Today we are talking to Jon the CTO at Braze. And we discuss ways to create a culture of ownership, how to approach leading through uncertainty, and the benefits they experienced by bringing in an outside Agile Coach.

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

About Jon:

Jon Hyman has over 10 years of experience in computer science, software development, product engineering, and SaaS with leadership positions in both entrepreneurial start-ups and complex corporate environments.

Jon is Cofounder and Chief Technical Officer of Braze (formerly Appboy), a customer engagement platform that delivers messaging experiences across push, email, apps, and more for global customers in 40 countries across 6 continents. Jon and his team have scaled Braze to support over 1.5 billion monthly active users sending tens of billions of messages a month. Before becoming CTO in January 2017, Jon was the CIO for five years. Prior to founding Braze, Jon worked at Bridgewater Associates. Jon holds a degree in Computer Science from Harvard University.

About Braze:

Braze is a comprehensive customer engagement platform that powers relevant and memorable experiences between consumers and the brands they love. Context underpins every Braze interaction, helping brands foster human connection with consumers through interactive conversations across channels that deliver value quickly and continuously. The company was named a Leader in the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile Marketing Platforms and was recognized as one of Inc Magazine’s 2019 Best Workplaces. Braze is headquartered in New York with offices in Chicago, London, San Francisco, and Singapore. Learn more at

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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