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7CTOs Zoom Call: How Does Your Tech Organization Measure Up?

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How Does Your Tech Organization Measure Up?

CTOs wear many hats at work. You have to provide technical leadership but also run the team day-to-day and often, operational excellence gets left behind. Meet Agustin Lebron and Paul Johnson, who created Essilen Research, a consulting firm that helps CTOs and companies improve their technical operational efficiency. In this AMA, Paul and Agustin will share their stories and answer your questions about running tech teams efficiently and enabling their growth.

About Agustin Lebron

Agustin started his career as an IC design engineer. He then transitioned to a career as a quant trader and researcher on Wall Street and in London England. He has created, developed and implemented numerous trading strategies, including some of the first deep neural-network-based strategies. His new book The Laws Of Trading teachers readers how to use trading concepts to improve their decision-making.

About Paul Johnson

Paul started a career in software engineering in 1999 at Qualcomm Inc. In his 20 years of experience, he has worked from an individual contributor to a senior director overseeing a worldwide team of hundreds of engineers. Paul has experienced the entire tech company lifecycle: from the super fast growth of a young team through the challenges of downsizing and financial pressure. He offers this perspective to his clients and helps them navigate every stage.

Experts

Agustin Lebron

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Essilen Research

Paul Johnson

Co-Founder, Essilen Research

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

By | Austin, Colloquium, Meeting

On 9/19/2019, in Austin TX, technology leaders led 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

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 a future Colloquium. Just a heads up that these are invite-only events, but we are always interested in meeting new people. 

Check out the video recap:

Speakers

Nate Ritter

CTO, Hotels for Hope

Alan Stickler

CTO, Digital Pharmacy

Bill Vieux

CTO, Casual Fridays

The 8th CTO Colloquium: Carlsbad 9/10/19

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On 9/10/2019, in Carlsbad, CA, in partnership with Proven Recruiting, 7CTOs presented:

Tackling Scalability & Microservices – A Case Study

Led by technology leaders and fellow 7CTOs members Anup Marwadi and Benji Koltai.

Scaling systems requires out-of-the-box thinking. Many of the traditional rules of programming do not apply when it comes to building systems that scale.

Over the past 5 years, Anup has built distributed systems that need to scale up to perform thousands of transactions a second. In this open forum, we would like to focus some of the techniques that were applied to achieve scale and also chat about how so many of these techniques are now being replaced by micro-services oriented serverless architectures such as Lambda functions.

Bring your questions and be ready to contribute. The goal of this discussion is to setup a forum to exchange ideas and discuss pros and cons of some of the approaches used

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 a future Colloquium.  Just a heads up that these are invite-only events, but we are always interested in meeting new people. 

Check out the video recap:

Moderators

Anup Marwadi

CEO, HyperTrends Global

Benji Koltai

Co-founder & CTO, Galley

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0111 Member Retreat: October 2019, San Diego, CA

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What is the 0111 CTO Conference?

0111 provides you with endless opportunities to learn and grow with your fellow attendees through:

Innovative Processes: multiple opportunities to work and learn in diverse groups, experimenting with new ways of working together

Real-world Learning: we have lined up a suite of timely, relevant topics delivered by in-the-trenches CTOs using multiple learning modalities

Unexpected Connections: build authentic relationships that will bring meaning and life-long value to your world

Our 0111 San Diego 2019 Speakers

It's no easy feat to keep 70+ CTOs engaged for two days, but the mix of presentations, discussions, and introspection, combined with opportunities to meet new people were the right fuel for an amazing conference!

Irwin RodriguesOrolia, Chief Product Officer

Another amazing event! 7CTOs outdoes themselves year after year. Great speakers and a wonderful group of friendly people.

Jonathan DownCTO @ Proposify

I've never seen a conference with such an air of humility. All the tech leaders I spoke with were willing to get curious and engage in wonderful, authentic conversations. I learned my challenges aren't unique and there's a group of empathetic CTOs willing to listen and share their thoughts, regardless of org size.

Eric LawlerSilversheet. Senior Engineer

7CTOs is a must-have for the successful technology leader.

Lu SaenzFlock Freight (formerly AuptiX), VP Engineering & Product

0111 is a not only a gathering of some of the smartest people but also some of the best humans I’ve been to. This will make you come out of this as a better individual and leader

Jerome BonhommeCTO, American Specialty Health

Attending the 0111 event was refreshing, invigorating and thought-provoking. Can't wait for next year's!

Julia DuranSouth Geeks, CEO

This is a very special conference that brings together relevant topics for technology leaders of companies of all sizes. The speakers are amazing and the venues are fun. Being able to share experiences with peers from all over the globe is both enjoyable and valuable.

Sigalit TsadokCo-Founder PermitDocs

7CTOs is an awesome place to refine the craft of being a manager in a group of dedicated, thoughtful people. Very focussed on goals but still fun and engaging. Definitely recommended for any manager looking for a place to learn

Daniel CroftGitLab - Engineering Manager, Package

I'm constantly guided by the principle of surrounding oneself with those who you would like to be like. 7CTOs is a community likely to change the career trajectory of any young technical leader

Valeed MalikSaRA Health, CoFounder & CTO

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The 7th CTO Colloquium: San Diego 6/26/19

By | Colloquium, Meeting, San Diego

On 6/26/2019, in San Diego, CA, technology leaders and fellow 7CTOs members Benji Koltai and Anup Marwadi led a discussion among peers about code and architecture.

Bring your questions and be ready to contribute. We will be walking through topics and testing strategies on:

  • Full-Stack
  • JS
  • Migrating to Typescript
  • Using GraphQL

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 a future Colloquium. Just a heads up that these are invite-only events, but we are always interested in meeting new people. 

Check out the video recap:

Moderators

Benji Koltai

Co-Founder & CTO, Galley

Anup Marwadi

CEO, HyperTrends Global

The 6th CTO Colloquium: Vancouver 5/8/19

By | Colloquium, Meeting, Vancouver

In collaboration with Thinkific and Vancouver CTO Group, on 5/8/2019, in Vancouver, BC, 7CTOs presented:

“Managing Growth through Transparency & Communication”
“I was an early-stage startup CTO”
“Building and maintaining a good company culture”

On Managing Growth through Transparency & Communication: An actionable overview of techniques used to manage effectively at times of change and growth in a startup environment. Strategies to implement in bringing your team closer together when you as a CTO are getting stretched and have less and less time to spend in the trenches alongside your engineers.

On I was an early-stage startup CTO: A talk about the journey building the engineering practice at Thinkific. This talk will include descriptions of the technical, people and process challenges encountered and the lessons learned as a result.

On Building and maintaining a good company culture: Leaders need to build great working environments for their employees, in order to attract and retain the best people. I want to share some of the keys to our success at WineDirect.

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 a future Colloquium. Just a heads up that these are invite-only events, but we are always interested in meeting new people. 

Check out the video recap:

Speakers

Bijan Vaez

CoFounder & Advisor, EventMobi

Matt Payne

CTO at Thinkific

Karson Enns

Director Of Engineering, Felix