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E05

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Software Engineering

Sergio Pereira

Managing chaos and global teams as a Fractional CTO

Sergio Pereira has been a Software Engineer and CTO for 13 years. Sergio has built tech products for several fast growing startups, such as Bulk MRO, StudentFinance and Candidly. For the last 7 years, Sergio has managed fully remote teams, either full time or working as a Fractional CTO. He is also a public speaker on remote work and managing tech teams, having spoken at major tech conferences and being an instructor at O’Reilly, Udemy and Gumroad.

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In this episode

We talk about what it takes to be a fractional CTO, how Sergio navigates chaos while building diverse engineering teams, the benefits of being a content creator, and his view on how to get jobs as a fractional engineer.

Outline & Transcript

00:00

Starting out is very challenging

00:30

Who is Sergio?

02:40

It was never his dream to go fractional

03:45

How Sergio started out

04:40

What does it mean to be a Fractional CTO?

05:50

Why clients hire fractional over full-time

07:25

What clients ask Sergio

08:50

What kind of chaos does Sergio prefer?

11:25

It gets fun once you're over the hump

12:35

How to build a great team (fave part)

14:33

Sergio started hiring remote very early

16:20

What he learned after interviewing 1000+

19:25

How he manages diverse workforces

21:05

Why Sergio believes in written communication

22:27

Sergio's Remote Work Academy

24:41

Don't settle for the office!

26:50

How remote work will change the world

27:24

How Sergio manages Remote Work Academy

28:18

How Sergio became a content creator

31:45

Why Sergio wants to stay a content creator

32:25

Serendipity just by showing up online

33:00

How Sergio gets clients through Twitter

34:15

Sergio's advice for fractional workers