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I've posted quite a few things on the topics associated with being a Startup CTO. Lessons Learned: What does a startup CTO actually do?

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I've posted quite a few things on the topics associated with being a Startup CTO. Lessons Learned: What does a startup CTO actually do?

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Wilson: What’s The Difference Between A CTO And A VP Engineering?

Ask The VC

Today’s VC Post of the Day is from Fred Wilson (Union Square Ventures) titled  VP Engineering Vs CTO. It’s worth noting that people who write about the difference between CTO’s and VP Engineering’s don’t seem to be very creative in the Title category.

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CTO Salary and Equity Trends 2009-2011

SoCal CTO

Or they are looking at Hiring a CTO and want to see what salary and equity ranges look like. CTO salaries are escalating quickly.

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Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions

SoCal CTO

I talk to roughly 2 or 3 new startups every week who need advice from an experienced CTO. Of course, I provide part-time CTO services. In talking with a colleague who also does Acting CTO work, he said that he also does this kind of free consulting sessions and offered to help me if I didn't have enough time - which sometimes happens.

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Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering?

Both Sides of the Table

This time I thought I’d try and address engineering talent. The best CTO’s / Chief Architects are purists. But barely.

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Lead Developer to CTO at a Startup

SoCal CTO

I received a great question via LinkedIn: I'm the founding engineer and working hard to launch my startup. seem to encounter a lot of people who want to attach a CTO label to me as I'm the only programmer on the founding team of three. I've previously addressed the role of a CTO in early-stages in my post Startup CTO or Developer.

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Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions

SoCal CTO

I talk to roughly 2 or 3 new startups every week who need advice from an experienced CTO. Of course, I provide part-time CTO services. In talking with a colleague who also does Acting CTO work, he said that he also does this kind of free consulting sessions and offered to help me if I didn't have enough time - which sometimes happens.

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Want to Know Difference Between a CTO and a VP of Engineering?

www.bothsidesofthetable.com

Want to Know Difference Between a CTO and a VP of Engineering? This time I thought I’d try and address engineering talent.

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The Rise of the Interim CTO

Launch Any

Have you ever heard of an Interim CTO? While many have heard of interim executives for the CEO or CMO role, the Interim CTO role is quickly becoming a popular option for early stage and growing startups. What Are the Responsibilities of an Interim CTO? What are the qualifications for the Interim CTO of a Startup?

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How To Fix Obamacare

Feld Thoughts

Many years ago I read Fredrick Brooks iconic book on software engineering – The Mythical Man-Month. One of his key messages is that adding additional software engineers to an already late project will just delay things more. But put one person – a CTO – in charge. The punch line – a tech surge.

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The one cost engineers and product managers don't consider

Redeye VC

Click through to the First Round Capital Review to read more

A Startup CTO’s Take on Early Technology Choices & Tradeoffs

View from Seed

NVV:  Startups are all about tradeoffs, and engineering is a great example. Making good tradeoffs is a core skill of a senior engineer.

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Why Yammer believes the traditional engineering organizational structure is dead

Redeye VC

Kris Gale, VP of Engineering at Yammer, argues the key to building fast at scale lies in small teams.

HOW TO: Hire the Perfect CTO

mashable.com

Leadership Abilities Are A Must It’s natural to want a tech savvy and competent CTO. ); // Welcome to Mashable! Have an account?

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Equity-Only CTO and Equity-Only Developers

SoCal CTO

I had a recent email dialog with the founder of a company looking for a CTO for their startup. Did they really need a Startup CTO or Developer or both? And do I fit as a Part-Time CTO , Technology Advisor , CTO Founder , Acting CTO ? He needed some kind of CTO and as well Developers. Go to user groups.

Lessons Learned: What does a startup CTO actually do?

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Tuesday, September 30, 2008 What does a startup CTO actually do? Just what is the CTO supposed to do? for H.

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Facebook VP of Engineering on Solving Hard Things Early

Redeye VC

talked about this, among other engineering challenges, at First Round Capital''s last CTO Summit. January 2002. Little did we know it was never going to get easier to fix the truly hard problems companies face. Click through to the First Round Capital Review to read more

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Startups: Stop Trying To Hire Ninja-Rockstar Engineers

OnStartups

He was formerly the co-founder and CTO at Designer Pages. Great companies need great engineers who want to solve complex problems.

Make Engineering Interns Truly Effective with This Startup's Program

Redeye VC

That’s why CTO Fred Sadaghiani has focused tremendous effort on building a program that “activates” engineering interns to become full contributing members of the staff. At just three years old, Sift Science has accomplished a surprising amount. Click through to the First Round Capital Review to read more

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How Stripe built one of Silicon Valley’s best engineering teams

Redeye VC

Stripe, the payments company that makes it simple to accept payments on the web has quietly been amassing one of the strongest engineering teams in Silicon Valley. In this First Round Capital CTO Summit talk, Greg Brockman, Founding Engineer at Stripe, pries open the black box and shares how Stripe recruits.

The inside story of how 382 recruiters pursued an imaginary engineer

Redeye VC

In 2010, Meebo found itself in a pivotal position: for the first time, the company promised its investors it would generate significant revenue.

This Product Prioritization System Nabbed Pandora 70 Million Monthly Users with Just 40 Engineers

Redeye VC

When it went public in 2011, over a decade after the company’s founding, Pandora employed fewer than 40 engineers. Compared to Twitter and Facebook, with their armies of engineers, Pandora is one of those rare Hail Mary success stories that keeps entrepreneurs and investors betting on long-shots.

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Los Angeles CTO / VP Engineering Job Searches

SoCal CTO

What I’ve not written as much about is what to do if you are a CTO looking for your next opportunity – especially in Los Angeles.

Why firing brilliant a s is required to build a great engineering culture

Redeye VC

In this First Round CTO Summit Talk, Joe shares how to build a great engineering culture. He explains how to recruit rockstars (no, really), why managing engineers is like herding cats, whom to fire, why to avoid technical zealots and why peer code reviews matter. Click through to the First Round Capital Review to read more

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Sustainable engineering – avoid big re-writes

The Equity Kicker

Last week friend of Forward Partners  Douglas Squirrel published a post about Sustainable engineering  on The Path Forward  in which he advises founders on how to scale their engineering effort. Our plan is that more and more authors like Squirrel will become Pathfinders and contribute to The Path Forward. Forward Partners

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Building your C Level Team

StartupCFO

CEO, CTO, etc. The CTO you need at the start will likely not be the same person you need when you’re 100+ people. They were great!

What to expect before accepting the offer to become Engineer #1 at a startup

The Next Web

“It kinda sucks to be engineer #1.”. They were referring to non-founder engineers, most commonly the first hire for technology businesses.

What does a CTO do?

www.lanceglasser.com

Model for Return on Engineering Expenses. Model for Return on Engineering Expenses. What does a CTO do? What does a CTO do?

Dharmesh Shah, CTO of HubSpot at Business of Software 2011. Building Big Ass Software Businesses.

Business of Software Blog

Dharmesh Shah is the founder and CTO of HubSpot , a venture-backed software company offering a hosted software service for inbound marketing. “The closest recipe for failure is taking a business guy that trivializes the value of product creation and engineering and design and those kind of things.” He has a B.S. Simple!

Lead Engineer as Product Owner

SVPG

This is when you have a strong engineering lead or engineering manager (or even a startup CTO) that has the raw talent to also serve as a very strong product owner. It's usually not very hard to spot engineers with the potential to serve this combined role. This article spells out the key differences.

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Hiring Female Engineers

Redeye VC

Really compelling stuff -- on a very important topic.

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Student Engineers: Apply to work at 170+ startups with one Common Application

Redeye VC

With this one application , engineering students can apply for summer internships or full-time jobs at over 170 amazing startup companies. 

Lessons Learned: Customer Development Engineering

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Sunday, September 7, 2008 Customer Development Engineering Yesterday, I had the opportunity to guest lecture again in Steve Blank s entrepreneurship class at the Berkeley-Columbia executive MBA program. Its a nice complement on the product engineering side to his customer development methodology. for H.

How I Found a Great CTO

www.huffingtonpost.com

However, we needed a head of engineering to recruit and lead a larger team to accomplish our larger goals. HuffPosts QuickRead. Loading.

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Uber's App Technology Is Struggling to Keep Up With Demand

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The ride-sharing company's CTO and growing engineering team is working to handle the ever-growing traffic

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Passing the engineering torch

Code as Craft

Kellan Elliott-McCrea is now Etsy’s CTO. As a CTO-turned-CEO, I fully appreciate the value of their ongoing counsel as my duties expand.

Startup CTO Top 30 Posts for April

SoCal CTO

Some great posts from April 2010 that talk to me in terms of being a CTO at a Startup. Redeye VC , April 13, 2010 Startup Development - SoCal CTO , April 23, 2010 Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering? Never. Let me know

Kevin Federline Search Engine

SoCal CTO

skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Tuesday, March 20, 2007 Kevin Federline Search Engine Just saw a post - Sleep with a pop star, get your own branded search engine. He has twenty years’ experience as a CTO. He has been the CTO for several start-ups, most notably eHarmony. and Ph.D. in Computer Science.

The Alien Entrepreneur: Startups Struggle to find Technical Talent.

Alien Entrepreneur

CTO at ProspectStream , ScopiaRx , and SaaS Capital. The 8 things I would do as CTO of Microsoft. Do you need a CIO or CTO or both?

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