Is a fractional CTO right for your company?

April 26, 2022
What is a fractional CTO? Why are they growing in popularity? Should you hire one?

Morgan Craft is a New York-based former software engineer and CTO, and currently a founder and Fractional CTO. He joins me to discuss the concept of a fractional CTO, why they’re growing in popularity, and how to decide whether one is right for you.

In this episode

  • Why would a company hire a fractional CTO instead of a full-time CTO?
  • Why it’s so hard for early-stage startups to hire a full-time CTO
  • How soon should a new company hire a fractional CTO?
  • What are the risks of continuing without a CTO?
  • How “hands-on” is a typical fractional CTO?
  • The relationship between the CTO and the product in small companies
  • How to choose a fractional CTO
  • How do you coach and mentor developers you work with?
  • Thoughts on working with off-shore developers?
  • Is a fractional CTO as committed as a full-time CTO?
  • What does it look like to graduate from a fractional CTO to a full-time CTO?
  • What does a fractional CTO cost?
  • Do fractional CTOs typically earn equity?
  • Using a fractional CTO to hire your first developer
  • How to connect with a fractional CTO
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