Today we are talking to JR Hayward, the VP of Software Development at TopDown Systems.  And we discuss how a feature isn’t done until it’s shippable, tapping the next generation to drive innovation and the importance of asking the question “How could I be wrong?”

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


J R Hayward is a software professional with more than 20 years of experience helping software companies both, large and small, bring products to market. He has successfully architected and managed the development of SaaS products all developed and deployed completely in the cloud. He is unique in that he has a deep understanding of the complete software life cycle from development on into sales and marketing.

He has successfully championed and implemented Agile Methodologies within the software development and marketing lifecycle and has extensive experience in computing from the mainframe to the micro computer. He has managed development teams in more than 5 operating systems including Windows, Unix, Linux, and z/OS, as well as developed in those environments himself. His experience covers the breadth of software development including JAVA, C++, C#, Visual Basic, Fortran, 370 Assemby, and etc. His database experience includes RDBMS, No-SQL, Graphic, and Memory Grid Databases. He has extensive knowledge in a large number of Open Source software packages and has architected systems integrating them into a cohesive package and then led the implementation of those architectures.


Show Notes:

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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