What about becoming CTO – how did that transpire? It all started during a meeting he had with HR, the person he was meeting with asked him where he saw himself in five years. He replied honestly telling her he saw himself as CTO of this company in 5 years.
It turns out the CEO of the company at the time was thinking the same thing. The CEO took him to lunch a week later and he told Jesus he wanted to make him CTO. A few months later he became CTO.
He says now that he is CTO it hasn’t changed much for him, hierarchies are non-existent to him. The main difference is now he is involved in the company’s strategy, and that is something he is still learning about.
What about his nomination for 2018 CTO of the year by the Los Angeles Business Journal – has that changed anything for him? It was amazing, he says he felt like he didn’t belong! He was among big name CTOs: the CTO of the LA Clippers, Los Angeles’ CTO, Playboy’s CTO, Verizon’s CTO and Disney’s CTO, etc. At the dinner for the nominees he sat at a table with LA’s CTO and he had a great conversation with the Clippers’ CTO. He was nominated again for 2019!
Also on today’s CTO Studio, we dig into his actual experiences as CTO a bit more, I asked him to share the first obstacle he had while CTO. One of the first tasks he was given was to build a reporting platform. His background is primarily building web sites, which were mainly static or perhaps had a few business logic components involved but not too many. A reporting platform on the other hand is a full-on MVC application!
In addition to being the CTO, he was also a developer so there were a lot of technologies he had to grasp very quickly so he could build an MVP. After many iterations and a year later, they finally had a working system that was useful for the company.
Changing directions a bit, we talk about how his mom came to the United States and why she left Guadalajara. We talk about the realities of being stopped at border crossings and traveling through the airports as immigrants, and how DACA has shaped him and what most people misunderstand about the legalities of becoming a citizen via DACA.
We wrap up with his thoughts on the tech scene in LA and how he’s seeking a community there. Join us for those topics and more on today’s CTO Studio.
MVC Application (Model View Controller pattern)
“very quickly so he could build an MVP”