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CTO Success in Startups

CTO Success in Startups

In our prior posting on do I really reed a CTO?, we explained how the role of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is often confused and that it’s often best setup as a part-time or advisory role in start-ups. But what makes a CTO successful? What makes a startup...

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Do I Really Need a Full Time CTO?

Do I Really Need a Full Time CTO?

Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is one of those job titles with widely varying definitions. As defined on Investopedia: A person in this role, “examines the short and long term needs of an organization, and utilizes capital to make investments designed to help the...

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Self-Serve BI and Smart Cataloging

Self-Serve BI and Smart Cataloging

This article on business intelligence, governance and smart cataloging tools is a follow on to our Lean Startups and Business Data Quality post. We're pleased to welcome Nate Vaziri as a guest blogger to the Telegraph Hill Software blog. The Underfunded Data Democracy...

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AWS Security for Start-ups

AWS Security for Start-ups

With a market share of 33 percent, (1) Amazon Web Services is by far today’s most popular cloud infrastructure service solution, Synergy Research Group data shows. To keep their AWS data secure from cyber vulnerability risks, many companies turn to third-party...

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Guide to Selecting Languages and Platforms

Guide to Selecting Languages and Platforms

Introduction For a software engineering team, choosing a programming language and its associated tools, apps and open source projects is a momentous decision.  A good decision can make your development more agile, accelerate your progress, and expand your technical...

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8 Do’s and Don’ts of Agile Contracts

8 Do’s and Don’ts of Agile Contracts

Who would want to admit that they are not agile?  Not startup CEOs, nor corporate CEOs. In the rush to total digitization, everything from corporate strategy to food service contracts is now expected to be “agile”, able to respond rapidly to customers and disruptive...

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4 Steps to Cloud Security on a Startup Budget

4 Steps to Cloud Security on a Startup Budget

Today’s startups increasingly rely on the cloud for their tech infrastructure and thus an IT and cloud security environment that differs significantly from traditional managed servers and network firewalls. Public cloud adoption will grow 18 percent this year alone,...

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Lean Startups and Business Data Quality

Lean Startups and Business Data Quality

Lean practices mean non-functional requirements like business data quality, information security, and test automation get relatively little attention at first. Firms employing lean focus on what’s most important to customers today and de-emphasize planning and...

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Fintech: Is the Bubble Deflating?

Fintech: Is the Bubble Deflating?

The head of innovation at Wells Fargo, Steve Ellis, is sort-of quoted here as saying "fintech sector could see a dot-com-style shakeout similar to what occurred in 2000".   Telegraph Hill has a lot of experience within Fintech, here is my take: Hype vs Real Finance...

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Minimal Viable Information Security

Minimal Viable Information Security

Technology startups are different from going concerns, not least of which is their approach to information security risk. Here are my observations on how cyber risk management evolves in a startup, along with a caveat emptor to potential customers of startups. Risk...

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