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The 9th CTO Colloquium: Austin 9/19/19

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On 9/19/2019, in Austin TX, technology leaders will lead a discussion among peers with presentations on:

How to build fully functioning MVPs like RoomSteals.com in days

How to get a group of people to agree on priorities without saying a word

Better marketing, better products: How to integrate marketing into your tech stack

Agenda

  • 7:05 pm: Eat, Drink, Mingle
  • 7:15 pm: Nate Ritter
  • 7:50 pm: Alan Stickler
  • 8:05 pm: Bill Vieux

On How to build fully functioning MVPs like RoomSteals.com in days: We’ve all heard of customer development. However, building the product can sometimes be the fastest way to learn about the market you’re interested in. I’m going to share my mental models, optimized for speed, as well as how I build new products like RoomSteals.com in a weekend.

On How to get a group of people to agree on priorities without saying a word: There are huge advantages to group decision making compared to letting one individual making all the decisions. While many of us have experienced this phenomenon, we rarely have the time or patience to facilitate this type of activity. In reality, we avoid minimize using large groups to make decisions because it is time consuming to get alignment and we know that an influential subset of people can steer the group, or worse it feels like the group can talk itself in circles without reaching an actionable conclusion. During this discussion, I will describe a technique for helping a group of people utilize their combined knowledge to align on priorities, and most of it is done without speaking.

On Better marketing, better products: We’re going to talk about the marketing, tracking, and personalization. Giving some thought to your marketing funnel and integrating customer lifecycle events into your SaaS product will allow you complement your marketing tech stack, not fight it.

What is the CTO Colloquium?

The CTO Colloquium is a series of meetings held in various cities, at which specialists address Chief Technology Officers in presentations on relevant topics.  Afterwards, they answer questions pertaining to these topics as well as take part in discussions with  smaller groups of attendees.

Who is it for?

The meetings are exclusive to the head of all technology in a company, typically the CTO.  We prefer to keep the meetings small in order to maximize engagement with the presenters and therefor we keep it invite-only.

Please contact us if you’re interested in attending. Just a heads up that these are invite-only events, but we are always interested in meeting new people. 

Speakers

Nate Ritter

CTO, Hotels for Hope

Alan Stickler

CTO, Digital Pharmacy

Bill Vieux

CTO, Casual Fridays

The 3rd CTO Colloquium: Austin 1/16/2019

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On 1/16/2019, in Austin, TX:

Ken Cone
Mary Beth Westmoreland
Elijah Wood

will address the CTO Colloquium with presentations on:

“Lean for 7CTOs”
“Fail Brilliantly – a Cloud Transformation Story”
“Tools to help your engineering teams discuss the purpose of their work”

Agenda

  • 5:30pm to 6pm – Arrival Food & Drinks
  • 6:00 to 6:30 pm – Ken Cone
  • 6:30 to 7:00 pm – Mary Beth Westmoreland
  • 7:00 to 8:00 pm – Elijah Wood
  • 8pm Adjourn to closest Pub

On Lean for 7CTOs: “The Lean Startup” has made Lean a common word among entrepreneurs. In this talk, Ken discusses the lean foundations that the Lean Startup is based on and how to apply these to your unique business.

On Fail Brilliantly – a Cloud Transformation Story: Mary Beth will share how learning from many failures propelled Blackbaud’s successful transformation to the cloud.

On Tools to help your engineering teams discuss the purpose of their work: The workshop will begin by exploring a method to clarify for individuals and a group what is important in their work. Together we can reveal when a compelling purpose is missing and avoid moving forward without clarity. Next, we will explore individual work, self-selection of ideas, and structured group conversations to make meetings more actionable. The attendees will identify a challenge to ideate on and vote as a group. Then, everyone will write down their ideas about a particular question or problem on sheets of paper for a few minutes; then, you have each participant pass their ideas on to someone else, who reads the ideas and adds new ideas. Finally, we will conclude with sharing the ideas and reflecting on the exercises of the workshop.

What is the CTO Colloquium?

The CTO Colloquium is a series of meetings held in various cities, at which specialists address Chief Technology Officers in presentations on relevant topics.  Afterwards, they answer questions pertaining to these topics as well as take part in discussions with  smaller groups of attendees.

Who is it for?

The meetings are exclusive to the head of all technology in a company, typically the CTO.  We prefer to keep the meetings small in order to maximize engagement with the presenters and therefor we keep it invite-only.

Please contact us if you’re interested in attending future Colloquiums.

Presenters

Ken Cone

CTO, Radeus Labs

Mary Beth Westmoreland

CTO, Blackbaud

Elijah Wood

Facilitator, Voltage Control

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