Let's face it. At most startups, the first employee that can write code becomes the CTO. Unfortunately, engineers aren't always prepared to handle the responsibilities that come with being part of the executive team.
My specialty lies in helping startups define and refine their technology strategies, set up their technology team for success, and either install a long-term CTO or coach the current CTO/CIO in building a successful future for the company.
Okay, so why do I need a CTO?
Not all CTOs carry the same responsibilities, but the role is absolutely essential at any tech-based startup. Without an effective CTO, the chances of creating a successful company are slim-to-none. Technologies are constantly changing and shifting, and keeping up with the landscape is not what the CEO should be focused on. Having a CTO allows the CEO to focus on creating a successful business strategy while the CTO addresses the challenge of staying current with emerging tech while investing wisely and with confidence in the strategic options that create most value.
Whilst the CTO is a key part of any business, not every organization warrants having it one full time:
- The business may not be able to afford the overhead of a CTO's salary;
- There isn’t a requirement or challenge that can keep the CTO engaged long enough to be a full-time position.
As a CTO consultant, I can add to your permanent activities or augment existing staff to optimize your strategy, complete and fulfill your vision, and ensure you have the ability to execute your project right on the first try.
I bridge the gap between the business vision and the technical (design & investment) decisions that need to be made to support it.
In most cases, consulting services are 100% tax deductible.