Go in with eyes wide open
For investors considering making a placement in an early stage tech firm, it can be critical to explore and unearth the risks associated with the technology base of the company. Are the planned technical projections achievable? Can the improvement be protected? Can the technology be replicated or surpassed easily? Will management be able to locate and coordinate technical resources to complete the plan?
We've been there, hands on. We know the right questions to ask and how to ask them. We can dive deep into the inner workings of your investment and provide an experienced view to help you make your decision.
Ready. Fire. Aim.
The pace of change is accelerating throughout the online world. Timing is critical. Spending too much time planning and building and testing can force you to forfeit great opportunities.
Plus, we've never seen a product that was perfectly designed before it hit the market - it always takes iteration and change to get it right. That's why we advocate and practice the art of building a minimum viable product and using actual user feedback to constantly improve it. We can get that done (in most cases) within a matter of weeks, using whatever resources are available, and then stay with the product making regular improvements during its early stages.
You have too much to do to manage geeks.
Developers. DBAs. UX specialists. QA. Product testers. Working with the myriad skills necessary to develop a product in this environment can be tricky. It's tempting to hire a fully-staffed shop and cede the management rsponsibility to them.
But dev shops have overhead. And people to keep busy. Are their management decisions going to reflect your priorities? Or theirs?
With us on your team, you can be confident that your priorities, strategy and timeline will always take center stage. We can source, coordinate and manage the talent to give you the optimal result.
A CTO who shares your vision
At the beginning, few ventures have a fully-fledged founding team in place. Maybe you've got an industry background or a set of specific skills. Finding a technical leader who shares your strategic vision is hard to do, and often expensive. Too often your only choice is to outsource to a service provider whose only interest is in a bigger contract. Are they the right provider? Will their work scale? What's the long-term roadmap?
We're your in-house CTO, representing your interests and not our own. Plus, we're only there when you need us - which makes us affordable, especially when you're just starting out. When you grow enough to hire your own technical staff, we pass the torch.