Moving to a Startup: The Changing Role of Dev Manager

Moving from the corporate world to a startup can be an extremely exciting and rewarding experience. As a technical leader, there is a lot to adjust to in terms of what the new environment demands from the role. That said, there are a number of valuable lessons that can be applied from the corporate world. Having made the move recently myself, I was invited to discuss this on the latest episode of the Venturi’s Voice podcast. Recorded in mid-November 2017. Thanks to Andy Davis for having me on the show.

In this episode, we are joined by Richard Ashworth, Head of Engineering at Goodlord. On the show they discuss the differences between working as a technical leader in a startup and corporate environment. They go on to chat about the role culture plays in a business and how to effectively communicate between teams.

Show Notes

1.06 The necessity to be good at a broad range of technologies and skills in tech now.

1.56 How did your career progress in technology?

3.25 Picking up softer skills throughout your career.

5.23 Creating options for your staff to keep them engaged at work.

6.30 Why are people moving from finance to startups.

8.55 Having more autonomy in the startup market.

10.22 Culture shock when moving company.

11.54 How did you adapt to a new working environment?

12.51 Does the way you interact with team change when going from a big company to a startup.

14.37 Do you think there’s things a corporate organisation can learn from a startup.

16.13 How do you manage scale when you’re working in a startup?

18.29 Where do you acquire your business knowledge?

20.01 How do you approach on-boarding new staff?

22.41 The time constraints on management.


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Richard Ashworth
Head of Engineering at Goodlord
Experienced software engineer and technical leader. Passionate about functional programming, agile methods and domain-driven design. Check out my blog at


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