Top CTO Challenges for 2019

SoCal CTO

The LA CTO Forum recently conducted a survey to find out what our Chief Technology Officer (CTO) members saw as their biggest challenges heading into 2019. We received over 250 responses that provides a pretty good insight into the top CTO challenges.

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Outsourcing Version 1: Advice from a CTO

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CTO News Tech AdviceNo offense to software contractors, but given the choice I usually prefer to build software with hired employees. By signing on as employees, engineers demonstrate belief in the mission and commitment to the long-term success of the company. Often I can further align their interests with the company’s through equity as well as the opportunity to “grow […].

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These Cloud Services are CTO Favorites

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Larry is a highly respected CTO delivering consulting services to startups and writes with the credibility that comes from real experience. -bg Advice CTO NewsEditor's note: This post by Larry Cynkin was first published at his Green Bar site. bg In a previous post I looked at how the adoption of not only cloud-based software platforms but ancillary cloud-based services has really taken off, supported […].

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Outsourcing Version 1: Advice from a CTO

GreenBar

No offense to software contractors, but given the choice I usually prefer to build software with hired employees. By signing on as employees, engineers demonstrate belief in the mission and commitment to the long-term success of the company.

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New Study: 2018 State of Embedded Analytics Report

2018 STATE OF. EMBEDDED. ANALYTICS. REPORT The Sixth Annual Review of Embedded. Analytics Trends and Tactics | 2018 LOGI ANALYTICS STATE OF EMBEDDED ANALYTICS REPORT TABLE OF. CONTENTS Foreword by Jen Underwood, Principal Consultant, Impact Analytix.1 Introduction.

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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Information Age Presents A CTO guide: Cyber security best practice tips

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CTO Cyber Security NewsLike probably all technologists we keep our own lists of best practices. We have shared them multiple times (but hey here they are again: Crucial Point Cybersecurity Best Practices). But we love staying up with what others think and really enjoyed reading the roundup produced by Information age. They do more than just recap a […].

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The New York CTO Connection/Nasdaq Startup CTO Summit is back! Use CTOvision discount code

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On Tuesday November 1st at Nasdaq Marketsite in Times Square CTO Connection is hosting the New York Startup CTO Summit (15th event globally in the last 2 years). Much more info available at https://www.ticketbase.com/ events/2016-new-york-nasdaq- cto-summit - use discount code of ctovision to get 40% off any tickets! As a reminder, the CTO summits are single day day, single track events where engineering leaders come to connect with and learn from their peers.

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CTO Summit at NASDAQ Marketsite in Times Square 18 Dec 2018

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Artificial Intelligence CTO Cyber Security Events NewsAre you technical and do you manage engineers? Want to learn the latest tips and tricks for building and managing engineering teams from top venture backed CTOs? On Tuesday December 18th, at the Nasdaq Marketsite in Times Square, learn from speakers including the CTOs of MongoDB, Meetup, Greenhouse, Grubhub, Mode Analytics and 2U and senior […].

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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?

Using Connected Device Data to Improve Sales

Speaker: Charlie Isaacs, CTO for Customer Connection at Salesforce

Charlie Isaacs, CTO for Customer Connection at Salesforce, has the answer to that question, and many more on top of it. You likely have many connected devices all around you.

Congrats, And Thanks, To Megan Smith U.S. CTO, Alexander Macgillivray Deputy U.S. CTO

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CTO (succeeding Todd Park) and Alexander Macgilliray as Deputy CTO. By Bob Gourley.

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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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Cognitio’s Bob Flores, Ex-CIA CTO, Featured in IDG TechWorld Providing Context On the Cyber Threat

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Cognitio's Bob Flores, former CTO of the CIA, was just featured in IDG TechWorld providing context on the state of the cyber threat. For more see: Ex-CIA CTO: don’t believe everything you hear about hacking. Bob Gourley.

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Why your CTO Makes or Breaks your Enterprise Mobile Strategy

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Why your CTO Makes or Breaks your Enterprise Mobile Strategy. If this is your organization, I have a person to blame – your CTO, and below I’ll explain why. The CTO is the best single most skilled person in the enterprise to make these decisions. Sunil Thomas.

What is artificial intelligence? Defining it in business — a CTO guide

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Artificial Intelligence CTO NewsIn the dictionary, artificial intelligence is defined as: the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages. In reality, AI is much more complex to understand, leave alone adapting it in your company. It has its benefits and […].

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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These Cloud Services are CTO Favorites

GreenBar

CTO Favorites and Contenders ​During previous research I conducted a survey of fellow CTOs to quantify their use of cloud services. Also published on CTO Craft.

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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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Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data

SoCal CTO

Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners was nice enough to compile some data on Start CTO Salary and Equity 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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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.

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Coca-Cola Names Alan Boehme CTO, Replacing Jim Scholefield

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The Wall Street Journal reported that Coca-Cola has named Alan Boehme as CTO: Mr. Boehme has led Coke’s enterprise architecture, innovation and emerging technologies for the past four years. For more see: Coca-Cola Names Alan Boehme CTO, Replacing Jim Scholefield. It is fantastic seeing The Coca-Cola Company make such a great selection for CTO. The post Coca-Cola Names Alan Boehme CTO, Replacing Jim Scholefield appeared first on CTOvision.com.

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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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Portworx CTO Gou Rao: PX-Enterprise 2.0 Followed the ‘Big Shift’ to the Cloud

The New Stack

The post Portworx CTO Gou Rao: PX-Enterprise 2.0 Portworx sponsored this podcast.

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The First Quantum Revolution: Foundational information for the enterprise CTO

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Cloud Computing CTO Cyber Security News Albert EinsteinBob Gourley. Our report on Naturally Better Security dove deep into ways quantum effects can be leveraged to enhance real world cybersecurity. It was our most popular post in November 2016 and the feedback we received was taken as a signal that we should produce more on what CTOs should know about the quantum world. With this post we are kicking off a series of five pieces that will dive into quantum effects.

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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 The Orange County CTO Solved His IT Problem

The Accidental Successful CIO

Joel Manfredo was the CTO of Orange County, California a while ago. As Joel took over as CTO he realized that he had a bit of a mess on his hands, what was a CTO to do?

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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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Three attributes a serial technology CEO looks for in a CTO

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As a CEO, it can be tough to differentiate between highly-skilled CTO candidates, but viewing potential hires through the lens of these three competencies will […]. Artificial Intelligence Big Data CTO Cyber Security Internet of Things NewsThe Chief Technology Officer is now a core member of any C-suite, and needs to combine the traditional skills of technical know-how with a business-savvy approach and heightened product awareness.

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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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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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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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An Update: A CTO’s Perspective On the USGIF GeoInt Symposium 14-17 Apr 2014

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Analysis Big Data CTO Government Mobile Bob Gourley Defense Intelligence Agency Geoint Robert Scoble Symposium Tampa Florida United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation YouTube By Bob Gourley.

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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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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 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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Leon Panetta Warns of Cyber Pearl Harbor: and a CTO gives him a polite earful

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Analysis CTO Cyber Security DoD and IC Computer security Cyberwarfare Hurricane Sandy Leon Panetta Panetta Pearl Harbor Winn Schwartau By Bob Gourley Leon Panetta spoke today at the Symantec government conference in DC. No matter what your politics are, I hope you see this man as a great American who always puts country above himself. I believe that. He has spent his entire adult life proving that. He is a fantastic speaker.

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Former CIA CTO Gus Hunt Joins Venture Capital Firm Artis Ventures’ Board of Advisors

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Former CIA CTO Gus Hunt Joins Venture Capital Firm Artis Ventures’ Board of Advisors. former Central Intelligence Agency CTO Gus Hunt made some of the government’s most important technology decisions. By Bob Gourley Editor’s note: Gus is my friend and it is awesome watching his open sharing of ideas create value in the marketplace. The news in the press release below is good for us all. – bg.

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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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