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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Trending Sources

CTO Salary and Equity Trends 2009-2011

SoCal CTO

Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners - a go to resource here in LA for recruiting C-level positions at startups - was nice enough to compile some data again this year (see last year's Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data ). 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. So, I wanted to use this post to make it official - we are offering free startup CTO consulting sessions.

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How to Go From Google Engineer to First-Time CTO

firstround.com

Product and Engineering. How to Go From Google Engineer to First-Time CTO. Product and Engineering. How to Go From Google Engineer to First-Time CTO. Ian Langworth started his career as an O’Reilly author and software engineer at Google.

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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. Often I’m asked by startup CEO’s about how to best build an engineering team. Some CTO’s swear that it is a huge improvement in development timeframes and doesn’t cause performance issues.

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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. 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. Result => "We need to bring in a CTO."

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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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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. Often I’m asked by startup CEO’s about how to best build an engineering team. I’ve heard both arguments from CTO’s.

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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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The one cost engineers and product managers don't consider

Redeye VC

Discuss on Hacker News Kris Gale, VP Engineering at Yammer, joined us recently for First Round CTO Summit and blew everyone away with his talk on "why the traditional engineering organizational structure is dead."

HOW TO: Hire the Perfect CTO

mashable.com

I asked a panel of successful young entrepreneurs what fledging tech startups should be looking for in a CTO hire to ensure founders get the right person for the job. Leadership Abilities Are A Must It’s natural to want a tech savvy and competent CTO. ); // Welcome to Mashable!

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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. At the end of the day, it’s *your* job as a CTO to think about how engineering can be organized and optimized.

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.

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? So what does CTO mean, besides just "technical founder who really cant manage anyone?" So I initially gravitated to the CTO title, and not VP of Engineering.

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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. Hire Harper Reed as CTO of Healthcare.gov, give him the ball and 100% of the budget, and let him run with it. But put one person – a CTO – in charge.

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Facebook VP of Engineering on Solving Hard Things Early

Redeye VC

I talked about this, among other engineering challenges, at First Round Capital''s last CTO Summit. January 2002. At Linden Lab, we were still referring to Second Life as Linden World, our furnace-less office was near freezing because the space heaters kept popping breakers, the Dot-Bomb crash was in full swing, DEMO 2002 was 4 weeks away, and 10 programmers were trying to duct tape everything together.

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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. NVV: Startups are all about tradeoffs, and engineering is a great example.

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Startups: Stop Trying To Hire Ninja-Rockstar Engineers

OnStartups

He was formerly the co-founder and CTO at Designer Pages. While companies fight tooth and nail over engineers with MIT or Stanford degrees with years of experience, as CTO of designer pages, my best hires were consistently entry-level developers that I developed on the job.

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. Below is an interpretation, not a transcript, of Greg’s talk. The credit goes to him for all the good stuff and you can watch the complete talk in the video below.

The inside story of how 382 recruiters pursued an imaginary engineer

Redeye VC

Discuss on Hacker News In the fall of 2012, after reading about how Elaine Wherry set up a recruiter honeypot, we knew we had to invite her to our CTO Summit to tell us all the inside story - so here goes.

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. Its product, which combats fraud using machine learning, is an important tool for companies like Kickstarter, Airbnb, Uber and Opentable.

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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. In an exclusive First Round CTO Summit talk, Tom Conrad.

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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. Joe Stump is the co-founder of attachments.me, Sprint.ly and SimpleGeo – and ex-Lead Architect at Digg.

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Los Angeles CTO / VP Engineering Job Searches

SoCal CTO

As the organizer of the LA CTO Forum , I get lots of inquiries by job seekers and people looking for CTO / VP Engineering talent. 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.

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. Interestingly given he’s an experienced startup CTO himself, Squirrel says to be wary of the advice of developers who “always want to re-write everything” If you are in this situation, or think that you might be I highly recommend you read the full post.

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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. Growing Big Management CEO CMO CTO Freshbooks Growth stage Management team Scaling shopify Venture Capital

What does a CTO do?

www.lanceglasser.com

A Model for Return on Engineering Expenses. A Model for Return on Engineering Expenses. 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.

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 running joke on Silicon Valley and startups everywhere is, if you want to try and value a startup, you know, it’s about a million dollars of value for every engineer and subtract $250,000 for every MBA on the team. ” Jason Cohen, Smart Bear Software and WP Engine.

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. They get very frustrated when the work of the engineers does not result in a win for the customers. I always try to warn the engineer that he is signing up for very long days and a lot of work.

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

The Next Web

“It kinda sucks to be engineer #1.”. That’s what a couple of my friends – engineers at Google and Bloomberg who have been following the rise of startup culture with intrigue – told me recently. Engineer #1? Why not wait until the opportunity to be engineer #10, #20, #100?

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

Redeye VC

It was a simple idea: allow engineering students to fill out one application and get matched with the perfect startup from across our 170 companies. I got to walk into work every day and talk with the CEO and CTO - I really felt like part of the team.

Hiring Female Engineers

Redeye VC

We host 50+ events for our portfolio companies a year -- and historically we've held off on sharing the content widely, since we viewed it as a benefit that came from being a member of the First Round Capital community. But some talks are so good they are meant to be shared with the world.

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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. In addition to presenting the IMVU case, we tried for the first time to do an overview of a software engineering methodology that integrates practices from agile software development with Steves method of Customer Development.

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. Ive occasionally worked with executive recruiters, for example in hiring a CTO for my first company, Eve.com. What did I learn that engineers wanted? HuffPosts QuickRead.

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Passing the engineering torch

Code as Craft

I just wanted to give other engineers a glimpse into the personalities behind what we do in engineering at Etsy, and share our experiences with the world. Kellan Elliott-McCrea is now Etsy’s CTO. engineering people

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.

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?

The Alien Entrepreneur: Startups Struggle to find Technical Talent.

Alien Entrepreneur

CTO at ProspectStream , ScopiaRx , and SaaS Capital. I have a simple theory as to why there is a shortage of Technical Talent, a shortage which hurts the very engine of growth that will get us out of the recession the quickest, startups. The 8 things I would do as CTO of Microsoft.

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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. Posted byTony Karrer at 5:02 PM 0comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) About Me Tony Karrer Dr. Tony Karrer is CEO/CTO of TechEmpower , a Los Angeles Web Development firm, and is considered one of the top technologists in e-Learning.