Introducing Polaris: Engineering Leadership Short Course

The introductory short course for software engineers that want to level up.
Team Galileo
Jan 2024
We’re excited to announce our first 4-week course for talented software engineers that want to level up their leadership skills and career.

Polaris bridges the gap from code to C-Suite, equipping small groups of engineers with essential skills for hiring, managing, and leading teams in the fast-paced world of early-stage startups and high-growth companies.

This introductory course is led by CTOs and designed for engineers. 

Our first cohort will be held in-person in Sydney starting 2nd April, register to hear about future dates and locations.

Register your interest today to learn the skills that matter for the world’s next great lead engineers and CTOs.

🧠 Ideally you have;
  • 1-5+ years working software engineering experience
  • Already work for, or aspire to work for, a startup or high-growth company 
  • Interested in the learning the skills behind hiring, leading and managing high-performing engineering teams and what that entails
  • Interest in meeting other like-minded engineers with passion for innovation, new technology and shipping cutting edge products 
What we’ll cover includes:
  • Engineering Leadership 101: What does it mean to be a lead engineer or CTO? 
  • Culture & Talent: How do you hire and attract exceptional engineers, help them grow in their career, create a world-class engineer culture and structure engineering organisations? 
  • Prioritisation & Decision Making: How do you make the right technology decisions? What and how should you prioritise tech development?
  • Communication for Engineers: How do you pitch and communicate strategy to non-technical (or formerly technical) founders and operators?
  • Product Management 101: What are best practices? How do you structure Engineer and Product teams?
  • Plus, career coaching and technical briefings including the latest AI model developments

👉🏽 Register your interest today.

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📅 Key Info

Program Start: 2nd April, 2024.

Application Deadline: End of March

Format: 4 x Tuesday weeknight, in-person sessions in Sydney CBD + weekly guest speaker. These will be dynamic, instructor facilitated discussions with industry leader guests.

Price: Introductory offer: $3,500 +GST per person.
Limited to 10 engineers. We welcome companies to sponsor positions

About your Coach – Sam Thorogood: 

Sam is an experienced engineer having led diverse teams and built products that have scaled to over 1 billion users. 

Previously he was a venture-backed CTO at Gridcog, a Climate tech SaaS startup. Before the startup world, he spent over 10 formative years as a Software Engineer at Google.

While at Google, Sam created and worked on products such as Google Keep and Google Chrome, led diverse teams building across a wide range of technologies, and designed/implemented communication strategies for Google's developer platform.

Sam is excited to take on Galileo's first Polaris cohort as he's passionate about seeing engineers grow not just by doing "more", but by reimagining their skills for the next level.

Check out Sam's blog for more info.

Why the Polaris program?

Polaris will combine the operator know-how with the latest theory for a practical learning experience all through the lens of an early-stage VC.

Utilising experienced CTOs and world-class engineers, and drawing on their knowledge, Polaris aims to provide the latest best practices that work for technology companies in the early-stages.

Polaris is a unique short course that is context specific to higher-risk careers within an Australian technology landscape.

About Galileo Ventures

Galileo Ventures is an up-and-coming Aussie VC firm that backs exceptional emerging founders changing the world with totally new technology. We specialise in investing and supporting first-time founders, in their first round, building their first high-growth technology company from all walks of life.

We like to say ‘first-time, first-round is our investment rule, not exception’.

Part of Galileo’s mission is to increase inclusion and participation within the technology sector.

Galileo has made 20 investments to date with 40% of our investments backing women founders and tech CEOs.

About the Author
Galileo Ventures is a seed VC firm supporting the world's most ambitious emerging founders.

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