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CTO Studio: Brant Cooper on Competitive Advantage

By Competitive Advantage, Technology

Brant Cooper, the New York Times bestselling author of The Lean Entrepreneur and CEO of Moves the Needle, and Etienne de Bruin, the Founder of 7CTOs, discuss how CTOs shield their organization in various ways. From protecting intellectual property, compliance to risk management, the most impactful competitive advantage is how the CTO helps address the market by organizationally reinforcing innovation.

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How CTOs Can Improve Their Security Structure

By Scaling CTO, Shield, Technology

Compliance is a critical aspect of company growth. Every company that operates in the cloud or gathers personal data is subject to international, national, and state laws. So whether you are a three-person entity or a global empire, you should be thinking about compliance risk management. This article provides some basic ideas on how you can build an effective compliance risk management system.

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How to Build a Compliance Risk Management System

By Scaling CTO, Shield, Technology

Compliance is a critical aspect of company growth. Every company that operates in the cloud or gathers personal data is subject to international, national, and state laws. So whether you are a three-person entity or a global empire, you should be thinking about compliance risk management. This article provides some basic ideas on how you can build an effective compliance risk management system.

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Is Patenting Right for My Company?

By Scaling CTO, Shield, Technology

Patenting is clearly valuable, but at the same time, not all companies can afford the cost and time required for patenting. How are we as CTOs supposed to gauge when a patent is necessary, especially when we don’t know how successful our products will be? The key, according to Eastman, is being aware of and proactive with IP protection from the beginning of the creative process. This article will explore patents and how CTOs can maximize their protective power.

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

By Technology, Tooling

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.

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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