Today we have a special treat. Lubo, the CEO at STRV flew down from Cali to record this podcast in person. In this episode, we discuss trusting your gut to make decisions, the correlation between health and happiness, and the mindset it takes to achieve your goals.

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

Lubo Smid is the co-founder & CEO of STRV, a software design & engineering company that develops products not just for Silicon Valley’s hottest startups, but also other well established brands all over the US and UK. Lubo is a startup-minded entrepreneur that has been awarded as a member of Forbes 30 under 30 & Forbes Technology Council.

His professional life is shaped by his rich technical background, passion for cutting-edge technology and the fact that he does not distinguish between work life and free time. With a deep connection to the US market, he is in charge of scaling STRV’s global business with clients like Hallmark, Boosted and Microsoft as well as spinning off the company’s numerous startups within STRV Labs.

Lubo currently lives in Prague and spends most of his time traveling between STRV’s other offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and London. When he is not hosting Silicon Valley Insights, an event which brings people from around the world to Prague to educate the local tech community, he enjoys working out and a bunch of other sports like surfing or snowboarding. In these activities, just like in his professional ones, Lubo aims to push his personal boundaries as his motto is “living on the edge”.


STRV is a software design and engineering company. Launching 70+ digital solutions every year, we stand out not with a wordy promise, but with a bulletproof track record.

We’ve had 25+ apps featured in app stores and have won over 20 design awards. Since 2004, we’ve built digital products for pioneers such as Boosted Boards, The Athletic and ClassDojo. Our first-class talent has been plugged into companies like Microsoft and Rich Uncles. And both Deloitte and the Financial Times have placed us on their fastest-growing companies list – twice.

We currently work out of Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Brno and Prague – providing our clients with an international team of 200+ experts that always deliver.

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 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 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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