I’m a CTO
Women in Tech (*cough* Startups) Event
CEO

CEO

CEO

CTO

Baby Products

Fashion

Dating

Data Infrastructure
&
API Servi...
The Truth About CTOs
CTO

NON TECHNICAL

ASPIRING
Do These People Still Code?
Good Enough?
Skill comes from experience
The only way to win the
game is by not playing it
But this is still hard
Thank you Amy Sutherland
OF COURSE

IT

DOES
Ignore the bad
<-	 the	 dress	 is	 okay	 though
Don’t ask permission,
apologize
Don’t ask
permission

+

Blind to
negatives
CTO

Or	 really	 any	 startup	 executive
It’s about being
resourceful
You have all the skills
you need right now
Because you program
Why do we encourage
people to learn to code?
Why Programming?
• Problem solving
• Critical thinking skills
• Increasingly technical world
Document Your Code
Our servers
are down!!!
No one	

complained

Yes!
You can pretend
nothing happened
...or you can make it
an opportunity
Think About Scaling
Elevator pitches are
bullshit
!!!
The more important a person is the
less effective pitches are
If this was code how
would we fix it?
Process too large
for one machine
Who is
this guy?

Person too important
for one pitch
Break big problems
down into small parts
Big Problems
• Overwhelming
• Risky (+1 female)
• Perfection is not possible
Why is there no place to host data?
Hello
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  1. 1. I’m a CTO
  2. 2. Women in Tech (*cough* Startups) Event CEO CEO CEO CTO Baby Products Fashion Dating Data Infrastructure & API Services
  3. 3. The Truth About CTOs
  4. 4. CTO NON TECHNICAL ASPIRING
  5. 5. Do These People Still Code?
  6. 6. Good Enough?
  7. 7. Skill comes from experience
  8. 8. The only way to win the game is by not playing it
  9. 9. But this is still hard
  10. 10. Thank you Amy Sutherland
  11. 11. OF COURSE IT DOES
  12. 12. Ignore the bad
  13. 13. <- the dress is okay though
  14. 14. Don’t ask permission, apologize
  15. 15. Don’t ask permission + Blind to negatives
  16. 16. CTO Or really any startup executive
  17. 17. It’s about being resourceful
  18. 18. You have all the skills you need right now Because you program
  19. 19. Why do we encourage people to learn to code?
  20. 20. Why Programming? • Problem solving • Critical thinking skills • Increasingly technical world
  21. 21. Document Your Code
  22. 22. Our servers are down!!!
  23. 23. No one complained Yes!
  24. 24. You can pretend nothing happened
  25. 25. ...or you can make it an opportunity
  26. 26. Think About Scaling
  27. 27. Elevator pitches are bullshit
  28. 28. !!!
  29. 29. The more important a person is the less effective pitches are
  30. 30. If this was code how would we fix it?
  31. 31. Process too large for one machine
  32. 32. Who is this guy? Person too important for one pitch
  33. 33. Break big problems down into small parts
  34. 34. Big Problems • Overwhelming • Risky (+1 female) • Perfection is not possible
  35. 35. Why is there no place to host data?
  36. 36. Hello

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