Startup CTO for Growth

Sharing experience and knowledge is my real passion.
What I love the most is to share a point of view, not specifically in a top-down manner, but more about what works and what doesn’t, and about always being willing to learn from other people’s experiences.
Every piece of content you’ll find here has been created based on a real situation.

May 2019: Personal retrospective

This month has taught me a lot, specially through the funding process with my new mentor. After analysing our content and the response it’s been getting, we had to make an important decision: MyCTOfriend will halt content production while we re-evaluate and redefine the customer journey, and figure out the best way and time for our content to influence it.

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Becoming an IT manager for your startup

For a non-technical startup founder, the term “IT” can have a scary sound to it. It gets even scarier when I mention that the CTO role of the IT manager should be—for the most part—taken on by them. It doesn’t have to be scary. Once your tasks are clear and you’ve done your homework, there’s nothing you can’t master. That includes becoming a great IT manager for your startup.

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April 2019: Personal retrospective

This month I was focused on setting up the foundation to scale. My team and I continued industrializing content production and started with the onboarding process. Now the main goal is to continue scaling the onboarding process and growing MyCTOfriend as something bigger than just Amaury’s advice portal.

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Shaping your product with expert tech advice

Startup founders have this notion that having a technical co-founder will fill all the “tech voids” in their project, and they’re not wrong. Their mistake is how they think we do it. CEOs often believe that, when it comes to tech, a CTO has all the answers -Spoiler alert- we don’t. The trick is we have some answers and we know how to get the rest. In early-stage startups, you can also emulate this without a CTO, let’s see how.

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March 2019: Personal retrospective

I’m proud of what we achieved all throughout March. I said we because I reinforced my collaboration with my language coach Mitchie Ruiz and she is now going to work at Myctofriend part time, helping me with all the content production. Podcast, blog posts, courses, video production… everything.

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Being a good product manager in your startup

In my years as a tech consultant and startup CTO, I’ve encountered all sorts of founders, ideas, business models and challenges. Some have succeeded, some have failed, and I’ve been there to learn from all of them. Building a startup without a CTO is a reality to most who can’t afford one, but it doesn’t have to be such a rocky road.

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January 2019: Personal retrospective

I’ve shared in my strategy post at the beginning of the year that this 2019, my focus is going to be on simplification and optimization by completely shifting my business from offline to online. In 2018, more than 80% of my work was generated through online mentoring. My goal in 2019 is to make it close to 100% online.

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The true value of motivation for a startup founder

It’s not always easy being the eager beaver, especially after all the punches startup life throws at you, it’s only human to get overwhelmed and want to give up trying. But in those hard times, that’s where the good stuff happens, where people show their true colors, what they’re made of and move forward. Today I want to talk about motivation and how to hold on it throughout your startup journey.

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2019 Growth strategy and plan: You’ve got everything here

Each year is an opportunity to reflect on where we are and where we want to be next. I had a bit of difficulty in doing this exercise this year because I haven’t yet defined where I will be physically in 2019. The shift is in progress, and moving MyCTOfriend to a fully remote business is almost done. Today I will share with you the entire strategy that I’ve been working on these past two weeks. It might be a bit long, but you’ve got everything.

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December 2018: Personal retrospective

December was a crazy month, from a professional and personal perspective. It’s been three years since I started publishing every year what my goals are, and sharing my vision of my ideal lifestyle and the way I want to help startups. For now, more than just reviewing last month’s goals, I’m going to review the goals I shared in January 2018 on this blog as well as on LinkedIn. The results are just incredible, and I’m now ready to take off with my desired lifestyle.

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Why is it so hard to talk with developers?

I get this question on a regular basis, and it’s true. It’s rare to find developers that are on the same page on everything with their founder. Communication in a relationship is hardly easy, but this interdisciplinary work relation proves to be particularly challenging. Today we’re asking “why?”. Why does it feel like you’re speaking different languages?

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The startup founder and personal branding (Part 2)

Last week we took a look at the situation of a startup founder I mentored that had credited all of his first cash’s success to his personal image rather than to the merit of his product. This week we’re picking up where we left off and tackling how you should start building your personal brand, and to what extent should it lead your startup’s image.

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The startup founder and personal branding (Part 1)

I recently mentored a certain startup, a very smart SaaS platform for the consulting industry. They were able to generate their first $10,000 fairly quickly, which led me to ask the founder: “Did your clients sign up for the service because of the product or because of you?” His answer: “Because of me.” Is this a good or a bad thing?

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November 2018: Personal retrospective

I was such in a productive/overwhelm mode that I almost forgot to share what I’ve been up to in November. A few years ago, I wrote down my vision—my WHY: “I want to help the world innovate along its different cultures.” This is exactly what I did during the past month, teaching innovation management at the MBA program of IAE Montpellier (at Montpellier University).

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