Last Updated: 21 Nov 2020


Author: dordal

About StartupCTO

Welcome! StartupCTO is dedicated to helping technology startups and other small development teams create better software, faster. Building good software quickly is hard, and even companies as large and experienced as Google have trouble with it.

In my work as a software engineer at various startups here in the Bay Area, many people I’ve talked to say that it’s a bit of a ‘black art’… there is a lot of theoretical knowledge out there, but not that much practical guidance. And much of what is out there is hidden away in books and distributed via seminars, neither of which are easily Googleable (Google Book Search notwithstanding). With the articles, how-to guides, and templates on this site, I hope to give everyone insight into this mysterious art and a leg up on their own projects.

I do know that I don’t have all the answers, and I’d like to encourage you to post comments on the content. I also occasionally accept guest posts on topics of interest; email me if you have something you'd like to share and we can discuss it.

If you’d like more background on me, visit my personal website, or my LinkedIn Profile. The company I run is ExaVault, a business file transfer platform.

If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch!

Happy Coding,

David Ordal
david -at- ordal dt com


Ian Shay, Sep 4, 2010 07:48 PM

Hi David, I just wanted to say thank you for providing a truly useful resource.

Steve Cottam, Oct 9, 2012 10:20 AM

Great resource - Would be good to register to get alerts for new articles.

test176.147.225.155, Aug 14, 2017 09:51 AM


Is StartupCTO still running? I'm asking because the RSS feed seems to be down and all articles here seem to be a bit old…

Thanks for your response,


PS: even the captcha doesn't know that Trump is the US President ! :-D

dordal, Aug 14, 2017 04:34 PM

Still here! Where do you see a link to the RSS feed? I don't think I've ever had one (unless it came automatically with the old version of this software), so trying to figure out where you may have found it.

What does seem to be broken is Recent Changes; I'll have to look into that. Most recent article update was 18 May 2017:

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