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What Is a Fractional CTO and How Could They Help?

What Is a Fractional CTO and How Could They Help?
By Niall Maher • Issue #23 • View online
“To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous” – Confucius

It’s no secret that I love working with startups, and my number #1 request from founders is to help find developers or CTOs.
I’ve been working on scaling to help more people and over the last couple of weeks have started to take bookings as a fractional CTO.
I meet many non-technical founders giving away more equity than makes sense (and to the wrong people) so that they have some “confidence” when building a tech product.
I think this is where the value of getting someone part-time early on so that you aren’t forced into taking on a lousy cofounder or parting with sweet, sweet equity long term.
What is a Fractional CTO?
Fractional CTOs (Chief Technology Officers) usually work for startups and small businesses as independent contractors, usually providing technical guidance to the company.
The benefits of hiring a Fractional CTO are many, but the most important ones include being able to access high-level technical expertise without having full-time commitment or cost. The scaling also works in your favour; you can hire when things seem busy at work and then scale back if necessary.
Where can a Fractional CTO Help?
A Fractional CTOs role is not just limited to technology; they also can get involved in hiring, product strategy, budgets/costs etc to give confidence to a leadership team that isn’t as experienced in the domain.
There is a wide variety of areas that CTOs can help, and each comes uniquely with their own background and expertise.
So it’s worth quizzing to see if the expertise overlaps your needs.
For instance, if you hire a Fractional CTO with no Machine Learning architecture experience for your hot new Artificial Intelligence designs, you might be set up for some disappointment.
Typical Scope of a Fractional CTO:
  • Roadmaps
  • Software Architecture
  • Day-to-day delivery management
  • Auditing outsourced projects/vendors
  • Filling the void of a sudden departure of a senior technical leader
  • Fundraising and creating supporting documents
  • Hiring/firing
What are the usual rates for a Fractional CTO?
Ah yes, the money! 💸
A subject I’ve seen people beat around the bush a lot (I discovered this when even trying to validate my own pricing).
Depending on the experience levels, I’ve seen a typical range of about €150 - €300 per hour.
I’ve also seen some outliers in this, where particularly intense technical work and design can cost up to €1000 per hour.
Also worth noting, this is usually dependent on how many hours per month you request and how many months you book.
If you are interested in finding more you can always reach out to me on LinkedIn or replying to this email.
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I’m going to be in Amsterdam next week from 15th - 19th for JS Nation and React Summit. If you are in the area let me know and we can try to grab a coffee/beer.
That’s all for this week, have a great week ahead, and I’ll chat with you next week! 👋
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