Today we are talking to Ryan, the CTO and Co-Founder of Formidable. And we discuss the differences between the CTO role at a consultancy and at a product-led company. How you can use open source to advance business outcomes, and why the problems you focus on solving should have the greatest multiplier effect.

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

To learn more about Formidable, check them out at https://formidable.com/

About Ryan:

Ryan Roemer is the CTO and co-founder of Formidable. He architects full-stack web applications, backend services and APIs, and highly available cloud infrastructures. Ryan leads development groups from small startups all the way up to Fortune 500 engineering teams. He advises clients on issues ranging from technology evaluation and engineering organizational structures to successfully leveraging open source software. Prior to Formidable, Ryan’s work has explored most levels of the modern application stack, including backend services enhancements for Microsoft Azure’s Cloud Computing/Storage platform, wrangling large-scale data mining at IP Street, and directing development from scratch on a new language learning product at Curiosity Media. Outside of engineering, Ryan enjoys trail running, cycling, triathlons, and Type II Fun in general. He is a registered patent attorney (inactive), and although he keeps a close eye on open source legal issues, it has been a long time since he has put on his lawyer hat. Ryan holds degrees from Stanford, UCLA, and UC San Diego.

About Formidable:

Formidable is a global design and engineering consultancy and open source software organization, specializing in React.js, React Native, GraphQL, Node.js, and the extended JavaScript ecosystem. We have locations in Seattle, London, Toronto, Denver, and Phoenix with remote consultants worldwide. 

Since 2013, our agile team has worked with companies ranging in size from startups, to Fortune 100s, to build quality software and level up engineering teams.

We approach each project with a long-term view, ensuring that sustainability, maintainability, and stability are always at the core of our decisions. Our objective is to help you create quality software that scales well, performs better, improves user satisfaction, and helps you achieve your business goals.

Our team of JavaScript and design experts is deeply invested in the JavaScript community. We are React core contributors, open-source advocates, and creative thinkers devoted to improving the modern web. Our team is well-known for our contributions to the open source software community, creating software used by everyone from Airbnb to Zillow. We regularly speak at conferences to share our expertise with the JavaScript community and attend even more to keep at the forefront of the newest frameworks and technologies.

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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