Time to Market: Startup CTO's Challenge

  • March 26, 2009 · 12:00 PM
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The idea is to gather promptly at noon, grab a sandwich (lunch provided), spend the first 20 min meeting and eating, listen to an interesting and interactive presentation for the next 30-45 min, and finish off by 1:30 pm with discussions and networking with other fellow CTO's and Sr. Technologists. For our initial kick-off presentation, we've invited Carl Ludewig, CTO and co-founder of Ad Infuse (www.adinfuse.com). Carl's presentation will be a case study of Ad Infuse Maestro™, Ad Infuse's advanced mobile ad router software. He will talk about the challenges he faced and the key decisions and lessons learned along a number of key parameters, including:

Team
• The most important ingredient

Specs
• Know the goal
• Make key design decisions early

Technology
• Choosing the right stack

Development
• Staying on track
• Using the right tools

Deployment
• Leveraging the cloud

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  • Michael S.

    Great and actionable comments, much appreciated. I'm making sure your feedback is incorporated into the next sessions.

    March 30, 2009

  • Tariq A.

    Great idea, and very well organized. I appreciate Michael putting this meetup together, and thank Cogniance for hosting it.

    March 29, 2009

  • Michael S.

    Thanks everyone for attending, we had great turnout (23 people!). Please take a few minutes to comment on your experience if you haven't already, and stay tuned for the poll about the topic candidates for the next one.

    March 27, 2009

  • Gad M.

    The talk was very good. I wish it had started a bit earlier, since the speaker didn't finish (due to questions) before I had to leave (after more than an hour).

    The content of the talk was very informative. I think the importance of the specification was given short shrift, perhaps because it went very well. The fact that they got the spec right enabled them to have the time to build the product without any major restarts.

    The tools/platforms discussion was good too, but devolved toward the end. That is, we should all realize that most of the tools/platforms have a place. What's important is to understand how they were selected or avoided. As one guest mentioned, after 6 months you have to re-evaluate anyway.

    March 27, 2009

  • Andras B.

    It was an interesting start, but I do not think the subject was particularly interesting. In my mind it was nothing to do with startup, but just your usual project/product development. the networking is great, especially if we get to know each other in the long run. I think it would be more interesting to go deeper into some subjects (like outsourcing and all of its pitfalls), or share experience about cloud computing.

    Andras

    March 26, 2009

  • Bill H.

    Great group of senior technical leaders

    March 26, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a nice presentation. I learnt about Jira today.

    March 26, 2009

  • Martin W.

    It was a very good kick off meeting, well attended with a very interesting opening presentation. I hope we can keep the momentum going

    March 26, 2009

  • Irene G.

    It was an interesting exchange of views and information about software development technology.

    March 26, 2009

  • Van R.

    My only minor complaint is that the technical presentation could have been half as long and allowed more time for general networking during this lunch meeting. Good group of people in attendance that I would have liked to network more with during this meeting, but, everyone ran back to work after the hour long (though quite good) technical presentation.

    March 26, 2009

  • Lenny G.

    It's great to hear the experiences of other CTO's and hear about the challenges they face, how they are addressing them and some updates on platform strategies.

    March 26, 2009

  • Arup G.

    Future topics:

    Cloud computing
    Mobile Internet Devices & Netbooks

    March 26, 2009

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