Kyle Campbell is a 3x startup founder and current CEO of CTO.ai, a platform that makes it easy for startups to empower teams through automation of DevOps tasks without writing any lines of code. At the core of CTO.ai’s mission is to uplevel developers by giving them the tools to perform like senior engineers and make teams 10x more efficient.
Why does this matter? To keep up with this digital transformation, companies of all sizes are competing for technical workers. But there’s a major deficit of talent. With over 1 million tech jobs anticipated to be left unfilled by 2020 in the US, this poses a greater threat to scaling businesses than access to capital.
As a result, companies pay for a handful of deep technical expertise whose time is often misallocated to training new developers or wasted on time-intensive, tactical tasks — adding up to just about $300B of lost productivity every year.
That’s why after hearing first hand from founders who tried to get him to be their full-time CTO, Kyle went about creating a platform to meet what he saw as an unmet need. I invited Kyle onto Tech Talks Daily to learn insights into the technical talent crisis facing startup teams, and why they should care.
We discuss what to consider when it comes to future workplace environments, such as:
- The increasing complexity of problems facing today’s enterprise – it’s like a snake trying to eat an elephant!
- How collaboration, not competition, will drive the success of tomorrow’s startups
- How technology is making highly technical jobs more accessible to junior employees
- How automation is creating operational efficiency and creating superhuman devs that allowing them to do more impactful work.
Kyle also shares more information about the recent announcement of the $7.5M round from Slack Fund and Tiger Global that was featured on TechCrunch.
Founded in 2017, CTO.ai is a Slack-backed start-up that provides an open registry of shortcuts to help technical leads at startups quickly scale developer teams and streamline developer productivity 10x. Kyle has successfully guided the company to team to 60 full-time staff, profitably, with a 400% revenue increase over the last 18 months.
Previous to CTO.ai, Kyle founded ‘Retsly,’ a company that helped developers access real-estate data from multiple listing services. Retsly was acquired in 2014 by leading real estate technology company Zillow, where Kyle continued to lead the execution of Retsly’s original vision by creating a safe and reliable platform upon which to build innovative real estate software.
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Kyle is a self-taught developer and has been programming since the age of 8. As an investor and advisor to a wide range of technology startups, Kyle’s mission is to democratize DevOps to help the next generation of workers reach their full potential.
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