Chris Scollo

Strategy   •   Technology   •   Leadership London

Consulting services

  • Interim CTO
  • Part-time CTO
  • Turn-around CTO
  • Technical Advisor
  • Portfolio support
  • Technical Director
  • Interim Head of Ecommerce
  • Product and market strategy
  • Buy v. build analysis
  • Web performance and scalability
  • Team recruitment and management
  • Technical auditing and due diligence
  • Outsourcing and offshoring
  • Software quality and maintainability


CTO of
MVP Global
Oxbow Partners
Munich Re
   Digital Partners
and others


Investor in:


My name is Chris. I'm a CTO with substantial experience across multiple industries. My first CTO role was in Munich at Ciao. I led the technical and content departments through our incredible transformation from a simple product review site into Europe's leading price comparison engine and shopping portal. I made my exit when Greenfield Online acquired Ciao for $154m in 2005. In 2008 Microsoft acquired Ciao for $486m to make it the shopping arm of the Bing search engine.

After moving to London in 2005, I was co-founder and CTO of social-shopping startup Crowdstorm. I now provide CTO services as a consultant, NED, or board advisor.

I'm a board member at DocComs, Brightlobe, and Swishd. I've served as part-time CTO, interim CTO, or tech advisor to over a dozen companies, including Mangahigh, Soliland, Autodata, Smartpipe, The Smalls, Monica Vinader, Oxbow Partners, Munich Re Digital Partners, OrderYOYO, Takumi, and Sparkademy. I often perform tech due diligence for investment and M&A and provide portfolio-support tech advisory for PE-backed firms.

As an angel investor, I have the opportunity to fund and work with exciting digital startups in London, including Yocuda, Trouva, DocComs, Green Man Gaming, and Brightlobe.

I'm an Impact Partner with Fresco Capital. I'm also a startup mentor, including previous mentoring roles with BBC Worldwide Labs and the Vatican's Laudato Si' Challenge. I also had the good fortune to be the lead author of the world's best-selling book on the PHP programming language, just as that language was emerging to become the dominant programming language of the web.

Drop me a line at to find out what I can do for your business.


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