Having a brilliant idea is a great start! Turning it into a real company will require funding but also a strong technical expertise. Some founders who are lucky enough to have it could benefit from a second opinion. Others will find the necessary confidence to take-off thanks to an external advice.
In any type of business, an outside point of view can unlock many problematic situations by bringing new ideas or addressing problems from a different angle. Additional resources can also shorten delivery times and improve quality on critical projects.
When investing in a company or during a merger / acquisition, it is necessary to do a thorough due diligence. Financial data are unfortunately not always sufficient to ensure the sustainability of a business. The validation of technological assets as well as the human team that creates and maintains them is of paramount importance.
Technological strategy is at the core of most IT company's success. It is important to make the right choices from the start but also to adapt to market demand on a yearly basis.
Hiring the best technical team for your project can be a big challenge. Sadly, hardship does not end there! Indeed, knowing how to retain it, defining objectives to motivate it and increase its productivity through training and deployment of new methodology are all kind of barriers on the road to success.
Technology has never moved so fast. New programming languages, operating systems, devices and cloud platforms are coming up regularly. Staying in touch with the bleeding edge is something that every business should define as a primary goal. A consultant CTO, by working on so many different projects, can bring your business up to speed in the most efficient ways.
When founding a startup, an entrepreneur has to achieve a lot with very little at blazing speed. Technology validation can hardly wait for the time it takes to recruit a technical director. Moreover the financial commitment that this represents might just be a show stopper at this stage. A consultant CTO is definitely the best option to control costs, save time and avoid early dilution.
The benefits of the interim are well established. Whether you're looking to add new skills to your team or you're in a situation where the internal skills are not available, work with an interim CTO provides an effective solution in the short term and smooth management of the transition towards the long term.
With more than 15 years experience as a serial entrepreneur, I have been acting as CEO or CTO in companies that I created or co-created in Europe and in the US. My technical experience is very broad and involves: system and infrastructure design, billing and affiliation platforms, content delivery networks, multimedia production, streaming and playback, embedded platforms, mobile and desktop app development, Free and OpenSource software environments, and more.
One of the key skills of a good CTO is being able to bridge the gap between the executive team and the team producing the software, being part of each and deserving their trust. To achieve that, one needs to have a deep understanding of the company's vision, understand customers requirements, market and competition. One also needs to adapt to financial constraints but also be able to get his hands dirty when needed and code like a Pro.
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I have worked with small companies but also giants like Dell, Hewlett Packard, Samsung, Nokia, Microsoft and more. I am a French national based in Barcelona (Spain) and I am also fluent in English and Spanish. You can get a more detailed profile on LinkedIn below.