When you are building a tech-driven business or tech startup, you need to hire a capable and trusted technical lead as your CTO (Chief Technical Officer). Thereafter, you need to grow and scale your engineering team as your business grows. Sometimes, you end up having your tech team in another city or even country. In the past 5 years or more, Vietnam has become the preferred choice among many regional companies in ASEAN as a place to build an offshore tech team.
In the 3rd episode of Hustler Talk, we welcome a guest who had experience in working with a remote tech team in Saigon while he was still working for a startup in Singapore. After that, he moved back to Hanoi, Vietnam, and worked for Caro JSC the CTO. He has experience working with both developers from Saigon and Hanoi. He will share some distinct cultural differences between these two cities. Let's welcome Thinh Nguyen Viet to the show.
00:06 - 02:41 - Thinh's self-introduction
02:43 - 05:24 - Working culture between Hanoi and Saigon
05:26 - 08:18 - How to build trust in working with remote developers
08:20 - 12:51 - How to hire and groom the first technical leader
12:53 - 13:53 - What other important quality that technical lead candidate must have?
13:56 - 16:25 - Hanoi or Saigon, where should you build your tech team?
16:29 - 20:15 - Tips to maintain togetherness across remote teams
20:19 - 25:09 - Career advice for junior software developers
Thinh's recent list of must-read books
Thinh's favorite podcast and blogs
1) The Modern CTO Host: Joel Beasley
2) Hackernews letter
3) Grokking engineer newsletters
You can connect to Thinh via LinkedIn