How many years of overall experience in technology should someone have to become a CTO in SMEs and Startups? 

2 - 3 Years14%

4 - 5 Years40%

5+ Years24%

10+ Years19%

Other (please specify)0%


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Director, Information Security in Education, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
4-5 as a general rule. But 2-3 is acceptable for technologies or solutions that are either new or rapidly changing at a pace that anything longer doesn't really indicate relevant expertise. 
CTO in Services (non-Government), 51 - 200 employees
I was surprised that the highest percentage is at 4-5 years. To gain enough relevant experience in that amount of time to manage software engineering teams, DevOps, R&D, etc along with the appropriate people management skills, maturity, and communications skills to work effectively with other company departments seems unlikely.
CTO in Education, 51 - 200 employees
I selected 5+ years, but it is far more complicated than that. I have known people with a couple of years of experience who made great CTOs. I have known people with 20+ years of (often very senior) experience who could never be a CTO (especially in a startup).

The most important thing to me is someone who has learned to seek out and accept help and guidance is those areas where they are not strong. No one can be an expert in everything.

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