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Dave Names CTO

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Los Angeles-based banking app developer Dave announced this morning that it ahs appointed Chien-Liang Chou as the company's Chief Technology Officer. Chou was previously the company's Executive Vice President of Engineering. Prior to Dave, Chou was Vice President of Engineering with Flexport, and he also served at VP, Technology at LendingClub, in addition to serving at such companies as Stockpile, LOYAL3, Salesforce.com, and FirstRain. dave executive banking fintech financial

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Top CTO Challenges for 2019

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The LA CTO Forum recently conducted a survey to find out what our Chief Technology Officer (CTO) members saw as their biggest challenges heading into 2019. We received over 250 responses that provides a pretty good insight into the top CTO challenges. Here are the Top CTO Challenges for 2019 sorted based on scaled rating - biggest challenges first

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CarParts.com Names New CTO

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The company's prior CTO shifts to the role of Chief Information Officer. Torrance-based online auto parts e-commerce company CarParts.com says this morning that it has named Kals Subramanian as its Chief Technology Officer. Sabramanian was most recently Vice President of eCommerce Technology at Lowe's, and previously served at Best Buy and Target. CarParts.com said that the hire is the first by new CEO David Meniane. carparts executive kals subramanian ecommerce

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Compex Legal Services Names CTO

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Harbauer was most recently CTO and Head of Product and Technology at Ephesoft, and also has served at Healthwise and Trizetto. Torrance-based Compex Legal Services, a provider of record retrieval services, said it has named Kevin Harbauer as Chief Technology Officer. Compex Legal Services serves law firms and insurance carriers, by providing record retrieval, record summarization, and other related services.

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Phonexa Names CTO

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Glendale-based marketing automation software developer Phonexa announced this morning that it has promoted Alexey Sidora to the position of Chief Technology Officer. Phonexa said Sidora has been "instrumental" in the development of all of its products, and has been at the company since 2015, when he started as a PHP developer. He was most recently Director of Engineering at the company. Phonexa provides marketing automation software for tracking calls, leads, clicks, email, SMS, and more.

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Miso Robotics Names CTO

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Current CTO Ryan Sinnet will become Chief Research Officer at the company. In addition to the new CTO, Miso Robotics said it has added William (Bill) Mitchell, President, Hut American, Flynn Restaurant Group; John Inwright, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Wendy's Quality Supply Chain Cooperative, Inc.

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Startup CTO

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I've posted quite a few things on the topics associated with being a Startup CTO. Here are some resources that come from other sources: Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering? Lessons Learned: What does a startup CTO actually do? Startup Advice: When to Use a Consulting CTO Attracting a CTO to your startup Startup CTO: Could It Work? How I Found a Great CTO We have a CTO, and so can you!

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CTO Awards

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Monday, April 22, 2019 -- LABJ CTO Awards. This event will honor Chief Technology and Information Officers and others who are in the top information technology positions within their organizations. These important individuals and teams play vital roles in making Los Angeles a hub for innovation, and in making its businesses, institutions, and nonprofits successful. See [link] (more

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Vivera Pharmaceuticals Names Interim CTO

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NewportBeach-based Vivera Pharmaceuticals said this morning that it has named Guido Jouret, Ph.D., as its Senior Technology Advisor and Interim Chief Technology Officer. Jouret has served as Chief Development Officer of Plume, Chief Digital Officer at Swiss automation firm ABB, in addition to serving at Cisco Systems, Envision Energy, and Nokia Technologies. The company said that Jouret will focus on ZICOH, a smart dose-controlled electronic medical device.

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ChowNow Names CTO

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According to the company, Bharath Chinamanthur has joined the company as CTO from Blink Health, where he was EVP of Product, Engineering, and Operations. Los Angeles-based restaurant ordering systems developer Chownow says it has named a new Chief Technology Officer. Chinamanthur also previously served at Charles Schwab as an SVP, and also served at Amazon. As part of his role, Chinamanthur said he plans to grow ChowNow's team.

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TigerConnect Names New CTO

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Goodwin was most recently CTO at Vacasa, which provide online vacation rental management. Santa Monica-based TigerConnect , which develops communications tools for the healthcare and other industries, said on Wednesday that it has named Tim Goodwin as the company's new Chief Technology Officer. Goodwin also served as CIO and Senior Vice President at Fiserv Digital Channels.

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ServiceTitan Names CTO

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Los Angeles-based software developer ServiceTitan, which develops software to manage the businesses of plumbers, electricians, and other home-based services, said this morning that it has appointed Anmol Bhasin as the company's Chief Technology Officer. Bhasin was most recently Senior Vice President of Engineering for Einstein AI and Search initiatives at Salesforce.

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Headspace Names New CTO

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Santa Monica-based mindfulness and meditation app developer Headspace said on Wednesday thati thas named Krithika Swaminathan as its new Chief Technology Officer. Swaminathan was most recently Vice President for Artificial Intelligence at Intuit. She also previously served as Vice President of Platform Engineering for the Consumer Group (TurboTax, Turbo, Mint), and Vice President for Site Reliability, Security and Quality Engineering for Intuit Platform.

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Startup CTO Resources

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I've posted quite a few things on the topics associated with being a Startup CTO. Here are some resources that come from other sources: Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering? Lessons Learned: What does a startup CTO actually do? Startup Advice: When to Use a Consulting CTO Attracting a CTO to your startup Startup CTO: Could It Work? How I Found a Great CTO We have a CTO, and so can you!

NXCR Sets CTO

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Santa Monica-based subscription vehicle startup NXCR has named a new Chief Technology Officer this morning, saying it has added Martin Prescher to oversee its engineering and data teams. Prescher previously was at PwC, and also had served as Chief Technology Officer at AutoGravity.

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CMO CTO COO Equity and Compensation

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I know a lot more about CTOs specifically CTO Salary and Equity Trends 2009-2011 , Visualization of Startup CTO Equity and Salary Data , Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data , but I've previously written about the issues with Equity for Early Employees in Early Stage Startups. I was just asked about a particular startup situation (seed stage, CMO hire, non-founder) and particularly what compensation and equity is appropriate.

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Inseego Names CTO

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Inseego said it has named Dr. Dan Picker as its new CTO, for its Mobile & Iot Solutions. Picker previously was Head of Wireless Platforms, CDMA Operations at Nokia, and also served as CTO of PureWave Networks. San Diego-based Inseego , which develops wireless hotspots, asset tracking, fleet management, and other related wireless products, has named a new Chief Technology Officer, the company said on Tuesday.

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BlackLine Names New CTO

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According to BlackLine, it has named Peter Hirsch as its new CTO, to head up the technology direction of its cloud software platform. Los Angeles-based BlackLine , which develops financial controls and automation software, says it has named a new Chief Technology Officer.

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OpenX Names New CTO

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Los Angeles-based OpenX has named a new CTO, saying this morning that it has appointed Paul Ryan as its new Chief Technology Officer. Ryan was previously CTO and founder of Zowdow, and also had served as CTO of Yellow Pages Group in Canada, Velocify and Overture. OpenX CEO Tim Cadogan said he has known Ryan for nearly two decades. OpenX operates an online advertising exchange and also is a provider of ad serving software. READ MORE>>.

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Omnidya Names CTO

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Los Angeles-based artificial intelligence software developer Omnidya announced this morning that it has named Akshay "Ed" Vachhani as its Chief Technology Officer. Vachhani previously had served as Executive Director of Data and Analytics at Morgan Stanley. Vachhani also previously served at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse. Omnidya says it is using artificial intelligence to develop an IoT product used for home and auto insurance. READ MORE>>.

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Medvantx Names CTO, Compliance Head

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San Diego-based Medvantx, a provider of pharmacy services, said this week that it has named Nabil Badr as Chief Technology Officer and Darlene Mitchell as Chief Compliance Officer. Badr was previously Vice President of Digital Transformation at City National Bank, and Mitchell was previously at Advantia Health and was the lead compliance officer for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

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GoodRx Names CTO

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Mulkey is a veteran of Southern California's technology world, and was most recently Chief Product Officer at Aspiration, was CTO of Ticketmaster for five years, and also was at Shopzilla (now Connexity) for 14 years. Santa Monica-based GoodRx , a venture-backed startup which runs a prescription drug pricing marketplace, has named Jody Mulkey as the company's Chief Technology Officer.

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Bridg Names New CTO

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Los Angeles-based Bridg has named a new CTO, saying today that Rony Sawdayi has been appointed as Chief Technology Officer. Sawdayi was previously Vice President of Engineering at Bizrate Insights Inc. Bridg said that Sawdayi will report to Amit Jain, the company's CEO. Bridg develops software that uses point-of-sale (POS) data to drive personalized marketing campaigns. Bridg is backed by March Capital Partners, Morpheus Ventures, NextEquity Partners and Visa. READ MORE>>.

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AirMap Sets CTO

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Rubio was most recently CTO of HERE, a mapping company focused on self driving cars. Santa Monica-based AirMap , which is developing drone mapping and airspace management services for the unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) market, has named Daniel Rubio as the company's Chief Technology Officer. The company said that prior to that, Rubio led development Motorola Droid at Motorola/Google and served at Nokia, working on its Android efforts.

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CTO Salary and Equity Trends 2009-2011

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Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners - a go to resource here in LA for recruiting C-level positions at startups - was nice enough to compile some data again this year (see last year's Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data ). CTO Salary and Equity Comparison My guess is that most people who come here are going to be Founders, CEOs and CTOs who want to compare salary and equity of the CTO Position in their organization vs. their peers. CTO salaries are escalating quickly.

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Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data

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Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners was nice enough to compile some data on Start CTO Salary and Equity at Venture Backed Companies for the LA CTO Forum and present last year. The data is a bit tough to deal with via a post, so I've shared it two ways: You can find a PDF with some analysis at: CTO Equity Compensation PDF. You can find a public Google Spreadsheet with the data: CTO Equity Compensation Google Spreadsheet. CTO Founders in India, have a very low equity stake.

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Qualcomm Sets New CTO

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has been named its Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Current CTO Matt Grob, who also serves as EVP Qualcomm Technologies, will become Executive Vice President of Technology, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego-based Qualcomm announced today that it Dr. James H. Thompson, the company's Executive Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.,

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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. So, I wanted to use this post to make it official - we are offering free startup CTO consulting sessions.

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Econolite Names CTO

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According to Econolite, it has named Eric Raamot as Chief Technology Officer of the company, replacing retiring Senior VP and CTO Gary Duncan. Anaheim-based Econolite , a developer of connected vehicle and traffic management technology, says it has named a new Chief Technology Officer. Raamot was most recently VP of Engineering at the company. Raamot is a longtime Econolite employee, having been VP of Engineering since 2004, in addition to holding other positions at the company.

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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. So, I wanted to use this post to make it official - we are offering free startup CTO consulting sessions.

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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. Select Startup CTO Speaking Topics Ten Lessons from Working on 30+ Startups Over the Past 15 Years Tony looks back over his experience working with startups and extracts elements that have led to success or failure.

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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. In December 2007, I described how I commonly take on an Acting CTO Role in a Start-up. I used an image from Roger Smith that describes the varying roles of a CTO as the company matures. However, I’ve now begun questioning how and what an early-stage / startup CTO should be. A good Startup CTO will naturally address these.

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Green Dot Sets New CTO

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Pasadena-based Green Dot Corporation, the operator of prepaid Mastercard, online and mobile banking, and other related businesses, has named Gyorgy Tomso as the company's Chief Technology Officer. Tomso was most recently Chief Operations Officer for fintech payments technology provider PayU. Prior to that, he served at Sia Central Europe. He also served at Euronet Worldwide, where he was for 14 years, serving as Chief Information Officer.

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MANDT VR Names CTO

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Dunn also was CTO at Dell Online, Dell's original e-commerce site, according to MANDT VR. Los Angeles-based MANDT VR , an augmented reality and virtual reality production company, said on Thursday that it has named Mike Dunn as the company's Chief Technology Officer. Mandt was most recently CIO at VER, and also had previously served as Chief Technology Officer at Time Warner, Hearst Interactive Media and TrueCar.

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Los Angeles CTO / VP Engineering Job Searches

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As the organizer of the LA CTO Forum , I get lots of inquiries by job seekers and people looking for CTO / VP Engineering talent. I’ve written quite a bit about aspects of this topic, especially from the perspective of startup founders looking for talent – you can find these in: Startup CTO. What I’ve not written as much about is what to do if you are a CTO looking for your next opportunity – especially in Los Angeles.

Hiring a CTO for Your Startup

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Several people have recently come to me to help them source and/or hire full-time CTOs for their startup having found me through my post that looks at: Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data. 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. I'd suggest: Startup CTO or Developer , Startup Founder Developer Gap , Part-Time CTO , Technology Advisor , CTO Founder , Acting CTO.

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Lead Developer to CTO at a Startup

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I 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. I've previously addressed the role of a CTO in early-stages in my post Startup CTO or Developer. Result => "We need to bring in a CTO."

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eSUB Construction Software Names CTO

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San Diego-based eSUB Construction Software --fresh off a $12M funding round --says it has hired on a new Chief Technology Officer (CTO), to help it development its platform. The company, which develops software used by construction contractors, said it has named Angelina Hendricks to the Chief Technology Officer position, where she will be responsible for developing the company's technology strategy, driving product innovation, and leading its product and software development teams.

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CTO Mixer Cybersecurity Cruise w/ co-host of CTO-Talk: Mr. Dice!

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019 -- CTO Mixer Cybersecurity Cruise w/ co-host of CTO-Talk: Mr. Dice! On Tuesday, March 19th @ 6pm, LA CTO Mixers will set sail with the co-host of CTO Talk, Daniel Ice (DICE!) who will be talking about the importance of creating and securing IT systems for companies. See [link] (more

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Evite Names New CTO, VP Marketing

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Los Angeles-based online invitations service Evite said this morning that it has appointed two new executives, adding Thanh Khuu as Chief Technology Officer and Karen Graham as Vice President of Marketing and Brand. Khuu had previously served as Chief Technology Officer at ShoeDazzle, in addition to other roles; Graham most recently was Vice President of Marketing at Nordstrom for the off-price online and brick-and-mortar division. Both report directly to Evite CEO Victor Cho.

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FastSpring Names New CTO

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Smith was most recently CTO of Verisk Analytics, and also had served at Interthinx and Strategic Analytics. 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. FastSpring develops cloud-based e-commerce software used by software, cloud, and other online service companies. READ MORE>>. fastspring chief technology officer executive ecommerce

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OpenX Names New CTO

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OpenX said it has named Michael Radovancevich as its new CTO, as well as shifting former Chief Legal Officer Douglas McPherson to become Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel. Radovancevich was most recently CTO of Centro, and also served as CTo of Taleo. Los Angeles-base programmatic advertising marketplace operator OpenX has named a new Chief Technology Officer, according to the company.

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