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Freelance CTOs & Startups

Using a freelance, part-time CTO can provide many benefits in the early stages of a startup business - here are some of the ways we can help

Validating Business Ideas

Our experienced technologists can help verify the technical feasibility of your product or business, and help refine the necessary steps to launching and testing an early version.

Selecting the Technology

By applying massive experience, our CTOs will determine the best development framework, database engine and hosting environment for the initial product.

Scoping Projects

Breaking the required features into an iterative release plan, our CTOs can prevent scope creep and ensure that the development can be scoped as accurately as possible.

Selecting Development Partners

Using our network, along with a proven methodology for shortlisting and vetting development agencies, our CTOs will help you make the best choice at this pivotal stage.

Building Internal Teams

Where budget is available, our strategists will help you decide whether an internal team is a viable alternative to outsourcing, and will then help run the recruitment process.

Project Management

As the development of your project begins, our CTOs can take complete control of the ongoing roadmap, working directly with developers and providing regular check-ins and updates as needed.

Supporting Inexperienced CTOs

Where the founding technical lead is inexperienced with strategy, leadership or architecture, our CTOs can provide coaching and mentoring, as well as sharing their load where helpful.

Recruiting a Permanent CTO

When an internal, full-time CTO becomes a necessity, our technologists can help prepare requirements, work with recruiters and use our networks to help find the best candidates, and interview them in person or remotely.

Project Rescue

If product development is at risk, our CTOs can help turn it around and coach the team to prevent future recurrences, as well as providing a full debrief and root cause analysis.

Co-founder Coaching

For both technical and non-technical founders, having an independent, technology focused advisor and coach can improve relationships and productivity, and ensure the success of your venture.

 
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Learn how Saccade builds an achievable plan with you and your team to effect immediate and impactful change

Connect
  • First contact - a free introductory call
  • Coffee and deeper dive
  • A free two-hour fact-finding session
  • Agreement of success criteria
Design
  • A written proposal for services
  • Presentation of proposal
  • Scope iteration and refinement
  • Proposal sign-off and agreement
Deliver
  • Interactive, collaborative delivery
  • Regular status updates
  • Agile revision of scope
  • Happiness measure at every stage
Iterate
  • Continuous improvement
  • Collaborate on next steps
  • Monitor and support team
  • Coach key team members

Common questions about Freelance CTOs

Drop us an email at info@saccade.co if you have any more questions, and we'll reply as soon as possible.

  • Isn't using a Freelance CTO expensive?

    While on a full-time basis a freelance CTO will cost more than a permanent, salaried CTO, having a more part-time, fractional relationship with a CTO-level strategist can save a business money. This type of relationship can be preceded by a short, fixed-length engagement, beyond which the number of days per month can be planned and agreed based on your needs. This is commonly cheaper than the cost of a permanent CTO.

  • What does it cost?

    Saccade has a standard day rate for all CTOs and other freelance C-level executives, but the shape and duration of each engagement and the means of engagement is tailored to every client. We'd love to discuss how this would work for you - drop us a line using the contact form at the bottom of the page.

  • Would an equity share be possible as payment?

    We generally opt for a deferred payment scheme rather than equity or options when working with very early stage startups, solely for logistic reasons, as there is a real operational overhead in appearing in several startups' cap tables.

  • How long does an engagement last?

    All our engagements are tailored to your specific situation, but typically they will either begin with a fixed period of 2 - 10 days of assessment and investigation, followed by a set number of days per month, or be limited to a fixed 5 - 20 day period.

  • Can you join our advisory board?

    Absolutely - we have a plan available for advisory board services. Drop us a line to learn more.

  • Can you help me find a permanent CTO?

    Yes, this is something we commonly assist with as part of a separate engagement, but not where the sole purpose of the engagement is recruitment. We're able to make introductions to placement specialists in this case.

  • What are the dangers of using a freelance CTO?

    While a freelance CTO can provide fill-in support for limited periods, followed by longer stretches of advisory and support, it's important that the business understands that there is likely to be a need for a permanent technology lead at some point, and we openly suggest that engagements aren't held for longer than is reasonable.

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