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Early stage CTO: Role & relations by Quentin Le Brouster, CTO at Back Market

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Starting a project as a CTO is full of challenges, trying to understand your role and how you interact with others. Back Market is shooting for the stars with more than 100 employees and a €41M Series B round last June.

Quentin tells us about being the CTO of this fast-growing startup from day one. What do you need to define from the very beginning and how do you find your perfect place?

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Early stage CTO: Role & relations by Quentin Le Brouster, CTO at Back Market

  1. 1. My wild life as an Early stage CTO
  2. 2. Today 160 Back Makers 6 countries 9 digits GMV 4 years ago 3 Back Makers €8M GMV
  3. 3. Anticipate. But don’t over-Anticipate. But Anticipate. But don’t over-Anticipate. But Anticipate.
  4. 4. Choose co-founders you can trust. But most importantly who blindly trust you. Or walk away & apply at Back Market: quentin@backmarket.fr
  5. 5. Eat. Code. Love. Repeat. Eat. Code. Love. Repeat. Eat. Code. Love. Repeat. Eat. Code. Love. Repeat. Eat. Code. Love. Repeat. Eat. Code. Love. Repeat. Eat. Code. Love. Repeat. Eat. Code. Love. Repeat. Eat. Code. Love. Repeat. Eat. Code. Love. Repeat. Eat. Code. Love. Repeat. Eat. Code. Love. Repeat. Eat. Code. Love. Repeat. Eat. Code. Love. Repeat. Eat. Code. Love. Repeat. Eat. Code. Love. Repeat. Eat. Code. Love.
  6. 6. Choose a project that fits you as an engineer and fulfill you as a human being. Or walk away & apply at etc.
  7. 7. Let’s Fight Planned Obsolescence.
  8. 8. Don’t underestimate your impact on the whole culture & organization of your company.
  9. 9. Stand Up Finance.
  10. 10. Launches its OKR 2018 The Great Milestones of OKR.
  11. 11. 1 Project - 1 Owner - 1 KPI
  12. 12. Don’t keep divas.
  13. 13. Underpromise. Overdeliver.
  14. 14. Hold on day 1.
  15. 15. Hold onto “day 1” as long as possible. Fight the idea that “day 2” has arrived. “Day 2 is stasis. Followed by irrelevance. Followed by excruciating, painful decline. Followed by death. And that is why it is always Day 1.”
  16. 16. Day 1 = “Keep your feet in the shit.” (Managers, Heads of, VP, C-X)
  17. 17. Cimer.

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