- Embrace “breaking points” or bottlenecks as an opportunity to evolve.
- If you feel people are missing things, begin “over-communicating.”
- Emulate how successful firms organize internally.
- Just because you add more people doesn’t mean you can do more things.
What does it take to become a CTO at a smaller company? Different small firms have different tech needs, of course, but the one consistent theme is a need for CTOs to wear a lot of (proverbial) hats. Bryan Helmig, co-founder and CTO at Zapier, recently wrote a blog posting in which he broke down his experiences with overseeing a startup’s technology roadmap. He also interviewed 15 other startup CTOs about their experiences at other firms. Those conversations helped him craft four distinct pieces of advice: