Today we are talking to Guillaume Clement, the CTO of Daily Motion.  And we discuss creating a vision for your team to follow, the concept of autonomous leadership, and hiring A players to create an atmosphere of trust

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


Guillaume leads the entire product and engineering teams (around 200 people) and is in charge of defining and implementing the dailymotion repositioning to a premium platform and premium high-end product sets (B2C and B2B), through an aggressive product and technology roadmap.

He also leads design, product, engineering and customer support teams, manages transformation to break silos and identify strategic team cross skill sets, and manages all aspects of the technology roadmap, data, infrastructure, network, security, and scalability.

Show Notes:

In New York this week.  Based in Paris and NY

Has 1 girl and 1 boy

What is DailyMotion?  Has been around for 10-11 years.  Created 1 week before Youtube

Figuring out the direction.  Video landscape was changing for more trust and transparency

Had 200% growth in Asia

What creates the trust? It comes from the sources and partners uploading on the platform

Building a great content and monetization platform

Have to go through the process and enjoy the pain of learning to make the appropriate decisions

13:33 How much traffic? 3 billion views per month.  215m Users.

Joined the company in 2013.  Have built a lot of things to address specific problems.

Only working on the pieces that make sense for the business.  Where when and at what cost?

We have a vision and focus and will leverage the tools that pop up along the way – Joel

It’s the most important thing to do is to control your aspects of the business

17:55 France and Europe is ⅓ of the business

What challenges have you faced in leading 200+ Engineers

Make sure the vision and the strategy is clear.  Make sure it makes sense. Make sure everybody is looking in that direction.  Hire the people and grow the team that looks in the same direction.  Communication. Removing Roadblocks.

How does it play out on a tactical level?  Once they have defined the centralized strategy. Have a decentralized execution.  Provide the team the resources needed and freedom to execute. Hire people who are smarter than you – Hired Nick who is an expert in ruby. The better the talent you hire, the less you worry, the better the atmosphere of trust

Once they have defined the centralized strategy.  Have a decentralized execution. IT only works if you have good people and the collaboration is there.  Applies to other dimensions. The people are spread through the globe and you can’t be everywhere at once.  So they need to always be connected to the problem trying to be solved

Scheduling time to think.  Taking time to be strategic. Put in place the framework and people need to feel safe taking the time.  Need to put in the culture

Sees the trend with video going to mobile.  Every big publisher is trying to engage the audience. Built the Partner Solutions to be as friendly to the producers as possible

How do you work with the CEO and Head of Sales to work on the vision for the company.  Sometimes we have to compromise. Have 3 clients.

What are you most excited? Passion is to build the team.  Have been very lucky to meet the people on his team.

You have to create luck.  You have to put the ingredients there and then it will come. The level of caring and the willingness to have an impact.  The more likely that you will create luck.

Do  you do anything intentionally to spread your culture through the organization. The most important thing you can give to people is your time.  It’s not a sacrifice. Put together the moment to share

What piece of advice would you give yourself?  Despite you have expertise and vision. You’re going to have to listen to people very very carefully.  Make sure you create the foundation so those ideas can grow without you.

Can find Guillaume on twitter

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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