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New CTO school meetup

From: Peter B.
Sent on: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 3:56 PM

Sorry for the interruption, but I wanted to let people know about a new meetup that I know will be of interest to some of the group here. If you're a CTO, tech lead or lead developer in a startup in or around NYC - or would like to be, check it out. Otherwise, nothing to see here - this is not the meetup that you are looking for :) 

The meetup is an offshoot of an annual course I presented at the last couple of years which was run by Charlie O'Donnell and Jean Barmash. The goal is to help local devs to build the skills required to lead and manage local startups. We've got a lot of entrepreneurs in town and a good number of developers, but not all of them have the skills to set technology direction, create a strong engineering culture and hire and manage a team. 

The goal of the meetup is to provide a place where CTO's and people who'd like to be tech lead or CTO can get together, improve their skills and network.The inaugural meetup is on Monday of next week, 6.30pm at AOL ventures. If you're interested, sign up ASAP as we're going to be promoting this heavily and while it isn't the node meetup, it could end up with a wait list.



1. Startup Technology Selection and Adoption (1hr)

One of the key jobs of a CTO is to set the technology strategy and (at least in the early days) to pick the core technologies for the startup - from languages to frameworks to persistence stores to Javascript frameworks. In this session we'll look at proven approaches to efficiently selecting technologies and then effectively selling the technologies within the business. Even if you are running things, it's important to get your team to buy into the technology choices you want to make.

Peter Bell - CTO Skinnio, Organizer CTO School

2. Vision & Plan for CTO School (30 min)

We're moving CTO School from an annual series of classes to a regular monthly meetup on the second Monday of every month. This will allow us to build an ongoing community for technology leaders (current and future) in the New York startup scene. But we want to get your feedback on what kind of content you'd like to experience and what kind of format (presentations, panels, workshops, goldfish bowls, etc) that you'd like to try. In this session we'll lay out some thoughts about our vision for the meetup and get your input so we can make this meetup as valuable as possible.

Jean Barmash - Co-Founder & CTO EnergyScorecards, Organizer CTO School

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