CTO Leadership Foundation Course

The CTO Academy leadership foundation course will help you build the skills needed to achieve the career impact and financial reward you deserve


What You Receive

11 hours of expert led course material100 individual lectures, podcasts and webinarsFurther reading material with every lectureAll future lectures delivered at no extra costPersonalised learning dashboardTests with each module that reinforces learningCTO Academy Certification (see sample)Lifetime membership of CTO Academy7 Day Money Back Guarantee

What You'll Learn

How to think like a CTOManaging the transition from technical to managerialHow to communicate with different stakeholdersTeam building, dynamics and delegationTech management and operationsWorking effectively with cross functional teamsPersonal development, mindset and branding

Who The Course Is For

Chief Technology OfficersHeads of DepartmentSenior Software EngineersTech Architects and Team LeadsProduct ManagersTech Co-Founders

Certificate on Completion

What Others Say ....

Resources perfectly designed for conquering leadership challenges and smooth career progression. If you’re aiming to operate at a senior level they provide a clear path to learn the skills you need
Digital Defynd
Review of global CTO programs
Modules are high value resource, providing broad-based business skills essential for success in the modern workplace. Highly recommend to anyone with career aspirations to become senior tech leader.
Vyom Upadhya
CTO/COO, Florida, USA

Course Requirements

Ambition to maximise your career opportunitiesMotivation to increase the value of your personal brandDesire to turbo charge your earnings potentialConstant thirst for learning and self improvementThat’s about it …

Course Modules

Technology Management
The Crucial Stuff
  • Source Control
  • Continuous Integration
  • API Integration
  • Data Quality & Sources
  • Data Analytics
  • Research and Development
  • Quality Assurance
Choosing the Technology
  • Choosing the Technology
  • The Art of Timing
  • Dealing with Hazards
  • Platforms and Technologies
  • Security and Data Privacy
  • Software Architecture – Part 1
  • Software Architecture – Part 2
  • Software Architecture – Part 3
  • Introduction to Testing
  • Types of Test
  • The Process
  • Issues
Systems & Processes
  • Introduction to Systems and Processes
  • Systems & Processes
  • What Systems?
  • Agile Processes
  • Code Processes
Objective Key Results (OKRs)
  • Introduction to OKRs
  • Implementing OKRs
Leadership and Management
Being a CTO
  • What is a CTO?
  • Important CTO Goals
  • Day in the Life of a CTO
  • What’s on a CTO’s radar?
  • Economics And Budgets
  • Podcast: What does a CTO do?
Leading Teams
  • Team Dynamics
  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Fundamentals of Team Building
  • Perception of Quality
  • Defining Tech Leadership
Marketing Topics
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Working with CMO
  • Marketing Rinse & Repeat
  • The Funnel Principle
  • Social Media
Sales & Customers
  • Why Customer Support Matters
  • What Makes An Effective CS Team
  • Introduction to Selling
  • Selling And The Importance of Trust
Compliance & Legals
  • Introduction to Business Law
  • Compliance: Business Pt 1
  • Compliance: Business Pt 2
  • Corruption & Bribery
  • Whistleblowing
  • Commercial Partnerships
  • Academic Partnerships
  • What is Strategy?
  • Planning An Exit Strategy
Company Sales
  • How To Build a Business for Exit
  • How To Build Value In Your Business
  • Considerations On Business Valuations
HR For IT Managers
  • Managing Contractors
  • Managing Remote Freelancers
  • Behind The Hiring Process
  • Good Hiring Reduces Bad Hires
  • People Leaving The Company
Personal Development
Personal Branding
  • Marketing Yourself
  • Freelance Opportunities
  • Improve Your Linkedin Profile
  • Become a Thought Leader
  • Blog Writing For Tech Leaders
Board Level
  • Attending Board Meetings
  • Managing the CEO
  • Board Relationships
Negotiation Skills
  • An Introduction to Negotiation
  • Presenting to Non-Technical Customers
  • Handling Interviews
Finance & Funding
  • Introduction to Budgeting
  • Podcast: Beyond Introduction to Budgeting
  • Forecasting
  • Different Types of Expenditure
  • Grant Funding Pt 1
  • Grant Funding Pt 2
  • 10 Steps to Crowdfunding Success
Mindset & Wellness


  • Welcome to Mindset & Wellness: Managing With Compassion
  • Chief Mindset Officer
  • Fixed vs Growth
  • Know Yourself
  • Know, Like, Trust


  • Creating A Positive Working Culture
  • Managing Burnout
Start Ups & Fast Growth


  • Dilution
  • Dealing With Investors
  • Introduction To Seed Capital

Risks & Rewards

  • Remuneration and Rewards

We Work With Tech Leaders In Companies Around The World

Founders / Lecturers

CTO with 20+ years of board level IT innovation and computer science experience. Technical director of several software businesses and managed complex enterprise projects with successful exits. Coaching tech leaders around the world.

Jason Noble
CTO, Lecturer and Coach
CEO with 25 years of executive level experience across multiple sectors. Leadership coach, personal mentor, Cranfield MBA and lead lecturer at UK based startup accelerator.
Andrew Weaver
CEO, Lecturer and Coach

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What You Recieve

11 hours of expert led course material100 lectures, podcasts and webinars (all subtitled)40 hours of additional reading materialNew lectures delivered at no extra costPersonalised learning dashboardExclusive invitation to global communityTests with each module to reinforce learningCTO Academy Certification (see sample)Lifetime Access to Course Material7 Day Money Back Guarantee



Upon successfully completing our end of course tests, you will receive a CTO Academy accreditation certificate

When joining CTO Academy you receive immediate access to our management skills courses, lectures and supporting material, with 9 courses and >100 lectures and podcasts.

Every month we release new lectures, webinars and wider course material – often based on topics crowd sourced from our global community.

As a CTO Academy member you receive a 30% discount against the cost of a discovery coaching session with one of our senior coaches. The topic of discussion is entirely down to you and can relate to any specific career or management challenge but many members also find it a powerful session to build a personal learning plan for the months ahead. The sessions themselves last one hour but there is a preparatory Q&A plus each session results in the takeaway of key action points, which your coach will follow up and hold you accountable if necessary.

CTO Academy provide a unique end-to-end talent lifecycle service where we can help upskill (courses), train (coaching) and/or recruit the right people. With our recruitment service, we can also help the onboarding process by adding additional training or coaching where appropriate.

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