3 CTOs at Chicagoland tech companies you should know

by Sam Dewey
October 29, 2015

If you want to run a successful company in today's world, that means you have to have an absolutely stellar tech team. The savvy and skill of a startup's tech team can often mean the difference between success and failure, so you need to ensure you've got the best techie you can find to manage your team and lead your company to success. Built In Chicago caught up with three leading CTOs at Chicagoland companies to hear more about the tech that's powering their business and what they see for the future of tech.

Mark Castrovinci, Legacy.com 

Mark Castrovinci knows technology.

Over the past 15 years, he’s held leadership positions at technology companies all over the world, helping build cutting-edge platforms and nurture successful teams. 

Today, he’s commander-in-chief for all of Legacy's tech development and innovation. The CTO helms Legacy’s online platform for memorials and obituaries. The Evanston-based company plays host to 30 million-plus visitors a month, making it one of the largest media companies in the world. We caught up with up him to get his thoughts on how technology is fueling Legacy’s success. 

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Nimesh Patel, Emmi

The team at Emmi is committed to fixing one of the nation’s most problematic of industries: healthcare. With Emmi’s suite of healthcare solutions, patients have a robust and user-friendly platform upon which they can become more involved in their treatment and care plan. Healthcare providers can track patient engagement and compliance, leading to a more successful treatment plan that ultimately improves clinical and financial results.

Leading that team of innovators is Emmi’s Chief Technology Officer Nimesh Patel, a graduate of the Chicago Booth School of Business who’s been working with Emmi for about two and a half years. We caught up with Patel to learn more about the technology he’s developing that makes Emmi one of Chicago’s most promising healthtech companies. 

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Linwood Ma, dough, Inc.

dough, Inc. is made up of tastytrade, a fast-growing financial network that produces eight hours of live, original, and financially educational programming each day of the work week, and dough, a trading platform that was built to make investing more engaging and interactive. 

As Chief Technology Officer, dough Inc.’s Linwood Ma is at the intersection of all the company’s tech and product decisions. His leadership has steered dough, Inc. to the success it sees today.

Despite the mammoth technological responsibilities he champions at work, Ma still says the largest technical hurdle he’s ever overcome has been teaching his parents how to use Microsoft Windows.

“You suffer through it,” he said. “Soul crushing, but they’re your parents, right?”

We caught up with Ma to learn more about what’s powering dough’s technology.

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