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About the Forum

The mission of the LA CTO Forum is to foster the SoCal technology ecosystem. We believe that by helping our members to be more effective CTOs, we can have a positive impact on the ecosystem. The Forum is a vibrant, private, invite-only network of software CTOs who exchange ideas, share experiences, and help each other when needed. We conduct monthly meetings, quarterly roundtables, and discuss different business and technology topics.

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What is the LA CTO Forum?

A vibrant, private, invite-only network of software CTOs who exchange ideas, share experiences, and help each other when needed.

Who Can Join?

Members are generally the senior most person in their organization in charge of software, data, web/mobile development.

How do I Become a Member?

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.


Where/When Does the CTO Forum Meet?

Morning meetings are for members only and occur on the second Friday of every month from 8-10AM. Members can raise challenges and receive guidance and input from others in a safe and collegial atmosphere. These meetings are currently held via Zoom due to COVID-19. When in person meetings resume, our main location is in Santa Monica, but there are meetings as well in Orange County, Pasadena, Hollywood, Torrance for members to attend. Evening meetings are open to members and VIP guests and occur 6 times per year. These meetings give attendees a chance to learn about topics facing the technology ecosystem and network with one another.


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.

James Nelson

Chief Architect – Photoshelter
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Upcoming Events

Embracing the Product Trio and Continuous Discovery

We are excited to announce the second annual combined session between Product Management Association Los Angeles (PMA.LA) and the LA CTO Forum. Last year’s session was a fantastic event that attracted investors and others from the broader tech ecosystem. We will have breakout sessions for networking, and we have a great presentation.

October 20, 2021
5:30 pm

Tech Talk is a curated collection of ideas and shared experiences that we think are helpful to our members and beyond.

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