How do future CTOs demonstrate ‘Valuable Technical Knowledge or Skills’?
When assessing potential CTOs, we’re looking for rare technical skills or knowledge. You might be part of a handful of individuals with a particular set of skills, or recognised as a top performer in your field.
If you’ve developed or scaled a technical product that’s impacted a considerable number of users, or is recognised as technically novel, that could make you a great fit for EF. You may also have a proven track record of building ability, which differentiates you from others in your field.
- Show that you’ve been recognised as a leader in your space, e.g. by a professor, through published research or with achievements in corporate research.
- Tell us about what you’ve built – in your work, but perhaps more importantly, in your spare time.
- Give examples of when you’ve prioritised customer needs, or impacted a number of users with your technology.
- Tell us about how you’ve refined your technical knowledge or skills, e.g. competing in hackathons.
For example, Shivani Shah (CTO, Samp) holds a PhD from the French Nuclear Research Institute CEA, where she worked on developing solutions for applying Machine Learning to large datasets. This experience uniquely positioned her to build digital twins based on these datasets, which she was able to apply when building at EF.
Siddharth Bhardwaj (CTO, Beatoven.AI), had specialised expertise in applying AI to sound and music. He had won first place in a hackathon with a sound engine enabling users to create soundscapes based on certain rules. Alongside this, he had begun his professional career building music generation using AI. He applied this ability at EF with co-founder Mansoor Rahimat Khan to build Beatoven, an AI powered music creator tool for content creators.
How do you show that you can apply this?
Alongside your knowledge and skill set, we want to know that you can see and articulate ways your technology could be applied outside of research and academia.
You don’t need perfectly formed ideas – we’re more interested in what factors you’re considering when thinking about how your technology could be applied more widely.
- Tell us about various use-cases for your technology, across multiple disciplines – where are there opportunities for impact?
- Show us that your technology is viable, and that there’s commercial demand for what you could create.
- Show us how your technology can solve real-world problems.