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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.

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.”

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

The CTO’s Challenge Of Picking The Right Tools For The Job

By Uncategorized

I had the best time ever with these three gentlemen discussing the role of the CTO in picking tools and the biases we fight in order to be the best we can be to our C-Suite.

Some highlights from this episode:

  • Jonathan talks about a progression when it comes to evaluating tools that goes beyond just a quick glance at marketing websites.  For instance they decided to go with Terraform over Cloud Formation because the tool better suited their needs.  But that realization only comes after some deep learning which equips the CTO and their team to make the right decisions.
  • Aaron,  who in a past live was the technical advisor to Bill Gates, talks about the need for CTOs to put aside the science bias in which we dig into the smallest details about our tools and rather look at how we can help our companies get to market quicker.
  • Casey talks about the PDSA method for combating the paralysis analysis situation that many CTOs find themselves in when having to make decisions.  He challenges us to rely on our intuition more.

This is such an important aspect to being a CTO, the ability to bring tools to the table.  If you’re reading this before March 2020 you should consider joining our Global CTO Colloquium which focuses on the right tools for the job.

Register for the March 2020 Global Colloquium

Casey talks about getting out of our heads here with the PDSA method:

  • Plan
  • Do
  • Study
  • Act

The more you can repeat that, the more confidence you’ll get!

Jonathan LaCour

CTO, Mission

Aaron Contorer

Founder, FP Complete

Casey Kleindienst

Professor, Cal State Fullerton

7CTOs Zoom Call: What does Agile really look like?

By AMA, Meeting, Podcasts

Pragmatic Agile – everyone says they are agile, but it’s bullsh*t!

So what is Pragmatic Agile? Topics discussed:

  • What and how are we measuring?
  • What are we learning from these metrics?
  • How are we changing from the learning?

About Emad Georgy

Emad is recognized globally as an execution-focused CTO and powerful transformational leader. Developing Code and Developing Leaders!

Hands-on, execution-focused, CTO Advisor and Consultant leading large-scale transformations in architecture, Agile, DevOps, IT, process and leadership development. He helps his clients with scaling and growing pains as well as developing strong leaders in technology.

  • Former CTO of Experian and other enterprise brands, as well as 3 startup CTO roles, leading global transformations in Software Development, QA, DevOps and Operations
  • Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader
  • Global Innovation Award winner, Product Launch of the Year, Hadoop/Cloudera
  • Cloudera-featured video case study on real-time view of the customer (1 of 1st 50 to implement Hbase into production globally)
  • Contributed .Net code to Windows XP OS and a number of Microsoft product lines
  • IBM Research-recognized technical debt model using predictive analytics – incorporated into Rational Rose product
  • Scrum Alliance Speaker, mentored by Ken Schwaber
  • Passion for computer science and leadership development


Emad Georgy

Developer of Code. Developer of Leaders.