Up until recently I was the CTO of a company called Movivo.
Some people have asked me why I left, and while I won’t give the reasons as they are both partly personal and partly commercial, it was one of those times where it was the right thing to do for both parties.
I’ve loved working at Movivo and leave behind a growing team of people I think are awesome, and will be doing some amazing work over the coming years.
The reason I chose to leave is personal: I felt I needed a new challenge.
There are lots of different types of CTO, and I’ve realised that I am comfortable as a business oriented CTO with technical skills and a pragmatism that filters through everything I do.
I am also a CTO that likes to start things. I’m very experienced at that part of it.
I also like startups. Or at least, I like startup mentality in business. It’s why some companies that have an innovative strategy but are very large definitely interest me. Startups are great, but the key for me is business and strategy rather than technology. The startup mentality is about starting things. It’s what attracts me I think.
So long as the tech can be built, then it is only there to support the business function. What matters is the business.
I’ve also realised that I like my family and I like seeing my family and I like not having to choose between my family and my job. For the avoidance of doubt, my family will always come first.
There is often not enough consideration taken in tech for those with families, especially within startups, simply because most startup founders are young, and often without families. (I should say for the record that Movivo was a brilliant employer for me from that regard and thank you for being that awesome).
Life is never straight forward and this decision was one that I took knowing that I wouldn’t know the next step until I’d done it.
But I also like taking a risk now and then. Not sure my wife would always agree though. However, my life wouldn’t be what it is now without some of the big failures I’ve had to go through and this blog wouldn’t be what it is.
I am currently an ex-CTO doing bits and pieces around the Serverless and interim CTO space and looking at opportunities. I want to ensure that my next role has a high element of CTO-ness and/or Serverless-ness in it.
I’ve had a lot of interest, interviews and offers of work, and there may be developments in the coming days and weeks, but nothing is confirmed as yet.
This is quite a personal blog, but after going to a couple of conferences recently and having chats with friends and blog/twitter followers, I thought it important to both clarify my situation to those reading my blog (“why does it say ex-CTO?”) and also share a few thoughts on what matters to me. So that’s what I’ve done.
If you want to get in touch to ask more (for any reason), my personal business email is paul at roundaboutlabs dot com.