Connecting the Technology Leaders of Los Angeles
Members are generally the senior most person in their organization in charge of software, data, web/mobile development.
The CTO Forum is a “give-back” organization. While there is no cost for membership, CTO Forum members “pay” for membership with their commitment to contributing to the group and to fellow members. To become a member, there will be a brief call to discuss your company, role, key challenges and what you hope to achieve through membership. Assuming it’s a good fit, you would then be accepted as a provisional member. You will need to attend a meeting within 3 months of acceptance to become a full member.
Morning meetings - member-only meetings are on the second Friday of every month from 8-10AM. The main location is Santa Monica, but there are meetings as well in Orange County, Pasadena, Hollywood, Torrance and others.Evening meetings – members and VIP guests occur 6 times per year.
“I joined the CTO Forum as a first-time startup CTO. It’s hard to get all-things-CTO right because it involves more than building and scaling a technology. You also need to be (or become) an effective leader, recruiter, manager, planner, communicator, mentor, and sometimes product manager, fundraiser, or sales engineer depending on the strengths and weaknesses of the rest of your team.I credit the CTO Forum for accelerating my ability to successfully fill each of those roles faster than anything else I’ve done over the last 4 years. The roundtables provide a forum for me to share challenges and receive advice from many other CTOs with literally decades more experience. Through my involvement I’ve found great mentors I admire and emulate. The strength of my professional network has increased tenfold, and I’ve even made friendships that I believe will be lifelong.I unreservedly recommend becoming actively engaged in the CTO Forum to all new CTOs. It’s an extremely rare opportunity for those who have an open mind and a willingness to learn from others.”
"I feel lucky to have found the LA CTO Forum when I moved to LA. It is a great group of people with a wide range of experience and insight into the challenges of being an effective technology leader. I learn something at every meeting I go to, and I try to attend as many as I can."