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Person Shot at Glendale Laser Tag Arena

A person was shot at a Glendale laser tag facility on Saturday night, police said. The shooting took place at the Zone Lasertag Fun Center, 826 N. Glendale Ave., Glendale Police Department Sgt. Aaron Zeigler said. A single victim was taken to a trauma center, he said. The wounded victim’s condition was unclear, nor was the persons age or gender. No further details were available as the investigation remained in its early stages, police said. Anyone with information can reach […]

Fatal Shooting Reported in Pomona

Police are investigating a deadly shooting that took place following a party in Pomona on Saturday night. The shooting took place just after 10:15 p.m. in the 1800 block of Gillette Road, the Pomona Police Department said in a written statement. A party had just come to an end nearby when the shots rang out, officials said. “Numerous people were leaving a party in the area and returning to their parked vehicles in the Park and Ride lot,” according to […]

7 Men Sought in Azusa Marijuana Shop Robbery

Investigators are looking for seven men who carried out an armed robbery at a marijuana dispensary near Azusa earlier this week, officials said. The crime took place about 5 p.m. at a marijuana shop called B.B.S., 16725 E. Arrow Highway in an unincorporated county area near Azusa, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Elisabeth Sachs said. A security guard was standing outside when seven men arrived in a silver Hyundai Elantra and confronted him, the lieutenant said. One of the […]

Vast Majority of Bulgarians’ Records Stolen in Massive Tax Office Hack

Asen Genov is pretty furious. His personal data was made public this week after records of more than 5 million Bulgarians got stolen by hackers from the country’s tax revenue office. In a country of just 7 million people, the scale of the hack means that just about every working adult has been affected. “We should all be angry. … The information is now freely available to anyone. Many, many people in Bulgaria already have this file, and I believe […]

Suspect Detained After Brush Fire Scorches 3 Acres, Threatens Homes in San Pedro

Firefighters made quick work of a 3-are brush fire that broke out near homes in San Pedro on Saturday as police detained a suspect in connection with it, authorities said. The fire was first reported about 5:45 p.m. along the 900 block of Gaffey Place, next to Leland Park, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. Grass, brush and palm trees went up in flames as the wildfire moved dangerously close to houses, officials said. Firefighters set up […]

Auto Repair Shop Worker Killed by SUV Speeding Through Parking Lot Identified

Coroner’s officials on Saturday released the identity of a 50-year-old Beamont man who was struck and killed by an SUV that sped through the parking lot of the auto repair shop where he worked on Friday morning, authorities said. Darren Kritzberger, 50, of Beaumont died in the collision, which took place about 10:20 a..m. at an auto repair shop in the 200 block of East 5th Avenue, according to Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner Office records. A silver Subaru SUV exited the […]

Group Raises Money to Help Families Affected by Cancer in El Segundo

An organization dedicated to helping families struggling with cancer hosted its 13th “White Light White Night” fundraising event Saturday in El Segundo. Walk with Sally matches mentors with children who are seeing their parents, guardians or siblings battle cancer. More information is available online. Mary Beth McDade reports for the KTLA 5 News on July 20, 2019.

Man in Clown Attire Arrested After Leading CHP on Chase from Orange County to Venice Beach While Hanging Out Sunroof

A man wearing a clown costume and hanging out the sunroof of a car led authorities on a pursuit from Orange County to Venice Beach before being taken into custody, officials said. The bizarre chase began shortly before 3 p.m. in Westminster, California Highway Patrol officials said. A caller reported seeing the clown hanging out of the sunroof of a car while driving, CHP Officer Stephan Brandt said. The driver refused to stop when officers tried to pull him over, […]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says Trump’s Immigration Policies Based on ‘Ethnicity and Racism’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday slammed President Donald Trump’s policies on immigration in her latest argument against the President’s handling of the situation at the southern border, saying that his signature agenda is really about “ethnicity and racism.” “All you need to do is hear what the President did this week to know this is not about immigration at all. Because once you start telling American citizens to quote ‘go back to your own countries,’ this tells you that this […]

Demonstrators Take to the Streets in Hollywood, Joining Mass Protests Demanding Resignation of Puerto Rico’s Governor

Roughly 200 demonstrators took to the streets in Hollywood Saturday to join ongoing massive protests calling for the resignation of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. The protest at the iconic intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue started at 3 p.m. and went on for hours as some people clad in red, white and blue held up flags, signs and banners, chanted and played instruments. “We are here to demand that the governor of Puerto Rico steps down following years […]

Police Investigating Claims of Illegal Secret Recordings Made at Councilman Jose Huizar’s Office

An aide to Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar has been placed on leave amid a police investigation into possible illegal recordings made inside one of Huizar’s offices, authorities said Saturday. LAPD Capt. Gisselle Espinoza said her department launched an investigation this month into reports that a city employee illegally videotaped activities inside the councilman’s El Sereno field office. Espinoza would not say what was recorded or name the staffer, saying no arrests have been made. Huizar spokeswoman Joella Hopkins […]

Son Shoots, Kills Intruder Who Broke Into San Diego Home and Stabbed His Dad: Police

San Diego police say a fatal shooting at a home this week involved a violent confrontation with an intruder. Officers responding to a 911 call early Tuesday found a 54-year-old homeowner on the floor with stab wounds and the intruder with a gunshot wound in a backyard pool. Paramedics took the homeowner to a hospital where he was in stable condition. The intruder, 38-year-old Hollis Forman, was removed from the pool at the 6300 block of Lakeshore Drive and pronounced dead […]

Rape, Kidnapping Suspect Arrested Following San Gabriel Valley Standoff

A man is accused of kidnapping and raping a woman before he was arrested early Saturday following a seven-hour standoff at his San Gabriel Valley home. Aaron David Martin, 32, was ultimately booked on suspicion of rape, kidnapping and false imprisonment, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials and booking records. The incident began just before 7 p.m. Friday when officials received a report of a kidnapping at a home in the 200 block of Covina Boulevard, in the […]

Business Dispute Pulls CBS Off the Air for Millions of DirecTV, AT&T U-Verse Customers

A business dispute has taken CBS off the air for millions of satellite television customers of DirecTV and AT&T U-verse. CBS was black on satellite systems owned by AT&T in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and across the United States on Saturday. Both the television network and AT&T hurled accusations at each other for failure to agree on what CBS is paid for programming. CBS said that while it didn’t want its customers caught in the middle, it is determined […]

Elderly Man Believed to Have Fatally Stabbed Wife, Wounded Self in South Whittier: Officials

A woman told authorities she came home to find her mother dead and her father suffering from stab wounds in South Whittier Saturday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. Deputies were called to the home in the14500 block of Allegan Street near Colima Road at about 11:22 a.m. in the unincorporated area of L.A. County., authorities said. An 83-year-old woman found with at least two stab wounds to the upper torso was pronounced dead at the scene and an […]

LAX’s Global Entry Enrollment Center Closed Indefinitely Because Staff Is at U.S.-Mexico Border

The Global Entry enrollment center at LAX, designed to ease passage for travelers after an international flight, has closed its offices indefinitely to free Customs and Border Protection workers to work on “the humanitarian and security crisis on our southwest border,” an agency representative said. Customs and Border Protection officials said they closed the LAX operation on June 23, but the closure apparently has surprised many travelers since then. Stephanie Smith of West Hollywood said she received an emailed appointment […]

American Crocodiles Thriving Outside Nuclear Plant in Florida

American crocodiles, once headed toward extinction, are thriving at an unusual spot – the canals surrounding a South Florida nuclear plant. Last week, 73 crocodile hatchlings were rescued by a team of specialists at Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point nuclear plant and dozens more are expected to emerge soon. Turkey Point’s 168-mile (270 kilometers) of man-made canals serve as the home to several hundred crocodiles, where a team of specialists working for FPL monitors and protects them from hunting […]

Famed Architect Cesar Pelli Who Created L.A.’s Pacific Design Center, Dies at 92

Architect César Pelli, renowned for designing some of the world’s tallest buildings, has died, his firm said. He was 92. Pelli, an Argentine-American whose work ranged from skyscrapers in Malaysia and New York to an arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma, died Friday at his home in New Haven, Connecticut, said Anibal Bellomio, a senior associate architect at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. Pelli’s cause of death wasn’t specified. After growing up in Depression-era Argentina, Pelli rose to the literal heights of the […]

Saturday “Gayle on the Go!”, Saturday, July 20th, 2019

There’s a lot to learn and a lot to experience on the Saturday “Gayle on the Go!” list. Take a look at the video and scroll down this page because the list is LOOOOOOOOON! Enjoy! 😊 -0- Are You Ready for the NEXT Emergency?: First Aid Using Common Household Items Saturday, July 20th 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Instructor: Erin Huey Cost: $50.00 SOS Survival Products 15705 Strathern Street, #11 Van Nuys 1 800 479 7998 http://www.sosproducts.com In addition to […]

Bernie Sanders Campaign Workers Demand $15 Minimum Wage the Candidate Has Been Pushing for Nationwide

Sen. Bernie Sanders is a staple on the front lines of the labor fight, leading the charge in Washington and around the country to raise the minimum wage for workers to $15 an hour. But within his own campaign, which unionized earlier this year, tense discussions over pay have spilled out into public view. The dispute threatens to undermine Sanders’ political message and, if it were to escalate, his ability to credibly advocate for workers around the country currently engaged in their own struggles […]

CTO and Co-Founder Mobile App Start Up (stock in lieu of salary at first)

TFC Games Corporation - Los Angeles, CA

Posted 10 days ago

We are ONLY looking for qualified people who meet the following requirements:

Willing to invest your time without pay for stock until such time the corporation can afford to pay a salary. You will be one (1) of the three (3) Founding Partners of a newly formed California C Corporation; This is a remote position. You can work from your home. We understand if your involvement will be around you working a part of full time schedule given that there is no paycheck or salary initially for this position for this innovative and ultra creative start up game and mobile app company.

We are looking for a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to provide sound technical leadership in all aspects of our start-up business. You will communicate with employees, stakeholders, and customers to ensure our company’s technologies are used appropriately.

The CTO will be the main architect of the software. This includes:

  • Choosing the technologies, language and infrastructure to build the product with.
  • Choosing the development tools, like IDE, source control, logging, tests, etc.
  • Designing the software architecture, modules, and components.
  • Building the dev roadmap, with coordination with the other founders regarding priority of features.
  • Deciding on coding standards and development protocols.
  • Writing and managing any software related documentation (for example company internal wiki page etc.).
  • Designing the Database. This includes choosing DB solution, designing its tables and data relations, design it to scale, etc.
  • Constantly exploring new tools and technologies to improve development efficiency and product quality.
  • When someone introduce a new tool or technology that integrates with the software or affect the dev cycle, the CTO must examine and approve or reject it.
  • When another founder or employee design a software component or a module, the CTO must review it and suggest changes if needed.
  • The CTO should have the final word on all design decisions, as he is the founder with the deepest understanding of the general architecture.

Since it takes some time for a startup to start hiring devs, the CTO must also act as the main developer on the team. Hires will be made immediately. You will have a team of 4-6 people working for you.

This includes:

  • Developing the product itself, the MVP and other side experiments that the founders decide to test.
  • Testing the product and writing automatic tests when possible.
  • Overseeing any external development force (outsourcing, other founder temporarily coding, etc.).
  • If the startup provides a service or an API, the CTO should constantly monitor and assure its health and quality.
  • Breaking down development tasks and evaluating dev times and release dates. The CTO should also be responsible to learn and improve from scheduling mistakes.
  • Managing releases, tags, and versions history.
  • Developing or providing scripts and tools for the other founders.

As the startup grows bigger and the dev teams expand, the CTO work less as a developer and sometimes stop coding altogether.
The involvement of the CTO in directly writing code should be up to him, provided he has enough time and resources to be coding (or there's a special justification for it).

It will be the CTO's job to manage the dev team and act as the team leader as well as the VP engineering (until those roles are fulfilled). This includes:

  • Breaking down tasks for the dev team.
  • Training new employees and designing training program if possible.
  • Doing code & design reviews.
  • Making sure the dev team produce quality and tested code.
  • Making sure the dev team comply with the coding standards and protocols defined by the CTO.
  • Monitoring the devs progress and making sure they keep up with the roadmap.
  • Doing occasional talks with the team to make sure they are happy and in-sync with the company direction.
  • Building the culture of the dev teams.
  • Overseeing the entire dev cycle, from initial designs to delivery.
  • Helping devs with coding problems and challenges they can't handle. The CTO must be an exceptional developer and a problem solver that the team can relay on.
  • Recruiting and evaluating new hires. New programmers should not be hired without the CTO approval.
  • Being the direct supervisor of the technical staff.

When the dev team grows big enough, usually the role of the team leader is passed down to one of the senior engineers of the team (and sometimes someone from outside is hired for the job).
On the event of hiring / promoting a Team Manager:

  • The team manager would report directly to the CTO.
  • On technical disagreements, the CTO will always have the final word.
  • The level of direct involvement of the CTO in the dev team would be subjected to the CTO choice.
  • The distribution of responsibilities and authority between the CTO and the team manager would be decided by the CTO.
  • The choice of the team manager must be approved and accepted by the CTO.

Passing the VP Engineering Role

When the company grows even bigger its common to hire a VP Engineering to supervise the dev teams (however, its also common for the CTO to remain a part-time VP engineering).
On the event of hiring / promoting a VP Engineering:

  • The VP Engineering would report directly to the CTO.
  • On technical disagreements, the CTO will always have the final word.
  • The level of direct involvement of the CTO in the dev team would be subjected to the CTO choice.
  • The distribution of responsibilities and authority between the CTO and the VP Engineering would be decided by the CTO.
  • The choice of the VP Engineering must be approved and accepted by the CTO.

Just like with devs, most startups start without a proper IT team. Its up for the CTO to take up that role until IT is hired. This includes:

  • Setting up and maintaining the company servers, databases, and all external services and tools.
  • Making sure the servers and data are secured and protected against common attacks.
  • Managing things like domains, SSL certificates, CDN, and other server-related and web components.
  • Managing the company's site, landing pages, and other misc services.
  • Helping the non techy founders with their general IT problems.

When the startup grows bigger usually some IT personnel is hired, and report to the CTO.

With all the roles and responsibilities above its important to remember that the CTO is also a founder and an executive-level personnel, and as such he is entitled to be involved in the strategy planning and big decisions of the company.

Its easy for a CTO to gradually "sink down" into just the architect & dev roles, especially since there's so much work there, but its important that the CTO remains an integral force in the company's direction and be in complete sync with the other founders, aware and part of all major decisions.

Job Type: Contract

Experience:

  • Relevant: 2 years (Required)
  • created a IOS or Android App: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Software Development: 2 years (Required)
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