Confessions of a tech CEO who still loves to code

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Published on March 11, 2014

Author: newrelic



At a well-attended SXSW presentation — The Case for the Coding CEO — New Relic’s very own Lew Cirne offered some hard-earned tips to developer/CEOs looking for the creative freedom to build the next wave of innovation while still leading the business.

New Relic, Inc. | Confidential1 Confessionsof a tech CEO who still loves to code

New Relic, Inc. | Confidential2 Hello, my name is Lew Cirne

New Relic, Inc. | Confidential3 I’m the CEO & founder of New Relic

New Relic, Inc. | Confidential4 350+ employees $115M in financing 4 offices worldwide

New Relic, Inc. | Confidential5 I didn’t do traditional “CEO” things last year. No suit. No tie. No presentations.

New Relic, Inc. | Confidential6

New Relic, Inc. | Confidential7 Instead I hacked a new batch of code for our next generation set of products.

New Relic, Inc. | Confidential8 Then I spent the year with my team, making “pure coding joy” = a great product

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New Relic, Inc. | Confidential10 The results? The team is happy (and I’m doing what I love). Innovation is front & center for us

New Relic, Inc. | Confidential11 The results? after 15 months of work by me & team Preview in October Now in private beta Public beta & GA this year

New Relic, Inc. | Confidential12 Surround yourself with exceptional people

New Relic, Inc. | Confidential13 When do you innovate / disrupt yourself?

New Relic, Inc. | Confidential14 We are here RevenueGrowth Time Disrupt yourself! Too late! Disrupt yourself again!

New Relic, Inc. | Confidential15 Why this is good for our company (andyours)

New Relic, Inc. | Confidential16 Culture of innovation and product first Keeps me connected to technology trends and helps with strategic decision making Innovate/disrupt yourself before the world does

New Relic, Inc. | Confidential17 You can make a difference doing the thing you love

New Relic, Inc. | Confidential18 Thank you

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