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Investing in Your People Pays Dividends with Scott Parker
Jul 18 • 17 min
Scott Parker has seen a lot over his 15 year career having transitioned from engineer to manager to executive. In this episode of the CTO Connection podcast, Peter and Scott discuss Scott’s approach to people management, differences in building teams at…
Learning and Developing as an Engineering Leader with Stacy Gorelik
Jun 28 • 23 min
This week Peter speaks with Stacy Gorelik, Director of Engineering at Flatiron Health, about her career progression from individual contributor to a director role, what she looks for when hiring and her experiences as a CTO Summit Speaker.
Attracting and Developing Engineering Talent with Johnny Austin, Engineering Director @ Mapbox
Jun 22 • 27 min
In this episode of CTO Connection, host Peter Bell sits down with Johnny Austin, Engineering Director of Navigation at Mapbox, to discuss the best and most challenging aspects of engineering leadership, practical tips for creating a solid onboarding…
Engineering Team Cohesion at Scale with Han Yuan, SVP of Engineering @ Upwork
May 24 • 33 min
This week, Peter Bell is joined by SVP of Engineering at Upwork, Han Yuan. Han and Peter dive into what it’s like to run an engineering team that spans countries, building a good engineering culture for a remote team and how he brings on new engineers to…
Building a truly global engineering team with Rebecca Parsons, CTO @ ThoughtWorks
May 10 • 32 min
In this episode of CTO Connection, host Peter Bell sits down with Rebecca Parsons, CTO of Thoughtworks, to discuss managing a large, truly global engineering team, the implications for current advancements in architecture and the importance of supporting…
Creative Product Delivery at Scale with Colin Bodell, CTO @ Groupon
Apr 25 • 19 min
Colin Bodell, CTO of Groupon, joins Peter Bell to discuss how to balance being open to unexpected opportunities while still delivering on today’s commitments, encouraging idea-sharing from all levels of an engineering organization and what differentiates…
Scaling Leadership in a Growing Tech Organization with Nick Caldwell, Chief Product Officer @ Looker
Apr 12 • 25 min
Nick Caldwell, Chief Product Officer of Looker, joins CTO Connection host Peter Bell to discuss the challenges of scaling leadership in a growing tech organization, moving from a 15-year career at Microsoft into the world of Bay area startups, and some of…
Welcome to the CTO Connection Podcast!
Mar 7 • 1 min
Welcome to the CTO Connection Podcast!
Gitcoin — Grow Open Source w. Kevin Owocki / Changelog
Feb 1, 2018 • 77 min
Today we are posting an interview for The Changelog that StartupCTO.io host Kevin Owocki recently did. From The Changelog: We’re joined by Kevin Owocki, the founder of Gitcoin. Gitcoin is a platform to monetize or incentivize work in open source software.…
Optimize Your Learning Velocity w. Scott Carleton, Andela
Jan 1, 2018 • 42 min
[from the archives] Our guest today is Scott Carleton. Scott has a passion for building communities and empowering self-growth through education. Scott is currently the VP of Technology at Andela, a global engineering organization dedicated to fostering…
Blockchain is like Sriracha. It’s delicious on everything — Clay Collins & Nick Gauthier of Nomics.com
Dec 1, 2017 • 42 min
Clay Collins & Nick Gauthier are founders of Nomics will be “Yahoo Finance for Crypto” and the internet’s home page for Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies. Nick Gauthier has been developing for the web for 10 years and loves Ruby, Go, and…
Hire for Vigilance & Excellent Practical Judgement — Quin Hoxie w. Swiftype
Nov 1, 2017 • 35 min
This episode is co-hosted by Jacob Ablowitz. We are honored today to be interviewing Quin Hoxie, founder and CTO of Swiftype. This episode covers Quin’s experiences as an engineer at Scrib, and then as Co-Founder and CTO of Swiftype
Sustaining Open Source w. Eric Berry, CodeSponsor.io
Oct 23, 2017 • 33 min
Today, we are honored to have Eric Berry, founder of CodeSponsor.io Code Sponsor is a matchmaking platform for software developers and open source projects.
Blockchain Nerdery w. Matt Walters & Rhys Lindmark
Oct 1, 2017 • 47 min
We are joined this week by Matt Walters (Blockchain Engineer at Consensys, former Techstars CTO), and Rhys Lindmark (Independent Blockchain Engineer) for a very special Blockchain episode of StartupCTO.io. Join us as we share stories about web3, a hacking…
The primacy of the network & Web 3.0 — Vince Horn & Ryan Oelke of CryptoMind
Sep 3, 2017 • 64 min
Today’s episode is a cross-post from Vincent Horn’s new podcast, Crypto-Mind. With permission, I’ve reposted it from Crypto-Mind podcast. This podcast is about contemplating deeply the societal, spiritual, network implications of the networked Web 3.0…
The Ethereum Ecosystem w. Raine Revere, Lead Architect at Prism
Sep 1, 2017 • 38 min
Raine Revere is the Lead Architect at Prism — The world’s first trustless portfolio market platform. Join Raine and special guest co-host Kevin Seagraves as we discuss blockchain, ethereum, and the future of Web3.
Ch-ch-changes (Announcements)
Aug 3, 2017 • 12 min
Miles & Kevin announce some changes to the podcast.
People First Organizations w. Dave Zwieback
Jul 27, 2017 • 36 min
[from the archives] Our guest today is Dave Zwieback, the author of Beyond Blame: Learning from Failure and Success and an engineering leader in various organizations in & around New York City.
Bootstrapped Developers
Jul 20, 2017 • 55 min
So you can build it… but, do you know what to do once it’s built? How to monetize it? How do you make enough money to live off of while your company takes off? In this episode, learn about how to go beyond your raw skills of building anything you want and…
How to CTO w. Kathy Keating
Jul 13, 2017 • 15 min
Our Boulder Startup Week episode streak continues. Today, we’ve got Kathy Keating, CTO of Apostrophe on the show. Kathy has helped build several successful technology startups, founded her own technology consulting business, guided product strategy for…
How to CTO w. Ed Johnson
Jul 6, 2017 • 17 min
Our Boulder Startup Week episode streak continues. Today, we’ve got Ed Johnson, CTO of Goally on the show. Ed and his co-founders at Goally are on a mission to help parents build their children’s independence and self-confidence while giving those parents…
How to CTO w. Nick Cheever
Jun 29, 2017 • 17 min
Our Boulder Startup Week episode streak continues. Today, we’ve got Nick Cheever, VP of Technology at 10-4 on the show. Nick has over 15 years of experience in product development, particularly in a technical leadership role.
Boulder Startup Week 2017 Dev War Stories
Jun 22, 2017 • 22 min
Hi and welcome to a very special Boulder Startup Week episode. This week we’ve got some stories from a session entitled “Dev War Stories”. If you’re a longtime listener, you know that this is one of our favorite questions to ask interviewees.
How to CTO with Andy Pai, Full Contact
Jun 15, 2017 • 12 min
This week’s guest is Andy Pai, VP Engineering at FullContact. FullContact is the most powerful, fully-connected contact management platform for professionals and enterprises who need to master their contacts and be awesome with people.
AI, Automation, Jobs & The Economy w. Jeff Rose of ThinkTopic
Jun 8, 2017 • 41 min
Jeff Rose presenting in a very special Boulder Startup Week 2017 talk. Artificial intelligence is undergoing a renaissance, with the number of relevant research papers, startups, applications, and new ideas expanding rapidly.
Programmable Money w. Piper Merriam
Jun 1, 2017 • 39 min
Cryptocurrencies have the potential to be TCP/IP of money. What does the future look like if they do to money, what the internet did for information?
Crypto and the Law with EFA Colorado
May 25, 2017 • 65 min
EFA Colorado presenting in a very special Boulder Startup Week 2017 talk. What is Cryptography, and why does it matter?
Understanding People is a Superpower; @rands, VP Engineering at Slack
May 18, 2017 • 40 min
Todays episode is from the archives. Michael Lopp (also known as @rands) is a Silicon Valley-based engineering leader who builds both people and product at companies such as Borland, Netscape, Palantir, Pinterest, and Apple.
Engineering Values Roundup
May 11, 2017 • 15 min
Todays episode is from the archives. We ask each of our guests what their engineering values are. What we love about this question is that the answers boil down the brass tacks of leadership into 2-3 minutes of fundamentals.
Great Engineering War Stories
May 4, 2017 • 23 min
Todays episode is from the archives. Last week, @owocki’s startup released a new product — The battles last week during this release reminded us of some of our favorite engineering war stories.
Your Startup is a Pirate Ship w. Jack Dietrich & Ryan VanMiddlesworth
Apr 27, 2017 • 32 min
Our guests this week are Jack Dietrich and Ryan VanMiddlesworth of Fount Studio.
Advancing Your Career is like Playing Great Chess w. Chris McAvoy
Apr 20, 2017 • 45 min
Todays episode is from the archives. We are joined this week by Chris McAvoy to talk about growing your people & their careers.
Reinventing the Organization w. Dan Kador, CTO of Keen.io
Apr 13, 2017 • 50 min
Today’s episode is from the archives. Dan Kador is the co-founder & CTO of Keen.io.
Optimize Your Learning Velocity w. Scott Carleton, Andela
Apr 6, 2017 • 42 min
Our guest today is Scott Carleton. Scott has a passion for building communities and empowering self-growth through education. Scott is currently the VP of Technology at Andela, a global engineering organization dedicated to fostering the next generation…
Building for Massive Scale w. Tim Jenkins, CTO of SendGrid
Mar 30, 2017 • 34 min
Todays episode is from the archives. We are honored to be joined by Tim Jenkins, CoFounder & CTO of SendGrid.
Find a Niche and Be The Best w. Courtland Allen of IndieHackers.com
Mar 23, 2017 • 40 min
Our guest this week is Courtland Allen; MIT graduate, Y Combinator alum, full-stack web developer, and professional designer.
People First Organizations w. Dave Zwieback
Mar 16, 2017 • 36 min
Our guest today is Dave Zwieback, the author of Beyond Blame: Learning from Failure and Success and an engineering leader in various organizations in & around New York City.
Mission Driven Tech w. Zack Bomsta, Owlet
Mar 9, 2017 • 37 min
Our guest today is Zack Bomsta, CTO of Owlet, which produces the Owlet Baby Monitor.
Scaling the Rocket Ship w. Julia Austin of DigitalOcean
Mar 2, 2017 • 43 min
Our episode today is from the archives. Julia Austin is the CTO of DigitalOcean and a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School of Entrepreneurial Management.
Understanding People is a Superpower; @rands, VP Engineering at Slack
Feb 23, 2017 • 40 min
Michael Lopp (also known as @rands) is a Silicon Valley-based engineering leader who builds both people and product at companies such as Borland, Netscape, Palantir, Pinterest, and Apple.
From Startup CTO to Acquired by Google — Anant Jhingran, CTO @Apigee
Feb 16, 2017 • 39 min
Anant Jhingran has been in the tech industry for 27 years and has a Ph.D. in Database Systems from Berkeley. He’s been at IBM, CTO of Apigee, and then after Apigee was acquired, at Google.
From Zero to Sphero w. Ian Bernstein, CTO @Sphero
Feb 9, 2017 • 61 min
Our guest this week is Ian Bernstein, CTO of Sphero. Sphero is creating a new category of toys called “Connected Toys” that take the best of what kids and adults love about their smart devices and fuse it with our robots that exist in the real world.
Reinventing the Organization w. Dan Kador, CTO of Keen.io
Feb 2, 2017 • 50 min
Dan Kador is the co-founder & CTO of Keen.io. He’s responsible for building the technology and team responsible for analytics via APIs (among a million other things) at Keen — a leader in the analytics space.
Building for Massive Scale w. Tim Jenkins, CTO of SendGrid
Jan 26, 2017 • 34 min
Today we are honored to be joined by Tim Jenkins, CoFounder & CTO of SendGrid.
Cross-Training with Sales & Marketing w/ Patrick McKenzie (@patio11)
Jan 19, 2017 • 46 min
(BONUS EPISODE FROM THE ARCHIVES) Learn about how Patrick McKenzie combined his technical skills with marketing/sales skills to launch & grow several successful internet businesses.
Bend the Learning Curve by Consistently Putting Yourself into a Place You’re Uncomfortable — Kathy Keating
Jan 12, 2017 • 42 min
We’re joined this week by guest co-host Diana Pfeil to interview Kathy Keating — Kathy is a Colorado-based Startup CTO who has helped build several successful technology startups, founded her own technology consulting business, guided product strategy for…
Hire Engineers that are Smarter Than You Are w. Jud Valeski
Jan 5, 2017 • 44 min
This week’s episode is from the archives. It’s an interview with Jud Valeski. Jud was a co-founder of Gnip (acquired by Twitter), a real-time data portability software initiative.
Engineering Values Roundup
Dec 29, 2016 • 15 min
We ask each of our guests what their engineering values are.
Advancing Your Career is like Playing Great Chess w. Chris McAvoy
Dec 22, 2016 • 45 min
We are joined this week by Chris McAvoy to talk about growing your people & their careers.
Great Engineering War Stories
Dec 15, 2016 • 23 min
Last week, @owocki’s startup released a new product — The battles last week during this release reminded us of some of our favorite engineering war stories. We ask every CTO on our show “What is your favorite engineering war story?”, and this episode…
Building Successful Distributed Teams – Gevorg Hovsepyan
Dec 8, 2016 • 40 min
Gevorg was the Co-Founder/CTO of LionSharp, where he led the development of Gesture and Voice controlled systems.
Rethinking Education from First Principles w. Manuel Mattke
Dec 1, 2016 • 41 min
Manuel Mattke is an innovator, entrepreneur, tech product guy (and from time to time developer), with a background in finance, technology, and innovation consulting.
Quantifying Engineering w. Travis Kimmel of Gitprime
Nov 24, 2016 • 29 min
We’re taking this week off; If you’re in the US, you’re celebrating Thanksgiving. If you’re not in the US, you can still give thanks — Listen to one of our favorite episodes from the archives: Quantifying Engineering w. Travis Kimmel of Gitprime.
Scaling the Rocket Ship w. Julia Austin of DigitalOcean
Nov 17, 2016 • 43 min
Julia Austin is the CTO of DigitalOcean and a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School of Entrepreneurial Management.
Web Security for Startup CTOs w. Andrew Useckas
Nov 10, 2016 • 35 min
Andrew Useckas is the CTO of Threat-X; a 10 person startup based out of Colorado that provides Web Application Firewalls as a Service.
Building Teams that create Customer Success w. Ingrid Alongi
Nov 3, 2016 • 41 min
Ingrid Alongi is the co-founder of Quickleft, a software development firm in Boulder Colorado which was acquired by Cognizant in March of 2016.
ZCash ($ZEC) – A blockchain for Privacy with Zooko Wilcox
Oct 28, 2016 • 17 min
Episode 0.8 of our Podcast was a Boulder Startup Week talk about ZCash by its founder; Zooko Wilcox. ZCash is a privacy-centric blockchain. Zcash payments are published on a public blockchain, but the sender, recipient, and amount of a transaction remain…
Crossing the Chasm w. Brandon Purcell
Oct 27, 2016 • 45 min
Brandon Purcell is the CTO of SpatialKey; a leading geospatial intelligence analytics platform.