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StartupCTO.io was the original Startup Engineering Leadership Podcast. Now it’s part of CTO Connection - the organizers of the @ctosummit conference series!

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, if you're technical and manage engineers, the CTO Connection podcast is a great resource for learning from your peers!

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Investing in Your People Pays Dividends with Scott Parker
Scott Parker has seen a lot over his 15 year career having transitioned from engineer to manager to executive. In this episode of the CTO Connection podcast, Peter and Scott discuss Scott’s approach to people management, differences in building teams at small companies vs. large companies as well as how to demonstrate the value of personal growth to engineers.Note: Since the recording of this interview, Scott has moved from VP Engineering at Signal to Director of Engineering at Root Insurance. [00:24] - Using the perspective of investment portfolio management as a lens to view managing people within an organization at scale  [02:09] - Extending the analogy: managing the portfolio of people on your team [04:08] - Understanding what each person wants out of their career in order to create balanced teams [07:00] - The winding path from engineering to leadership [09:19] - Scott’s experience moving into managing "teams of teams" [11:15] - The need for an engineering-specific focus within manager training [13:02] - Diving deeper into the new manager onboarding structure  [14:06] - Scott’s focus as the VP of Engineering at Signal [15:04] - Creating an environment where engineers are excited about personal growth opportunities You can find Scott on Twitter, LinkedIn and blogging about culture, on-boarding and management over at his own blog.CTO Connection is where you can 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, if you're technical and manage engineers, the CTO Connection podcast is a great resource for learning from your 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.This podcast episode produced by Dante32.
Learning and Developing as an Engineering Leader with Stacy Gorelik
This week Peter invites long-time technology leader and CTO Summit speaker Stacy Gorelik to the podcast. Stacy is currently the Director of Engineering at Flatiron Health, a health-tech company committed to fighting cancer.Peter and Stacy discuss her career from individual contributor to engineering management to director, what she looks for when hiring and her recent experiences speaking at the CTO Summit in New York. [00:21] - Stacy’s background [01:12] - Transitioning from individual contributor to management.  [02:56] - The appeal of an engineering management role  [04:59] - Responsibilities of an engineering manager vs. director  [06:41] - Ideal qualities in a leader [09:10] - Reflections on growing a platform engineering team [11:26] - It always comes back to the people [13:03] - What Stacy looks for in an engineer [15:15] - Learning and developing in the engineering world  [20:09] - What it’s like to speak at and attend a CTO summit  You can find out more about Stacey on LinkedIn, Twitter and at her blog on Medium.CTO Connection is where you can 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, if you're technical and manage engineers, the CTO Conneciton podcast is a great resource for learning from your 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.This podcast episode was produced by Dante32.
Attracting and Developing Engineering Talent with Johnny Austin, Engineering Director @ Mapbox
In this episode of CTO Connection, host Peter Bell sits down with Johnny Austin, Engineering Director of Navigation at Mapbox, to discuss the best and most challenging aspects of engineering leadership, practical tips for creating a solid onboarding program and ways to maintain a sense of connection within a distributed team.[00:30] - The road to engineering leadership at Mapbox[03:00] - It’s all about the people[03:46] - What does great potential look like?[06:32] - The Myth of the 10x Engineer, Johnny’s May 2019 CTO Summit Talk*[07:44] -  The first 90 days: communication dynamics when building a team[11:11] - How Mapbox attracts talent[12:29] - In the weeds of the recruiting process[19:36] - Thinking about team member growth beyond just tech skills[21:58] - Maintaining culture and connection with distributed teams[24:59] - The thing that keeps Johnny up at night[25:57] - Setting your team up for failure (it’s not what you think)*This episode was recorded prior to the Summit Prior to running engineering for Mapbox's core navigation capabilities, Johnny Austin held engineering leadership roles at Capital One and ISL and is a strong advocate for engineering operational excellence. Johnny is also an international public speaker - speaking on topics such as engineering leadership, system design, and the JavaScript programming language.He believes, strongly, that technical excellence, inclusion, empathy, and customer obsession are the keys to driving a successful engineering organization. CTO Connection is where you can 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, if you're technical and manage engineers, the CTO Conneciton podcast is a great resource for learning from your 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.This podcast episode produced by Dante32.
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Started
Apr 15th, 2016
Latest Episode
Jul 18th, 2019
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Weekly
No. of Episodes
81
Avg. Episode Length
33 minutes
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