Former Eng. Manager

Rod Begbie

Dropbox

Q&A

Your favorite content and why

Kellan Elliott-McCrea

Your favorite working app

Trello

Your reference leader, why and what you learnt

Who doesn’t admire Steve Jobs or Jeff Bezos starting Apple Computer and Amazon from their garages? These stories inspire greatness, but they also seem so “far” from most of us.

My reference leader is my father. He left his employee job when I was very little, took a loan and opened his own business. Since then, he had no boss and made decisions for himself. He worked very hard to make his business thrive. And he is still very active.

I like to think that if my dad was born in the Valley or in Seattle (and not in a small town in northern Italy) at the right time, he could have easily been another Steve Jobs or Jeff Bezos 🙂

In the past years, I’ve been seeing more and more of his personality and work ethic in myself. He is definitely my reference leader. 

The #1 skill a tech leader needs to succeed

Balancing understanding of technology & understanding of people

What you like most of being a CTO?

– Scale of engineering impact

– Micro-aspect of people & culture.

Which is the biggest challenge you have faced as a leader?

Learning how to lead without dictating. Being able to give people the room to make their own decisions (and mistakes!)

The one single tip for aspiring CTOs

Find a social group of other CTOs who you can be honest and vulnerable with.

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