The CTO / VPE is an engineering leader who wears many hats to help a business to shape its strategy, to execute on its vision, and to build a cohesive team.
But what if you don't have the infrastructure to hire a full-time CTO? Or if your team is in transition between leaders, and you need support right now? Or you're facing one particular challenge?
As a consulting CTO, I can help you. I offer three types of engagements: consulting to focus on a particular problem; fractional CTO to support a team over a period of time; or advisor for coaching and strategy over a longer term.
20+ years of experience as a software engineer, manager, and business leader. I founded and sold two startups (BillMonk, Precision Polling), and built two business units from scratch in rapid-growth startups (Audience at SurveyMonkey grew to a $20+ million ARR business; and Marketplace at VTS was the fastest-growing product in proptech history).
I'm here to help software startups get off the ground. I enjoy growing teams, coaching engineers and leaders, and collaborating to find solutions to real-world problems.
See my LinkedIn profile for more details.
Our customer had developed a framework for assessing and benchmarking corporate disability inclusivity, but needed help turning this into a product vision that would scale. Chuck worked directly with me to run a kickoff workshop with stakeholders, then to develop a prototype and a report with recommendations. He not only addressed technical considerations but also corporate engagement models and a multi-year rollout strategy. The collaboration couldn't have gone better, and the result set everyone up for success.
-Thomas Logan, Owner, Equal Entry
I'm really glad we worked with Chuck. He helped coach a first-time engineering manager during a time of rapid team change and growth, and helped us raise the bar on our product-roadmap process and how we plan and communicate as a company.
-Dmitry Alexin, CEO, 1Build
Our first project, to evaluate our technical architecture roadmap, was so helpful that we extended Chuck's engagement to get his input on our hiring process, and also how to structure a platform engineering team as we continue to grow. He worked with leadership, managers, and engineers 1:1 to share his extensive experience and perspective, which let us move quickly and confidently.
-Kevin MacDonald, CEO, Kit Check
Client engagements start with a call! Pick a time below to talk.
I usually suggest we set up an initial free workshop with leadership to discuss the challenges the team is facing and what success would look like. We'll want to identify where I could add the most value and agree on expectations.