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CTOs & Developers: How to Hire, Vet & Keep them

Besides ‘How do I get funded?’ the question TCN most gets asked is: ‘Where can I find good developers?’.
You may have heard that developers and programmers are in very high demand these days which makes finding and keeping them a hard task. If you are looking for a CTO that task can get harder: how can you make sure you have found the right match for your business (now and as you pivot/grow) and as a partner? How can you vet their skills and approach if your background is non-technical? How can you critically think about your hires to build a team and a culture that will serve everyone in the long run?
You might have also heard hiring out / getting contractors overseas in Eastern Europe or Asia is the cheaper option – but how do you find and manage a team like this? Who owns the rights to the work being produced? What impact can that have on your growing business legally and practically?
Join us to discuss all aspects of hiring a technical team and what the short and long-term impact is for you and your business.

Joshua Drew, Sr Technical Evangelist for Startups at Microsoft

Joshua Drew is a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft for Startups where he is responsible for the growth of Microsoft Services within the startup ecosystem in Greater Boston. Joshua can provide programs to offset the cost of tools and services for the startups. His technical background in application and cloud development using native languages and hybrid technologies allows him to help startups build and scale their products. As an evangelist, Joshua finds these startups and promotes them in 3 key areas, services & software, support and storytelling.

Joshua has been working in the digital agency field for over 15 years. Whether he was managing a team of developers or developing solutions for an engagement, his client first attitude and willingness to teach provided success in his career. During this time he has helped clients such as Delta Air Lines, Kraft Foods, Lexus Automotive, Wells Fargo, Dunkin Donuts and more, launch digital products and build brands online. Projects include eCommerce sites for Nestle Waters and Readers Digest to Facebook apps for Unilever Brands and CVS Pharmacy.

Wake Anderson, Founder & CEO Soundbridge

Wake Anderson is the founder and CEO of Soundbridge, an audio recording and engineering platform that aims to help any musician create and produce music with audio engineer quality tools – even if they have no previous experience with audio recording software. A MassChallenge 2016 Finalist, Soundbridge was built by and for musicians and the music production platform was created from scratch by the Soundbridge team, which includes overseas engineers managed by Wake from Boston.


Jeff Walker, Founding Member & SVP of Engineering at clypd

Jeff Walker has 30+ years of software product delivery experience in all aspects: VP of Engineering, CTO, Head of Product, individual contributor, technical lead, development management and product management. Most recently, at clypd, Jeff built the engineering team from the ground up and is a member of the founding team. 4 years later, clypd has 50 employees, 30 in engineering and is venture funded, $30M to date. Jeff is currently the Entrepreneur In Residence at Accomplice Ventures and his product and technology experience include web applications, mobile applications, programmatic TV advertising, multi-channel advertising/marketing, Infrared camera systems, real-time embedded systems, Voice over IP and Video Conferencing.

External Event Date: 
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 2:00pm