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The Evolving Role of the CTO

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In this compelling episode, join Matt Watson as he sits down with Stefan Schmidt, a seasoned CTO coach and author of the acclaimed book "Amazing CTO." Together, they discuss the pivotal role of a Chief Technology Officer (CTO), exploring crucial insights on when to bring one on board and the critical errors to avoid in the selection process.

Stefan underscores the importance of idea validation before engaging a CTO or developer and suggests starting with a PowerPoint slide deck to gather feedback. Moreover, he advocates for aligning with a co-founder who not only shares the product vision but also has industry expertise.

As the conversation unfolds, Stefan navigates the intricacies of company expansion, underscoring the pivotal role of delegating tasks and strategically appointing team leaders. He underscores the critical need for CTOs to shift towards strategic direction, avoiding the trap of being consumed by routine coding tasks.

Leveraging his wealth of experience, Stefan's book serves as a treasure trove of wisdom, providing CTOs with 140 actionable rules meticulously tailored to their needs. From mastering delegation techniques to nurturing employee growth and circumventing common challenges, his insights offer indispensable guidance for navigating the ever-evolving realm of technology leadership.



  • Validate your idea before hiring a CTO or developer
  • Find a co-founder who shares the product vision and has experience in the industry
  • Delegate tasks and hire team leads as the company grows
  • Focus on strategy and vision as a CTO, rather than getting caught up in day-to-day coding


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Highlighted Discussion Points

  • Validating startup ideas before hiring developers. 0:51
  • Finding a technical co-founder for a startup. 5:22
  • Hiring a CTO for early-stage startups, with insights on product vision, ownership, and team leadership. 10:13
  • Challenges faced by CTOs in scaling their teams, including delegation, team leads, and maintaining technical expertise. 17:30
  • CTOs prototyping and delegating tasks to bring joy to the job. 26:37
  • CTO coaching, delegation, and leadership challenges. 30:47


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