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If you run an engineering organization, connect with and learn from your peers at CTO Connection - the premier community for senior software engineering leaders. Learn from the experiences of successful engineering leaders at fast-growth tech startups. Whether you want to learn more about hiring, motivating, or managing an engineering team, the CTO Connection podcast is a great resource for learning from your peers! Our podcast and weekly newsletter provide you with access to hard-won wisdom from top engineering leaders and associated experts. And join our summit series (online or in-person) to share problems and get answers.Learn more about CTO Connection and their virtual summits at https://www.ctoconnection.com/

CTO Connection Podcast Peter Bell

    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

If you run an engineering organization, connect with and learn from your peers at CTO Connection - the premier community for senior software engineering leaders. Learn from the experiences of successful engineering leaders at fast-growth tech startups. Whether you want to learn more about hiring, motivating, or managing an engineering team, the CTO Connection podcast is a great resource for learning from your peers! Our podcast and weekly newsletter provide you with access to hard-won wisdom from top engineering leaders and associated experts. And join our summit series (online or in-person) to share problems and get answers.Learn more about CTO Connection and their virtual summits at https://www.ctoconnection.com/

    Short Byte: Tim Olshansky - Managing hybrid remote teams

    Short Byte: Tim Olshansky - Managing hybrid remote teams

    Short Byte: Tim Olshansky - Managing hybrid remote teams

    We can't put the remote genie back in the bottle, but with some people desperate to get out and go back to the office, how can organizations manage the two?

    In today's Short Byte, I speak to Tim Olshansky, EVP of Product, Design and Engineering at Zenput, a foodtech startup focused on food safety. Tim embraced a hybrid remote model long before the pandemic and has been successfully managing hybrid remote teams for 11 years.

    In this chat, hear Tim talk about his remote first but office-centered approach to remote work, and the three driving principles that make sure employees are happy, productive, and enjoy similar experiences, whether they're in the office or across the country or world.

    • 32 min
    Short Byte: Jeff DeVerter - Do you even know what software your company is developing?

    Short Byte: Jeff DeVerter - Do you even know what software your company is developing?

    Short Byte: Jeff DeVerter - Do you even know what software your company is developing?
    The good news is that software development has moved from a peripheral activity to the heart of every business. But as technology becomes integral to all functions, how can you keep track of what embedded engineers across the org are building, balancing awareness and reliability with agility? Today we’re speaking with Jeff DeVerter, CTO of Product & Services at RackSpace about empowering technology across the organization while still providing guard rails to ensure the quality and reliability of the solutions.

    • 29 min
    Short Byte: Jeffrey Spector - Why you have to improve your hiring process

    Short Byte: Jeffrey Spector - Why you have to improve your hiring process

    Short Byte: Jeffrey Spector - Why you have to improve your hiring process
    With demand for talent at an all time high, if you want to attract, identify and close the best developers for your team, you simply have to up your hiring game. Join us for this “Short Byte” as I interview Jeff Spector - a cofounder at Karat - a company dedicated to fixing the hiring process for engineers. We’ll discuss how to create a fair, predictive and enjoyable hiring process so that you get great signal from your interviews, create a good impression with the candidates and can improve the inclusivity of your process and the diversity of your team.
     

    • 28 min
    Short Byte: Camille Fournier - Managing a product focused engineering org

    Short Byte: Camille Fournier - Managing a product focused engineering org

    Short Byte: Camille Fournier - Managing a product focused engineering org
    Camille Fournier is perhaps best known for her amazing book “the managers path” - a guide for tech leaders navigating growth and change. But she also has a degree from Carnegie Mellon, was a VP at Goldman Sachs, and then was the CTO at Rent The Runway before eventually returning to the finance world as Head of Platform Engineering at Two Sigma.  Today she discusses her experiences in managing a product focused engineering org.
    Thank you to our friends at Carbon Five for sponsoring today’s episode. For over 20 years, Carbon Five has helped businesses build, launch and scale digital products and teams. They’ve helped brands like Signal, Masterclass, Stitch Fix, Chime, and more, design and develop some of the most successful apps and platforms on the market today. So whether you’re looking to build your first app, fix a broken development process, or to scale your successful engineering team — the folks at Carbon Five are ready to help. Visit carbonfive.com/ctoconnection for special access to free product development guides and technical team resources.”

    • 29 min
    Short Byte: Mai Irie - What to do when your engineering leader leaves

    Short Byte: Mai Irie - What to do when your engineering leader leaves

    Short Byte: Mai Irie - What to do when your engineering leader leaves
    Mai Irie is a director of engineering, but twice in the last two years she’s had to deal with managing the engineering org after her CTO or general equivalent left. In this interview we’ll look at some best practices for taking over an engineering org in times of transition.
    Special thanks to our global partner – Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS offers a broad set of global cloud-based products to equip technology leaders to build better and more powerful solutions, reach out to aws-cto-program@amazon.com if you’re interested to learn more about their offerings.
    And thanks to our sustaining partners:
    CodeClimate - Engineering leaders who are motivated to exceed 2021 goals know that gut-feel isn't enough to make performance-improving decisions. CTOs, VPEs and Directors at organizations like Slack, Gusto, Pizza Hut trust objective data from Code Climate Velocity to measure and improve productivity, efficiency and performance. Reach out to Code Climate and get a month free when you mention CTO Connection.
    Karat - Karat helps companies hire software engineers by designing and conducting technical interview programs that improve hiring signal, mitigate bias, and reduce the interviewing time burden on engineering teams. Check out this short video or visit Karat.com to learn how we can help you grow your team.
    LaunchDarkly - the Feature Management Platform Powering the Best Software Products
    Our vision is to eliminate risk for developers and operations teams from the software development cycle. As companies transition to a world built on software, there is an increasing requirement to move quickly—but that often comes with the desire to maintain control. LaunchDarkly is the feature management platform that enables dev and ops teams to control the whole feature lifecycle, from concept to launch to value. Learn more at https://launchdarkly.com/
    CTO Connection is  a community where senior engineering leaders can connect with and learn from their peers!
    If you'd like to receive new episodes as they're published, please subscribe to CTO Connection in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider leaving a review in Apple Podcasts. It really helps others find the show.

    • 25 min
    Short Byte: Lee Edwards - How to pick the right tech startup

    Short Byte: Lee Edwards - How to pick the right tech startup

    Short Byte: Lee Edwards - How to pick the right tech startup
    Whether you’re thinking of founding, joining or investing in an early stage tech company, Lee Edwards has some advice! From effective due diligence on an early stage company to some interesting focus areas for deep tech startups. Lee is a partner at Root Ventures - a hard tech seed VC, and was previously CTO/VPE at Teespring and an Engineering Manager at Groupon.
    Special thanks to our global partner – Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS offers a broad set of global cloud-based products to equip technology leaders to build better and more powerful solutions, reach out to aws-cto-program@amazon.com if you’re interested to learn more about their offerings.
    And thanks to our sustaining partners:
    CodeClimate - Engineering leaders who are motivated to exceed 2021 goals know that gut-feel isn't enough to make performance-improving decisions. CTOs, VPEs and Directors at organizations like Slack, Gusto, Pizza Hut trust objective data from Code Climate Velocity to measure and improve productivity, efficiency and performance. Reach out to Code Climate and get a month free when you mention CTO Connection.
    Karat - Karat helps companies hire software engineers by designing and conducting technical interview programs that improve hiring signal, mitigate bias, and reduce the interviewing time burden on engineering teams. Check out this short video or visit Karat.com to learn how we can help you grow your team.
    LaunchDarkly - the Feature Management Platform Powering the Best Software Products
    Our vision is to eliminate risk for developers and operations teams from the software development cycle. As companies transition to a world built on software, there is an increasing requirement to move quickly—but that often comes with the desire to maintain control. LaunchDarkly is the feature management platform that enables dev and ops teams to control the whole feature lifecycle, from concept to launch to value. Learn more at https://launchdarkly.com/
    CTO Connection is  a community where senior engineering leaders can connect with and learn from their peers!
    If you'd like to receive new episodes as they're published, please subscribe to CTO Connection in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider leaving a review in Apple Podcasts. It really helps others find the show.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

icey502 ,

Valuable Lessons from the Real World

This is a great podcast. The topics are relevant, current, and timely; the guests are genuine people; Peter asks the questions you would want to ask. Highly recommend.

J. Barshop ,

Subscribe and watch your business grow…

It’s obvious Peter puts extraordinary effort into finding guests that are authentic and truly care about being a positive force in this world.

Each interview find the perfect balance of diving into the hard and soft skills required to thrive these days. Highly recommend listening and subscribing to CTO Connections if you want a great balance of quality topics and informative discussion.

John DiFini ,

Not Just for CTOs

This podcast provides excellent content not just for CTOs but also for anyone in Technology leadership. One idea for improvement - have more of a conversational format rather than a rigid interview.

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