There’s a lot happening in the world of cloud services today and Jonathan LaCour of Mission is here to tell us all about it. Jonathan is CTO of Mission, a managed cloud consulting service based in Los Angeles.
On today’s episode of CTO Studio, Jonathan and I talk about all the issues related to cloud and cloud migration and owning your own data. Be sure to listen in to this fascinating conversation on today’s CTO Studio.
In this episode, you’ll hear:
- Why doesn’t it work to just throw people at a problem?
- Why the CTO and the product team ultimately have the same goal.
- What is the most difficult thing for most technologists?
- What is the #1 most important value a CTO can hold?
- What do people ultimately value?
- And so much more!
Mission helped sponsor our first CTO conference, the same conference at which Jonathan gave a talk. So it’s fitting to actually we recorded this show from Mission’s headquarters with Jonathan. We start off by talking about Jonathan’s journey, how he became the CTO at Mission and what they do there.
Jonathan got into computing young, his dad was a Presybterian minister and also an engineer who went to Georgia Tech. His dad even worked on the space program, and has always been a technical kind of guy.
In fact, Jonathan’s dad would bring home his portable computer when Jonathan was little. This computer was a Mac Plus with a handle on it! And that’s where Jonathan started to code: on that little Mac Plus. He started with HyperCard and Pascal and eventually C, etc.
In high school he began writing code professionally and started working at an enterprise healthcare business. He went through a few acquisitions with them, including when they were bought by an enterprise document management business so he was heavily into enterprise in its early days.
From there he did a hard right into startups and went into business with his sister and brother-in-law. They created a type of SaaS application in the photography space called ShootQ.
They built out a cloud native app (back in the very early days of cloud) and grew ShootQ to become an industry standard, after which they sold it to a company in LA.