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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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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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. Olson was previously at EMC, serving as Cloud Business Development Manager; he also served as CTO of Atempo Corporation, CTO and VP of Engineering at Storeactive Corporation, and also had been at Veritas Software.

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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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AirMap Sets CTO

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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. Rubio was most recently CTO of HERE, a mapping company focused on self driving cars. He also served at NEC Technologies, among other positions. airmap drone mapping airspace daniel rubio chief technology officer executive

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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?

MANDT VR Names CTO

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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. Dunn also was CTO at Dell Online, Dell's original e-commerce site, according to MANDT VR.

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Econolite Names CTO

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Anaheim-based Econolite , a developer of connected vehicle and traffic management technology, says it has named a new Chief Technology Officer. According to Econolite, it has named Eric Raamot as Chief Technology Officer of the company, replacing retiring Senior VP and CTO Gary Duncan. Raamot was most recently VP of Engineering at the company.

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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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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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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 chief technology officer executive ecommerce

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OpenX Names New CTO

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Los Angeles-base programmatic advertising marketplace operator OpenX has named a new Chief Technology Officer, according to the company. 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. openx executive chief technology officer michael radovancevich

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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. Ghoshal was previously Vice President of Information Technology at Resmed from 2012 to 2016. 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.

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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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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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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 was most recently the VP and Chief Technology Officer of Mattel and, before that, was SVP of Operations at Youbet.com. Bourgoine replaces Stamp.com CTO Michael Biswas, who had been at the firm for the last 15 years.

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Western Digital Names New CTO

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Irvine-based Western Digital announced this morning that it has named Martin Fink as its new Chief Technology Officer. Fink was most recently CTO and director of HP Labs at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Campbell had only been CTO since November of 2015. 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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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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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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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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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.

uSamp Snags Beachmint's CTO

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Encino-based market research and sampling firm uSamp said today that it has named Carl Trudel as its new Chief Technology Officer. 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. The firm said it has named Frits Habermann as Chief Technology Officer of the company, to help scale out the company's infrastructure.

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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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CTO RoundTable – Technology in Entertainment | Presented Live By TechZulu

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Join TechZulu as we bring to you live from the Microsoft HQ in downtown Los Angeles CTO RoundTable at 7pm PST. We'll discuss current trends in technology with in the entertainment industry. Arts & Entertainment Events Science & Technology CTO RoundTable Disney Disney interactive Media Group IT Talent Search Lionsgate Microsoft Sony Sony Pictures Universal Music Group

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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. evite online invitations greeting amgen executive technology Los Angeles-based online invitation site Evite , which i owned by Liberty Interactive, has hired on former Amgen IT director Perry Evoniuk.

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Interlink Electronics Names New CTO

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Camarillo-based Interlink Electronics said Thursday that it has named a new, Chief Technology Officer. According to the maker of touch sensors and other electronics, Dr. Albert Lu has become CTO. Current CTO Dr. Jeff Baker has become Chief Scientific Officer at the company. Lu is based in Singapore, and has previously served at the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech).

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AssetAvenue Names CTO

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Los Angeles-based online real estate investment marketplace AssetAvenue is announcing today that it has named Douglas Seller as its new Chief Technology Officer. Sellers was most recently CTO of Kumu Wellness, and also has served at Redline.cc AssetAvenue said Sellers will lead the company's technology initiative, develop the product roadmap, and launch new products and features for the company.

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Grindr Names New CTO

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Los Angeles-based gay social networking app Grindr said today that it has named Lukas Sliwka as Chief Technology Officer. Sliwka has been at Grindr since October of 2013, serving as Vice President, Engineering. Sliwka has previously also served at Beachbody, Yamaha, and Mazda. Grindr says it is developing a lifestyle destination for contemporary gay men, and says it now has more than two million active daily users in over 196 countries. READ MORE>>.

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CurbStand Names CTO, CFO

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Los Angeles-based CurbStand , the venture-backed developer of valet parking apps, said this morning that it has named Ethan Kravitz as its Chief Technology Officer, and Frank Mastronuzzi as Chief Financial Officer. curbstand mobile valet parking smartphone executive technology

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Cast & Crew Names CTO

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Burbank-based Cast & Crew Entertainment Services , which provides technology and payroll and production management services to the entertainment industry, said it has named Alex Godelman as its new Chief Technology Officer. Godelman was most recently Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Sony New Media Solutions, and also had served at Evolve Media, and also sits on the boards of ParaScale, DRESR and SweetyHigh.

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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. He's also led significant technology projects for a very impressive list of companies including Citibank, Lexus, Microsoft, Nissan, Universal, IBM, HP, Sun, and the list goes on.

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

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CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies

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Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners was nice enough to compile some data on CTO Equity and Compensation 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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