How to become a CTO?

how to become cto

For most C-suite roles there is generally a linear relationship between the skills they develop through their career and the skills required at an executive level.  The CMO has been on various marketing courses, the CFO has been mastering a balance sheet for years and the sales director comes from the school of hard cold … Read more

Importance of Management Skills to CTO Training

What should a CTO management training course look like?

What management skills do you require to become a high value CTO?

With most c-suite roles, progression through the ranks involves a natural and ongoing development of skills that equip the ambitious to reach the top.

The CTO career path requires a more jagged turn as developers, focused primarily on technology, require a new set of management and softer skills to deal with the challenges at senior level.

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Some of the realities, About start up salaries

Realities about Start-ups Salaries

As a rock star developer, what are your career (remuneration) options?

  • An above average salary at investment bank or hedge fund, but with long hours and little control
  • Public body where, you earn less, but the hours and benefits (particularly those juicy pensions) are better and more comforting
  • Large company where you benefit from the corporate perks but, suffer from the politics and risk being lost in mediocrity or …
  • The crazy, unpredictable world of start ups and fast growth companies where you have few corporate perks, lots of ping pong, too many potential downsides but, boy oh boy you will have control, direct input, bags of fun (at least during the growth phase) and for sure, you’ll be guaranteed the sharpest of learning curves.

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Jump Off That Cliff, Then Start Assembling The Plane


If you’re new to the start up world or indeed, the wider world of entrepreneurship, then you can do worse than listen to the podcast ‘Master of Scale’. Hosted by Linkedin founder Reid Hoffman, it’s a slickly produced insiders view of what it takes to make it big, from someone who knows and who continues to … Read more

Everyone is a bit broken … so learn how to manage with compassion

Imposter Syndrome - CTO Academy

“Everyone is a bit broken”

Credit for this quote goes to Professor Vikas Seth, delivered via a fantastic Ted talk that looks at vulnerability and how everyone around you, is going through the same or similar problems.

The challenge within teams and in management roles, is that not many people are prepared to acknowledge this truth and behaviour is sometimes misinterpreted, with communications, relationships and team dynamics often suffering from a fundamental lack of honesty.

The start up world can suffer from this more than most, be it pride, a “fake it till you make it” culture or simple lack of self awareness.Strip down these facades and you’ll find that most senior people in most companies suffer from vulnerability and their own version of the imposter syndrome.

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Welcome to CTO Academy

CTO Academy

One thing we know for sure with a new venture (having been around the block a few times), is you can have the idea, sketch out a model, design a website and prepare for launch … but you never truly know anything about your product until it starts to interact with the market.

And so, we are on the verge of lift off with CTO Academy, with all the excitement and uncertainty that a new product launch brings with it.

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