Before launching IT operations management platform PagerDuty in 2009, Alex Solomon had earned his street cred as a software engineer for Amazon.
Four years on from launching its muru-D accelerator in Sydney, Telstra is bringing it to Melbourne, setting up a program out of its Gurrowa innovation lab.
“I don’t think the huge amount of change in the CTO role gets enough recognition,” says Twilio Co-founder Evan Cooke. “Almost every founding CTO starts out wearing many, many hats — engineer, product manager, salesperson, customer service — but eventually you hire great people to fill those roles. That’s when it gets hard. You can’t win just by focusing on recruiting and architecture now. It gets complicated.” [Source: First Round Review]