Startup CTO

SoCal CTO

I've posted quite a few things on the topics associated with being a Startup CTO. Here are some resources that come from other sources: Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering? Lessons Learned: What does a startup CTO actually do?

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Startup CTO Resources

SoCal CTO

I've posted quite a few things on the topics associated with being a Startup CTO. Here are some resources that come from other sources: Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering? Lessons Learned: What does a startup CTO actually do?

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CMO CTO COO Equity and Compensation

SoCal CTO

I know a lot more about CTOs specifically CTO Salary and Equity Trends 2009-2011 , Visualization of Startup CTO Equity and Salary Data , Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data , but I've previously written about the issues with Equity for Early Employees in Early Stage Startups.

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Startup CTO or Developer

SoCal CTO

I’ve been having discussions with several people recently about the role of the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) in very early stage companies. In December 2007, I described how I commonly take on an Acting CTO Role in a Start-up. A good Startup CTO will naturally address these.

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How To Hire The Perfect CTO

YFS Magazine

Grow Technology CTO HR human capital information technology technologyAs your business grows, so do your technology needs. Here's a look at how to find a good candidate and the qualities you should look for.

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Startup CTO Speaking

SoCal CTO

So, here goes: Dr. Tony Karrer Over the past 15 years, Tony has been a part-time CTO for more than 30 startups. Most notably, he was the original CTO for eHarmony for its first four years making him partly responsible for more than 4% of the marriages every year. Select Startup CTO Speaking Topics Ten Lessons from Working on 30+ Startups Over the Past 15 Years Tony looks back over his experience working with startups and extracts elements that have led to success or failure.

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Hiring a CTO for Your Startup

SoCal CTO

Several people have recently come to me to help them source and/or hire full-time CTOs for their startup having found me through my post that looks at: Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data. I've organized the LA CTO Forum (a private group of 150+ CTOs in Los Angeles) for 10+ years.

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Hiring a CTO for Your Startup

SoCal CTO

Several people have recently come to me to help them source and/or hire full-time CTOs for their startup having found me through my post that looks at: Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data. I've organized the LA CTO Forum (a private group of 150+ CTOs in Los Angeles) for 10+ years.

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Part-Time Startup CTO?

SoCal CTO

Based on my posts Startup CTO or Developer and Acting CTO , Chris O’Meara wrote an interesting post Startup CTO: Could It Work? If you think that's person you need, the question becomes "what else do you expect a CTO to contribute?" Chris then tells us: In thinking about this problem I asked around a fair amount and couldn't find any solid answers to the question "where have you seen someone in the role of CTO for a startup do a great job?"

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Starting a startup as CTO / Head of Product

Gust

The post Starting a startup as CTO / Head of Product appeared first on The Gust Blog.

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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. So, I wanted to use this post to make it official - we are offering free startup CTO consulting sessions.

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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. So, I wanted to use this post to make it official - we are offering free startup CTO consulting sessions.

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CTO Founders / Cofounders

SoCal CTO

I just got done reading a post by Roger Ehrenberg Advice for CTO Founders: Don't Let Business Kill the Business where he suggests that CTO Founders should not move too early in finding a business cofounder: Too often, however, I have found CTO / Founders paired with business people who not only don't add value, but frequently detract from the value of the business.

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CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies

SoCal CTO

Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners was nice enough to compile some data on CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies for the LA CTO Forum and present last year. You can find a public Google Spreadsheet with the data: CTO Equity Compensation Google Spreadsheet.

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Lead Developer to CTO at a Startup

SoCal CTO

I 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. While I do fill that role at the moment, I'm a little hesitant to refer to myself as a CTO as we still haven't launched a product, acquired a single user, or turned or a penny in profit. I've previously addressed the role of a CTO in early-stages in my post Startup CTO or Developer. Result => "We need to bring in a CTO."

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Initial Conversation with a CTO or Technical Advisor

SoCal CTO

Are you a non-technical startup founder who’s about to go have a conversation with a Chief Technical Officer (CTO) or Technical advisory type person? Maybe you have questions about the types of developers you need and even whether you need a Startup CTO or Developer or both.

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CTO Equity - Negotiation After Funding

SoCal CTO

I received an inquiry from a reader of my blog and thought I would provide some thoughts, but would definitely welcome input: I am an unpaid CTO of a small startup. Find a lawyer and someone who does CTO searches for VC backed companies in your area. My guess from the way you’ve worded the question is that you’ve done a really good job as the CTO. Are you full-time, part-time, advisory (take a look at Part-Time CTO , Technology Advisor , Acting CTO for other models)?

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CTO Equity - Negotiation After Funding

SoCal CTO

I received an inquiry from a reader of my blog and thought I would provide some thoughts, but would definitely welcome input: I am an unpaid CTO of a small startup. Find a lawyer and someone who does CTO searches for VC backed companies in your area. My guess from the way you’ve worded the question is that you’ve done a really good job as the CTO. Are you full-time, part-time, advisory (take a look at Part-Time CTO , Technology Advisor , Acting CTO for other models)?

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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. Likely the effective hourly rate as an equity-only CTO Advisor is pretty low.

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Visualization of Startup CTO Equity and Salary Data

SoCal CTO

A long-time friend and colleague, Steve Wexler, who is great at visualization took my Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data and produced a really need interactive visualization via Tableau.

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Visualization of Startup CTO Equity and Salary Data

SoCal CTO

A long-time friend and colleague, Steve Wexler, who is great at visualization took my Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data and produced a really need interactive visualization via Tableau.

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

View from Seed

Isaac Cambron is co-founder and CTO of Zensight.co , whose pre-launch product enables sales reps to find and use their best content to close more deals. The post A Startup CTO’s Take on Early Technology Choices & Tradeoffs appeared first on The View From Seed

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What Is A CTO?

Ask The VC

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Acting CTO Role in a Start-up

SoCal CTO

I generally am working as an acting CTO for about 3-4 start-ups or other companies at any one time. I also found this interesting graphic of the changing needs around the CTO role in different size/type companies that somewhat echoes my experience. During Stabilization, often the focus is transitioning to a full-time CTO. So, what is my role as an acting CTO? Many people ask how the acting-CTO gig can work out.

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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?

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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. This is a topic near and dear to our hearts, especially since I (Brad) have been a CTO but never been a VP Engineering (nor would I ever want to be one – I’d suck at that.). 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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Geeking Out In Nashville With Walmart's CTO

Inc Startups

Walmart's EVP and Chief Technology Officer likes to geek out and with a role overseeing both in-store technology and online innovation, Jeremy King has plenty of opportunities to do just that. Technology

Veteran CTO on How the Tech Side of Startups Has Evolved [Traction #25: Yoav Shapira, Operator.VC]

View from Seed

Yoav was first employee at CarGurus, a founding executive of HubSpot, CTO at Happier, CTO at Jana, and more. In this episode, NextView’s Rob Go talks with Yoav Shapira, a longtime tech leader in the Boston startup community.

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What is a CTO?

Austin Startup

As a CTO, I can definitely say without a doubt that few people understand what a CTO does. When I tell someone I’m a CTO, I’m often met with a blank stare. Even when someone is aware of what a CTO does, they often have limited context due to the wide variety of CTO roles.

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What to Remember When Hiring the Right CTO for Your Startup

Inc Startups

The CTO is more than just a number-cruncher, so don't settle for a lackluster hire

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CTO of the Year Marcus Whitney

The Entrepreneurial Mind

Tweet Facebook LinkedIn Tumblr Stumble Digg Delicious The post CTO of the Year Marcus Whitney appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall The Entrepreneurial Mind : Marcus Whitney.

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Introducing the Cap Table and Hiring the CTO

Feld Thoughts

This week they set out to create their cap table and hire a CTO. Jane and Dick want to bring in their friend Praveena as CTO, but they don’t know how to structure the compensation. Finance Fridays 83(b) cap table cto finance fridays option poolAs Finance Fridays continues, we are introducing the concept of the Cap Table.

Seven Great Startup CTO Posts so far in May

SoCal CTO

Continuing my series of posts that I’ve been collecting that live at the intersection of Startups, Startup Development and being a Startup CTO. Here are a couple of the other collections: 16 Great Startup Posts from March , Startup CTO Top 30 Posts for April. Not Betting on Flash , SoCal CTO , May 7, 2010 Why startups should not be betting on Flash as a delivery technology.

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The Rise and Rise of the Corporate CTO

deal architect

The CTO role is a critical one in most technology vendors. The CTO is the VP of R&D or. Not so much, if you ask executive recruiters, in the corporate world. To me, it is a case of poor titling. Industry Commentary

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TechStars Company OkDidIt Looking For A CTO

Feld Thoughts

If you are in Boulder, are a CTO, are into changing the way email works, and are looking for a hot young TechStars company to join, take a look at OkDidIt. They are looking to add a CTO to their team to augment one of the technical founders (who is the CEO) – the job description is up at Careers 2.0. The skills and requirements follow: REQUIRED: - CS degree from a top school (or equivalent experience). minimum 7 years experience building real-world systems software.

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Why This Startup Teaches Everyone to Code + a Framework to Find a CTO

View from Seed

Or listen on SoundCloud below: The post Why This Startup Teaches Everyone to Code + a Framework to Find a CTO appeared first on The View From Seed. Traction is a biweekly podcast where founders share the creative or unusual things they did during the seed stage to make early progress.

What does a CTO do?

www.lanceglasser.com

What does a CTO do? What does a CTO do? What does a CTO (Chief Technology Officer) do in a high-tech company? So what is the CTO job? This is where you should see the CTO. ” A second job of the office of the CTO is to create options for the Corporation.

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A Tech Company without a CTO is like a Bakery without a Chef

Business Plan Blog

In order to be a successful tech startup, the team must consist of a Chief Technical Officer (CTO) level member to help with the technology plan. This is generally achieved in one of the following ways: CTO Level Co-Founder (Equity). CTO Employee (Salary).

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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. Whether the Interim CTO helps for a few months or for a longer term of 18-24 months, they can often accelerate a startup in ways that business-focused CTOs and technical co-founders are unable. What Are the Responsibilities of an Interim CTO? Interim CTO Startups

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Why This Startup Teaches Everyone to Code + a Framework to Find a CTO

View from Seed

Or listen on SoundCloud below: The post Why This Startup Teaches Everyone to Code + a Framework to Find a CTO appeared first on NextView Ventures. Traction is a biweekly podcast where founders share the creative or unusual things they did during the seed stage to make early progress.