There are several reasons why an interim CTO could be the right fit for your company, let me first start by stating a common issue;
Very few companies start with a great idea and a great technical team to achieve that idea, indeed it is often the case that technology comes second to figuring out the market need, and rightly so!
As a result CTOs aren’t always the first concern, they are however a critical part of a successful business.
Of course now we have a chicken and egg problem, good CTOs aren’t cheap, and if you’ve never hired into this role before it will be incredibly hard to spot a good one. Without a good CTO how can you expect to make other good technical hires?
You can’t afford to pick a CTO that won’t work out, but you can’t afford to stall until you find that perfect person.
Enter the Interim CTO
An interim CTO is someone who doesn’t work full time for your company but when they are contracted to work will act as the CTO.
Think of it as someone with all the experience you need to make decisions when they count, but without the price tag of paying someone full time.
Interim CTOs can be involved as much as a few times per week to once a month. At different stages of your business you may need more or less technical guidance.
What I can offer as an Interim CTO
I have a passion for solving business problems, putting in place great teams and giving them the direction they need.
Specifically I can help with;
- Working out the product roadmap
- Who the first technical hires should be
- Planning how the engineering culture could look
- Helping with the hiring process (including for a full time CTO)
- Putting good development practices into the business from the get go
- Analysing the technical landscape and the current toolsets being used
- Turning tech talk into English when speaking to investors
- Using my network to help the business wherever I can
Now, there are a lot of people who can offer the same service, where I provide more value is in the trust I can build within a development team. I am a developer, I always will be, I just happen to have these other skills.
Developers work best when they can trust management, I will provide that trust and make sure we are all pushing towards the same goal.
The days I spend with your team working remotely or on site will be dense with value, I will be drawing on over a decade of experience making technical projects a success and we will achieve the meaningful goals that will move your business forward.
In the early days you may just need me once a month to help validate some ideas, as things start to solidify you may want me in twice a week - I can be as flexible as you need and when the time comes I am more than happy to fire myself from the project when I see engineering is set up for success or we’ve made the right hires to no longer need me.
I’ve worked for big companies, small companies, remote companies, tech led companies, luddite companies - you get the picture. I’m battle tested at helping make the correct calls in a given situation and helping to narrow focus down to what really matters.