Working at a startupas the CTOTech Startups Nights #TSN15Mexico City, 2013-Jun-20
DisclaimerI’m not a CTOI dont work at a startupWTF?Why Im here?Because I used to be a CTO at a startupBecause I have a story to share, a life story
The beginningI quit my job as development manager at BMV(Mexican Stock Market)I joined a startup in the music businessWith the most impressive technical team I ever hadWith a lot of resourcesWith a very ambicious planEarning less money than my previous job
My ﬁrst resultsThe most challenging project ever in my profesional lifeTeamwork, agile environment, extreme programmingMulticulturalThe better hires != the best teamFocus is keyMore features, more time, we never delivered a product, lack ofMVP deﬁnitionAfter a year I was disappointed. So, I returned back to work in myown company for a few months, until...
Epic adventure beganA friend of mine asked me for some hints to hiredevelopersVery difﬁcult to ﬁnd developers with a speciﬁc skills andknowledgeAfter some weeks and more details, my friend askedme to join the startup as the CTO
My ﬁrst day9:00 am. Conference call with the development team atBerlin, Germany11:00 am. Quick talk with the CEO11:05 am. CEO to me: “have you been in Germany?,No?, ok, Tonight, make your luggage. Tomorrowmorning you will travel to Berlin. We will launch thestore in 2 weeks”
Startup SpiritGo as fast as you canBuild a team, the right team. Very risky.Deliver, deliver, deliver...fail fast?Ecommerce platform built from scratch
LaunchSpent two weeks in Berlin, learning about the project,very intensive days (Payment Gateway for MexicanMarket)One week after I came back to Mexico, we launchOne week after Mexico launching, We launch inArgentinaPlatform not ready for latam market, huge efforts toadapt