4 types of CTO’s that exist today. Dinosaur, Business, Developer, Bro.

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Dinosaur CTO

This is the CTO that’s been doing the same job at the same Organization for 25 years (or more) with the same other executives since day one. They might need to catch up on what’s happening and what’s going on today. No insult intended!

Business CTO

The business CTO is usually very well-qualified from a business management standpoint. These execs typically come from a top business school and have lots of experience on how to run an organization at a high-level. They may also be involved in tech company acquisitions. I think the business CTO can benefit from insight into how to keep tabs on technical teams and discern between good development and bad.

Developer CTO

A developer CTO is the programmer or developer who’s busy writing code – and one day wakes up to find a whole organization suddenly relying on him. This guy wants more knowledge about the management experience but still from a tech based perspective. Instead of giving generic business school information, I like to share exactly how I moved from developer to CTO.


The bro CTO is by far my favorite. He’s the guy who digs the CTO title but isn’t necessarily the best developer or business person in the world. He just knows he wants to be CTO, and my experience can help him get started. My content offers some nice behind-the-scenes raw exposure to my personal experience.

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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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