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I was wrong.

  • I was wrong when I gave startup clients the freedom to call me anytime they needed me.
  • I was wrong when I thought people would consider learning technical management without knowing what was waiting for them around the corner.
  • I was wrong… because startup founders never saw the problems coming. 

It’s been more than four years since I started working with startups as an external CTO. Working with 80-plus startups—helping them create roadmaps, audit source code, manage developers, and build reliable apps with scalable IT infrastructure.

Last month, I realized that the “CTO à la carte” format is outdated and I’m going to tell you why.

Recently, some clients who I’ve worked with for a few hours, six months to a year ago, came back to me, struggling with managing their developers and providers. These were clients I’ve shared lots of best practices with during the time we worked together. But without regular hands-on check-ups, they didn’t see these problems coming. They were just not used to detecting technical issues, and because startup founders have so much things to do at the same time.

This made me think up of an exclusive one-year CTO program where I can personally mentor, coach and teach a limited number of startups how to manage their own software development on the early stages. It’s going to be a well-defined program where founders will not feel alone anymore, knowing that they have a CTO-on-demand who can answer their questions quickly and easily online, and can jump on an important call with their developers to analyze what was produced or review developer proposals—protecting the startup’s interest like any lawyer would, but in terms of software development.

The program will include:

  • Live support
  • Regular meetings
  • One-on-one CTO calls to help founders deal with developers, freelancers or agencies
  • CTO or developer hiring interviews
  • Source code and IT infrastructure audit
  • Quarterly strategic roadmap meetings
  • PLUS a vast library of FAQs, technical documentations, video tutorials, and much more

This is the beginning of a new era for me.

I’m already testing and developing this format with a few clients this August, and everyone has been very enthusiastic.

I will be launching a few more sessions in the upcoming months. And as I want to stick to being a solopreneur for as long as I can, there will only be a limited number of startups that I will be able to work with. It will also be on a first-come, first-served basis.

So if you are a startup without a senior CTO—and I’m not talking about developers—but someone who can give you a development budget and guide you through the technical parts of your business plan and resources plan, etc….

Sign up now to get on this exclusive program’s wait list to be personally coached for 1 full year by me as your CTO: https://myctofriend.co/1yearctowaitlist

Got questions? Just type in your question, comment or suggestion below.

As usual, I will keep you posted on how this long-term intensive CTO program evolves.

Project

This month’s results vs goals

Next month’s goals

Book writing Review: As I’ve decided three months ago, this project is in standby mode but is still in the back of my mind. 

Goal: Keep it in standby mode, but I’m thinking of taking a week off without internet connection to focus on it. 

Email communication Review: I set the goal to review the follow-up sequence to redirect people to my technical plan template. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to work on it Goal: Review how the follow-up sequence can be integrated with this 1-year CTO program because not everyone will be able to join it.
Course creation Review: Prepare some content for a “remote team management course.” I finished it. I also did a small talk about this and will definitely tackle this topic more in depth.   Goal: I’m not going to produce any course this August, and will instead focus on creating a clear plan for my next course on remote team management. If there’s any topic that you would like me to focus on, let me know on: myctofriend.co/videos
Course promotion Review: Produce a new main video for myCTOFriend. I wasn’t able to do this one too. As I said above, I figured out that offering online courses alone should not be my focus. I should focus instead on offering a complete program with regular meetings with me Goal: I’m not going to do so much during this month. I’ll just stick with producing weekly content
Social media presence Review: Stick to this publication plan, and plan ahead to pre-schedule the publication for August as I will take a bit of time off. Things were planned well for July, I just need to do the same for August too Goal: Plan posting regularly on social media even while I’m off
Website improvement Review: My About page is ready to be published. I’m just not satisfied with the two pictures of me when I was very young (I guess we all are a bit afraid to share bad pictures of us, even if they’re from 20 years go).  Goal: Publish this new About page with hopefully, a better picture of me. By the end of August, I would have published it with or without better pictures anyway. 
Consulting to mentoring transformation Review: None.  Goal: None. 
Public speaking Review: Offer two speaking opportunities for September. I only had one last month. I need to find another place for it.  Goal: Plan a second talk for September. 
Unexpected achievements Review: Last month I was focusing on getting more one-on-one mentoring clients from all over the world, convincing people to work with me on an hourly basis… but that was a mistake. As I said in the introduction, this realization is a huge achievement for me. For a while, startups hired me to overcome some tech challenges. It went well, but it was not throughout their entire development process and not on a long-term basis. To help my clients save the maximum amount of money, I let them call me anytime they needed my help. This, most of the time, led them to waste more time and money than if I stayed around long-term to help them.   Goal: None. 

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