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Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions

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I talk to roughly 2 or 3 new startups every week who need advice from an experienced CTO. Of course, I provide part-time CTO services. In talking with a colleague who also does Acting CTO work, he said that he also does this kind of free consulting sessions and offered to help me if I didn't have enough time - which sometimes happens.

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Hiring a CTO for Your Startup

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The first thing I do is suggest they explore if they really need to hire a full-time CTO for their startup and if so, what kind of CTO they need.

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Startup CTO or Developer

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I’ve been having discussions with several people recently about the role of the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) in very early stage companies.

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Lead Developer to CTO at a Startup

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seem to encounter a lot of people who want to attach a CTO label to me as I'm the only programmer on the founding team of three. While I do fill that role at the moment, I'm a little hesitant to refer to myself as a CTO as we still haven't launched a product, acquired a single user, or turned or a penny in profit. Accounting?

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Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions

SoCal CTO

I talk to roughly 2 or 3 new startups every week who need advice from an experienced CTO. Of course, I provide part-time CTO services. In talking with a colleague who also does Acting CTO work, he said that he also does this kind of free consulting sessions and offered to help me if I didn't have enough time - which sometimes happens.

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Evite Hires New CTO

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According to Evite, it has named Evoniuk as the company''s Chief Technology Officer, to oversee the company''s technology strategy, software engineering and enterprise architecture. Los Angeles-based online invitation site Evite , which i owned by Liberty Interactive, has hired on former Amgen IT director Perry Evoniuk. READ MORE>>.

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Startups and a Common Misunderstanding in Agile Software Development

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I've done four Free CTO Consulting Sessions in the past month with startup founders who all had run into variations of the same problem.

Equity-Only CTO and Equity-Only Developers

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I had a recent email dialog with the founder of a company looking for a CTO for their startup. Did they really need a Startup CTO or Developer or both? And do I fit as a Part-Time CTO , Technology Advisor , CTO Founder , Acting CTO ? He needed some kind of CTO and as well Developers. Go to user groups.

Ten of Southern California's Top Software Companies

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marketing, and not enough of the traditional, software-and-algorithm intensive startups you'd expect to see in Silicon Valley. Factual. Inktank.

Leads360 Snags CTO From LiveOffice

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Los Angeles-based Leads360 , which develops sales automation software, said this morning that it has named Mark DuVall as its Chief Technology Officer. Leads360 develops software which is used to help manage sales leads for companies. liveoffice executive software management lead sales leads360READ MORE>>.

Startup CTO Speaking

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So, here goes: Dr. Tony Karrer Over the past 15 years, Tony has been a part-time CTO for more than 30 startups. Most notably, he was the original CTO for eHarmony for its first four years making him partly responsible for more than 4% of the marriages every year. Tony has a Ph.D. He is a frequent speaker at trade and industry events.

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How to Choose a Smart Home Hub (+ Infographic)

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Additionally, a hub provides unifying software (usually an app for a smartphone) through which you can control all those devices.

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Prevoty Adds AlienVault CTO To Board

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Thornton is also the founder of Fortify Software, which he sold to HP in 2010. Prevoty develops runtime application security software. prevoty board executive alienvault fortify software security cybersecurityREAD MORE>>.

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Morphlabs Names CTO

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Manhattan Beach-based cloud computing software developer Morphlabs said today that it has appointed Lee Thompson as its new Chief Technology Officer. Thompson has previously served at DTO Solutions, as well as E*Trade Financial, where he served in roles such as Vice President and Chief Technology and Operations Manager. READ MORE>>.

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BlackLine Names CTO

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BlackLine said Newton will be responsible for technology direction on its software. BlackLine has been busy growing its executive ranks in recent months, having also recently hired Charles Best as its CFO earlier this year. READ MORE>>. blackline systems financial close executive

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FastSpring Names New CTO

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Santa Barbara-based e-commerce software developer FastSpring announced late Tuesday that it has named Michael Smith as the company's new Chief Technology Officer. Smith was most recently CTO of Verisk Analytics, and also had served at Interthinx and Strategic Analytics. READ MORE>>.

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Moving Analytics | Sitting Kills, Moving Heals

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If you think sitting in your Aeron chair for longer than 6 hours is just uncomfortable, guess again.  It could be a lot worse than just comfort. 

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Poor Software Developers - Pull the Plug Early

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There's an old adage in software development that I refer to all the time: The first 90% of development takes 90% of the time. used this when I taught software engineering. The remaining 10%, takes the other 90% of the time. It's currently in beta. used a company in India to develop the site, and it's mostly done.

Mobile Roadie Names New CEO, CTO

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Mobile Roadie , the mobile app creation and marketing software developer--which was recently acquired by Intellectsoft--said it has named Gino Padua as its new Chief Executive Officer, and Vova Soroka as its new Chief Technology Officer. mobile roadie executive software marketing apps musicREAD MORE>>.

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Medsphere Names CTO

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Chang was most recently CTO at Advent Software, where she had run the firm's technology operations for the past 19 years. Medsphere said Chang took Advent software from less than 100 employees to over 1000 today. medsphere open source software electronic health records lifescience executiveREAD MORE>>.

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Quality Systems Parts Way With CTO

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quality systems lifescience software executiveIrvine-based healthcare information systems developer Quality Systems, Inc. said this morning that its Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Steve Puckett, has resigned from the company, by "mutual agreement" with the company. QSII said that Puckett will be replaced by Daniel J.

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Startup Development

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I’ve come to realize that I have lots of posts around startup software development scattered around in different posts. Thought it would be good to capture them in one spot and also include links to related posts from other sources. How to Work With a Contract Web Developer How To Bootstrap Your Startup

Bluepoint Solutions Appoints CTO

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Vista-based Bluepoint Solutions , a provider of remote deposit capture and other financial processing software, said today that it has named Robert Graham as its Chief Technology Officer. bluepoint solutions remote deposit capture financial software xecutiveHe also has served at Unisys.

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QAD Names CTO

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Santa Barbara-based QAD , the developer of manufacturing resource management software, announced today that it has appointed Tony J. executive manufacturing softwareWinter as the firm's Chief Technology Officer. Winter has been at QAD since 1999, when he joined QAD Global Services in the UK. READ MORE>>.

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CitizenGlobal Lands Wiki Inventor As CTO

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Ward Cunningham, who is known for his creation of the first wiki software, WikiWikiWeb, which allowed anyone browsing a page to update and change web pages on the fly, apparently is now heading up the firm's development efforts. CitizenGlobal raised around $6.0M in a stealth funding last August. READ MORE>>.

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LA CTO Forum

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Friday, September 9, 2016 -- LA CTO Forum. The LA CTO Forum has grown over the past 15 years into an amazing, highly-vetted group with more than 350 members. Members are the senior most person in their organization in charge of software, database, web/mobile development. It's the largest such group in the US.

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Part-Time Startup CTO?

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Based on my posts Startup CTO or Developer and Acting CTO , Chris O’Meara wrote an interesting post Startup CTO: Could It Work? They tend to know the operations side of a software business well enough to be the one overseeing deploys, crafting the infrastructure plans, and monitoring the health of the product.

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Foundstone's George Kurtz Raises $26M For Security Software

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George Kurtz , the former founder of Irvine-based Foundstone , and most recently the CTO of McAfee, said last week that he's raised $26M for a new startup, CrowdStrike. Foundstone was acquired in 2004 by McAfee, which subsequently named Kurtz CTO. crowdstrike software security mcafee irvine foundstoneREAD MORE>>.

CrowdStrike, Headed By George Kurtz, Debuts Security Software

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Kurtz later became worldwide CTO and GM at McAfee. malware mcafee foundstone data bigdata analysis software security crowdstrike

Free Yourself at the UnCubed Startup Job Festival

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30+ of L.A’s most impressive emerging companies on display with interactive booths staffed by Founders, CEO’s, CTO’s and other key influencers.

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CTO Equity - Negotiation After Funding

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I received an inquiry from a reader of my blog and thought I would provide some thoughts, but would definitely welcome input: I am an unpaid CTO of a small startup. Find a lawyer and someone who does CTO searches for VC backed companies in your area. have been working full time with two founders for about 10 months on full time basis.

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CTO Equity - Negotiation After Funding

SoCal CTO

I received an inquiry from a reader of my blog and thought I would provide some thoughts, but would definitely welcome input: I am an unpaid CTO of a small startup. Find a lawyer and someone who does CTO searches for VC backed companies in your area. have been working full time with two founders for about 10 months on full time basis.

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CrowdStrike Raises $100M From Google, Others

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Irvine-based CrowdStrike , the developer of security software led by George Kurtz, said this morning that it has raised $100M in a Series C financing round, which was led by Google Capital, and also included Rackspace, Accel, and Warburg Pincus. The company says it has now raised $156M in funding for its software. READ MORE>>.

uSamp Snags Beachmint's CTO

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Trudel was most recently CTO of BeachMint, and also served at Ticketmaster as SVP of Software Engineering, in addition to serving at Taleo.

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Lynda.com Names New CTO

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Carpinteria-based Lynda.com , the online video education and tutorial site, said this morning that it has named a new CTO. READ MORE>>.

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Technical Advisors: Every Web/Mobile Startup Must Have One

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It was like having a bunch of mini- Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions all in one room. Is this person a CTO or a developer?

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Seven Great Startup CTO Posts so far in May

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Continuing my series of posts that I’ve been collecting that live at the intersection of Startups, Startup Development and being a Startup CTO. Here are a couple of the other collections: 16 Great Startup Posts from March , Startup CTO Top 30 Posts for April. Thanks Steve! SaaS Conversion: Which metrics matter?

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Founder Challenges with Startup Development Teams and CTOs

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I''m spending more of my time recently working with non-technical startup founders who are having challenges with their software/web/mobile development teams. These are often the same things that cause a founder to reach out to me about helping their CTO, VP Engineering, tech team, off-shore development, etc. Bugs – no big deal.

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Condusiv Technologies Names CTO

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Burbank-based Conusiv Technologies , the developer of disk drive defragmentation and other software formerly known as Diskeeper, said last night that it has appointed Brian Olson as its new Chief Technology Officer. READ MORE>>. condusiv technology diskeeper disk drive storage executive

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BlackLine Systems Names New CTO

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Los Angeles-based financial software developer BlackLine Systems said today that it has hired a new, Chief Technology Officer. According to the enterprise software company, it has named Alain Avakian as its CTO. blackline systems executive rentcom accounting software close financial alain avakian READ MORE>>.

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