How many ex-CTOs do you know that keep coding like that? I find this inspiring.
It’s even better: he quit his CTO job to go back to being an individual contributor.
He talks about it on the Stack Overflow podcast. The important part was that he helped create a culture that would let that happen.
Yeah, imagine giving up all that power because you like hacking better. I don’t know anybody else who is ready to let go once they had a taste.
A job at its best should be an arrangement where both parties get something they want out of it. For some people (like myself), that may not be status, but some other attribute.
I know several people who made similar moves (from VP or C-level to IC or line management), but at smaller companies.