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What is a Fractional CTO and Why You Need One


If you’ve made it here, you likely know that you need technical support on your team but may be having trouble finding someone you trust to help you. 

That’s where I come in. 

What is a Fractional CTO

A fractional CTO is a trusted technical advisor on your team. They are experts with years of experience working with startups. They serve as an on-call, part-time chief technology officer (CTO). They not only are well-versed in programming, but they thrive in fast-paced environments and are comfortable giving business strategy advice.

What does a Fractional CTO do

While there is no one size fits all definition of what a Fractional CTO does, there are a couple of key areas where they can provide invaluable support. 

Why work with a Fractional CTO

There are three main reasons why anyone would want to work with a Fractional CTO:

  1. Saving cost of having a full time CTO
  2. Marrying Business Goals with Technical Vision and Capabilities 
  3. Strategic Support 
Saving Costs
According to Glassdoor, the average annual salary of a Full-Time CTO can be anywhere between $138k – $282k. That’s a pretty penny. The appeal of working with a Fractional CTO is that you can get pointed advice and support on an as-needed basis. 
Marrying Business Goals with Technical Vision and Capabilities
Are you a founder with a clear vision for your business over the next couple of years? PERFECT. The role of the fractional CTO in your business would be to create a viable product roadmap to get you there. They will provide you with recommended next steps, make notes on whether you should build or buy software, and more. 
What’s great about a Fractional CTO on your team is that they’ve been there. They’ve seen what makes or breaks a startup. Their advice will save you hours of research. Having a member on the team with whom you can run ideas by is invaluable! Having a trusted voice at arm’s length will save you so much time in the long run.
Strategic Support 
Needless to say at this point, but the number one value-add of a CTO is that not only can they make technical recommendations but they can DO IT FOR YOU! They can project manage any project from start to finish. 
I hope this helps!
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