The Role of CTO

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The Role of CTO Camille Fournier, CTO, Rent the Runway @skamille

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A Rantifesto!

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Are you a vestigial appendage?

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Your job is always changing, your company is always evolving

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Grow and evolve with this opportunity

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The best engineer in the company

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The natural conclusion of a successful engineering career

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The same thing at every company

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So then, what IS a CTO?

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A strategic role

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An executive role

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A technical leadership role

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How do I keep up?

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Don’t give up the management stuff too quickly!

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Learn about the business your business is in

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Focus on collaborating with people outside of engineering

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We are more than “just programmers”

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Show up for what is needed.

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People … grow according to the demands they make on themselves. They grow according to what they consider to be achievement and attainment. If they demand little of themselves, they will remain stunted. If they demand a good deal of themselves, they will grow to giant stature—without any more effort than is expended by the nonachievers. Peter Drucker, “The Effective Executive”

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