Elite Software-as-a-Service CTO Bjorn Freeman-Benson Joins Fortium Partners


Dallas, TX -- May 26, 2016 – FORTIUM PARTNERS, the world’s fastest-growing provider of technology turnaround and leadership services, today announced that Bjorn Freeman-Benson, PhD, a software psychologist with a history of building dynamic, self-sufficient engineering organizations in rapidly growing product development environments, has joined the Software industry practice of Fortium Partners in the Pacific Northwest. Freeman-Benson brings more than 25 years of technology leadership experience from a variety of growing businesses in multiple industries.

In addition to Fortium, Freeman-Benson serves as the CTO for InVisionApp Inc., the world’s leading SaaS platform for collaborative digital product design, which is growing more than 100 percent year over year as he leads a remote team of engineers. Before InVisionApp, he was the senior vice president of engineering at New Relic, an application performance monitoring company, where he built the team from three people to almost 300 people within a five-year period, and helped lead the business through an IPO. Freeman-Benson has held a number technology leadership and engineering roles at companies like Amazon, Object Technology International (OTI), the Eclipse Foundation, Rational Software and other small startups. He has also consulted for large companies, including Samsung and Microsoft.

“The concept of software psychology that Bjorn has adopted goes to the very core of the Fortium Partners value: human interaction with technology, and how to manage it in a way that produces quantifiable results. Bjorn has created a system that allows course correction and effective team building in hyper growth environments, which is an area where many businesses need the most help,” said Tim McCracken, Fortium Chairman and CEO. “CTOs like Bjorn are scarce; he combines tremendous intellect with his joy for hands-on programming in a manner that makes people want to work with him. We’re eager to bring his expertise to clients who need guidance managing growth.”
“Bjorn is one of the most sought-after minds in SaaS and I’m thrilled to welcome him to Fortium’s Software practice,” said Burke Autrey, Fortium’s President and Software practice leader.  “Bjorn’s accomplishments at New Relic alone have earned him a place among the SaaS elite.  His presence at Fortium, and the additional CTOs it will attract, is good news for software CEOs and their investors."
“We live in a time where a programmer or two can build a million dollar app in a single weekend because the cost of to enter a business is lower than it has ever been,” said Freeman-Benson. “Raising millions in capital is no longer needed to magnify ideas, but no matter how fast products go to market, the technology still has to support a profitable business. Fortium Partners is familiar with the rigorous best practices that go into scaling a business rapidly while keeping it on course because our IT executives have been in these situations dozens of times. I’m elated to be on a team that can truly help businesses manage growth and get prepared for the long-term.”

Freeman-Benson holds a Bachelor of Computer Science, a Master’s of Computer Science and a Ph.D. of Computer Science from the University of Washington.

About Fortium’s Software Practice

Fortium’s Software practice is comprised of some of the most experienced and successful Software-as-a-Service CTOs in the industry.  For more information on our Software practice, please visit http://www.fortiumpartners.com/software

About Fortium Partners

FORTIUM PARTNERS is an technology turnaround and technology services firm providing world-class technology leadership to clients focused on finding solutions to complex technology issues or difficult-to–solve operational challenges. FORTIUM serves public and private companies across a variety of industries, placing expert project teams and operational leadership resources in technology-related roles. FORTIUM resources have 25 or more years of technology experience, most recently in a senior leadership role.

Headquartered in Dallas, TX, FORTIUM PARTNERS also operates offices in Atlanta; Los Angeles; Orange County; San Francisco; Phoenix; Las Vegas; New York; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Chicago; Detroit; and London, U.K.

For more information, contact:

Burke Autrey / 972-827-8137 / burke.autrey@fortiumpartners.com / www.fortiumpartners.com

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