Today we are talking to Brendan Kohler, the CTO of Sentenai. And we discuss having a diverse set of viewpoints within your company, building a recruitment process that is self sustaining and saving time by keeping your development processes in house.

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

1:10 What do you think of slack?

2:16 Scandinavian black metal

3:50 Data science query engine

5:07 Automation of manual jobs

6:02 The value of data

6:30 Speaking to data scientists

7:03 Worrying about the failure of data science teams

7:59 Making enterprises data science ready

8:47 What are you most excited about right now?

10:15 Geeking out over the website

11:50 IoT Cloud

13:00 Commenting on CTO of NYC – introduced to ibm

14:00 Talking to microsoft and hololens

15:25 Only so many people you can manage leading a product

16:30 Talla is spanish for size

17:05 The story of Talla

18:40 The reason to have capital

19:19 Investment firms become more conservative after time

20:20 Saving time by keeping the processes in house

21:36 Advising startups – Part of a research startup at yale

22:00 Harvard innovation, tech stars, lab as a way to pass the time

23:25 Tempted to buy a flamethrower – Buying a house instead

30:39 What are you excited about at the organization

31:33 Building a highly skilled team of functional programmers 

32:12 How Sentenai makes the decision to pull people on – Using the team to recruit co-workers

33:38 Going where the programmers are to recruit them

35:44 Doesn’t hire fast, keep the team small and lean

36:57 Getting the people who wants to be there for work

37:50 Building a recruitment process that is self sustaining

38:14 Having a diverse set of viewpoints in the company

39:30 Try to find the one thing that someone knows more than you

43:10 Optimize for how quickly you can personally learn

44:20 Filter for Brendan is “would I ever bet against you?”

46:37 Deep personal questions when writing the book?

49:00 Left college for a year to start a software company

50:31 Meeting Steve Wozniak

51:30 riding robots home

52:30 gita robot

55:20 Robo Madness Xconomy

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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