CTO Leadership Foundation Course

Take the next step to becoming a high impact Chief Technology Officer with this globally recognised online course.

What You’ll Learn

  • What’s at the core of the CTO role
  • How to transition from technical to managerial
  • Managing and communicating with stakeholders
  • Team building and the art of delegation
  • What matters with tech management and operations
  • Mindset, values and personal branding
  • Commercial and legal priorities for a business
  • What’s key to working with cross functional teams

Who The Course Is For


  • Chief Technology Officers
  • Early stage CTOs / Tech Co-Founders
  • VP/Head of Engineering
  • Director/Head of Technology
  • Head of Development and Product
  • Senior Engineers, Architects, Team Leads

Certificate on Completion

What Tech Leaders Say …

Really compact lectures with lots of useful information and those tests made me pay attention to every word

Ratko Petrovic

Software Programme Manager & Team Lead, Munich, Germany

Modules are high value resource, providing broad-based business skills essential for success in the modern workplace

Samer Bechara

CTO, Beirut, Lebanon

The Course Focus

The best CTOs are in high demand around the world with significant reward to those having a real impact on organisations.

But it’s the soft skills that make a difference between accepting the salary you’re offered or demanding the one you deserve.

Our micro lectures and personal dashboard (see example below) will help you build the leadership skills needed to achieve the career and impact you want.

The Course Modules

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
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
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
HR For IT Managers
  • Managing Contractors
  • Managing Remote Freelancers
  • Behind The Hiring Process
  • Good Hiring Reduces Bad Hires
  • People Leaving The Company
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
  • 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
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
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
Start Ups & Fast Growth


  • Dilution
  • Dealing With Investors
  • Introduction To Seed Capital

Risks & Rewards

  • Remuneration and Rewards

Working With Tech Leaders In Innovative Companies Around The World

What You Receive

  • 9 Leadership and Management Modules
  • >100 individual lectures, podcasts and webinars
  • >50 hours of video and supporting material
  • Personalised learning dashboard (see below)
  • Tests at end of each module
  • Exclusive invite to global community
  • Membership discounts on other products
  • CTO Academy certification (see sample)
  • Lifetime access to all course material
  • 7 day money back guarantee

Frequently Asked Questions

Foundation Course

This is a foundation course aimed at helping ambitious tech leaders build their leadership skills and understanding of what is required to operate effectively at a senior level. The course is evolving as we add new material but the focus throughout is about addressing the key topics where emerging tech leaders can sometimes struggle.

We interview global tech leaders who talk candidly about their career high and lows, what makes an effective tech leader and more recently, the challenges and opportunities around Lockdown. Signing up to the CTO Academy foundation course will provide you with access the full length interviews.

With CTO Academy you receive access to our unique and integrated learning dashboard, enabling you to track progress from skills assessments to course material to coaching options.

Each module concludes with a test that aims to reinforce the learning. Upon completion of the full course, you will receive CTO Academy certification that confirms your achievement and which can be added to your CV and social media profiles.

Yes, this is not a static course, though you will only pay once for 12 months access. We are constantly adding and updating our course material which much more in the pipeline for release during 2021.