This is a great list plus great mentions by others in replies. These are all great, action-oriented folks deserving the honor of consideration of this position, I think.
But I hope the deputy CTO will be picked in a different way. I hope the deputy will be picked to be a GREAT match for the current CTO so they form an incredible team. What I mean is, the CTO should take an inventory of his strengths and weaknesses and find someone who can address those weaknesses. I am talking about things that only those really close to Aneesh would know about, but, for example, if he is good with vision and not so good with details, he should get someone who is good with details. If he is good with starting a dialog but not good at follow-up, then he should get someone who is good at tracking actions. If he is strong with people but not so strong on technology, then he should get a techie. And vice-versa. If he is strong on the executive branch and policy, but weak on the law and how congress works, then maybe he should get a former congressional staffer.
Anyway, that’s just some context, my point is that we have a world class CTO right now, and I don’t think we need a deputy CTO who is going to be the same as the boss. We need a deputy CTO who will help the current CTO be even more effective and efficient.
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