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Insights & Strategies for Chief Technology Officers Navigating the C-Suite while Balancing Technical Strategy, Team Management, & Innovation

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The CTO Podcast explores the worlds of Chief Technical officers as they manage the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of technologists in the C-suite. Hosted by Etienne de Bruin, founder of 7CTOs and author of CTO Excellence in 100 Days: Becoming the leader your company deserves. www.ctopod.com
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Aliza Carpio (Director of Product Management Data Platform at JLL Technologies) discusses with Etienne open source communities, codes of conduct, and the relationship between product management and engineering. She emphasizes the importance of open source as a team sport and the benefits of collaboration and problem-solving in the open source commu…
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In this conversation, Etienne interviews Maria Flynn, the Founder and CEO of AmbioLogix, about her new book Make Opportunity Happen. They discuss the importance of carving your own path as an entrepreneur, the challenges faced by early-stage entrepreneurs, and the methods and templates outlined in the book to help entrepreneurs navigate their journ…
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In this conversation, Etienne and Dave reminisce about their early experiences with computers and programming. They discuss the different computer models they had, the challenges of typing in code from magazines, and the evolution of technology. They then shift the conversation to their roles as VP of Engineering and CTO, and the differences betwee…
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Ksenia Palke, Director of AI at Airspace, discusses the use of AI in time-critical shipments. Airspace builds tech for fast automated solutions in shipping critical items such as organs, medical devices, and industrial parts. The goal is to remove unnecessary manual steps and optimize the delivery process. Ksenia explains how AI is used to predict …
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Etienne sits down with Adam Bahret, whose unique journey has fueled his passion for creating robust product designs that can outperform the competition. The conversation reveals how prioritizing reliability can significantly impact a product's success and why reliability often trumps marketing. Tune is as Adam introduces his innovative R-Three blue…
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Etienne is joined in this episode by Nell Derick Debevoise, the founder of Inspiring Capital which helps leaders grow their business with purpose and build impactful legacies. Nell has advised leaders at American Express, Cisco, Google and more, and she focuses on expanding impact, growing businesses and building legacies that are inclusive, anti-r…
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Etienne is so happy to be sitting down with his good friend Joel Beasley for this episode. Joel is the mastermind behind the Modern CTO Podcast and founder of Pro Series Media, and he is here for an enlightening conversation on the ins and outs of podcasting. With years of experience under his belt, Joel shares invaluable insights on starting, cult…
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Etienne sits down this episode with Alex Balazs, the CTO of Intuit, for an eye-opening discussion on vulnerability, leadership, and the cutting-edge realm of generative AI. Alex shares insights from his journey, from TurboTax's chief architect to leading technology at Intuit. He delves into the pivotal role vulnerability plays in effective leadersh…
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Join Etienne on the latest episode of the CTO Podcast as he dives into the world of RF communication, encryption, and AI with Dell Kronewitter, Director of Technology at Fuze Integration! Dell provides insights into encryption concepts like red and black sides and how they relate to secure communication. He and Etienne explore the fascinating world…
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Join Etienne in this episode as he interviews Allan Stewart, the lead engineer at SynkedUP, a groundbreaking startup focused on bridging the technological gaps in today’s digital world. Together, they unravel the threads of storytelling in The Lord of the Rings, explore the implications of Conway’s Law on organizational design and software developm…
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Etienne is very excited to welcome Jennifer Cwagenberg, Head of Engineering at Protopia AI, to the podcast for an engaging discussion spanning technology, farming, and even the intersection of the two. Jennifer shares insights into her unique lifestyle as a technologist and baroness of Texas, where she navigates the balance between rural tranquilit…
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Joining Etienne this week on the podcast is Sean Nam, the CTO of Ivy Energy. Etienne engages in a multifaceted conversation with Sean, and they touch upon the intricacies of supporting founders during fundraising to reflections on technology giants like Apple and Uber. Sean provides insights into IV Energy's mission to revolutionize shared energy u…
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Etienne is thrilled to sit down with Tracie Hlavka, former CTO of Flyhomes, to discuss the tumultuous journey of rapid scale and the poignant process of winding down a company. Tracie reflects on her experience navigating the job market amidst layoffs and shifting funding landscapes, shedding light on the challenges of finding the right fit in a to…
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Etienne is very happy to be sitting down with Matt Van Itallie, founder of Sema, a company that develops software to help engineering leaders manage AI in software development. As they delve into their shared experiences of learning to code on vintage machines, they explore Matt's journey from studying philosophy to founding Sema. The conversation …
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Etienne sits down with Krijn van der Raadt, a seasoned CTO with a rich history of steering both startups and established tech giants toward successful exits. Krijn, now a fractional CTO and advisor to startups, shares insights gained and collaborative problem-solving experiences with fellow CTOs. They explore the challenges of transitioning from a …
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Kevin Goldsmith, a seasoned CTO, mentor, and principal at Nimble Autonomy, joins the conversation today as we discuss Kevin's journey in technology leadership across the US, Sweden, and the UK, touching on his experiences and the release of his new book, It Depends: Writing on Technology Leadership 2012 to 2022. The discussion covers technology ado…
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Just use Flutter -- Stephan Schmidt // Amazing CTO This episode we discuss why you should just use Flutter instead of native apps, what Local AI means and why the Amazon CEO wants to get people back in the office - and how this is relevant for every CTO. Find out more as Stephan Schmidt, CTO Coach at Amazing CTO, discusses the future of CTOs. Show …
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The number of posts and votes on Stack Overflow is dropping, perhaps eaten by AI. Do they have an endgame strategy? Also, a new hacking attack via NPM, every CTO needs to be aware of that. And how diverse teams require more effort but are worth it. Find out more as Stephan Schmidt, CTO Coach at Amazing CTO, discusses the future of CTOs with AI. Sho…
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What is the greenest programming language? More and more CTOs are getting asked about the CO2 and energy footprint of their operations. They start by calculating their AWS energy usage, but do you need a greener programming language? Will the CEO of the future tell developers which programming language to use? Find out more as Stephan Schmidt, CTO …
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More and more work will go into training models than programming, development teams are going to be leaner, and AI will not create software, it is the software. If you haven't started doing something with AI, you're too late for the game. How do you apply it to your business? Find out more as Stephan Schmidt, CTO Coach at Amazing CTO, discusses the…
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There is a business vision and a business strategy, a product vision and a product strategy, and then a tech vision and a tech strategy. The business vision, the product vision, and the tech vision need to be aligned. What is your tech vision and strategy, and how do you create one? Find out more as Stephan Schmidt, CTO Coach at Amazing CTO, discus…
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How do you start using AI in your organization? A bad reason to use AI is that you have this intellectual curiosity, which is great to have, but it's not a good enough reason to start using AI. How do you, as CTO, present the advantages of mining your data? How do you know if you have enough data or whether you should be programming or training? Li…
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As the CTO of your company, it is almost impossible to onlook or resist the urge to deploy AI in some form in your company. But before you make that move, is your company in the gray zone? Are you aware of ethical considerations and AI bias? Who should you hire first a data scientist or a data engineer? Listen to Ksenia Palke, Director of AI at Air…
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Etienne and Stephan are at it again. 00:00 Intro and Puppies! 00:40 Andreas Kling Receives $100,000 To Build His Ladybird Browser 08:55 Reddit CEO Steve Huffman praises Elon Musk's cost-curring methods amid widespread protest 19:44 Imaginary Problems Are The Root Of All Bad Software 29:36 Estimation Isn't For Everyone 44:08 GPT-4 Out Performs Human…
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People should be automating as much as they can, but they don't have a lot of ground rules, benefits, or even KPIs that they can use to start knowing if they're automating well. Want to know more? Listen to Rob Hirschfeld, CEO and Founder of RackN, as he discusses how CTOs should rely on automation infrastructure. Show Notes Connect With: Rob Hirsc…
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When you're building something that needs to run people's production data centers, or people start depending on your product, they don't want it to be an MVP; they want that DevOps discipline of building CI and CD systems, testing, security checks, and all those pieces. Want to know more? Listen to Rob Hirschfeld, CEO and Founder of RackN, as he di…
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The authentic use of AI in any industry is turning complexity into clarity. Many Ai tools are available, but not many takers because many people can't figure out how to use them in their environment. How should you be thinking about deploying AI in your industry? Listen to Sanjay Sehgal, CEO of MSys Technologies, as he discusses industry-specific a…
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With AI development moving at a fast pace, there are concerns that people are at risk of crossing ethical lines. Some are wary that AI could even replace human connections. How exposed are you to AI, and what can you do to keep pace with such an inequitable partner? Listen to Sanjay Sehgal, CEO of MSys Technologies as he discusses ethics and human …
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How do you focus on revenue when scaling and developing cross-functional teams? It starts by being able to measure and link your product's functionality, features, and usage to real revenue impact. And sharing that with the team who built them to give them accountability. When you do that and get your product usage data under control, each team und…
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The path to becoming a tech leader at a fast-growing startup is multifaceted, so you have to be hands-on from the onset: from coding your product to raising and developing a team. As a CTO, you have your work laid out for you. How do you handle it all and become the CTO of your dreams? Listen to Ole Dallerup, CTO and Co-founder of Dreamdata.io, as …
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Feedback can be scary to give and receive, but it doesn't have to be because everyone needs it to improve and grow the company. See feedback as data and not a judgment about who or what is right or wrong. How do you deal with the emotions that come with feedback? How do you ask for feedback to get the data you need to boost performance? Listen to D…
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There's always some hierarchy in every organization, no matter how flat they try to keep things flat. The farther away people are from the center point, the harder it is to keep them glued. Skip levels are a way to keep people connected to the vision. What is it, and how does it work? Listen to Darva Satcher, Director of Engineering of GitLab Inc.,…
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Brittany Cotton and Etienne de Bruin talk to Kevin Goldsmith and Claudius Mbemba about the importance of building your reputation as CTO/VPE or technical executive. Connect With: Kevin Goldsmith: Website // LinkedIn // Twitter The CTO Podcast: Website // Speaker Application Etienne de Bruin: Website // LinkedIn // Twitter See Privacy Policy at http…
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Dalia Havens, VPE of Replicated, discusses about grooming engineering managers. Connect With: Dalia Havens: Website // LinkedIn // Twitter The CTO Podcast: Website // Speaker Application Etienne de Bruin: Website // LinkedIn // Twitter See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-…
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The era of hoarding access to data is fast passing because access to data is driving incredible value. But how do you manage the costs and complexity? As a CTO, when do you bring on a CDO to help your company leverage all the data you've been gathering? Listen to Adrian Estala, VP, Field Chief Data Officer of Starburst, as he discusses architecture…
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The Chief Data Officer role is relatively new but has quickly evolved from governance and data capabilities to thinking about the business, specific use cases, and the projects that will deliver those use cases. However, the biggest issue for a CDO, especially in a big company, is every one of your business consumers has a different ask. They want …
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Etienne spends a bit of one on one time with you talking about the differences between coaching our people vs. giving them feedback. Connect With: Etienne de Bruin: Website // LinkedIn // Twitter The CTO Podcast: Website // Speaker Application Etienne de Bruin: Website // LinkedIn // Twitter See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and Calif…
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We had a discussion about how the role of CTO is actually fundamentally changing where we have to consider the fact that the tools we're using processes we have in place are actually not in service anymore to this globalized workforce. One of the things, I think why we're here in the workforce is that. Everything we did the last two years has been …
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So many small teams start by configuring the bare necessities to get their product going. Then they want to scale and realize a DevOps component is missing at your company. Hiring a DevOps person to get them up to speed and then working with them will be a few months off. How do you stop juggling and focus on product improvement from day one? Find …
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Some CTOs want their developers to be well-versed in DevOps others want their SREs to handle that; what if you don't have any of those? Do you hire a DevOps or take the no-Ops option? What if you could have a happy middle ground that brings the benefits of no-ops to a platform such as AWS or GCP? Find out more as Surya Oruganti, Founder & CEO at Ar…
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The buy vs. build question is a recurring one engineering leaders have to deal with. You are often worried that by taking an off-the-shelf solution, they will only have 80% of the functionality you want. Do you still go ahead to buy or build internally? How does doing either help you compete in the market? Find out more in this episode of the CTO p…
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Are you one of those CTOs scared of adopting ChatGPT because of privacy, security, and copyright concerns? Your team members are already using it. The earlier you drive adoption and expertise with how to use and what the pitfalls are, the more elaborate your work will be. Find out more in this episode of the CTO podcast as Blake Messer, VP of Engin…
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Development is a continuum, with team after team continuing to improve the code base. How do you handle inherited code base and technical debt? How does a new team measure and value its contribution to the product against the inherited code base? Listen to this episode of the CTO Podcast as Hezheng Yin, Cofounder & CTO at Merico, discusses contribu…
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Leveraging global engineering talent is increasingly impossible to pass off. But how do you manage such a team with diverse cultural backgrounds? How do you ensure everyone is in sync when a scrum is impossible to schedule? And how do you foster collaboration among teams to move your company forward? Tune in to this episode of the CTO Podcast as He…
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Digital companies generate tons of data. The problem is no longer the cost of storing extensive data but the carbon footprint it generates. With new regulations coming for companies to report their carbon footprint and financial reports, what's the smart way to save on data storage? How can AI and machine learning help? Listen to Richard Whitehead,…
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What is the world of artificial intelligence inside IT operations? There is the creation of models based on event data, log data, and whatever interests machines and DevOps. And then there is the ability to simplify or automate some, whether it's an alert or seeing something in the data that the operator might not see. What more? Listen to Richard …
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As you lay the foundation for software development, it's essential to consider the best framework for achieving excellence and effectiveness. In stage one, you must focus on team-building strategies, and stage two is environment setup, documentation, and coding standards. By stage three, you must automate processes to improve efficiency and reduce …
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What is the best framework for laying an excellent and effective Software Development Foundation? How do you build a resilient system where security isn't a chore but a part of your team's culture? There are four stages, and stage one concerns your strategies for a team-building environment, setup, documentation, and coding standards. What's in sta…
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What is your team doing to cross-pollinate knowledge or innovate, or keep up to date with the current standards? How do you leverage the strengths of your teams? What is foundational to the software development process, and how do you make the case to other C-suites for buy-in? Listen to Calvin Hendryx-Parker, CTO and Co-Founder at Six Feet Up, tal…
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