"He leads by example and is always looking out for others success. Denis truly brings out the greatness in everyone!"
Meghan Foreman, Head of Customer Success, Porpoise.com
My chance came when I was offered the opportunity to help a Tech Startup that had a CTO who lacked experience. Taking on the role of Tech Director, I put in place a development process, along with a Product Owner and Scrum Master roles. I crafted a near-term tech innovation project backed by a government funding program. I hired on a tech lead and put in place a spending budget that reigned in runaway costs. All while maintaining the role of executive to ensuring business objectives were aligned with technology objectives. This included managing the entire team. Unfortunately, 3 months later COVID-19 hit. The company was crippled and my contract was cut short. What this showed me was that I had a framework for success and could help CTOs reproduce what I had done and take control of their role and help lead their company.
So, I took my proven model and created The Start-up CTO's handbook ™ as an instruction manual for new CTOs. Although I've been unofficially helping CTOs for years, it was the push I needed to make it official.
As I mention in any conversation with CTOs, whether or not we engage in a formal coaching contract, I offer to be part of their extended network. It takes a village to raise a startup, and as a startup community, we need to support each other. That’s how we’ll help each other make the impact we are in a privileged role to do.
"Once onboarded, you will instantly get organization, clarity, and order. We owe it a lot to Denis on how our engineering culture has been defined today, an essential to any startup maturing into cross departmental collaboration."
Hamed Al-Khabaz, CTO, Stay22.com
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