Today we are talking to Ryan Donovan, the CTO at Hootsuite. And we discuss the unique way he does mind mapping, growing your direct reports with stretch assignments and how Hootsuite has created their unique culture.

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

About Ryan:

Ryan Donovan is the Chief Technology Officer at Hootsuite where he leads our product management, user experience, software development, production operations, program management, customer support, user education, and security teams.

He sets the course for defining the underlying product and technology strategies that constitute Hootsuite’s dynamic product portfolio and ensures that customers have a quality experience end-to-end when using Hootsuite’s products.

Ryan is a seasoned product management and engineering executive with a track record of consistently incubating and/or growing successful software businesses with a focus in the B2B, enterprise, and marketing technology spaces. He has established a pedigree of delivering products that successfully service non-technical business personae as well as building extensible, flexible application platforms for developers and IT professionals.

Ryan has over 20 years of experience having held several regional and global leadership roles in Canada and the US. Prior to his role at Hootsuite, Ryan was CTO of Sitecore in a global role. Ryan also headed up commerceserver.net as President and CTO, Ascentium Corporation (now SMITH) as Co-President and CTO, headed up all engineering, product operations at Cactus Commerce in Ottawa and spent over 8 years at Microsoft.

ABOUT Hootsuite:

Hootsuite is trusted by more than 18 million customers and employees at more than 80% of the Fortune 1000. Our unparalleled expertise, customer insights at scale, and collaborative ecosystem help people and organizations succeed with social.

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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