Why the choice of metrics is critical to a CTO’s success

August 20, 2020 | 7:00pm Video conference

As Engineering groups get bigger, the metrics used to report up and across and manage down become more important to ensure that teams are empowered, independent, and able to scale. Often, CTOs mistake the tools they know best for the ones that they should communicate, which can lead to danger.

This discussion will tackle:

  • How engineering metrics can be a danger to CTOs;
  • Why business metrics matter for engineering delivery;
  • How presenting the wrong metrics can cause a rift with Product; and
  • Why engineering metrics cause CEOs to doubt the worth of their CTOs.

CTOs will learn:

  • Customer-driven metrics that CTOs should present to their CEOs: what they are, and why they are valuable;
  • How customer-driven metrics, in addition to engineering-driven metrics, can align rather than separate Product Management and Engineering; and
  • Why it is critical to supplement engineering-driven metrics with customer-driven metrics, even when communicating with the Engineering team.

In short, CTOs will learn how to use metrics to create value for the company and to create alignment with the CEO.

David SubarCPO/CTO, Interna Consulting

David Subar is the founder and managing partner of Interna, a consultancy that enables technology companies to ship better product faster, to achieve product-market fit more quickly, ' and to deploy capital more efficiently. Under David’s leadership, Interna: Evaluates product management and technology teams to pinpoint and close gaps in their product development processes, Coaches Chief Technology Officers and Chief Product Officers so that they become more effective leaders; and Serves as the interim CTO or CPO to elevate teams to achieve their full potential.

David has worked with organizations of various sizes, from small six-member startups to larger companies such as Pluto (sold to Viacom), Lynda.com (sold to LinkedIn for $1.5B), and The Walt Disney Company.

As a trusted authority in technology and in executive leadership skills and behavior, David also serves on the board of the Los Angeles CTO Forum, a group of the industry’s most revolutionary CTOs from some of the most prominent tech businesses in the world.



ATL CTO 2.0 Launch Party

February 20, 2020   |   6:00 PM @ Orpheus Brewing

Please join us to celebrate a new year and a new ATL CTO. Meet the ATL CTO board and Atlanta's best and brightest tech and product leaders.

What: We're back to build!
Who: CTOs, Product & Aspiring Tech Leaders and Friends
Why: Connect, Collaborate, Share & Solve
When: February 20 6p-8p
Where: Orpheus Brewing

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Board of Directors Ennis Bragg | Steve Dyer | Thomas Lee | Richard Powers | Jay Sandhaus | Nandu Shah | Ashish Thakur | Minaz Vastani

Can You Take Me Hire?

August 29, 2019   |   6:00 PM @ CineMassive

150 Ottley Drive NE Atlanta, GA 30324

Finding good talent is hard. From sourcing candidates to interviewing to making offers, it's very easy to waste a lot of you and your team's time and still come out the other end with nothing to show for it. Accurately evaluating a candidate's technical and cultural impact is hard enough, but maintaining a good pipeline of candidates and assessing value add with your team adds additional complexity. In this talk, we'll discuss some of the learnings that we've picked up at Flock Safety in scaling our engineering team 5x in under a year.

Matt Feury, Co-founder and CTO, Flock Safety

Michael Mealling - Customer Discovery: Rockets, Software, and Finance

June 12, 2019   |   7:00 PM @ CineMassive

150 Ottley Drive NE Atlanta, GA 30324

Creating great products is hard. Finding a market for them is even harder. ATL CTO is excited to welcome entrepreneur Michael Mealling to talk about his wide-ranging experience creating new technology. He’ll talk about his work with the Internet Engineering Task Force in the early ‘90s, all the way through launching rockets into space, and everything between.

You’ll hear the sad story of a futurist who discovers that actual problems matter and society absorbs technological change at a rate far slower than he would prefer — an obstacle familiar to many of us. Don’t worry, there’s a happy ending.

Michael MeallingVenture Capitalist, CTO and Entrepreneur

Michael Mealling is a General Partner with Starbridge Venture Capital, a space technology venture fund. Prior to Starbridge, Michael was CTO with Seraph Group, an Atlanta angel fund. Before his pivot to venture capital Michael co-founded Pipefish.com, a non-social social network, Masten Space Systems, a VTVL suborbital launch company, and Refactored Networks, a small business oriented supply chain company. In 2011 Michael graduated from Georgia Tech with an MBA. During his undergraduate degree, he built Georgia Tech's web infrastructure and one of the first dozen websites in the world outside of CERN in 1992.


March 20, 2019   |   7:00 PM @ CineMassive

150 Ottley Drive NE Atlanta, GA 30324

Many company leaders dream of celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their business. Earlier this year, KMS President and Co-founder Josh Lieberman and CTO Kaushal Amin got to do just that.

Growing a company from 10 to 1,000 employees over 10 years was no easy feat. This accomplishment becomes even more remarkable when you consider that KMS was founded in 2009, during the heart of the Great Recession.

Join us as Josh and Kaushal tell you how they did it. Hear the stories of the challenges KMS faced and the decisions made that has allowed the company to thrive. Now over 1,000 strong, KMS continues to support the growth of their ISV partners and has even gone on to incubate the launch of 3 new software companies.

Josh LiebermanPresident and Co-founder, KMS Technology

Josh is the Co-Founder and President of KMS Technology, a software quality and development outsourcing company with offices in Atlanta, GA and Vietnam. He co-founded the company in 2009, bringing with him nearly 20 years of experience in global technology consulting. He currently runs the U.S. business operations and business development functions for KMS. Josh believes that being good to people, building trust, and having a vision has led to his success with KMS. Before joining KMS, Josh worked at a number of technology consulting companies driving growth at each. He has a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife and two children.

Kaushal AminCTO, KMS Technology

Kaushal is the CTO of KMS Technology, where he oversees all technology functions for the company, including setting the direction, building the technical resource pool, and engaging and consulting with clients. He joined KMS in 2011 and has over 30 years of experience working in all phases of the software development life-cycle. Prior to working at KMS, Amin led engineering organizations at Intel, McKesson, IBM, and a few successful startups before serving as the VP of Technology at LexisNexis. Kaushal has a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan. He has a son and lives with his wife in Roswell, GA.

A look inside Mailchimp, their culture, technology and success

October 10, 2018   |   7:00 PM @ Mailchimp HQ

Ponce City Market. 9th Floor - 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Mailchimp is the world's largest marketing automation platform, serving millions of customers large and small. Join Joe Uhl for an inside look at how culture and technology combine to make Mailchimp a success. He will share stories from his own journey, talk about the growth of Mailchimp's engineering team, and give an overview of the infrastructure that enables their massive scale.

Joe Uhl VP of Operations, Mailchimp

Joe leads MailChimp's infrastructure, IT, security, delivery, data, and reliability engineering teams. They support Mailchimp’s innovative product development groups and protect the company. He was MailChimp’s sixth engineering hire and sixtieth employee. Before joining MailChimp, Joe founded and worked at a number of software startups serving customers big and small. He has a computer science degree from Georgia Tech and lives in Smyrna, Georgia, with his wife and two kids.

Object Oriented UX

August 8, 2018   |   7:00 PM @ CineMassive

Object-Oriented Design is no longer for just for programmers! UX designers around the world are beginning to leverage a methodology for thinking and designing in objects—objects that reflect users’ mental models, as well as behind-the-scenes CMSs and databases. Harmony at last!

Object-Oriented UX helps business teams, designers, and developers create a shared language, smoothing out the product development process. With OOUX, you’ll design elegant, modular systems that can travel across devices with consistency and efficiency.

But best of all, OOUX helps us create better navigation for our users. In this talk, Sophia will give us a crash course in the value of OOUX and her methodology of Object Mapping.

Sophia Prater Founder, Rewired

Sophia is the founder of Rewired, a UX studio based in Atlanta, GA. Rewired consults to clients that are innovating in education, health, and the Atlanta community. She’s often traveling across the United States or around the world, teaching her object-oriented UX methodologies, which have steadily gathered steam since her first talk in 2013. When at home, she’s mentoring, leading the Atlanta chapter of Ladies that UX, or working on designing new life-hacking frameworks.

Sophia has led UX efforts for clients such as AT&T, Athena Healthcare, The Atlanta History Center, Axure Prototyping, Coca-Cola, Ultimate Software, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Australian Tax Office. She also designed CNN.com’s responsive election night experience in 2012—and again in 2016.

Top 3 Cybersecurity Risks of Innovation

May 09, 2018   |   7:00pm, hosted by CineMassive

Companies are under equal pressure both to innovate and disrupt the markets they serve while at the same time ensure company assets and customers are protected. What happens when these goals work against each other? Does innovation have to put your company at greater risk? Do cybersecurity programs impede innovation?

Join Jonathan Steenland of Zyston to learn how organizations can navigate the most common cybersecurity risks while building an information security program that supports - and even fuels - innovation.

Jonathan Steenland Principal & Co-Lead, CISO Advisory Services, Zyston

Jonathan Steenland is responsible for co-leading Zyston’s CISO Advisory and Consulting Services.

Prior to joining Zyston, Jonathan served as Chief Information Security Officer at Fujitsu where he was responsible for developing strategic security programs for its global business, which includes 500 companies and 170,000 employees across 100 countries. Fujitsu innovates products and solutions across seven industry verticals - from automotive to telecommunications.

Jonathan is passionate about developing and implementing innovative information security programs that are aligned with strategic business goals, providing sustained competitive advantages for Zyston's portfolio of clients. He is also dedicated to growing the next generation of cybersecurity professionals through Zyston's leadership development program known as Top Gun.

Innovation at the speed of Cloud

March 21, 2018   |   7:00pm @ TBD

From the cold back woods of Maine to the glowing hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley - J.Tyler “T.Rex" Rohrer has been on a nearly 30 year voyage to perfect the way agencies, organizations, and companies of all sizes manage their end user computing landscapes. Working on nearly every continent in the World, thousands of different types of organizations, and millions and millions of actual end users – he will offer “short cuts” and “turn by turn directions” helping you future proof your deployments.

With all that has changed with virtualization and cloud computing, a tremendous amount has stayed the same. This lively session will explore what it is we all really do when we “go to work” every day – and how this simple mental model sets the stage for amazing innovation and breakthrough within YOUR ORGANIZATIONS…if you simply let it happen and follow 3 simple principles.

Tyler Rohrer Co-founder, Liquidware

Tyler Rohrer co-founded Liquidware, an international software company catering to the largest agencies, organizations, and enterprises on the planet. Previously, he was a partner at FOEDUS, which was acquired by VMware in 2007. Tyler is an international speaker on topics ranging from virtualization, cloud computing, and operational excellence. He is a horrible golfer, decent rally car racer, mechanic, father, futurist, author, and amateur theoretical physics buff.

Liquidware is the leading 3rd party software provider of desktop transformation solutions enhancing management of Windows desktops on any desktop platform, including physical Windows PCs, VMware Horizon, Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop, Amazon Workspaces and AWS and Microsoft Azure cloud platforms.

Building a Metrics-driven Culture

Jan 17, 2018   |   7:00pm @ Tech Square Labs

We have entered a golden age of data in business. The amount of information available to us about our customers is astounding. But how do we ensure that we are not overwhelmed with that information?

Building a metrics driven culture in our organizations is vital to ensure we are focused on what our customers want while constantly challenging our beliefs about their behaviors. We will discuss how to carry those metrics into the data platforms we build - so we can be as effective as possible.

Whitney Weaver CTO at mLevel

Whitney Weaver is the CTO of mLevel, a micro-learning and engagement platform. Previously, Whitney drove building the data platform at the financial technology start up Kabbage. Over his time at Kabbage the company scaled from 10,000 users to over 750,000 and daily loan volumes of $6M. Whitney has worked across multiple sectors included health care, finance, and energy management where data has been a focal point.

Massive migration at massive scale

Nov 15th, 2017   |   7:00pm @ ATV

Last year Evernote migrated its entire production service to Google Cloud Platform in just 70 days. Of course, months of work preceded the 70 days of actual migration. In January, running our service on a public cloud platform was an abstract concept, so we spent most of the year dissecting every aspect of our platform and trying to understand how to run it on someone else’s compute infrastructure. The culmination of that effort was a 10-month project plan, which we believed was pretty aggressive, but there was business pressure to move even faster. This is the story of how we radically rethought the timeline, the approaches we took, and the transformative effect it had on the migration team.

Nandu Shah Dir. of Technical Operations at Evernote

Nandu Shah is Director of Technical Operations at Evernote, where he ensures that 200 million people around the world can always access their most precious notes. Last year he led the migration of Evernote's production service (150 million users, 1100 servers, 3 PB of data) to Google Cloud Platform in 70 days. For over 20 years, in roles spanning IT, software engineering, and operations, he has followed his passion for truly agile--with a lowercase a—approaches to getting things done.

Streaming Live Sports for the 99%

Sep 13th, 2017   |   7:00pm @ ATV

PlayOn Sports is a startup that streams over 30,000 live high school events every year. We want the same features as much larger media companies: live HD streams, DRM, easy to use content management tools, a subscription platform. We don’t have their big budgets or buildings full of developers, though. Learn how we used Amazon Web Services to save a ton of cash and still deliver a great experience.

Jay Sandhaus CTO at PlayOn! Sports

Jay Sandhaus is the CTO of PlayOn! Sports and the NFHS Network. He was most recently the Senior Director of Content Management and Social Media at Turner, where he built the publishing platform for Turner’s digital properties, including CNN.com, NBA.com, and NCAA.com. Previously, Jay wrote software for the Foreign Exchange desk at Goldman Sachs and led development of Emmy-award winning projects for the PGA Tour and NASCAR.com at Sportvision. He serves his community as the treasurer of the Freedom Park Conservancy and organized the Friends of Freedom Bridge. He received a MS in Computer Science from Columbia University.

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