Two Tech CTOs, Doug Rathbone from Airtasker and Tony Young from Linkly chat about topics close to their roles and hearts.
The First 90 days in a Private Equity-Backed Firm
Tony will chat openly about what it is like starting as a CTO at a private equity-backed firm and the unique challenges posed, including covering:
- Laying the foundations for growth
- Establishing ways of working as a CTO
- Best ways to set up goals for your team
- Is an MBA really worth it?
Chief Technology Officer
Prior to joining Linkly as CTO, Tony was at MYOB for three years, where he led the work on the Connected Practice suite, MYOB’s reimagining of its Desktop Accountant and Bookkeeper software suite as a Cloud solution. Tony led the teams through significant growth and agile transformation, towards developing a seamless product trusted by over 1m Australian businesses.
Scaling Empowered Engineering Teams – Puppy Dogs and Wolves
Domesticated dogs are said to have the mental age of toddlers due to being fed and watered around the clock. Wolves hunt and survive as a pack and are true apex predators. Building and scaling effective engineering teams is just as much about building autonomous leaders with strong judgement as it is about technology choices. That starts with engineering leaders learning how to truly own their team’s success.
The Software Development business was started with a service mindset that has stuck; engineers get given requirements and asked to deliver features. This tends to force engineers to focus on what’s within their control, such as design and architecture, without truly understanding both sides of most engineering trade-offs around speed vs quality and customer impact.
Defining a culture of accountability and expectations around outcomes, not outputs, forces team members to build critical thinking skills left dormant in many roles.
By adopting an empowered product team’s operating model, you only need to add a few key artefacts and rituals to a team’s planning and reporting processes as a forcing function for org-wide success.
Chief Technology Officer
Doug Rathbone is an engineering leader who’s equally passionate about building digital products that customers love, as he is the engineering organisation’s responsible for them. Doug recently joined Airtasker as their new CTO after a career of over 20 years in software development with a focus on distributed web systems including at Amazon, AWS and Alexa.
CEO & Founder
Scott has been involved in the launch and growth of 61+ products and has published over 120 articles and videos that have been viewed over 120,000 times. Terem’s product development and strategy arm, builds and takes clients tech products to market, while the joint venture arm focuses on building tech spinouts in partnership with market leaders.