CTOs. Love. Product.

Can anything stand in the way of the sharing economy?  Or maybe I should ask, can anything stand in the way of Oscar Salazar?  You may have never heard of him but he is Uber's founding CTO.  He is a busy CTO.  He also launched Ride, a new app to make your commute easier and also cheaper.

But earlier this year, Rubicon Global hired Oscar, as its chief technology advisor and to help create an app that would operate as an “Uber for trash.”.  According to Fortune, Leonardo DiCaprio is an investor.

What I find most inspirational about his is what Garrett Camp says about him on LinkedIn:

"I've known Garrett for more than 10 years and I've always been amazed by his ability to identify opportunities in different domains. His attention to details and his sense of aesthetics made him an excellent product person and a leader. I'm looking forward to seeing what he is doing next."

As CTOs it becomes more and more important for us to embrace the world of the CMOs and Product chiefs.  We can't live in silos of technology without caring deeply about what problem our product solves and the lives we are changing through our technology.  In the case of Oscar, it seems like he has achieved greatness in his domain, the sharing economy, and is now spread far and wide in the conquest of industries ripe for revolution.

Hopefully you're a CTO because this is already deeply ingrained in your day to day thinking, but I would still challenge you, when was the last time you talked with your fellow C-suites, your marketing, sales and product people about your products?