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Lessons Learned: What does a startup CTO actually do?

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Startup Essential To Do List

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This post is dedicated to a team of promising young entrepreneurs who asked me recently if they could all just “put some money in a bank account” to launch their startup. wanted to say 'yes' because I know how much other work they have to do to build a successful company. Why it's not easy to structure a startup. But it still looks fine.

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