CTO for Startup

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Presentation describes most common responsibilities and their importance of a start-up CTO
- IT Strategy
- Product development
- Managing people and boards

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CTO for Startup

  1. 1. CTO for Start-Up
  2. 2. About Author Konstantin Polakov Master in Computer Science, IPMA Project Manager & ITIL Expert (Co) Founder Unitary.de, Polit-X.de, Donate-to-band.com Previous experiences Deutsche Bank, Daimler, Onvista
  3. 3. Start-Up Life-Cycle Idea / Prototype (2-3 founders) MVP / Product (up to 10 people) Middle size (50+ people)
  4. 4. CTO Life-Cycle Developer (2-3 founders) Team Lead (up to 10 people) Manager (50+ people)
  5. 5. • IT Strategy • Product development • Managing / Leading / HR CTO Responsibilities
  6. 6. • Technology Evaluation Architecture, infrastructure, programming language, … • Outsourcing vs. Insourcing • IT Processes Software development processes - Agile is a standard Test / Quality management Release management … CTO Responsibilities: 1. Strategy
  7. 7. I need a coder! Why strategy? 6 12 18 24 30 36 42 Costsofchange Operating months Change Costs in Life-Time Right strategy .. not a good one
  8. 8. • Product development Business – IT – Business, requirement engineering communication management • Projects sprints scoping “9 women can't make a baby in 1 month“ • IT as a business enabler Cutting corners with IT solutions CTO Responsibilities – 2. Product Dev.
  9. 9. • “No assholes” rule • “Be the best on daily basis” rule • “Listen, share, collaborate” CTO Responsibilities – 3. Managing People
  10. 10. • Be transparent • Over communicate • Under promise, over deliver CTO Responsibilities – 3. Managing Board
  11. 11. • Know yourself • Find your place • Grow or leave C-XX Responsibility: Grow or Leave
  12. 12. Thanks!

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