OAKLAND, Calif., March 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- TeenSafe, the first and leading independent smartphone monitoring service for parents, today announced that it has appointed technology industry veteran and technical expert, Scott Hotes, as its Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Additionally, the company has announced the opening of a new office in Oakland, Calif., focused on product, technology and software development.
"Scott brings decades of proven software and mobile solutions experience to TeenSafe, and his time at Location Labs will be especially invaluable in our ongoing commitment to digital safety for teens," said TeenSafe CEO Ralph Acosta. "Oakland gives TeenSafe a base in Silicon Valley. With Scott at the helm, we're already attracting top technical talent looking to help families navigate today's quickly-changing digital ecosystem."
In his role at TeenSafe, Hotes will oversee all software development, applying his expertise in network architecture, location tracking and scalable software to current and future TeenSafe products. Hotes will lead an accomplished team, which includes two additional former employees of Location Labs - Mitch Ozer, Head of Product and Dave Charness, Senior Software Engineer. Together, the highly-skilled group will drive TeenSafe's new data and location monitoring features and products that help parents oversee the digital safety of their teens.
"TeenSafe is working on some exciting products that I'm delighted to be a part of," Hotes said. "As a parent of teens, I'm excited to be building solutions that will make a difference in families' lives, including some new developments that should be announced shortly."
Prior to joining TeenSafe, Hotes served as CTO of the quantitative hedge fund, Voleon Capital Management. From 2001 to 2014, Hotes held the position of CTO and SVP of Engineering at Location Labs, a mobile security company focused on secure location-based services for guardians across a variety of networks that sold to AVG in 2014 and was later acquired by Avast Software in 2016. Hotes has also held positions with the US Department of Defense specializing in Internet and data security, data mining and information and traffic modeling. He was also previously responsible for innovations within the SGI Irix operating system at Silicon Graphics.
Hotes has presented at large industry conferences, including the O'Reilly Where Conference on location-aware software solutions, CTIA, Privacy Identity Innovation (PII) and the IEEE PerCom, amongst others. He has also been published in a wide range of disciplines spanning discrete mathematics, elementary particle physics, analytical chemistry and geophysics. He holds a Ph.D. in Particle Physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in Mathematical Physics from Case Western Reserve University.
More than one million parents have turned to TeenSafe to effectively manage how the digital world impacts their children's lives.
Since 2011, TeenSafe has helped millions of parents safeguard their children from online threats. TeenSafe Monitor enables parents to view texts, deleted texts, location, web history and more. TeenSafe will be introducing this spring a new teen-oriented distracted driving app for parents to confirm location, set geographical boundaries, block texts and app use to curb the alarming statistics on teen distracted driving. "Built by parents for parents," TeenSafe is a proud sponsor of the National PTA and is the "ultimate app for preventing cyberbullying," according to NBC. Follow TeenSafe's blog.