windows application (C++)
    • Designed and built the first web application that allows applying for and paying for building permits online
    • Built the team to more than 50 employees

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