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Welcome to the Pair Program from hatchpad, the podcast that gives you a front-row seat to candid conversations with tech leaders from the startup world. Join host Tim Winkler alongside co-host Mike Gruen as they bring together two guests to dissect topics at the intersection of technology, startups, and career growth.  Tim Winkler is a serial Entrepreneur and is the CEO of hatch I.T. a Software Recruiting Company focusing on newly emerging Startup companies. Mike Gruen is a Technologist & Engineering Leader with decades of experience in the field. He is currently the Director of Engineering at Cherre, the leader in real estate data and insight. Get Answers to your most pressing startup questions: 💡 Do I need a college degree to work as a Software Engineer? 💡 Should we build or buy software? 💡 How do startups get funded? 💡 How do I get into Product Management? All these questions and more will be answered for you by our experienced hosts and industry-leading guests. Make sure to catch each episode every other week and follow us on Social to stay up to date with hatchpad. 🐣 What is hatchpad? 🐣 Hatchpad is the community for startup technologists. Our members include Software Engineers, Product Managers, Data Scientists, and Tech Executives; all connected through their passion for startups and desire to create innovative technology. Every week we chat with startup technologists to provide you behind-the-scenes insights on technical skills, career advice, and industry trends. This community is for you if you want to learn from and grow alongside a curated group of startup technical professionals.   🚀 Sign-Up for Weekly hatchpad Newsletter: https://www.myhatchpad.com/newsletter/  🤖 Check Out the hatchpad: http://myhatchpad.com/  Follow us on Social Media!! LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/hatchpadcommunity/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/my_hatchpad YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBy9WYJlx31R3QmbSlR85Dg read less
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Overcoming the Valley of Death: Startup Solutions in Government Tech | The Pair Program Ep44
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Overcoming the Valley of Death: Startup Solutions in Government Tech | The Pair Program Ep44
Overcoming the Valley of Death: Startup Solutions in Government Tech | The Pair Program Ep44Join us for an insightful exploration into the intricate landscape of government technology modernization, as we delve into the daunting valley of death faced by startups in the defense sector.Our guests, Warren Katz and Col Aneel Alvares, bring unparalleled expertise and firsthand experience in overcoming the regulatory, bureaucratic, and scalability hurdles that often impede innovation in government operations.They offer invaluable insights into the funding gap, product-market fit challenges, and the transformative potential of government reform. From navigating long sales cycles to addressing scalability and integration issues, this episode paints a comprehensive picture of the current state of affairs and highlights the critical need for a healthier ecosystem for small businesses in government tech.About Aneel Alvares. Col Aneel "Cramden" Alvares helps lead engagement with the DoD and is the Boston Lead at the Defense Innovation Unit. His military background includes experience as a B-1 pilot, terminal attack controller, and operational test and evaluation leader, with service in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In his current role, he leads a team that frames new projects by leveraging commercial sector technologies to address priority DoD problems, while also working to engage the greater Boston and east coast innovation ecosystems.About Warren Katz. Warren is currently Chairman of The Board of The Alliance for Commercial Technology in Government. Previously, Warren was the Managing Director for Techstars’ Air Force Accelerator, helping AFWERX and the US Air Force become more attractive customers to startup companies. He is an angel investor and mentor to dozens of dual-use companies and was formerly the CEO of MAK Technologies. With Bachelor’s in both Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from MIT, Warren possesses deep technical and business acumen, with specific expertise in barriers to doing business with the government.Sign-Up for the Weekly hatchpad Newsletter: https://www.myhatchpad.com/newsletter/
CTO Wisdom with Alexis Smirnov | Beyond the Program
May 7 2024
CTO Wisdom with Alexis Smirnov | Beyond the Program
CTO Wisdom with Alexis Smirnov | Beyond the ProgramWelcome to CTO Wisdom. In this series, we interview technical leaders who have stepped into executive positions.Today’s guest host, Eric Brooke, speaks with Alexis Smirnov. Alexis is the CTO of Dialogue, Canada's premier virtual healthcare and wellness platform, providing affordable, on-demand access to quality care.In today’s episode, they discuss:A career starting on a programmable calculator, to Russian Space Research Institute to Microsoft to Co-founding two tech companiesWorking in HealthTech and the Purpose it can give youImportance of promoting yourself into new rolesImportance of building relationships through your careerHow you grow in your career and the importance of selling Vision and working with others to create the actions to achieve itAs a co-founder how important to recognize when you hit a wall, or when your work as IC is less important than the co-ordination of othersHow much of your focus at C-suite is on the growing of a healthy and sustainable businessAbout today’s guest: Over his three decades in the software industry, Alexis has used transformational technologies to build products and services at startups and Fortune 100 companies. In 2016, he co-founded and is serving as the CTO of Dialogue, Canada's premier virtual healthcare and wellness platform, providing affordable, on-demand access to quality care. Before Dialogue, he led the design and development of the social analytics system, built an award-winning semantic search engine, and incubated a platform for conversational apps. Alexis has co-founded Pi Corp, a pioneering cloud startup and successfully sold it to EMC. An active member of Montreal's technology startup community, Alexis holds several software patents.About today’s host: Eric Brooke has a rich and varied leadership career - leading up to 21,000 people and Billions in revenue, throughout 14 countries. In their career, they have been an Executive six times (e.g. President, CEO, CMO, and CTO) and a Board member of multiple organisations. Eric has been a CTO of scaling startups from 0 to 120 engineers. As an adviser and mentor, they have helped multiple other startups scale both in Canada and the US. As well as supporting multiple startup incubators such as 1871 in Chicago and TechStars.Sign-Up for the Weekly hatchpad Newsletter: https://www.myhatchpad.com/newsletter/
Frontline Innovators: Transforming Defense Technology with AFWERX and Second Front Systems | The Pair Program Ep43
Apr 30 2024
Frontline Innovators: Transforming Defense Technology with AFWERX and Second Front Systems | The Pair Program Ep43
Frontline Innovators: Transforming Defense Technology with AFWERX and Second Front Systems | The Pair Program Ep43In this enlightening episode, we explore the groundbreaking work of Second Front Systems and AFWERX – both organizations that are driving technological advancements for our nation's warfighters. Join our guests, Donald 'Chee' Gansberg and Enrique Oti, as they share their remarkable journeys and insights at the intersection of software innovation and national security.Chee, a former special operations forward air controller turned software evangelist at AFWERX, and Enrique, Chief Strategy Officer at Second Front Systems and retired Air Force Colonel, provide unparalleled perspectives on government tech modernization and the challenges of navigating the federal acquisition process. They delve into the mission of AFWERX to foster internal innovation within the Air Force and Second FrontSystems' quest to bridge the gap between cutting-edge technology and government utilization.From overcoming bureaucratic barriers to building trust with the government, this episode offers invaluable insights foranyone passionate about defense tech innovation and the transformative power of collaboration between startups and government agencies. Tune in to discover how these visionary leaders are reshaping the future of defense technology.About Donald ‘Chee’ Gansberger:Chee Gansberger was a computer programmer in the IndyCar series and the Silicon Valley who decided one day in September, 2001, that he'd rather jump out of airplanes and blow things up. After years as a special operations forward air controller including numerous deployments as a front-line operator, he ended up first in traditional acquisitions and then in the innovation scene. After helping usher in modern software reform while part of DIUx he then moved to AFWERX, as a software evangelist trying to bring innovative use of software to the warfighter.About Enrique Oti:Enrique Oti is the Chief Strategy Officer of Second Front Systems (2F), where he fast-tracks government access to disruptive, commercially-proven software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications for national security missions. Prior to joining 2F, Enrique had a 23-year career in the United States Air Force, during which he served in multiple assignments as a cyber warfare officer and China Foreign Area Officer. Enrique commanded an intelligence support squadron in Korea, and was a co-founder of the Defense Innovation Unit in Silicon Valley. He co-founded the Kessel Run software development program, and in his final assignment served as the Kessel Run commander, retiring as a Colonel. Enrique earned a BS in History from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an MS in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College, and an MA in International Relations from Zhejiang University in China, where he studied as an Olmsted Scholar.Sign-Up for the Weekly hatchpad Newsletter: https://www.myhatchpad.com/newsletter/
CTO Wisdom with Sushma Nallapeta | Beyond the Program
Apr 23 2024
CTO Wisdom with Sushma Nallapeta | Beyond the Program
CTO Wisdom with Sushma Nallapeta | Beyond the ProgramWelcome to CTO Wisdom. In this series, we interview technical leaders who have stepped into executive positions.Today’s guest host, Eric Brooke, speaks with Sushma Nallapeta, CTO of Trusted Health.In today’s episode, they discuss:-How success changes for each role-Finding the balance for each role between control and influence -The importance of confidence-Making decisions without having all the information -How to know your customer-Building strong partnerships -Networking with peers outside of the businessAbout today’s guest: As CTO of Trusted Health, Sue Nallapeta leads an organization of over 100 technologists, reimagining healthcare staffing with a core mission of helping people find care. With a background in Computer Science, Sue has over a decade of experience across various consumer facing businesses, marketplaces and enterprise software. She has navigated the landscapes of both public companies and startups, weathering numerous acquisitions on both ends of the spectrum. She has built highly performant, vastly scalable engineering systems that have touched millions of customers and led product and technology innovations that have contributed to top line company growth.About today’s host: Eric Brooke has a rich and varied leadership career - leading up to 21,000 people and Billions in revenue, throughout 14 countries. In their career, they have been an Executive six times (e.g. President, CEO, CMO, and CTO) and a Board member of multiple organizations. Eric has been a CTO of scaling startups from 0 to 120 engineers. As an adviser and mentor, they have helped multiple other startups scale both in Canada and the US. As well as supporting multiple startup incubators such as 1871 in Chicago and TechStars.Sign-Up for the Weekly hatchpad Newsletter: https://www.myhatchpad.com/newsletter/
Guardians of Innovation: Exploring the Intersection of Military Defense and Tech | The Pair Program Ep42
Apr 16 2024
Guardians of Innovation: Exploring the Intersection of Military Defense and Tech | The Pair Program Ep42
Guardians of Innovation: Exploring the Intersection of Military Defense and Tech | The Pair Program Ep42In this captivating episode, we delve into the dynamic world of military defense and its profound impact on technological innovation. Join our guests, Sean Leahy and Les Craig, as they share their firsthand experiences and insights gained from their distinguished careers in the defense tech space.Les, a Partner at Next Frontier Capital and a former Infantry Officer and Platoon Leader, brings a unique perspective shaped by his military service and subsequent roles in intelligence and cybersecurity startups. Sean, a seasoned defense and intelligence technologist, offers invaluable expertise cultivated through his diverse roles supporting defense agencies and startups alike.Together, they explore the evolving landscape of defense technology, discussing emerging trends, the surge in the defense tech industry, and the pivotal role of the military in driving innovation.About Les CraigLes has been a Partner at Next Frontier Capital since 2017, where he has led 12 direct investments and serves on the boards of 7 portfolio companies. He is a 2003 graduate of the United State Military Academy at West Point, and served as an Infantry Officer and Platoon Leader in the 173rd Airborne Brigade and 1st Ranger Battalion, as well as an Aide on General Stan McChrystal's staff at Joint Special Operations Command. Post military commitment, Les served as a Technical Operations Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency. He co-founded two start-ups: The Twenty, a data science services company and RedOwl Analytics, a venture backed cyber security software company that was acquired by Forcepoint in August of 2017.About Sean LeahySean is a career defense and intelligence technologist, currently working as an independent advisor to defense technology startups and investors. He began his career supporting DARPA, JIEDDO, the U.S. Army, and multiple teams within the Intelligence Community. He was Director of Technical Services at Sayari Labs, a dual use technology company. In 2023, he served as a Defense and Technology Fellow in the Office of Senator Steve Daines of Montana. He is a graduate of Columbia University.Sign-Up for the Weekly hatchpad Newsletter: https://www.myhatchpad.com/newsletter/
CTO Wisdom with Barnaby Dorfman | Beyond the Program
Apr 9 2024
CTO Wisdom with Barnaby Dorfman | Beyond the Program
CTO Wisdom with Barnaby Dorfman | Beyond the ProgramWelcome to CTO Wisdom. In this series, we interview technical leaders who have stepped into executive positions.Today’s guest host, Eric Brooke, speaks with Barnaby, Dorfman, a visionary technology executive with decades of leadership experience in the tech industry.In today’s episode, they discuss:The importance of learning how to sell ideas in a way your audience understandsHow to lead through layers of abstractionThe importance of considering the Product Lifecycle in the way you build the TeamThe toughest part of technical leadershipAnd much more!About today’s guest: Barnaby Dorfman is a visionary technology executive with decades of leadership experience in the tech industry. His career spans a broad spectrum of roles, including founding startups, leading innovative projects at Amazon.com, and driving growth as a CTO for several companies. He is currently supporting multiple CEOs with tech strategy and execution. His role at Go1 as CTO was marked by remarkable achievements in building a global team and securing investments from top-tier venture capital firms, contributing significantly to the eLearning platform's hyper-growth. Barnaby's tenure in technology leadership positions, such as his time at Payscale.com and his groundbreaking work at Amazon.com, reflects his passion for creating high-performance teams and innovative products. He is credited with launching the first version of Amazon Marketplace, developing IMDbPro.com, and inventing search technologies used globally. With a deep commitment to fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, and excellence, Barnaby continues to influence the tech industry through his advisory roles and speaking engagements, sharing insights drawn from a rich and diverse career. Barnaby graduated magna cum laude from San Francisco State University and has an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth.About today’s host: Eric Brooke has a rich and varied leadership career - leading up to 21,000 people and Billions in revenue, throughout 14 countries. In their career, they have been an Executive six times (e.g. President, CEO, CMO, and CTO) and a Board member of multiple organisations. Eric has been a CTO of scaling startups from 0 to 120 engineers. As an adviser and mentor, they have helped multiple other startups scale both in Canada and the US. As well as supporting multiple startup incubators such as 1871 in Chicago and TechStars.Sign-Up for the Weekly hatchpad Newsletter: https://www.myhatchpad.com/newsletter/
Driving Government Modernization: Tales from GovTech Innovators | The Pair Program Ep. 41
Apr 2 2024
Driving Government Modernization: Tales from GovTech Innovators | The Pair Program Ep. 41
Driving Government Modernization: Tales from GovTech Innovators | The Pair Program Ep. 41In this episode, join our hosts as they engage in a thought-provoking conversation with Rob Murtha, the visionary CEO and Founder of Adjective, and Ken Kato, Vice President of DevSecOps & AI at Omni Federal.Together, they explore the intricate landscape of tech innovation across diverse government domains, sharing insights on how engineering and product experts are crafting tailored solutions to address the unique needs of government agencies. From discussing the imperatives of GovTech modernization to revealing the transformative work they're currently undertaking, our guests offer invaluable perspectives on identifying governmental challenges and building effective solutions.Don't miss out on this enlightening discussion with two leading voices shaping the future of GovTech!About Rob Murtha:Rob's the CEO and Founder of Adjective, a Human Factors Design Company. Rob founded Adjective because he was passionate about building the bridge between deep automation, human productivity, and system instrumentation. Rob takes a systematic approach to learn about systems, craft processes that accommodate evolving industries, to move quickly and constantly create as much value for those systems as possible.About Ken Kato:Ken has led a journey that’s anything but typical. The start-up scene in Boston, then a bit of good weirdness at MIT Lincoln Labs and Mitre, found himself in meetings for ‘AOC Pathfinder’ that became what we know better today as Kessel Run, joined a White House Presidential Innovation Fellowship where he regularly tells people that friends don’t let friends accidentally start a new DevOps program in the government.Sign-Up for the Weekly hatchpad Newsletter: https://www.myhatchpad.com/newsletter/
CTO Wisdom with David Bachowski | Beyond the Program
Mar 26 2024
CTO Wisdom with David Bachowski | Beyond the Program
CTO Wisdom with David Bachowski | Beyond the ProgramWelcome to CTO Wisdom. In this series, we interview technical leaders who have stepped into executive positions.Today’s guest host, Eric Brooke, speaks with David Bachowski, CTO at Trusted Nurse Staffing where he is defining and executing the vision for all things digital.In today’s episode, they discuss:- How David went from being a band member to a junior mobile game developer to CTO- The value of story-driven roadmaps over delivery-driven roadmaps- The value of learning your business through non-engineering teams- Advice for other CTO's- And much more!About today’s guest: Dave Bachowski joined Trusted Nurse Staffing in 2022 to help define and execute the vision for all things digital. Prior to TNS, he built a 17 year technology career as CTO for a wide variety of startups and companies through sheer stubbornness, affinity for adventure, and a constant smile. When he’s not spending time with his family, you can find him night golfing, playing music, or geeking out on dungeons and dragons.About today’s host: Eric Brooke has a rich and varied leadership career – leading up to 21,000 people and Billions in revenue, throughout 14 countries. In their career, they have been an Executive six times (e.g. President, CEO, CMO, and CTO) and a Board member of multiple organizations. Eric has been a CTO of scaling startups from 0 to 120 engineers. As an adviser and mentor, they have helped multiple other startups scale both in Canada and the US. As well as supporting multiple startup incubators such as 1871 in Chicago and TechStars.Sign-Up for the Weekly hatchpad Newsletter: https://www.myhatchpad.com/newsletter/
Driving Change: Tackling Military Spouse Unemployment Through Innovation | The Pair Program Ep40
Mar 19 2024
Driving Change: Tackling Military Spouse Unemployment Through Innovation | The Pair Program Ep40
Driving Change: Tackling Military Spouse Unemployment Through Innovation | The Pair Program Ep40Join us in this illuminating episode as we explore the groundbreaking partnership between Instant Teams, a mission-driven startup, and Squadra Ventures, a venture capital fund. Liza Rodewald, CEO and Founder of Instant Teams, shares her journey and how her personal experience as a military spouse ignited her passion to tackle the alarming issue of military spouse unemployment. Margaret Falzon, COO at Squadra Ventures, delves into why their team chose to invest in Instant Teams and the transformative impact they foresee.Discover the profound implications of military spouse unemployment on national security and how Instant Teams’ innovative customer experience marketplace is revolutionizing remote work opportunities for this remarkable and diverse workforce. Whether you're connected to the military or passionate about mission-driven startups, this episode offers invaluable insights into a pressing issue and the pioneering solutions driving change.Join us as we explore the intersection of purpose, innovation, and social impact.About Margaret Falzon: Margaret is the COO at Squadra Ventures, a national security-focused venture capital fund founded on the belief that exceptional teams are the key to outsized success. Prior to this, Margaret was a co-founder and product leader at a dual-use data analytics company that operated in the learning and training technology space, built grassroots community networks that supported the development of women leaders, and served as a board member and advisor for multiple entrepreneur support organizations. In her work, she finds joy when she is increasing the leadership capacity of teams and individuals, working in dynamic environments on projects that tell and sell the stories of innovative products in service to the needs of customers, and helping early-stage entrepreneurs design the culture of their companies with intention.About Liza Rodewald: Liza is a 4x entrepreneur and software engineer. She is currently the CEO and Founder of Instant Teams and Twelve Million Plus. She has scaled the company to over 500 employees, raised more than $16M in venture capital and landed at #13 on the Inc. 5000 list for Human Resources across the nation.Sign-Up for the Weekly hatchpad Newsletter: https://www.myhatchpad.com/newsletter/
Inside HEAVY.AI's Startup Journey with Dcode | The Pair Program Ep39
Mar 5 2024
Inside HEAVY.AI's Startup Journey with Dcode | The Pair Program Ep39
Inside HEAVY.AI's Startup Journey with Dcode | The Pair Program Ep39In this episode, we dive into the world of commercial innovation within regulated industries, particularly defense and national security. Our guests, Jon Kondo, CEO of HEAVY.AI, and Rebecca Gevalt, Managing Partner at Dcode Capital, unpack the challenges and opportunities of navigating the federal sector.HEAVY.AI specializes in data analysis, offering an intelligence platform that empowers organizations to extract insights from vast datasets, crucial for making time-sensitive decisions. Jon shares insights into how their technology addresses the government's struggle with data analysis on a massive scale.Rebecca sheds light on Dcode's role in helping startups enter the government market, facilitating their entry into the federal arena.Together, they discuss Dcode's pivotal assistance in HEAVY.AI's journey towards federal adoption, highlighting the importance of collaboration between innovative startups and established players in the government space.Tune in to discover how these trailblazers are reshaping the landscape of govtech and driving impactful change within regulated sectors.About Jon Kondo: Jon is CEO of HEAVY.AI. Jon has 30 years of general management, sales, and marketing experience building both global enterprise software companies and SaaS-based start-ups. Prior to HEAVY.AI, Jon was SVP of global sales and marketing for Appen, an ASX company, providing data services and technology for AI/ML. Before that he was co-founder and CEO of OpsPanda, a leading application for sales resource management acquired by Xactly. Jon’s additional leadership roles include Chief Revenue Officer at Replicon, CEO of Host Analytics, Group Vice President at Oracle, and SVP & GM, Americas at Hyperion. Jon received his BA from UC Santa Barbara and his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.About Rebecca Gevalt: Rebecca Gevalt is Managing Partner at Dcode Capital where they invest alongside leading venture firms in commercially-successful, high-growth technology companies that can dramatically improve the federal government. Prior to Dcode Capital, Rebecca worked at the CIA for more than a decade, including with In-Q-Tel to bring novel tech startups into the national security space.Sign-Up for the Weekly hatchpad Newsletter: https://www.myhatchpad.com/newsletter/
CTO Wisdom with Joel Schlundt | Beyond the Program
Feb 27 2024
CTO Wisdom with Joel Schlundt | Beyond the Program
CTO Wisdom with Joel Schlundt | Beyond the ProgramWelcome to CTO Wisdom. In this series, we interview technical leaders who have stepped into executive positions.Today’s guest host, Eric Brooke, speaks with Joel Schlundt, CTO at TextUs, a business texting software.In today’s episode, they discuss some of the key learnings from Joel’s career journey to becoming a CTO:Giving your managers room and space to take risks and be there to support them as they need itCreating empathy between you and your other partners throughout the business, to create strong business valueBeing a force multiplier for all parts of the business not just Engineering and ProductBalancing the needs of product delivery, platform, and peopleAbout today’s host: Eric Brooke has a rich and varied leadership career - leading up to 21,000 people and Billions in revenue, throughout 14 countries. In their career, they have been an Executive six times (e.g. President, CEO, CMO, and CTO) and a Board member of multiple organizations. Eric has been a CTO of scaling startups from 0 to 120 engineers. As an adviser and mentor, they have helped multiple other startups scale both in Canada and the US. As well as supporting multiple startup incubators such as 1871 in Chicago and TechStars.About today's guest: Joel Schlundt is the CTO of TextUs and working to help businesses better engage with their customers through messaging technology. Joel has over 20 years of experience in technology, including software engineering, infrastructure, systems implementation and integration, as well as scaling a variety of different types of technology teams.Sign-Up for the Weekly hatchpad Newsletter: https://www.myhatchpad.com/newsletter/
CTO Wisdom with Asanka Jayasuriya | Beyond the Program
Feb 13 2024
CTO Wisdom with Asanka Jayasuriya | Beyond the Program
CTO Wisdom with Asanka Jayasuriya | Beyond the ProgramWelcome to CTO Wisdom. In this series, we interview technical leaders who have stepped into executive positions.Today’s guest host, Eric Brooke, speaks with Asanka Jayasuriya, CTO at 8VC where he works on their Build program that incubates several new companies a year.In today’s episode, they discuss:Asanka’s career journey through big and medium techSetting others up for successThe importance of Developing Leaders and ideas (and how to do this!)The transition when your peers become stakeholders at the Executive level (and how to manage through the transition)The difference of a Private vs. Public board and its impact on technologyWhat it’s like to be a portfolio CTO roleAbout today’s guest: As CTO at 8VC, Asanka Jayasuriya helps startups with product and engineering strategy, particularly as they scale. He also works extensively on 8VCs Build program that incubates several new companies a year. A software engineer by training, Asanka has nearly 25 years of experience building products across enterprise saas, e-commerce, collaboration software, and security products. He's worked for industry leading companies like Oracle, Amazon, Atlassian and SailPoint.About today’s host: Eric Brooke has a rich and varied leadership career - leading up to 21,000 people and Billions in revenue, throughout 14 countries. In their career, they have been an Executive six times (e.g. President, CEO, CMO, and CTO) and a Board member of multiple organisations. Eric has been a CTO of scaling startups from 0 to 120 engineers. As an adviser and mentor, they have helped multiple other startups scale both in Canada and the US. As well as supporting multiple startup incubators such as 1871 in Chicago and TechStars.Sign-Up for the Weekly hatchpad Newsletter: https://www.myhatchpad.com/newsletter/
Beyond Venture Capital: The Bootstrapper's Blueprint | The Pair Program Ep38
Feb 6 2024
Beyond Venture Capital: The Bootstrapper's Blueprint | The Pair Program Ep38
Beyond Venture Capital: The Bootstrapper's Blueprint | The Pair Program Ep38Join us for an exciting episode as we dive deep into the world of bootstrapped startups with guests Rand Fishkin, Co-founder of SparkToro & Snackbar Studio, and Liam Martin, Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Time Doctor.These two remarkable founders share their firsthand experiences, insights, and secrets to success in the world of bootstrapping.They Discuss:What inspired them to choose the bootstrapping approach.The unique challenges and journey of bootstrapping a business.The fascinating stories behind the founding of their respective companies.Why the venture capital model isn't the right fit for every startup, despite common beliefs.Financial management and lean strategies during the early phases of their startups.How bootstrapping significantly improved their long-term financial standing.And much more!About Rand Fishkin: Cofounder of SparkToro & Snackbar Studio. Founder and former CEO of Moz. Author of Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World.About Liam Martin: Liam is the Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Time Doctor, pioneers cutting-edge workforce management tools to enhance remote employee productivity. He co-organizes the annual Running Remote Conference, and co-authored the bestselling book "Running Remote," advocating for collaborative and agile remote-first organizations.Sign-Up for the Weekly hatchpad Newsletter: https://www.myhatchpad.com/newsletter/
Frontiers: Exploring the World of Data | The Plains of Electric Power | Beyond the Program
Jan 30 2024
Frontiers: Exploring the World of Data | The Plains of Electric Power | Beyond the Program
Frontiers: Exploring the World of Data | The Plains of Electric Power | Beyond the ProgramIn this episode our guest host, Jazmin Furtado, speaks with Emma Konet, Co-Founder and CTO of Tierra Climate, to learn more about how data is being harnessed to advance the Electric Power Industry.They discuss:How Emma was inspired to get into Energy.The ways that she leverages the vast amounts of data at a national scale from the electric grid to make near-real-time decisions.The challenges that face the Electric Power Industry today and what we need to think about to ensure a greener future.And much more!About today’s host: Jazmin Furtado has been a part of the software innovation realm for the Department of Defense where she has overseen large-scale Data and Artificial Intelligence programs in the Air Force and Space Force. She has also held various leadership and advisory roles with organizations such as Google, SpaceX, and Massachusetts General Hospital, where she designed and scaled AI, data, and education and training programs.About today’s guest: Emma Konet is Co-Founder and CTO of Tierra Climate. Tierra Climate's mission is to accelerate grid-scale battery deployment by unlocking and monetizing grid decarbonization services. She is currently pursuing an MBA at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business and previously worked three years at battery developer Key Capture Energy as Director of Market Strategy & Operations. Prior to Key Capture, Emma spent four years at Citibank as a power trader managing risk in East power markets. In addition, Emma graduated Summa Cum Laude from Tulane with a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics and was recently selected as a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree for Energy.Sign-Up for the Weekly hatchpad Newsletter: https://www.myhatchpad.com/newsletter/
CTO Wisdom with Bohdan Zabawskij | Beyond the Program
Jan 16 2024
CTO Wisdom with Bohdan Zabawskij | Beyond the Program
CTO Wisdom with Bohdan Zabawskij | Beyond the ProgramWelcome to CTO Wisdom. In this series, we interview technical leaders who have stepped into executive positions.Today’s guest host, Eric Brooke, speaks with Bohdan Zabawskyj, an experienced CTO and founder of TrueNorthCTO.In today’s episode, they discuss:Bohdans’ career journey through many roles and sectorsWhy Values, Beliefs, and Behaviors are better Indicators than personality for success as a leader or Individual ContributorMeasuring success as the growth of othersA three-step approach to joining a companyHow to be successful as a C-Suite member both with the rest of the Executive and the BoardAbout today’s guest: Bohdan Zabawskyj has had over 20 years of experience as a CTO/CPO in leading engineering, product, and strategic planning initiatives in both start-ups and large enterprises across diverse domains such as Health Tech, Fintech, E-Commerce, Telecom, Media, Marketplaces, and HR Tech. Bohdan is also a named inventor in over 20 patents worldwide, a founder of Fortay.ai (a DEIB-centric People Experience platform), and a founder of TrueNorthCTO, a pan-Canadian, not-for-profit, and volunteer-driven initiative where over 2,100 senior technology leaders exchange insights in a supportive and collaborative environment.About today’s host: Eric Brooke has a rich and varied leadership career - leading up to 21,000 people and Billions in revenue, throughout 14 countries. In their career, they have been an Executive six times (e.g. President, CEO, CMO, and CTO) and a Board member of multiple organisations. Eric has been a CTO of scaling startups from 0 to 120 engineers. As an adviser and mentor, they have helped multiple other startups scale both in Canada and the US. As well as supporting multiple startup incubators such as 1871 in Chicago and TechStars.Sign-Up for the Weekly hatchpad Newsletter: https://www.myhatchpad.com/newsletter/
The AI Engineer's Dilemma: Mastery or Versatility? | The Pair Program Ep37
Jan 9 2024
The AI Engineer's Dilemma: Mastery or Versatility? | The Pair Program Ep37
The AI Engineer's Dilemma: Mastery or Versatility? | The Pair Program Ep37Join us in this episode as we dive deep into the world of artificial intelligence through the eyes of two industry leaders. In this episode, we're joined by Maggie Engler, a Technical Staff member at Inflection AI, and Andrew Gamino-Cheong, the CTO and Co-Founder of Trustible.Maggie and Andrew share their first-hand experiences of working in the AI engineering space, offering insights into the challenges and innovations that shape their daily lives. They explore the critical question of whether AI engineers should strive to be jacks of all trades or masters of one specific skill, shedding light on the diverse skillsets demanded by this dynamic field.But that's not all – this episode also delves into one of the hottest topics surrounding AI: ethics. Maggie and Andrew engage in a thought-provoking discussion about how AI should be used, the ethical dilemmas faced by engineers, and the inherent limitations in AI's application.About the guests:-Maggie Engler is a technologist and researcher focused on mitigating abuse in the online ecosystem. She currently works on safety for large language models at Inflection AI.-Andrew has spent his career working at the intersection of policy and AI. Prior to founding Trustible, Andrew was a machine learning engineering tech led at FiscalNote. Now, at Trustible, he's flipped the script and is working to apply policy to the AI landscape.Sign-Up for the Weekly hatchpad Newsletter: https://www.myhatchpad.com/newsletter/