Monday, October 15, 2007

What is a CTO?

This has one of the most succinct definition of a CTO role, that I ever saw: "the great CTO’s usually can’t manage their way out of a paper bag, but
  • have huge vision,
  • the ability to pull an all-nighter and crank out a rough prototype of the thing they are thinking about,
  • have the unique ability to translate complex / abstract thoughts into simple English that a non-technical end-user can understand, and
  • a willingness (or even desire) to get up in front of 1,000 people and talk about the latest greatest thing they are working on / thinking about."

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Dr Anton Chuvakin