Rocket Wagon Venture Studios Announces Laurence Gutcher as CFO

Industry leader in capitalizing and operating software and data companies will bring experience and creativity to IoT innovation and investment company

Chicago, IL – May 6, 2019: Rocket Wagon Venture Studios is pleased to announce Laurence Gutcher has joined as Chief Financial Officer. Gutcher brings two decades of success in contributing to high growth technology companies to the company.

“As we continue to build a world-class leadership team, Laurence brings a fantastic combination of financial, strategic and operational expertise with a deep experience and understanding of start-up companies and entrepreneurial environments.” said Don DeLoach, founder and CEO of Rocket Wagon Venture Studios. “His work will extend to supporting all of the companies within our realm, whether they are establishing captive studios or participating in vertical industry collaborative studios. Laurence is skilled in driving profitability and growth as an entrepreneur and visionary in his own right. Moreover, he brings with him a style consistent with the culture we are creating, reflecting a fierce desire to create successful IoT companies that make a difference.”

“The Rocket Wagon Venture Studios model is poised to accelerate the success of entrepreneurs with breakthrough IoT solutions by supporting the commercialization of their technologies within a growing but often complex ecosystem,” Gutcher said. “The potential for this business, and the businesses supported by the venture studio model, is unlimited. This includes opportunities for large, global enterprises to participate in the fast-moving world of everything from industrial IoT applications including smart factories, to broader trends including smart cities and communities, to consumer IoT solutions including emerging mobility solutions, homes, health and wellness. It’s an honor to join the leadership team of this meaningful and exciting new business.”

Gutcher served as CFO of Infobright, an analytic database developer whose platform was instrumental in powering enterprise IoT systems. The company was sold to Ignite Technologies in 2017.  Most recently, Gutcher was CFO of Upchain, a cloud-based Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution that integrates engineering data up and down the value chain to drive collaboration, innovation, and growth. Previous roles included CFO of PriceMetrix, CFO of Necho Systems, and CFO of Nevex Software Technologies.

He holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University, an BASc (Engineering Science) from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

About Rocket Wagon Venture Studios

Rocket Wagon Venture Studios (RWVS) will be creating Internet of Things companies. The model will be a parent company providing shared services for a number of either vertically aligned IoT studios or studios focused on the interests of a single captive corporate investor wanting a studio as their skunkworks operation for a line of sight into innovation.

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