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. Often I’m asked by startup CEO’s about how to best build an engineering team. The VP Engineering aspires to manage teams. VP’s of Engineering are essential to making sure the trains run on time.

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Product Idea: Reverse Engineering VC Investment Strategies

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Starting in 2010, USV raised an Opportunity Fund and we will now occasionally make late stage/growth stage investments. The other day I found myself on a VC website. I went to the portfolio page, looked at all of their investments and from that inferred what that firm’s investment strategy was by sector, stage & geography. This is not a simple thing to do, but it can be done.

Trending Sources

The Yin and Yang of Product and Engineering

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

For a tech company, product and engineering are the heart and soul of the business. When I do a quick mental query of headcount across our entire portfolio of ~30 companies, I think at least 50% and maybe as much as 60% of the entire headcount of our portfolio is in either product or engineering. The engineering person builds the product or manages the team that builds the product, or both. Other issues start cropping up and the engineering team has to focus on them.

Katie Rae and the Engine at MIT

David Cohen

Everyone who knows Katie Rae at Techstars is thrilled that she’s taken a lead role with The Engine at MIT, a new venture fund and incubator space there. Katie was the Managing Director at Techstars for our Boston program from 2010 to 2014. She epitomizes “give first” and cares deeply about the founders she works with as well as developing the Boston ecosystem.

Startup Business Development Strategies: 7 Tips For Putting.

Seed Stage Capital

skip to main | skip to sidebar 24 January 2010 Startup Business Development Strategies: 7 Tips For Putting Together Stellar Deals Business development is fun.

Don’t be a Grin Fucker

Both Sides of the Table

Yours had more complexity and less engineering talent secured on the team than most. OK, this will be a test of whether using real curse words in your title or post gets all of your stuff blocked by spam filters or from appearing on HackerNews or the like.

Visual Guide to NoSQL Systems

Nathan Hurst

Loading mentions Retweet Comments (49) Mar 14, 2010 ariejdl said. Mar 14, 2010 Nathan Hurst said. Mar 14, 2010 Stan Harris said. link] Mar 14, 2010 Nathan Hurst said. Mar 14, 2010 Steven Bailey said. take a look: sones.com Mar 14, 2010 Stan Harris said.

Never Hire Job Hoppers. Never. They Make Terrible Employees

Both Sides of the Table

Now is the time that you need “all hands on deck.&# That awesome gal you hired in engineering has job options and she knows it. This is part of my startup advice series. This post isn’t going to be popular. I’m sure of that. That’s OK.

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Why CEOs Shouldn’t Mess with Engineers


Why CEOs Shouldn’t Mess with Engineers. The sad story of its sinking seems to have several potential causes, but one is noteworthy both in terms of engineering and leadership. Likely cause #1: after the ship was designed and construction was under way, the King overruled the engineers and added much heavier cannons on the upper armament deck. Tags: Business Leadership Technology engineers QA Stockholm Sweden Vasa Royal Warship

Startup Sales – Why Hiring Seasoned Reps May Not Work

Both Sides of the Table

I was WAY off between my book research about what the engineering & construction market would want (my first company) and what they actually wanted. A while back I wrote a bunch of posts on Sales & Marketing and have been meaning to get back to that theme for a while.

3 Things to Consider When Staffing a Software Development Project


For more than 10 years CSP has impressed clients with highly effective software solutions and teams of multi-talented software engineers. 3 5 of the Best New User Experiences of 2010 4 Google May Acquire Groupon for $6 Billion, and.

Good enough never is (or is it?)

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, September 27, 2010 Good enough never is (or is it?) Tell your Startup Visa story Speaking 2010: Webstock, GDC, Web 2.0, April 23, 2010 in San Francisco.

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14 Ways To Be A Great Startup CEO


I've seen too many startups sink because the CEO keeps changing what the head of product and engineering should be doing. Everyone thinks that being a startup CEO is a glamorous job or one that has to be a ton of fun.

Journeymen, Mavericks & Superstars: Understanding Salespeople at Startups

Both Sides of the Table

Most technology startups seem to be founded by three types of people: product managers, engineers or biz dev types (MBAs and the like). Very few of them are started, in my experience, by sales people and very few early stage companies really understand sales.

How to pick a co-founder


Engineer heavy startups are common now, so doubling or tripling your development team at the outset is incredible. You can find it here: [link] Reply # Sharel Omer · Jan 18, 2010 Thanks Naval, great post to go back to and remember how to do it right, when there is no specific right.

How to get a job at Google, interview questions, hiring process

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

The recruiter may ask for your SAT scores and college GPA, if this is a technical engineering role. Non-engineering roles will have different evaluations.

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.

Why Startups are Agile and Opportunistic – Pivoting the Business Model

Steve Blank

Startups are the search to find order in chaos. Steve Blank. At a board meeting last week I watched as the young startup CEO delivered bad news. Our current plan isn’t working. We can’t scale the company. Each sale requires us to handhold the customer and takes way too long to close.

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Startup Killer: the Cost of Customer Acquisition | For Entrepreneurs


Think about your own behavior: if you are like me, you hate having to deal with sales people, and greatly prefer to do your own research starting with search engines, and leveraging free trials, on-line videos, blogs, reviews, and your social network.

Data is the Next Major Layer of the Cloud & A Major Victory for Startups

Both Sides of the Table

Another big innovator in helping manage cloud implementations is Okta , founded by Todd McKinnon, the former VP of Engineering at Salesforce.com (who knows a thing or two about cloud services) and Freddy Kerrest who was senior in biz dev & sales at Salesforce and was there from 2002-07.

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Excellent Analytics Tip #17: Calculate Customer Lifetime Value

Occam's Razor

Advanced Analytics Analytics Marketing Tips Search Engine Marketing Web Analytics Web Insights Web MetricsSome Marketers / Analysts use Click-thru Rate (CTR) to measure success of their acquisition campaigns.

Caution 2.0


Oh, and if you want a bit more help on bathrooms for engineers, the following video probably will help (go to 2:32 Just saw this tweet fly by: Unfortunately, this CTO happens to be the CTO of a restaurant chain which was probably the reason that this was tweeted.

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The Power of “In Person” – Why Distributed Teams are Less Effective

Both Sides of the Table

But where I make exceptions I expect the VP Engineering and the Chief Architect to all be located in the home office. I expect the VP Engineering to be from the same culture and speak the same native tongue as the offshore location.

The Option Pool Shuffle


Lead Engineer 0.5 – 1 5+ years experience Engineer 0.33 – 0.66 Manager or Junior Engineer 0.2 – 0.33 Reply # Venugopal · Aug 24, 2010 Hi Nivi, Excellent post. Stock Plans: Give the People What They Want - May 3, 2010 [.]

Find a Growth Hacker for Your Startup

Startup Marketing Blog

I’ve met great growth hackers with engineering backgrounds and others with sales backgrounds. 12 Responses to “Find a Growth Hacker for Your Startup&# Brittany Laughlin Jul 26, 2010 12:36 pm Great article. Brittany Gtrot Co-founder (& growth hacker) [link] @blocks8 Dena Stern Jul 26, 2010 1:14 pm This is so right on. next CEO of WorkingPoint | [link] Sean Jul 26, 2010 1:30 pm I agree. Denis Matafonov Jul 27, 2010 1:30 pm Great article.

Why Pioneers Have Arrows In Their Backs

Steve Blank

In 1998 Goto.com , a small startup (later Overture, now part of Yahoo ! ), created the pay per click search engine and advertising system and demo’d it at the TED conference. First-Mover Advantage is an idea that just won’t die.

Just Make It Faster

Feld Thoughts

This morning, as part of my daily information routine, I came across a brilliant article by Carlos Bueno, an engineer at Facebook, titled “ The Full Stack, Part 1.&# In it, he starts by defining a “ full-stack programmer “: “A “full-stack programmer&# is a generalist, someone who can create a non-trivial application by themselves. One of our software engineers wrote all the code.

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Why You Should Make Your Competitors Your Frenemies

Both Sides of the Table

So when you need your engineering team to dig deeper and crank out code despite working “yet another weekend&# it helps to have the Evil Empire. Yesterday I wrote about how to talk to investors about your competitors.

Death By Competitive Analysis

Steve Blank

In most startups the competitive analysis feature comparison ends up morphing into the Marketing Requirements Document that gets handed to engineering. This can lead engineering to build the maximum feature set rather than minimum feature set.

Subscriptions are the New BLACK. (+ why Facebook, Google, & Apple.

500 Hats

GeeksOnaPlane East Asia 2010: Startups Are Global. Simply Hired Social Networking & Social Media Venture Capital & Startup Finance « Startup Metrics for Pirates (Lean Startup Circle, Jan 2010) | Main | With Apologies to Kathy Sierra & Paul Graham: Make Something Users Care About. ASSERTION #2: The default startup business model for 2010 & beyond will be subscriptions and transactions (e-commerce, digital goods).

Top 57 Online Startups Meets Technology Meets Product Posts for November 2010


It turns out that I missed October but here are some previous posts in this series: Top 30 Startup Technology and Product Posts for September 2010 Top 40 Startup Posts for August 2010 Top 30 Startup Posts for July 2010 Top 30 Startup Posts in June 2010 Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010 Startup CTO Top 30 Posts for April 16 Great Startup Posts from March This month there are some amazing posts. Who better to answer than the company's engineering lead.

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


Want to Know Difference Between a CTO and a VP of Engineering? This time I thought I’d try and address engineering talent. Often I’m asked by startup CEO’s about how to best build an engineering team. The VP Engineering aspires to manage teams. About Me.

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Entrepreneurship as a Science – The Business Model/Customer Development Stack

Steve Blank

Over the last 50 years engineers have moved from building computers out of individual transistors to building with prepackaged logic gates. Then they adopted standard microprocessors (e.g. x86 , ARM.) At the same time every computer company was writing its own operating system.

Equity-Only CTO and Equity-Only Developers


Recruiting Startup Engineers Engineers are humans, we have bills to pay, families to take care of, friends that we want to spend time with, and on occasion indulge in the latest tech gadget. I had a recent email dialog with the founder of a company looking for a CTO for their startup. We had several emails back and forth where he provided basic details on the concept. And I tried to evaluate the idea and figure out: What did the founder really need here?

How to Start a Startup


You make elaborate plans for a product, hire a team of engineers to develop it (people who do this tend to use the term "engineer" for hackers), and then find after a year that youve spent two milliondollars to develop something no one wants. Iknow because I once tried to convince the powers that be that wehad to make search better, and I got in reply what was then theparty line about it: that Yahoo was no longer a mere "search engine."Search Want to start a startup?

When It’s Darkest Men See the Stars

Steve Blank

When James Watt started the industrial revolution with the steam engine in 1775 no one said, “This is the day everything changes.” When It’s Darkest Men See the Stars. Ralph Waldo Emerson. This Thanksgiving it might seem that there’s a lot less to be thankful for.

Four myths about the Lean Startup

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Sunday, April 18, 2010 Four myths about the Lean Startup Myth: Lean means cheap. Tell your Startup Visa story Speaking 2010: Webstock, GDC, Web 2.0, April 23, 2010 in San Francisco.

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Guide to Finding a Technical Co-Founder

Vinicius Vacanti

It’s actually pretty hard to find a good start-up job if you have no real engineering or user acquisition / product management skills. Steve Job's Technical Co-Founder. “I’ve got this HUGE idea. I just need to find a technical co-founder.&# I’ve heard that too many times over the last few years and it almost always ends badly. I was in this situation and we barely escaped.

5 Simple Steps for Do-It-Yourself Search Engine Optimization

Duct Tape Marketing

Our research shows that following this process over one year produces high quality free website traffic equal to that from a $100,000 paid search engine advertising campaign. Content marketing Search Engines Small Business Aaron Houghton SEO

What is a startup?

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, June 21, 2010 What is a startup? Tell your Startup Visa story Speaking 2010: Webstock, GDC, Web 2.0, April 23, 2010 in San Francisco. I think most people have a fairly specific image that gets conjured up when they hear the word startup.

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