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.

Bro 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 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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