Board Member, Icarus Deputy Project Leader, Icarus M15 Lead and Core Designer
Robert Freeland was a member of the seventh graduating class from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, where his instructors sparked a lifelong fascination with astrophysics and relativity. He then completed his Bachelors degree in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was both a James M. Johnson and National Merit Scholar. Robert promptly entered the field of computers, first as a network engineer at the investment banking firm of Alex Brown & Sons, then as a project lead for client-server application development at the pharmacy benefit management firm of Express Scripts. In 1995, Robert co-founded Interactive Financial Services, which was subsequently acquired by Intuit. As CTO and Vice President of Strategic Planning at Intuit Insurance Services, Freeland designed and managed the development of the Web’s first interactive insurance marketplace, and structured relationships with technology and business partners to facilitate the company’s rapid expansion. After leaving Intuit, Robert co-founded Podtrac, the first (and now leading) company to offer advertising opportunities to publishers in the fledgling podcasting space. Robert currently resides in Tampa, Florida and serves as Podtrac’s CTO.