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Welcome to CTO Academy Membership and Feel the Value

This week we launched our new Membership Package which like any and every launch, came packaged with a mixture of expectation and anxiety … Was it going to work?Did flow make sense?Will it add value to the customer experience? Well … so far, so good as we’ve already seen 100+ global tech leaders sign up […]

CTO Job Description with Responsibilities, Qualifications and Salary Breakdown

In this post, we explain a CTO job description on four levels of engagement: start-up, fast-growth company, enterprise and, finally, a Group Chief Technology Officer. You will learn responsibilities on each level, understand desired qualifications and, ultimately, find out what kind of salary you can expect considering the size of your company and industry. TABLE […]

CTO KPIs with Templates and Tracking Procedures – Explained by a Seasoned Chief Technology Officer

In this post, Jason Noble, Academy’s Chief Technology Officer, explains the design of highly relevant CTO KPIs and shows you how to a) track them and, more importantly, b) use them to improve performance. Now, the odds are that you’re either a CTO in a start-up or fast-growing company or soon to become one. That […]

What is the optimum size for a tech team?

Price’s law (competence is linear, incompetence is exponential) pertains to the relationship between the literature on a subject and the number of authors in the subject area, stating that half of the publications come from the square root of all contributors. If 100 papers are written by 25 authors, five authors will have contributed 50 […]

Tech Leadership in So Many Words…#20 Confidence

I’ve been asked to write a short piece on the impact of confidence in leadership. 1st, how do I keep it short? 2nd, which angle do I start with for this many tentacled topic? Because whether we talk about true confidence, projection, self-doubt and/or the ever present Imposter syndrome, how we deal with these issues […]

Building an Effective Chief Technology Office on Different Business Scales

It is now common for a team leader or project manager to find themselves placed in the CTO’s shoes at a moment’s notice. Often, this brand-new executive is forced to form a Chief Technology Office out of thin air and without any help. This is the challenge facing what we call the accidental CTO. At […]

CTO Salary Range in the US and UK: A Comparative Analysis

In this blog post, we explore the CTO salary range; separately for the United States and the United Kingdom. We are examining variations and influencing factors across public and private companies as well as start-ups, fast-growth firms and large enterprises. Additionally, we’ll look into the most common bonus structures of a Chief Technology Officer position. […]

Tech Leadership in So Many Words…#19 No

My biggest flaw as an entrepreneur was a lack of judgment about when to say yes (a natural inclination) and when to say no (suffering from FOMO). The uncertainty of start-up life meant that I wanted to keep all options open as long as possible which of course, proved completely counter productive as it diluted […]

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