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Announcing our exclusive partnership with Modern CTO

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Joel, the founder of ModernCTO Podcast, and I have been talking on and off for 3 years. Both of us building out our own visions, it had become somewhat of a ritual to check in on each other’s progress. So when I reached out to Joel in October of this year, I had no idea we were about to embark on a very special partnership together. I simply wrote, “I have an idea” to which he responded almost immediately, “Perfect, I can give you a call now or in an hour”.

That sums up the way he works. He is in the now. Present with you every step of the way. We talked about our desire to serve the larger technology leadership community and with the stars aligned, we realized that our worlds could collide in a very beautiful way. So we immediately started work on what a partnership between our organizations could look like. We found a wonderful sweet spot.

We call it ELEVATE – the #1 Technology Leadership Community on Earth. This community is an expression of our desire to build the strongest, the healthiest and far reaching technical ecosystem on the planet. 7CTOs continues to provide intimate, accountable forums focused on personal and professional growth as CTOs while ELEVATE reaches a wider audience of technology manager and senior engineers who are earlier in their path to becoming CTOs, VPs or founders. It all fits beautifully into the ecosystem that cares about people, their growth, prosperity and well-being.

Stay tuned.

Announcing The New Technical Fund

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Ever since I founded 7CTOs in 2013, I’ve had an easy time describing the value proposition of peer mentorship groups to CTOs and CEOs of rapidly growing tech companies. I also had an easy time describing the origin story (check out the video if you have 7 minutes). The harder part, was landing on a ‘give back’ strategy for 7CTOs that felt true and authentic to me while also building a commercially viable organization for technology executives. And in much the same way as 7CTOs was born, I landed on the idea of forming the New Technical Fund.

It started with a debate I was having with fellow 7CTOs member, Alan Leard around the ‘T’ in CTO, which colloquially stands for Technology. He was arguing that the CTO needed more of another ‘T’ in their lives, that being ‘Technical’ exposure, alignment and growth. It made sense because as our roles change, we tend to lose touch with the ground swells of where technical innovation is going. And with that, we could all do with new technical skills.

While our conversation was in the context of a podcast idea, I immediately latched onto the term ‘New Technical’. It felt so right to me and in a way, put the long awaited bow on the ‘give back’ idea swirling inside of me. But before we put the bow on it, I first have to go to a Starbucks meeting I had which gave me an unexpected gift. A gift in the form of Scott Graves, another fellow 7CTOs member.

Scott was talking through the immense value he was getting from 7CTOs and, like a true visionary, pontificating on the leverage and power a network like 7CTOs could bring to the world. I really enjoyed the conversation because I don’t often get to hear raw praise like that. We discussed the conflict I felt building 7CTOs as a company with commercial viability, strength and nimbleness to withstand the ebbs and flows of people in their roles as CTO while also focussing on benevolence and making a dent in the world by ‘giving back’. I’ll never forget the moment when he looked up from his coffee and asked me, “Why does it have to be the same thing? You should just form a non-profit that has the sole purpose of pooling the resources in 7CTOs to make a dent in the universe!”.

And just like that, Scott’s idea of not trying to make it one thing, and Alan’s idea for technical skills gave me the two puzzle pieces I needed to complete the idea for giving back. So today, after many months of educating myself in Charitable Grant organizations, donor advised funding and wrestling with the IRS, New Technical Fund is birthed as a 501(c)(3) in California with myself as Managing Director and Beth Rehberg as the Secretary. What this looks like exactly is an untold story. But with this blog post, the preface is written and I can’t wait to look back with fondness, many years from today to see what we have accomplished since then.

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

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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.

Register for the March 2020 Global Colloquium

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

7CTOs Zoom Call: Key Components of the SaaS Analytics Platform with Sergey Sundukovskiy

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Join us on Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 on Zoom for a call with Sergey Sundukovskiy, Ph. D. – Co-Founder, CTO/CPO for Certemy, and ask him any questions you may have about SaaS Analytics.

Please Slack or Email your questions to: [email protected] ahead of time.

How to participate
Join here:

The way 7CTOs does AMA’s is like a video conference call. We would like for everyone to have their video turned on and muted. Etienne will run the AMA and when you have a question you’d like to ask please either post your question in the chat window or unmute yourself.

About the topic

Capturing and reporting on data provides critical insights that ultimately drives the business. However numerous data points, tools, technologies and stage of the business makes choosing an approach for the SaaS Business Analytics a complex question. In this AMA, Dr. Sundukovskiy Explore how you can collect and analyze key product and business SaaS metrics. Consider different technical approaches for capturing, integrating and reporting on various data points. Examine the framework for selecting your own stack from the project inception, through the evaluation process and the eventual implementation. Consider how these choices likely will vary based on the stage of the business and the particular business needs

About Sergey Sundukovskiy

Before Co-Founding Certemy, Dr. Sergey Sundukovskiy served in capacities of Chief Technology Officer, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Product Officer. Sergey is a serial entrepreneur co-founding multiple successful Startups focused on SaaS B2B products. Last Startup co-founded by Sergey was acquired by Capital One in 2014.

Sergey often mentors first-time founders and advises early stage Startups with emphasis on Product Development, Product Market Testing, Public Relations, Product Marketing, Team Building, Customer Success and Organizational Management.

Sergey specializes in implementation of subscription based high volume SaaS platforms, with strong emphasis on early stage product development, product marketing and customer acquisition. Specific areas of expertise include User Testing, A/B Testing, Marketing, Big Data, Video Management, eCommerce, RTB platforms and Cloud Computing.

About Certemy

Certemy is a cloud-based certification platform. It provides workflow automation and tracking for certification, licensing, CE management and compliance. Certemy’s customers include boards, associations, professionals, CE providers and employers.