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Everyone knows that finding great engineers is difficult, but even more challenging is finding a great technology leader. For a technology company, there are many important software decisions to be made. Getting them wrong can cost you big down the road. Thus, finding the right senior, strategic-level technology expert is critical to the success of your company. In this panel, current and former technology executives of tech startups will discuss the challenges associated with finding and attracting technology leaders for early stage companies.


  • Learn about the role of a CTO in an engineering team
  • Learn what qualities to look for in a CTO
  • How to attract the most qualified and competent CTO to your organization
  • Learn the difference between interviewing for a technology executive and an engineer
  • Gain insight to the compensation structure of a CTO
  • Meet entrepreneurs and technologists in the Silicon Valley community – food and beverages will be served for your enjoyment

Host: Matt Swanson, Managing Partner of Silicon Valley Software Group


  • Chakri Uddaraju, VP engineering at Hired
  • bethanye McKinney Blount, reddit’s first VP of engineering
  • Roger Toor, CTO of simplifund

When: September 2, 2015, 6PM-9PM

Where: WeWork Transbay – 535 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105

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