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CTOs & Founders: Scaling & Politics

20/11/2018 By Adam Kinder

We were delighted to host "CTOs & Founders: Scaling & Politics," an event held in collaboration with Octopus Labs, discussing the complex issues encountered by IT leadership when scaling at pace. This was the first event in the "CTOs and Founders" meetup series.

The event featured special guest speakers:

Sam Handfield-Jones, CPO at Octopus Labs
David Townsend, CTO at
Tony Hollyhurst, VP Engineering at American Express


18:00-18:30: Arrival and welcome drinks

18:45-18:55: Introduction by Sam Handfield-Jones, Chief Product Officer, Octopus Labs

19:00-19:20: Talk by David Townsend, CTO & Co-Founder,

How complex human interactions can be too easily dismissed as politics as a team scale. Understanding the increasing complexity of your organisation is not only essential for scaling but becomes increasingly your main role. David Townsend reflected on his time scaling the team at Funding Circle.

David is the CTO and Co-Founder of innovative FinTech company, Previously, he was VP Engineering at Funding Circle through a huge growth period for the company and has held multiple Director positions and at leading online technology businesses throughout his career.

19:20-19:40: Tony Hollyhurst, VP Engineering, American Express

Tony gave us some insight into the lessons he has learned during his career in technical leadership, as well as some of the methods he used to help scale talented engineering teams for some of the world's biggest organisations.

Tony is a highly experienced VP / Director of Engineering with a wealth of knowledge in the financial services and cloud distribution industry. He was previously Director of Engineering at Anaplan's London office, where he built the London team from scratch and is now helping AMEX innovative the way they build financial products for the UK market.

19:45 onwards: Q&A and Networking


Some information on our hosts:

Octopus Labs is the innovation and product development arm of Octopus Investments – the award-winning investment company managing over £8 billion of assets. They combine established financial services expertise with cutting-edge technology to create disruptive fintech products.


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If you are interested in future events, please get in touch with Adam Kinder.

0207 932 1640

Adam is a Senior Manager at La Fosse, working with the Digital Contracts Recruitment Team. Within the Platform Engineering space, Adam specialises in Digital Development, Platform Engineering, Senior Engineering Appointments and QA & Testing. He has 10 years’ IT recruitment experience across both the UK and European markets in scaling engineering teams

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