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What’s black and white and growing 200% year over year?

By Member Spotlights

The Zebra, an Austin-based insurance marketplace startup.

The race for industry dominance is heating up for 7CTOs members Meetesh Karia (CTO) and Manijeh Noori (VP of Engineering) as The Zebra closes a $38.5 million Series C, placing the startup among other ambitious insurance marketplaces in 2020 funding rounds.

Insurify raised $23 million, Gabi $27 million, and Policygenius $100 million. That’s $185 million raised by four insurance marketplaces this year alone.

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Thinking local is going big: SOCi closes $15 million Series C funding round.

By Member Spotlights

Alo Sarv, is leading the social and reputation management platform he co-founded, SOCi, into 2020 with a successful Series C funding round.

Led by Vertical Venture Partners, Grayhawk Capital, and Ankona Capital, the round demonstrates that localized marketing for multi-location enterprises is only becoming more essential to creating a captivating customer journey.

“This investment will help SOCi continue to build out its platform to allow our enterprise partners to centrally manage all of their local digital channels and assets that are core to their localized marketing presence in a single platform.”

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Flock Freight receives a truckload of cash in a successful $50 million Series B round.

By Member Spotlights

7CTOs member Lu Saenz (CTO at Flock Freight) is driving freight logistics into the 21st century with algorithms that create “carpools” for shipping companies. This helps them fill all their available truckspace efficiently and minimizes late deliveries.

Like with any industry where algorithmic-efficiency is poised to have major impact, investors have noticed. Flock Freight just closed a successful $50 million Series B funding round, led by SignalFire and GLP Capital Partners.

When Lu posted the news to LinkedIn, his caption simply read: “We’re hiring software engineers!”

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S2E2 Short Term Crisis Management or a Longer Term Thing?

By Austin, Members, San Diego, Silicon Valley, The CTO Studio

We put together a CTO Town Hall to talk through the COVID-19 response. Is this a short term crisis management thing or is this a longer term cultural shift to working from home and remote team management?

As a service to the larger CTO community, we have opened up our #community channel in Slack to absolutely any technical leader so that we can be there for each other and help each other through this crisis.

Just send an email to Etienne

Alan Leard

CTO, Limelight Health

Christopher Lefelhocz

Sr. Dir. Development, GitLab

Opening up our Slack Community for all CTOs

By Leadership

As CTOs we love to solve problems.  As leaders we are called to help our teams work together efficiently.  As a normal day goes, being a leader is hard.  In times of crisis, it becomes exponentially harder.

The COVID-19 pandemic is resulting in isolation as a strategy which has two challenges:

  1. Tactical: how do we help our teams succeed?
  2. Emotional: how do we show up as the best leaders we can be?

The internet is overflowing with tactical help for which there are limitless resources being shared on a daily basis.  Your role as CTO is to make sure that whichever tactics you pick is best suited for your team culture and dynamic.

The emotional component is harder because we don’t always realize that we’re tanking.  While emotions lie behind every decision we make, it is often the most neglected component of our leadership as we navigate each day’s todo list.

The most effective way to nurture your emotional state is to regularly talk to those who are in similar situations are you are.  It requires an intentional state of mind and extra effort to show up.

You are not alone!

As we navigate the current crisis, 7CTOs is opening up our Slack and Zoom community to all CTOs/VPs and technical leaders at no charge.  We want you to feel connected, ask questions, get answers, help others so that we can take care of our mental health together.  Who knows? This pandemic may bring out the most innovative side of you yet!

Join our weekly zoom call

We are taking an extra step to check in on each other every week.  This call is open to absolutely any CTO who needs to check in with other CTOs.  Register here

Join our #community channel on Slack

With over 200 CTOs helping each other on a daily basis, you will definitely be in good hands.  Leadership is situational and we have unbelievable people in our community ready to jump in and help you understand which options are best for you and which aren’t.

Just staying connected is sometimes all we need.

To join Slack, please email us for an invite.

See you soon!

Etienne, founder 7CTOs.