Today we are talking to Benny Wong, the CTO at Spin. And we discuss how Spin has utilized Toptal to hire engineers during periods of massive growth. The advanced custom scooter Spin has been developing, and their plans to transition from a scooter sharing company to an end-to-end mobility company.
All of this, right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast!
To learn more about Spin, check them out at https://www.spin.app
To learn more about Toptal, check them out at https://www.toptal.com
About Benny Wong:
Benny Wong is the CTO at Spin since he joined in 2017. He’s had a dynamic career, previously working at startups of all sizes and Fortune 500 companies in various capacities. Before joining Spin, he was the Head of Mobile at Envoy, where he conceptualized and engineered their Deliveries product. He’s also held multiple positions at Fitbit, where he joined as a Principal Engineer in 2014. He earned both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Purdue University’s Computer Engineering program.
Benny is wholeheartedly invested in the tech space and enjoys staying connected to state-of-the-art technologies and supporting innovation and innovators in the field. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and daughter.
Spin provides dockless electric scooters in more than 60 markets in the US, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Charlotte, and Miami. Our regulatory team led the creation of the nation’s first stationless mobility permit system with the Seattle Department of Transportation.
Spin gives people in cities and on campuses the Freedom to Move by offering accessible, safe, and affordable forms of personal mobility. Our fleet of scooters, each equipped with GPS, can be unlocked by scanning a QR code with our app. At the end of a ride, users can responsibly and seamlessly park their vehicle right at their destination.
We work with city and campus officials to offer services with no public financing—by covering the cost of vehicles and maintenance and employing people from the local community for operations.
Founded in San Francisco in 2016, Spin was acquired by Ford Motor Company in November 2018. Our core team is comprised of engineers, designers, operators, lawyers, and public policy makers with experience from Y Combinator, Uber, Lyft, and other technology companies.