I am Mitchell Hashimoto, Founder and CTO of HashiCorp. Ask me anything!

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Thanks for the AMA!

  • What does your average day at work look like?

  • Which tips woud you give to people who just became CTOs?

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What does your average day at work look like?

So as a founder, the type of work I'm doing month to month can change quite dramatically. I'd say my average at home workday is:

  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM - Wake up, shower, cook breakfast, eat with my wife.
  • 8:30 AM to 10 AM - Answer emails, catch up on Slack, review RFCs.
  • 10 AM to 12 noon - Usually I take meetings here. The type of meetings vary but can be product plannings, 1:1s, etc.
  • 12 noon to 1 PM - This is a mandatory 1 hour lunch break I impose on myself. I eat lunch and just take a break. I stay away from work, maybe I watch TV, maybe I read, maybe I hang out with my wife if she's home, etc. No work.
  • Afternoon - I try to keep this relatively meeting-free. This is when I'll get more technical -- I still write code! -- or work on the company a bit by writing google docs and so on.
  • 2 or 3 PM - I take a break and usually work out here. That might mean riding my Peloton or working out in my home gym. This is usually 45 minutes.
  • 530 to 6 PM - Done! Go eat dinner, hang out with my wife if she's home.

However, I also travel quite a bit. I live in LA and take day-trips to SF a couple times a month for various meetings that have to happen in-person. These days are really long. I take the 8 AM or 9 AM flight to SF, I work all day, then I take the 8 or 9 PM flight back. I also drive myself to the airport on these days. Overall, a very long day.

Besides SF, I take many field trips for sales or community events. Sales trips are grueling: basically meetings non-stop from 8 or 9 AM through to the evening, followed by a social dinner with customers, employees, etc. They're FULL days and usually for a week, but I do my best to make the most out of my travel.

Which tips woud you give to people who just became CTOs?

Matters what kind of CTO you are and for what sized company.

The biggest tip I'd give is that your primary job is to create the framework for a successful technical organization (along with a VP Eng if you have one). You should be enabling others in the organization. At the same time, you should be thinking strategically about the business's technical decisions and planning for that.