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Due Diligence for CEOs, CTOs & Engineering Managers: The main business findings that matter to your organization

It’s Here!

“How to check if what they are saying is true?”…or…”A No-Nonsense Guide to Tech Due Diligence” or some other catchy title like that.

My new book “Due Diligence for CEOs, CTOs & Engineering Managers: The main business findings that matter to your organisation (Short books for busy managers series)” is now available. 

The book costs less than a tunafish sandwich and, honestly, smells a lot better.

It explains the most important due diligence areas and findings you should know about as a business leader when identifying and quantifying the risk of partnering with a supplier or investing in a business.

It does it in terms so simple even CEOs and CTOs can understand it.

If you love me like you say you do, here’s what to do:

   1. Go here and buy the book.

   2. Write a glowing review of the book and post it on Amazon.

   3. Then, if you have a 10 minutes to kill, read it.

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The 1 Rule for CTOs & Engineering Managers: Focus on Impact

Pleased to say that our second book in a series aimed at CTOs and Engineering Managers has been published on Amazon.

This 10-minute text explains the single most important rule CTO and Engineering Manager should follow based on our experiences at Meta and other organisations.

Forget technology. Forget investors. Forget shareholders. Forget Scrum. Forget DevOps. Learn how to make impact quickly in your role as a CTO or Engineering Manager.

If you found value in this super-short read, we’d be grateful if you’d leave an honest review on Amazon. It’ll take a few seconds of your time, and your support makes a real difference. 

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Contracts for CTOs: 9 commercial contract clauses that really matter

Pleased to say that our first book in a series aimed at CTOs has been published on Amazon.

This 10-minute text points CTOs to the 9 commercial contract clauses that really matter. Forget technology. Forget sales talk. Forget the promises you’re given. Learn how to add value to your role as CTO by reducing costs and increasing profit.

Commercial contracts are where risk and reward meet, and you need to be able to navigate that intersection.

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Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy

This scientific paper is super depressing as it outlines arguments which sum up to the fact that we are facing inevitable collapse, probable catastrophe and possible extinction due to global warming. I think there is no point getting depressed but we need to acknowledge the facts of global warming and start addressing the inevitable adaptations our society will have to go through. No point discussing any more. We need to start acting now. 


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Reading: Good Strategy / Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt

Bed bound for the last 2 days and when not reviewing PRs I read Good Strategy / Bad Strategy book from 2011 FT short list, and I am starting to realise that I don’t now what our strategy is.

Could it be that I wasn’t paying attention? Or we need to work this out? I reviewed a few series A pitch decks and clearly many haven’t worked what their strategy is.

Some ideas from the book can be found on slides here.

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Reading: Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions

How to know when to stop searching or optimising? Use optimal stopping strategy – select best option after examining 37% of the sample.

What’s the best way to schedule?

Great book by Brian Christian on using computer algorithm techniques to quickly solve everyday problems.


Reading: The Road to Character by David Brooks

Incomparable to Social Animal. Intro and end worth a try.



Reading: The Circle by Dave Eggers

Chilling, familiar, funny.