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 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 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 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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