I’m not saying that all CTO roles wouldn’t have played to my strengths and passions, just that this one didn’t.
I’m something of a hybrid between a chief scientist, engineering leader, and product leader. But I’m not particularly an IT and operations leader. Beyond that, I know a thing or two about search, discovery, and machine learning and data science generally.
If you want a sense of my strengths and passions, check out my recent Quora as session:
Daniel Tunkelang on Quora Sessions
Search and discovery. I've worked on it since 1999, so I've learned a few things, especially about query understanding…
Not sure how my experience informs your soul-searching. Regardless, good luck figuring it out!