Product Management

From product to tech leadership: Becoming a CTO

In this #mtpcon Digital APAC session, Silvia Thom, CTO at Zalora, reveals her journey from product manager to CTO. She describes challenges she faced, the opportunities she uncovered and offers advice for product managers hoping to undergo a similar move.

In brief

  • Leading engineers without a technical background is doable — be prepared to ask lots of questions, and ask for help when you need it
  • Creating a technical vision for a business is hard — understanding the needs of the business is key here
  • To prioritize technical debt, lean on product managers and technical leads for guidance
  • Product managers can already talk about business and how it relates to technology, this will…

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