What is the role of a CTO? This might seem like an obvious question, but anyone in this role knows that its not as clear cut as other traditional roles such as CEO, COO and CFO.
I have done a lot of research on this topic to ensure I am always growing in my role. In doing research, I like to refer to people and companies I look up to, because for them to be successful, they must be doing something right!
I have always looked up to Amazon. They do things that you never expect them to do (selling books online, cloud computing?!?) and are very successful at it. Here is a very well written blog by Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon, on the role of a CTO http://www.allthingsdistributed.com/2007/07/the_different_cto_roles.html
He summarizes it well (please do read the article) as 2 types.
1) External Facing Technologist / Big Thinker
2) Infrastructure Manager / Technology Visionary and Operations Manager Continue reading What is the role of a CTO?