Spotify CTO Tunes Out, Leaves the Company

8 thoughts on “Spotify CTO Tunes Out, Leaves the Company”

  1. Daniel is brilliant. He is succeeding in a crowded field where all others fail. He probably had to ask the CTO to leave because he could not handle the growth.As an entrepreneur I know that is always best to let employees say that they resigned.

    1. Spotify doesn’t currently have technical scalability issues. Naturally, when the service grows another two orders of magnitude, the architecture will have to be redone, but that goes for any system, unless it was irresponsibly over-engineered from the start (and probably then too).

      I leave the dev team and the platform in the hands of a very competent VP Engineering and a new CTO will start in a while. I’m not worried about the company.

      As for my departure, it’s entirely amicable. It’s been three amazing years at Spotify, but I’m increasingly unable to do the things I’m passionate about within the company, and want to try something else. No hard feelings.

  2. ditto to daniel – looks like andreas is sharp but has clearly never handled a project or system of this scale and they likely have gone out to search for a very experience cto – too bad andreas couldn’t find an alternate role there, but they have some serious infrastructure and growth goals ahead and a former project manager with 2 years leading developing may not be the absolute best pick for the future…but andreas, if you’re reading this and poking your head around, drop me a note!

    1. Dave

      Agreed on their major infrastructure needs and how much work is needed to be done. I don’t know Andreas, so I can’t speak for his technical capabilities. He has gotten them this far, so that makes him very competent.

      Anyway, the other explanation is that the had to absolutely go out and do his own thing.

  3. Om, you are a nice guy and certainly well intentioned but this mystery is easily solved. This guy was pushed because he cannot handle the job. I have done this before — that is, I’ve had to fire a founding CTO because he couldn’t handle the job. We came up with some nonsensical spin but we all knew the truth. No one leaves a good company before a liquidation event unless they are pushed. That is a fact.

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