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Tech Leaders helps software developers step into leadership roles by building their non-technical skills and business sense to make an even bigger impact with their technical expertise, without burning out or losing touch with the tech.

Todd Larsen

As a startup advisor, former Global Platform Engineer at and Founding Engineer at, Todd has 13 years of experience building and scaling consumer products in startup mode and at-scale.

From building high performance engineering teams to shipping scalable products that customers love, Todd focuses on moving fast and leading teams to create a positive impact on the world with technology.

Stephen Bates

Stephen has brought a practical and pragmatic approach to behavior change and leadership mentoring for over 30 years. He has extensive experience working with individuals and teams across the globe with his first company, Certain Change and now with Tech Leaders.

Stephen focuses on providing practical mentoring and training that is instantly applicable to real world situations. The phrase he likes to hear most is "that makes sense".

Why did we start Tech Leaders?

Todd and Stephen founded Tech Leaders after realizing they were solving the same problem from two different perspectives.

Todd was a senior software engineer who had to teach himself the leadership and business skills he needed to become an effective leader as his previous startup grew quickly.

He was frustrated that he had to learn things the hard way through trial and error by piecing together the information he needed from books, blogs and mentors.

Years later, after consulting as a Fractional CTO and working with talented engineers who built their careers with their strong technical skills, Todd realized the vast majority of developers lacked these non-technical skills required to make the leap into leadership.

When Stephen met Todd, Stephen had taught and mentored thought workers from many different industries on leadership, people and business skills for over twenty years.

Now more than ever, the world needs technical experts with strong leadership skills, and Tech Leaders was created to fill this need.

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Here's what a few of our members have to say about our program.


Stephen and Todd are passionate about solving a variety problems in the tech space and are invested in their members growth.

As a manager, I can now lead my team much more efficiently and have used the valuable resources taught to me to not only get the best out of my team but help them grow too.

S.K. (UK)


I appreciated the clarification between the two concepts/definitions of leadership and managing.

Using real world examples and identifying which part of the situation was leadership vs management was very helpful in the distinction between the two.

D.B. (US)


I was ready to take my career to the next level. Having a weekly mastermind mentoring calls combined with watching the training videos, I’ve really noticed a change in my behavior and thinking.

I’ve been more strategic with my thinking.

J.L. (US)


I had a beautiful moment yesterday arriving at a far better technical solution after stepping back and starting with the “why” followed by the “what” to reveal a much better “how”.  

This solved a long-running sticking point with a key partner integration that was  stuck in limbo for weeks at the hands of this implementation detail.

Less than a week in and already reaping tangible rewards.

R.S. (US)

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