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. They didn't feel they had visibility into timelines and costs for development of their software.

Software Development | How To Collaborate As A Team

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As a creative director at a software development company, I am always looking for ways to speed up our design and development process and to include as many people and teams working on the project.

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. I used this when I taught software engineering. And I use it all the time now when I get the kind of message that I received: I'm looking for a web developer to continue work on my website. I used a company in India to develop the site, and it's mostly done. Then I found a local developer but it was a truly awful experience.

Software Development Companies in Southern California

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I've helped organize the Los Angeles CTO Forum for almost 10 years. This is a private group of CTOs who are responsible for software development within their companies. They are generally the senior most person responsible for custom software development, database design, database administration, web development, etc. But where do the software development companies in Southern California congregate? But not really CTO events.

Stamps.com Snags CTO From Mattel

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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 replaces Stamp.com CTO Michael Biswas, who had been at the firm for the last 15 years. stamps shipping postage software executive jonathan bourgoine michael biswas

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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. FastSpring develops cloud-based e-commerce software used by software, cloud, and other online service companies.

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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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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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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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SteelHouse Hires New CTO, CMO

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Los Angeles-based advertising software developer SteelHouse is in major executive expansion mode, saying late Monday that it has named Boris Bronshteyn as its Chief Technology Officer, and David U. Simon as its Chief Marketing Officer. It also has promoted Chris Innes to Chief Operating Officer. Bronshteyn was most recently VP of Technology at Target Media Partners, and also served at PSI Services; he's also a member of the Pasadena Angels.

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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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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

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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. How will we find and interview developers?

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Initial Conversation with a CTO or Technical Advisor

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Are you a non-technical startup founder who’s about to go have a conversation with a Chief Technical Officer (CTO) or Technical advisory type person? Maybe you have questions about the types of developers you need and even whether you need a Startup CTO or Developer or both.

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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. Thompson has also served at Hewlett Packard's Consumer Travel and Transportation business units.

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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. Now, they were able to raise enough money in the last 3 months to launch a product along with all the necessary software development to launch a pilot program for validating the idea. Find a lawyer and someone who does CTO searches for VC backed companies in your area.

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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. Soroka was previously Vice President of Development Operations at Toluna, and also spent 16 years at IBM in Israel. mobile roadie executive software marketing apps music

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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. Now, they were able to raise enough money in the last 3 months to launch a product along with all the necessary software development to launch a pilot program for validating the idea. Find a lawyer and someone who does CTO searches for VC backed companies in your area.

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Solekai Systems Names Marco Thompson As CTO

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San Diego-based Solekai Systems , a software development firm focused on the smart grid industry, said today that it has named Marco Thompson as its Chief Technology Officer.

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Stanford Podcasts - eHarmony - Greg Waldorf

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Tuesday, February 27, 2007 Stanford Podcasts - eHarmony - Greg Waldorf I was just pointed to a set of great podcasts done by Stanford B-School and particularly, I just listed to the podcast by eHarmonys Greg Waldorf. Having been involved with eHarmony from its founding days as an acting CTO , it was interesting to hear how far theyve come. He has twenty years’ experience as a CTO.

Finding Good Developers in Los Angeles?

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Saturday, February 17, 2007 Finding Good Developers in Los Angeles? Im part of a CTO group that meets once a month to discuss various topics. About 18 months ago, the entire group began to mention that they were having more difficulty finding good developers. He has twenty years’ experience as a CTO. He has been the CTO for several start-ups, most notably eHarmony.

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. How to Work With a Contract Web Developer How To Bootstrap Your StartupThought it would be good to capture them in one spot and also include links to related posts from other sources.

Building Your MVP as a Non-Technical Founder

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If you are on the lower complexity end, the key is defining small chunks of work that can be done quickly by a developer. Equity-Only CTO and Equity-Only Developers Technology Roles in Startups Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering?

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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. Structure development contracts appropriately or directing the in-house team appropriately. This is exactly the kind of thing I'm doing as a Part-Time CTO or Technical Advisor for startups.

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PacketSled CEO Resigns After Election Night Rant

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San Diego-based cybersecurity software developer PacketSled announced on Tuesday that it has accepted the resignation of its President and CEO, Matt Harrigan, and has named CTO Fred Wilmot as interim CEO of the company. The resignation came after an election night rant where Harrigan threatened to shoot the new President-Elect, on Facebook. Those threats--involving comments on using a sniper rifle--were reported to the Secret Service.

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Working with Developers

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There was a lot of passion in the room last week when I presented Working with Developers at the Stubbs Precellerator. I guess it should not be a surprise that Founders have lots of challenges working with developers. But my developers want to go into way too much detail.

Making Sure You Are Ready to Begin Building Your MVP

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I'm going to be looking at aspects like: Things to consider before building your MVP Features often overlooked when documenting an MVP for developers Understanding important metrics you want to measure Risks and challenges in developing an MVP.

Blossom Aims To Conquer Drought With Smart Irrigation Gadget

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McRae is Vizio''s current CTO and Head of Marketing; Kert was previously a software developer at Skype. Can a crowdsourced smart irrigation controller help us get a handle on California''s record breaking drought?

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Technology Jobs in Southern California – a Rebound?

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I’ve recently seen several tweets from software development companies looking for talent. And I’ve heard from several people looking for Startup Software Developers. I’ll be curious to see if that bears up at our Los Angeles CTO Forum meeting tomorrow. This is purely anecdotal, but it seems like a lot of companies are hiring technology talent here in Southern California.

Finding a Technical Cofounder for Your Startup

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"I'm looking for a partner / cofounder who can not only head the technical aspects and build a working model of the site, but someone with the connections to put a great development team together when we need it. Do you have dollars to pay for development?

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Cylance Secures $42M

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Irvine-based antivirus software developer Cylance has raised $42M in a Series C funding, the company said last week. Cylance is led by former McAfee Global CTO Stuart McClure. The funding was led by DFJ Growth, and also included KKR, Dell Ventures, Capital One Ventures and TenEleven Ventures. Cylance says it is using artificial intelligence to predict, identify, and stop cyber attacks on computer endpoints.

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CrowdStrike Sets New CIO

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Irvine-based security software developer CrowdStrike announced this morning that it has named Colin Black as its new Chief Information Officer. CrowdStrike is venture backed by Google Capital, Rackspace, Accel, and Warburg Pincus, among others, and is led by George Kurtz, the founder of Foundstone and former CTO of McAfee. crowdstrike security software executive

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Kryptos Logic Emerges From Shadows After Halting WannaCry

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election; Cylance, a cybersecurity software developer led by former McAfee CTO George Kurtz; Venice-based Signal Sciences, a developer of web appplication security tools; Pasadena's Guidance Sofware, a developer of computer forensics software; Veracity Industrial Networks, which is working on Internet-of-Things security software; and many others. kryptos logic wannacry cybersecurity security software hacking hack

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Choosing a Programming Language and Framework for Your Startup

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We had an interesting presentation at the LA CTO Forum by the CTO of a startup who chose Groovy / Grails as the framework for their startup. Some common themes from the discussion: Know Where You Are Going Before you can possibly make a choice around language and framework you need to ask all the important questions that are talked about in Startup Software Development – Do Your Homework Before You Develop Anything and Startup CTO or Developer.

Map of VC Investments

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Friday, March 9, 2007 Map of VC Investments Found this Map of 2006 VC Investments post. He has twenty years’ experience as a CTO. He has been the CTO for several start-ups, most notably eHarmony.

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