Venture Partner at CrossCut Ventures
Coined a "serial entrepreneur" by Entrepreneur Magazine in February 2000, Clarence has launched and operated numerous tech startups since founding his first, Envision Designs, while initially studying architecture as an undergraduate student in college. Also during undergrad, Clarence co-founded Metamorphosis Studios, an interactive multimedia development firm, where he served as CEO and Creative Director until early 1998 when the company was acquired by MediSolv, Inc. Immediately following the acquisition, at the height of the dot-com boom, Clarence co-founded and served as CEO of ImageCafe.com. Touted as the Internet's first online superstore of customizable websites-to-go, ImageCafe was acquired for $23 million by Network Solutions/Verisign in November 1999, just seven months after it launched.
Clarence is currently founder and CEO of Progressly Inc., a Silicon Valley-based startup currently in development. In addition to Progressly, Clarence is founder and serves as Executive Chairman of Groupsite.com, a leader in social collaboration with over 50,000 companies and organizations as customers. Just prior to founding Groupsite.com (formerly CollectiveX) in 2006, Clarence co-founded and served as General Partner at Venturepreneur Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm.
In his spare time, Clarence also enjoys advising the management teams of various other early-stage tech startups. In each of his entrepreneurial endeavors, Clarence has been focused on product design, specifically user-experience, which serves as the catalyst behind the development of Progress.ly, Groupsite.com and the other ventures in which he’s involved.
Clarence has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Forbes ASAP, and Entrepreneur Magazine and has been a guest on CNN and other media outlets. His entrepreneurial experiences are the subject of a Babson College case study.
Clarence has a B.S. in Business Management from the John Hopkins University and currently serves on the Dean’s Alumni Advisory Board for its Carey Business School. Additionally, Clarence serves on the board of trustees of Philadelphia University and several other non-profit organizations. Clarence is an avid supporter of the community and was awarded an Honorary Alumni by the University of Maryland in 2006 and was recognized as a distinguished alumnus of Johns Hopkins University in 2010.