Today we are talking to Rob Zuber, the CTO at CircleCI. And we discuss how to leverage peer groups as you experience different stages of growth, solving the challenges of a distributed organization, and how to amplify your culture by aligning praise with company values.

All of this, right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast!

Rob Zuber is a 20-year veteran of software startups; a four-time founder three-time CTO with past investments from Google Ventures, Relay Ventures, and Foundation Capital as well as exits to Appconomy and CircleCI. Since joining CircleCI as CTO three and a half years ago, Rob has seen the company through its $18 million Series B and delivered on product innovation at scale: CircleCI now processes more than a quarter of a million tasks per day and nearly 7 million builds every month. Over that same period, Rob has grown CircleCI’s engineering team four-fold as it has been recognized as one of the Bay Area’s Best Places to Work by the San Francisco Business Times. In addition to overseeing teams in San Francisco and Toronto, Rob also leads a global team of CircleCI engineers across 9 countries and 10 different time zones.

Prior to CircleCI, Rob was the CTO and Co-founder of Distiller, a continuous integration and deployment platform for mobile applications acquired by CircleCI in 2014. Before that, he cofounded Copious an online social marketplace. Prior to Copious, Rob was the CTO and Co-founder of Yoohoot, a technology company that enabled local businesses to connect with nearby consumers, which was acquired by Appconomy in 2011.

Rob holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

ABOUT CircleCI:

CircleCI is the best platform for software teams looking to rapidly build quality projects, at scale. Our intelligent continuous integration and delivery tools are simple yet powerful. Our aim is to provide the wisdom of a connected development ecosystem to every team member making technology decisions.

CircleCI is a Bay Area Best Places to Work 2018 award winner. Founded in 2011 and headquartered in beautiful downtown San Francisco with a global remote workforce, CircleCI is venture backed by Industry Ventures, Top Tier Capital, Scale Venture Partners, DFJ, Harrison Metal Capital, and Baseline Ventures.


Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist volgging the process of building a company LeaderBits.io. Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

Joel is the President of BeasleyFoundation.org a charity that designs STEM related children’s books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.

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