Today we’re talking to Colin Copeland, the CTO of Caktus Group. And we discuss giving back to the community with civic hacking and custom software development. The power of building the right team around you, and how working at a custom software development firm always stays interesting with new challenges. 

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

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About Colin Copeland:

Colin co-founded Caktus in 2007 and now, as Chief Technical Officer, helps ensure Caktus remains at the open source forefront. Colin’s skills include Django web development and Python programming. He’s a proponent of automated testing and continuous integration, PEP8 coding conventions, and is always looking to improve deployment processes.

Colin helped organize several Django sprints in the Chapel Hill area during the 1.2 release push and regularly contributes to the open source reusable Django apps developed at Caktus. He also frequents local meetups, and helped found Code for Durham.

About Caktus Group:

Caktus has grown sharp web and SMS applications for business, higher education, and social good since 2007. The award-winning, Agile teams focus on developing for impact and scalability. They specialize in custom Django apps, but also offer discovery workshops, best practices consulting (project management, QA, Agile), and team augmentation.

As a full-service shop, Caktus commits to maintaining each project with managed hosting and ongoing Django upgrades. Past and current clients include Mozilla, UChicago, PBS, Discovery Communications, UNICEF, and others in media, education, finance, health research, and social good.

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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