Today we are talking to Marco Sylvestre the CTO and Co-Founder of Venzee. And we discuss making the transition from Startup to Enterprise, how to avoid getting caught up by the newest shiny object, and if it’s the CTOs responsibility to maintain the quality of the code?

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



Show Notes

  • Beyonce dance EC2018
  • Using Google meet for standups
  • The core of Venzee
  • Talking about the growth of Venzee
  • Building a team of very passionate people – 4 originals devs still with company
  • 18 devs including QA
  • Not upgrading from angular 1
  • Migrating to serverless at Amazon
  • Still not comfortable with Alexa
  • First job was a dev in 2000 very reluctant to go in to Web Dev
  • Connecting the home with raspberry pi and arduino
  • Developer to CTO story
  • Worked on Prince of Persia and TMNT
  • The opportunity to take leadership helped to pave the path to becoming CTO
  • Day job clip
  • Dev to CTO has only ever existed for last 20 years
  • Nobody had cell phones
  • Talking about MCTO story
  • Will be a lot more Tech roles popping up
  • Lives in Montreal talking about the weather
  • What Marco does in his free time – working on race car – Suburu sti
  • Go to mountain blanc racetrack
  • Talking about drones
  • Drone tracking on the race car
  • Talking about the spaghetti code epidemic
  • It’s the CTO’s responsibility to maintain the quality of the code
  • Bug bash in an agile sprint
  • New dev tips to stop writing crappy code – linking stories to bad code experiences
  • Mindsets need to evolve – first question you ask as co-founder. Am I going to run out of money?
  • Transition from startup to enterprise
  • Would rather be a week late than have poor code
  • It’s not easy making the transition from quantity to quality
  • Joel talking about how do you define good, how do you define quality?
  • With the programming you’re always changing and figuring it out
  • Clients expect a fast running product on the back end and Venzee delivers
  • Not always getting caught up by the newest shiny object
  • We don’t train developers
  • Put emphasis and creative on training – spending time on training
  • The business has a lot to do with training
  • We’re gonna create videos
  • Not chasing the shiny object
  • Best way to reach Marco – LinkedinAngel.coVenzee.com

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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