CTO Connection Podcast

Effective Mentorship in Early Stage Startups with Rob De Feo

September 03, 2020 peter@pbell.com (CTO Connection) Episode 102
CTO Connection Podcast
Effective Mentorship in Early Stage Startups with Rob De Feo
Show Notes

Rob De Feo has spoken to more than 500 startups over the last few years in his role as a startup advocate. These experiences have given him insider knowledge on the patterns leaders in startups face as well as best practices that have helped businesses reach scale.

This week on CTO Connection, Rob takes Peter behind the curtain of life as a startup advocate. They also discuss their biggest career advice: searching for roles based on tasks rather than titles. Tune in for Rob’s insights.

  • (01:10) - How Rob got into the tech world
  • (01:55) - Joining Expedia
  • (05:37) - Becoming a co-founder and CTO
  • (07:20) - Moving to Amazon Web Services
  • (09:54) - Speaking to start-ups
  • (10:45) - Building for now
  • (20:17) - Lead geek personalities
  • (22:37) - Patterns for early-stage teams
  • (29:57) - Getting good advice
  • (32:50) - Balance in mentorship
  • (35:18) - Becoming a start-up CTO
  • (36:51) - Training, coaching, and mentoring

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