Our guest today is Zack Bomsta, CTO of Owlet, which produces the Owlet Baby Monitor. In addition to growing the team, he is involved electronic hardware design and miniaturization, manufacturing, firmware and embedded systems development. Join us to hear war stories from the founding story of Owlet.
Today we are honored to be joined by Tim Jenkins, CoFounder & CTO of SendGrid. SendGrid solves problems for companies sending transactional e-mail. Tim is currently involved with back-end development, operations, and support, and has worn many hats as SendGrid has grown from 3 team members to over 300 over the last 8 years.
Join us to hear the founding story of one of the most successful email deliverability providers on the web, take a journey through the ebb & flow of a CTO’s responsibilities as a company scales massively, and learn about how SendGrid’s culture has been defined by the 4 H’s: honest, hungry, humble, and happy.
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Last week, @owocki’s startup released a new product — The battles last week during this release reminded us of some of our favorite engineering war stories. We ask every CTO on our show “What is your favorite engineering war story?”, and this episode we’re going to play 4 of our *favorites*.
These four stories are ordered by scale. We’ll start with “just a guy in the garage with a product” to a war story from a large venture scaled startup.
In order of appearance:
- Patrick McKenzie – independent software developer
- Story misplacing your pager and being unaware of your outage
- Travis Kimmel – CEO of GitPrime
- Story about after launch the dance of cleaning up your early assumptions and building new features
- Jay Zeschin, Lead Architect at ello
- Story of “blowing up”, getting tens of thousands of users, and VC funding all at once.
- Jud Valeski – CTO at GNIP, acquired by twitter
- Story about screening your customers for success