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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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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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. How are we going to manage the product roadmap?

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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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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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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? The terms “CTO” and “VP Engineering” have such stigmas associated with what they are that I’m sure some people will feel uncomfortable with the definitions I’ve put forward. About Me.

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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?" I always assumed I wouldnt manage anybody. Just what is the CTO supposed to do?

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Managing your Product Management Career

The Product Guy

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Adrienne Tan, lead a conversation around “Managing Your Product Management Career”. Jordan Bergtraum VP Product Management, ServiceChannel. Dominic Gadoury Director Product Management, ADP.

The Alien Entrepreneur: Do you need a CIO or CTO or both?

Alien Entrepreneur

CTO at ProspectStream , ScopiaRx , and SaaS Capital. Do you need a CIO or CTO or both? I see a fair number of questions on LinkedIn about companies trying to decide if they need a CIO or CTO, and what if any is the difference is between them. Bill Gates (former Microsoft CTO).

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Business Development vs. Product Management

The Product Guy

In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Chris Butler, lead a conversation around “Business Development vs. Product Management”. Jordan Bergtraum VP Product Management, ServiceChannel. Dustin Levy Director of Product Management, Gentex Corporation.

Rapid Prototyping for Product Managers

The Product Guy

Each Session of the program runs for 6 months with paired individuals… Conducting regular 1-on-1 mentor-mentee chats Sharing experiences with the larger Product community Participating in live-streamed product management lessons and Q&A. Amanda Ralph Product Management Consultant.

Conducting User Research in Product Management

The Product Guy

Each Session of the program runs for 6 months with paired individuals… Conducting regular 1-on-1 mentor-mentee chats Sharing experiences with the larger Product community Participating in live-streamed product management lessons and Q&A. Ladislav Bartos Product Manager, Gumtree.com.

Product Management at Startups vs. Enterprises

The Product Guy

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Krishna Madhuvarsu, lead a conversation around “Product Management in Startups vs. Enterprises”. Jordan Bergtraum VP Product Management, ServiceChannel. Ladislav Bartos Product Manager, Gumtree.com.

User Experience Design Tactics for Product Managers

The Product Guy

Each Session of the program runs for 6 months with paired individuals… Conducting regular 1-on-1 mentor-mentee chats Sharing experiences with the larger Product community Participating in live-streamed product management lessons and Q&A. Ladislav Bartos Product Manager, Gumtree.com.

Hiring Product Managers

The Product Guy

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Jon Stross, lead a conversation around “Hiring Product Manager”. Jordan Bergtraum VP Product Management, ServiceChannel. Dominic Gadoury Director Product Management, ADP. Asha Gupta Product Manager, Etsy.

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."

Product Pricing in Product Management

The Product Guy

Each Session of the program runs for 6 months with paired individuals… Conducting regular 1-on-1 mentor-mentee chats Sharing experiences with the larger Product community Participating in live-streamed product management lessons and Q&A. Asha Gupta Product Manager, Etsy.

Behavioral Economics in Product Management

The Product Guy

Each Session of the program runs for 6 months with paired individuals… Conducting regular 1-on-1 mentor-mentee chats Sharing experiences with the larger Product community Participating in live-streamed product management lessons and Q&A. Asha Gupta Product Manager, Etsy.

Senior Product Manager and Your Next Career Steps

The Product Guy

Each Session of the program runs for 6 months with paired individuals… Conducting regular 1-on-1 mentor-mentee chats Sharing experiences with the larger Product community Participating in live-streamed product management lessons and Q&A. Ladislav Bartos Product Manager, Gumtree.com.

Leadership and Influence for Product Managers

The Product Guy

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Dustin Levy, lead a conversation around “Leadership and Influence for Product Managers”. Jordan Bergtraum VP Product Management, ServiceChannel. Ladislav Bartos Product Manager, Gumtree.com.

Introducing Product Management to your Organization

The Product Guy

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Jordan Bergtraum, lead a conversation around “Introducing Product Management to your Organization”. Jordan Bergtraum VP Product Management, ServiceChannel. Dominic Gadoury Director Product Management, ADP.

Financial Modeling for Product Managers

The Product Guy

Each Session of the program runs for 6 months with paired individuals… Conducting regular 1-on-1 mentor-mentee chats Sharing experiences with the larger Product community Participating in live-streamed product management lessons and Q&A. Asha Gupta Product Manager, Etsy.

Conducting User Research in Product Management

The Product Guy

Each Session of the program runs for 6 months with paired individuals… Conducting regular 1-on-1 mentor-mentee chats Sharing experiences with the larger Product community Participating in live-streamed product management lessons and Q&A. Ladislav Bartos Product Manager, Gumtree.com.

Building your C Level Team

StartupCFO

CEO, CTO, etc. I’ve been part of many startups now as either an investor or management team member. And what we need in terms of leadership and management differs very much from what my past companies have needed.

Applying Product Management to Web Design in a Multiscreen Era

The Product Guy

Each Session of the program runs for 6 months with paired individuals… Conducting regular 1-on-1 mentor-mentee chats Sharing experiences with the larger Product community Participating in live-streamed product management lessons and Q&A. Ladislav Bartos Product Manager, Gumtree.com.

The Role of Emotional Intelligence in Product Management

The Product Guy

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Vikas Batra, lead a conversation around “Emotional Intelligence for Product Managers”. Jordan Bergtraum VP Product Management, ServiceChannel. Ladislav Bartos Product Manager, Gumtree.com.

Why Every Product Manager Needs to Know Big Data

The Product Guy

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Dominic Gadoury, lead a conversation around “Why Every Product Manager Needs to Know Big Data”. Jordan Bergtraum VP Product Management, ServiceChannel. Ladislav Bartos Product Manager, Gumtree.com.

Applying Product Management to Web Design in a Multiscreen Era

The Product Guy

Each Session of the program runs for 6 months with paired individuals… Conducting regular 1-on-1 mentor-mentee chats Sharing experiences with the larger Product community Participating in live-streamed product management lessons and Q&A. Ladislav Bartos Product Manager, Gumtree.com.

Lara Galloway’s Time Management Tips and Productivity Hacks [VIDEO]

Up and Running

I had the pleasure of co-hosting a free Bplans webinar with Lara Galloway, a business coach and time management expert. In the webinar, Lara offered some excellent time management tips and productivity hacks.

Achieving Team Buy-in in Product Management

The Product Guy

Each Session of the program runs for 6 months with paired individuals… Conducting regular 1-on-1 mentor-mentee chats Sharing experiences with the larger Product community Participating in live-streamed product management lessons and Q&A. Ladislav Bartos Product Manager, Gumtree.com.

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

Business Plan Blog

However, the biggest mistake that a non-tech entrepreneur launching a tech business is to neglect bringing on a tech savvy co-founder on the management team. This is generally achieved in one of the following ways: CTO Level Co-Founder (Equity). CTO Employee (Salary).

The Product Manager Contribution

SVPG

Recently I was asked by a very smart CTO: "I understand the need for a great user experience designer, but if we have a strong designer, and that person is paired with a strong technology lead, do we really still need a product manager?". For many teams, the contribution of the product manager is not at all clear. In this article I'd like to spell out very clearly what the product manager needs to contribute if they are to carry their weight on a product team.

What does a CTO do?

www.lanceglasser.com

General Management. Industrial research management. 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.

5 Things You Learn Managing a Massive Project With a 3,000-Person Team

Inc Startups

For the last five years, Dries Buytaert, co-founder and CTO of Acquia, led a far-flung team of 3,000 unpaid developers on an epic project. Here's what he learned

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Encourage Your Managers to Butt Heads

Inc Startups

Imagine an organization in which the head of product was subordinate in every way to the CTO (reporting to the CTO, not having a voice in the leadership meetings, and having a limited role in decision-making processes).

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The Alien Entrepreneur: The 8 things I would do as CTO of Microsoft

Alien Entrepreneur

CTO at ProspectStream , ScopiaRx , and SaaS Capital. The 8 things I would do as CTO of Microsoft. So here are the eight things I would do if I were Chief Architect or CTO at Microsoft. While CTO of Bluespring Software we were members of the elite Managed ISV community.

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. in the Management of Technology from MIT. As it turns out, of the first ten people at HubSpot, eight — including me, including all the management team, are all MBAs.” And the reason it turned out that way… Once again, very smart management.

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? They tend to understand the product management side of the product well enough to guide the technology in a complementary way. If you think that's person you need, the question becomes "what else do you expect a CTO to contribute?" A few had the title CTO but they all fit the technical rock star and hacker profile.

People Management: Startup Teams Should Dip but not Skip

Both Sides of the Table

As your organization grows and you hire senior staff where you are no longer managing every employee directly the issue of how to manage people that are not your “direct&# reports arises. As a content management system we had lots of write activities and went with Postgres.

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CloudHelix: Understanding and Managing Network Infrastructure

WayTooEarly

I’m thrilled to announce that First Round has led the seed financing round for CloudHelix , which is helping web and network operators to easily and more fully understand and manage their infrastructure. Dan Ellis, who recently joined as CTO, is also seasoned at running major, scalable networks.

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