The Unicorn CTO 🦄 💻

Scale your engineering team and grow as a leader, from seed to unicorn

Welcome to The Unicorn CTO, a 10-week experiential course for CTOs of fast-growing startups looking to scale their engineering team, grow as leaders and join a community of ambitious CTOs.

Application deadline: January 31, 2022
Kick-off: February 2022 (limited availability)

If you've landed here, it means that you either just raised a round of funding or that your startup is going through hyper-growth 🚀

For a CTO, this can be exhilarating, but also very challenging since everything that has made you successful so far, like your coding and problem-solving skills, won't make you successful as a manager and a leader.

That's why I've tapped into my 10-year experience of helping engineering leaders scale to design The Unicorn CTO, a high impact course for CTOs like you.

In this course, you will learn tools, frameworks and best practices from the best CTOs in the world to:

  • Hire and onboard top talent
  • Monitor and increase engineering performances
  • Motivate and manage team members
  • Communicate efficiently with other C-levels, investors and customers
  • And continuously reinvent yourself as CTO while doubling headcount every 18 months

What you'll learn

Systems thinking and modelling Hiring top talents People Management Decision Making
Performance monitoring Executive communication Budgeting and planning Technology vision and strategies

Check out the full curriculum.


Arthur Patora - Co-founder & CTO at Yubo (raised 55M€)
Daniel’s help has been very valuable in structuring our management at Yubo. He nailed down some key issues with our organisation, motivated us to change and challenged our decisions. Thanks to him we have managed to grow our team multi-fold.
Leo Unbekandt - Co-founder & CTO at Scalingo (bootstrapped)
Daniel was a key person in my ability to step back, refine and realise my vision as CTO and co-founder. The structure of our organisation would not be the same without his help and effective coaching
Ismaël Hery - Co-founder & CTO at AmazingContent
We have clearly achieved structuring milestones in our entrepreneurial venture thanks to Daniel’s support. He constantly pushes us to go faster and stronger through his questions and his hyper-effective maieutics
Thomas Cottin - Co-founder & CTO at Kactus (raised 6.5M€)
Daniel’s method and support has been invaluable to grow as a CTO. His methodology helped me reframe and better understand problems until the solution became clear

Application deadline: January 31, 2022
Kick-off: February 2022 (limited availability)

A unique course experience

This course has been designed to be as experiential and pragmatic as possible. Every week we will meet online with a limited group of ambitious CTOs to discuss one curriculum topic. We will work on real-life use cases during these sessions and find collaborative solutions you can apply right away.

Between each session, you will also:

📚 Access a library of online content to go deeper on each topic

📝 Work on an assignment related to next week's topic

🤝 Give and take peer coaching with another CTO from your group

💻 Get answers to all your questions on the online forum

👋 And many more, including surprise guests and offline events


Module 1: Program onboarding
The 4 dimensions of a CTO: technology, business, people, systems
How a CTO evolves, from seed to unicorn: the maker, the team leader, the organisational leader, the industry leader
Module 2: Systems thinking and modelling
Introduction to systems thinking
Designing your system
Setting, measuring and achieving performance goals
Time to Positive User Feedback
Module 3: Hiring and growing your team
Module 4: People Management
One-on-one(s), feedback and tough conversations
Coaching, teaching, mentoring
How to manage more experienced team members
Module 5: Decision Making
Cognitive biases
Mental models
Decision making frameworks for CTOs
Module 6: Performance Management
Monitoring engineering performance
Accelerate metrics
Continuous improvement
Week 7: Executive communication
Managing relationships with other executives and the Board
Drafting the technology part of a pitch deck
Speaking at industry events
Week 8: Budgeting and planning
Planning headcount for the organisation
Finance for venture-back startups
Week 9: Technology vision
Vision, strategies, tactics
Crafting and communicating your 18-month technological vision
Week 10: Program off-boarding

About your instructor

Daniel Jarjoura
Hi 👋 My name is Daniel Jarjoura​ and I’m a software engineer. Over the past fifteen years, I’ve managed technology and product teams, sold software solutions, started companies, helped founders raise venture capital, consulted to hundreds of organisations and trained over 2000 technology professio…

Apply for The Unicorn CTO

The next session starts on November 2nd, 2021. Participation in the course is 2 400€ excluding VAT (special pricing applies for CTOs referred by partner VCs).

Application deadline: January 31, 2022
Kick-off: February 2022 (limited availability)

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?

To be a good fit for The Unicorn CTO, you are probably:

  • The CTO of a venture-backed startup who is ready to transform themselves into the leader their company needs to scale
  • Open to seeking the support, coaching, and mentorship required to scale yourself and your company
  • Willing to share your experiences, challenge assumptions, expand your perspectives, and raise the bar for yourself and others
  • Committed to lifelong learning and a spirit of service to others

What is the time commitment? Will this be a distraction?

You should plan to invest 2-3 hours per week on The Unicorn CTO, including the weekly live session with your group (90 minutes) and time spent going through the course material and your weekly assignment.

Are there minimum capital or revenue requirements to apply?

We’re only accepting applications from CTOs of venture-backed startups who have raised at least €1M in the last six months or achieved €100k MRR run rate.

Can non-founding CTOs apply?

Yes, The Unicorn CTO is also open to non-founding CTOs, as well as Heads of Engineering.

Is this a fully remote program?

Yes, The Unicorn CTO will be run entirely remotely. This enables participation from various locations with minimal impact on your already busy schedule. If multiple participants are located in the same city, we will probably organise offline programmings like dinners and small gatherings.

How long will I have access to the content and community?

You will have access to all online content, the forum and your community of peers for one year after the end of the course.