As CTO of a lean or growth company, you are an entrepreneur. As such, you are not subject to an explicit and tight job definition. In fact, in many cases it is extremely fluid and you may spend one moment working on a sales call, another handling tech support, and even working on marketing or operational issues. The bottom line is that a lot needs to get done in a small company, so you may need to chip in where you can.
- [Narrator] In the previous units,…I've discussed the many roles of CTOs…and how to excel at them.…But there's something else you should know,…you will also very likely do things…that have nothing to do with this role.…In all but the largest of CTO roles,…you will be involved in entrepreneurship,…which is to say,…by coming a C-level executive…at a growing company,…the growth of the company is in your hands,…and as such, sometimes, you need to get things done.…The general rule is fewer people means…you have to wear more hats.…
To grow a company, a lot needs to be done,…and until you can hire people to do all those things,…everyone pitches in based on their abilities and time.…I bring this topic up,…because I've worked with a number of developers…who want to transition to CTO at a start-up…from their position as a senior developer…or product manager at a large company…where they're highly specialized,…and it's a shock.…In a single day, a CTO can write code,…do an interview, edit a financial model,…go on a sales call, fix a printer, and clean the bathroom.…
- Hiring a great team
- Enhancing team communications
- Creating a product roadmap
- Capturing and using data and analytics
- Identifying key performance indicators
- Choosing which platform to use
- Managing the product life cycle (PLC)
- Taking feedback
- Public speaking
- Running efficient meetings
- Marketing and launching products
- Growing and scaling
- Managing crises
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Your Team
2. Product Management
4. Development and the Product Life Cycle
5. Marketing and Communication
6. Business and Entrepreneurship
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