Newsletter 49 : 2019 and all that …




The 5 Minute Tech Break
2019 and all that …





Hi Everyone

We have reached the end of 2019 for this newsletter and this newsletter editor.  

In approximately 1 hour I will be hanging up my CTO Academy apron (we’re all issued with aprons in case any emergency baking is required at HQ) for the rest of the year.

We’ve also reached edition 49 … almost one year’s worth of newsletter magic for your delectation.

To wrap up we’ve decided to go all self indulgent on you and celebrate the content we’ve created during the last 12 months.

It’s been an amazing year for us at CTO Academy and we have huuuuggggggeeeee plans for next year.

For CTO Academy members, thank you and watch this space for our plans to enhance your user and learning experience through 2020.

For those who have yet to sign up to our courses and/or mentoring, what’s keeping you …

Enjoy the read, your loved ones and the joy of being alive.

Happy Christmas.

Andrew Weaver
CTO Academy
[email protected]



Most Read CTO Academy Articles

With 50+ articles created through the year, we wrote content that addressed a wide range of management and personal issues.

We’ve listed below the 5 most read articles from our blog; 

Day in the life of a CTO

When tech people speak to non technical customers

Managing the transition from team player to tech leader

The MBA and CTO are no longer strange bedfellows

Think twice before reinventing the wheel



The Tuesday Webinars

We launched a series of webinars relating to topics that were regularly cropping up in mentoring sessions and general feedback.

We will relaunch the webinar series in the new year and with added colour as we’re joined by external guests enabling us to drill deeper into a range of topics.

In the meantime, refresh yourself with some of the previous webinars.

– How to create and manage a tech budget

– Where tech mentors make a difference

– How to work with non-technologists

– How to find and manage remote workers



Most Popular Newsletters

We’re super pleased that our newsletter open rate has been consistently >30% which, according our friends at Mailchimp, is double the average open rate for companies in this space.

Which suggests we’re creating some engaging content?

Looking back at the editions that chimed with you and it’s quite an interesting mix.  

In descending order the most popular 5 Minute Tech Breaks …

– The Climate Change Edition

Blackmail, Skepticism, & Cyber Threat

Shaping Your Career, Ditch The Toxic Job

Look After Yourself, Comedy Respite

Change Is The Only Constant



So that’s it …

It’s nice to reflect on what you’ve achieved and give yourself a pat on the back … no-one else will.

Thanks for running with us through 2019.

Good luck with all your plans and see you on the other side.



Book of the week : For those new year resolutions
“The Year of Yes”

What would change in your life if, for a year, you said yes to everything? The author talks about how the decision to be open to more opportunities changed her life for the better.

Make next year, the year of yes