Today we are talking to Michael Gruen, the VP of Engineering at Cybrary.  And we discuss what to look for when building an engineering team from the ground up, how to avoid misunderstandings when communicating remotely, and understanding the personal side of the people you work with.

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

About Michael:

As VP of Engineering, Mike Gruen manages Cybrary’s engineering teams and information technology infrastructure. Mike has over 20 years of experience developing and overseeing the implementation of complex, secure, and scalable software solutions and products. Prior to joining Cybrary, he served as VP of Engineering and then VP of Product & Platform at RedOwl where he was responsible for the delivery of their User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA) software product. Mike holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland at College Park. One of Mike’s earliest jobs in high school and college was managing cables behind the scenes of The Guiding Light soap opera.

About Cybrary:

Cybrary is a cybersecurity and IT workforce development platform. Its ecosystem of people, companies, content, and technologies converge to create an ever-growing catalog of online courses and experiential tools that provide IT and cybersecurity learning opportunities to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Cybrary has received industry recognition since its 2015 founding, often being named as an innovator and pioneer in cyber and IT development. Since January 2015, Cybrary has grown its user base to over 2.6 million and has 96% of Fortune 1000 companies learning on their platform.

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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