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.

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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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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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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?

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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?

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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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CTO Mixer Cruise: Brian Sletten will speak about Web Assembly

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019 -- CTO Mixer Cruise: Brian Sletten will speak about Web Assembly. On Tuesday, January 22nd @ 6pm, CTO Mixers will set sail with Brian Sletten who will be giving a presentation on Web Assembly, preceded by a brief talk by Joe Devon called Accessibility IS Innovation.

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AutoGravity Names New CEO, CTO

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Irvine-based online car shopping and financing provider AutoGravity announced both a new Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer this morning, saying that it has named Alex Mallmann named CEO and Jason Bonifay as CTO. Mallmann also joins AutoGravity's board of directors. Mallman was most recently President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Auto Finance China, having served at Mercedes-Benz sine 1998.

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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. You can find a public Google Spreadsheet with the data: CTO Equity Compensation Google Spreadsheet.

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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 salaries are escalating quickly.

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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. A good Startup CTO will naturally address these.

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Chrome River Names New CTO

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Current CTO Mike Vargo has shifted to the role of Fellow, Engineering. Los Angeles-based Chrome River , which develops expense and invoice management software, said this morning that it has named Sunil Kayiti as its new Chief Technical Officer. Kayiti was most recently Managing Director at Eze Software Group, a developer of investment management software. Chrome River said Kayiti led a team of more than 170 at Eze, which is in Boston.

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ResMed Names New CTO

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San Diego-based ResMed said Monday morning that it has named Bobby Ghoshal as the company's first Chief Technology Officer. The company, which develops patient monitoring devices which can connect to the cloud, said that Ghoshal was ost recently Chief Operating Officer at Brightree, a Resmed-owned company which provides cloud-based software-as-a-service for out-of-hospital care. Ghoshal was previously Vice President of Information Technology at Resmed from 2012 to 2016. READ MORE>>.

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Stamps.com Snags CTO From Mattel

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Bourgoine replaces Stamp.com CTO Michael Biswas, who had been at the firm for the last 15 years. El Segundo-based online postage and shipping software developer Stamps.com said late Tuesday afternoon that it has named Jonathan Bourgoine as its new Chief Technology Officer. Bourgoine was most recently the VP and Chief Technology Officer of Mattel and, before that, was SVP of Operations at Youbet.com.

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Insights and Opinions: Turbo-charging your CTO

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For our Insights and Opinions section today, we share an article by John Shiple , who provides technology consulting to CEOs, helps outline some of the key things startup (and other) CEOs ought to know in dealing with their CTO. Start at the top  with the CEO and CTO

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Western Digital Names New CTO

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Fink was most recently CTO and director of HP Labs at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Campbell had only been CTO since November of 2015. Irvine-based Western Digital announced this morning that it has named Martin Fink as its new Chief Technology Officer. He had spent 30 years at HP and HPE. Fink replaces Steven Campbell, who Western Digital said will be departing the company to "pursue other opportunities". READ MORE>>.

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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. 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.

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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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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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. It's the largest such group in the US. Members are the senior most person in their organization in charge of software, database, web/mobile development. Most are CTOs in smaller organizations, but some have a different title, especially when they are in larger organizations. It's a pretty amazing group of people.

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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. Encino-based market research and sampling firm uSamp said today that it has named Carl Trudel as its new Chief Technology Officer.

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Loot Crate Names CTO

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Los Angeles-based subscription box service Loot Crate said today that it has hired its first CTO, John Williams. Williams was most recently at TrueCar, where LootCrate said he created the unified data platform and technology strategy behind the company. Williams also has served at Preventsys, where he was Chief Technology Officer and co-founder.

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CTO Mixers: Cruise w/ Anita Sengupta of Virgin Hyperloop

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018 -- CTO Mixers: Cruise w/ Anita Sengupta of Virgin Hyperloop. CTO Mixers is a curated, invite-only event. Geared at C-Level, SVPs in the Enterprise and high quality entrepreneurs. See [link] (more

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Cylance Names New CTO

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Irvine-based cybersecurity software developer Cylance has named Rahul Kashyap as its new Global Chief Technology Officer, the company said on Monday. Kashyap, who has been at Cylance for a year, previously had served at Bromium and McAfee Labs. Cylance develops antivirus and endpoint protection software, which uses artificial intelligence to tackle malware and other threats. The company is led by longtime security veteran Stuart McClure. READ MORE>>.

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CTO Mixer Cruise w/ Google's Denny Vrandecic Speaking about Wikidata and more

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 -- CTO Mixer Cruise w/ Google's Denny Vrandecic.On Tuesday, February 19th @ 6pm, LA CTO Mixers will set sail with Google's Denny Vrandecic who will be giving a presentation on Wikidata and beyond, followed by a demo by John Herzog on the use of screen readers.

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. Habermann joins Lynda.com from PopCap Games, where he was CTO and Vice President of Core Technologies.

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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. I've organized the LA CTO Forum (a private group of 150+ CTOs in Los Angeles) for 10+ years.

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Techstars Studio CTO, In Irvine, Aims To Help Entrepreneurs

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Southern California startup founder Isaac Saldana --who co-founded SendGrid --is hoping to help other entrepreneurs create companies , after the $3 billion, all-stock acquisition of SendGrid by Twilio in October. According to Techstars, it appointed Saldana Chief Technology Officer for Techstars Studio , which will help members of the the startup accelerator "rapidly envision, validate, and launch disruptive startups." Saldana is based in Irvine, where he co-founded SendGrid in 2009.

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An Evening of AR/VR with CTO Mixers and ARwall

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018 -- An Evening of AR/VR with CTO Mixers and ARwall. CTO Mixers. On January 31st, LA CTO Mixers will meet with a panel of experts. CTO Mixers is a highly curated, invite only event. Geared at C-Level and SVPs in Enterprise and high quality Startup Execs and entrepreneurs. See [link] (more

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