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Why HashiCorp founder Mitchell Hashimoto left the CTO role at his startup to just be a programmer again

Posted On: 26 Sep 2021   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Why HashiCorp founder Mitchell Hashimoto left the CTO role at his startup to just be a programmer again

Summary List Placement Mitchell Hashimoto founded the $5.27 billion startup HashiCorp that is named after him about eight years ago based on tech he wrote in college at age 23. Earlier this week, in a now viral tweet, he announced he was leaving leadership to become an individual contributor after serving as co-CTO and before that, CEO for years.
When he and current CTO Armon Dadgar started HashiCorp in 2012, Hashimoto served as CEO.
However, he told Insider that being CEO was "something that I wasn't passionate about," so in 2016, the company hired CEO David McJannet who had more experience in growing a company.
Hashimoto then became a co-CTO with Dadgar. But two years ago, he started dreaming of going back to programming again.
"As time went on, it became clear to me that my passions continue to lie in being hands-on in engineering instead of being an executive technical leader," Hashimoto said.
They came up with a plan to formally drop his CTO title and let him do what he loves. Dadgar is now sole CTO and...

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