Today we are talking to Joel Hron, the CTO at ThoughtTrace. And we discuss the evolution of the CTO role as a company scales, the importance of practicing patience when recruiting, and the ethical decisions surrounding the advancement of Artificial Intelligence.

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

About Joel:

Mr. Hron joined ThoughtTrace in 2017 and currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer where he is responsible for product innovation and strategy, the development and application of AI and Machine Learning, and full-stack software development. His team comprises of data scientists, full-stack developers, dev-ops engineers, quality assurance engineers, and domain experts who all work together to deliver innovative applied AI solutions that function in a highly scalable and reliable way.

Prior to joining ThoughtTrace, he held various engineering and management roles within the Oil and Gas Industry for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation where he helped develop and shepherd new technologies enabling digital operations, better reservoir characterization, and field development optimization, with a focus on applied data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other big data technologies.
Mr. Hron holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from TCU and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas.

About ThoughtTrace:

ThoughtTrace (formerly Agile Upstream) is a Houston-based software company providing customers a significant competitive advantage using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning to streamline categorization, review, and analysis of contracts and agreements. Our cloud-based AI platform, ALI™ reads, interprets, and extracts critical provisions and data elements at the intent, or thought level, providing businesses the ability to apply context to content, replace ambiguity with clarity, and provide understanding even in the absence of structure. Our Mission is to empower people and companies to greater insight and creativity through better access to their most challenging information.


  • Joel’s non traditional route to software.
  • Surrounding yourself with great people that you can learn from
  • Lessons learned as the company scales
  • ThoughtTrace’s size and mission.
  • How they are leveraging community driven AI
  • Joel’s story of joining ThoughtTrace
  • Favorite books to learn from and recommend

Joel Beasley

Joel Beasley founded the Modern CTO Podcast in 2017 while writing his book, the Modern CTO book, with the goal of interviewing CTOs and sharing their experiences with others in the tech community.

Joel’s conversational style and insightful questions quickly gained traction, attracting high-profile guests such as Microsoft’s CTO, Kevin Scott, and T-Mobile’s CIO, Cody Stanford. With each episode, the podcast’s popularity continued to grow, and soon, Joel found himself with a waiting list of future guests.

Today, the Modern CTO Podcast has become the number one leadership and tech podcast in the world, with over 150k active listeners, including CTOs, lead developers, and rising tech leaders. Joel’s commitment to creating a conversational atmosphere for his guests to share their experiences has inspired a new generation of leaders and innovators.

As the success of the podcast grew, Joel founded ProSeries Media, a podcast production company that helps companies worldwide create their own podcasts. With a team of producers, content creators, and podcast bookers, ProSeries Media produces over ten shows, providing a platform for companies to connect with their audience and share their expertise.

Through his work on the Modern CTO Podcast and ProSeries Media, Joel Beasley has become a respected voice in the tech industry, inspiring others to share their knowledge and insights with the wider community. His passion for creating engaging content that informs, inspires, and entertains has made him a sought-after speaker and advisor on all things tech.

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