Matt's Virtual CTO-as-a-Service

Trusted technology help for non-technical business owners. Part-time, full-time, or on-demand.

Free initial consultation | Flexible engagements tailored to small businesses | Technology expertise without the cost of an employee

Shave an average of 5 months off of your development with Matt as your Virtual Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Have you experienced any of these problems?

  • Your development process is constantly stalling or experiencing delays.
  • You're product is buggy or occasionally stops working.
  • You're regularly making technical decisions, but are unsure if they are the correct way of doing things.
  • You're worried your team isn't working efficiently.
  • Your developers don't seem to speak your language, and you often have misunderstandings.
  • You're having trouble hiring or vetting developers.

If you've experienced any of these issues, you need the help of an experienced CTO.

Matt Francois

Matt Francois
Your Virtual CTO, available for remote part-time, full-time, or on-demand technology leadership and advice.

Book a free no-commitment consultation now.

Growing an online business without a CTO is like building a skyscraper without an Architect.

To ensure that the skyscraper won't come toppling down, an expert is needed to design it to the right specs and anticipate all construction issues.

Likewise, for your business to succeed, you'll need a technology partner who understands technical strategy and can help you avoid problems before they start, both during the planning stages, as well as throughout your product's development.

In established companies, this responsibility falls to the Chief Technology Officer (CTO). But a full-time CTO's in-demand skills can be out of reach for small businesses and young startups, due to their high salary requirements and aversion to working with less-established companies.

Luckily, hiring a CTO on a part-time basis is the perfect way to gain all of the benefits of a full-time CTO, but without all of the associated risks. A Part-time CTO goes by many names including Fractional CTO, Interim CTO, Virtual CTO, and CTO-as-a-Service.

As your Virtual CTO, I will work with you to streamline your development process, strengthen your development team, and solve all of the technology issues that you'll encounter.

Some of Matt's Clients

For the past 15 years, I've worked with small and medium-sized enterprises in San Francisco, Austin, Seattle, Vancouver, London, Berlin, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei, and beyond.

Here's what some of my clients have said about working with me:

Dinos Demetriades

Dinos Demetriades
Medical IoT Platform Founder

Matt has exceptional knowledge in his field and was able to bring months of improvements to our project in a matter of a few weeks. He's very easy to talk to, understands what needs to be done and is able to provide real advice, and not just sit back and wait for instructions. He's a pleasure to work with and worth every single cent of his rate.

Daniel Valenti

Daniel Valenti
Travel Marketplace Founder

Matt is a strategic thinker, master programmer, and clear communicator. He will help give strategic advice and feedback, along with his technical know-how. Matt is prompt with responses, and clear in his communication. I especially appreciated his straightforward answers to technical questions and the way he presented the pros and cons to each course. Again, Matt does great work and is highly recommended.

Mike Davis

Mike Davis
Social Platform Founder

We worked with Matt for almost a full year and were very happy with his skill, professionalism, and communication. Matt was great at coming up with solutions to challenging situations. I would absolutely work with Matt again.

Bryce Matlashewski

Bryce Matlashewski
Nightlife Marketplace Co-founder

I'm so happy we chose to work with Matt. He understood our requirements perfectly, and built our platform from start to finish. Very reliable and always easy to communicate with. Clearly an expert in his field.

Karen Leventhal

Karen Leventhal
B2B Wholesale Marketplace Founder

It took me over a year to find Matt and he came highly recommended by one of my tech advisors, whose platform he built. Matt is an expert who delivers great value.

Chris Kubbernus

Chris Kubbernus
Social Platform Founder

One of the best I've had the privilege to work with. Great work, great communication.

Who is the Virtual CTO service for?

  • You have one or more development teams working on your project.
  • You think development could be going smoother.
  • You're a non-technical business owner in need of technology guidance.
  • You've never had a CTO or technical co-founder, or you've lost your previous one and need an Interim CTO.

How does it work?

I will work remotely with you or your team, providing one-on-one support and training to improve your development process and strategy.

Engagements are completely customizable in scope and timeframe, and will focus on the major issues your business is currently facing.

How much does it cost? How long will it take?

I offer several different weekly retainer packages tailored to your budget and level of engagement required.

I can typically start on your project within 2 weeks of our initial consultation.

Learn more

Contact me now to learn more about how a flexible, no-risk engagement with me can benefit your business.

I provide a free, no-commitment consultation to all eligible businesses, to discuss your problems and potential solutions.

Key Benefits

More profit

More Profit

  • Improve your onboarding process and retain more users.
  • Decrease customer churn.
  • Reduce costly bugs in your project.
  • Determine if it's cheaper for your team to code their own solution to a problem, or use a third-party solution.
  • Help you budget for each stage of your business.
  • Leverage user data to increase sales.
  • Avoid expensive delays during development.
Technology Strategy

Better Technology Strategy

  • Achieve your business goals while keeping development costs to a minimum by helping you refine product features before implementing them.
  • Choose the optimal tech stack and assess the risks and opportunities associated with a particular stack.
  • Choose existing platforms which are suitable to build upon. Will these platforms save you money or just complicate things down the line?
  • Build an effective product road map that will keep your team on track and reassure investors.
  • Communicate your company's technology strategy to partners, investors, employees, and customers in a language that they will understand.
Product Quality

Better Product Quality

  • Build better SaaS marketplace tools so that your users get more value out of each transaction.
  • Combine all of your existing business processes into an automated system so you can spend more time on your business and less time moving data around.
  • Audit your existing product for potential risks, ineffective strategy, or looming bugs.
  • Gather feedback from stakeholders and customers that can help improve your product.
  • Introduce a process which catches bugs before they reach your customers.
  • Build out a process that will allow you to release new features to your customers several times per month, week, or day.
  • Scale users without your system infrastructure slowing you down.
  • Introduce upgrades and improvements into your product without taking it offline.
  • Make a sluggish product feel more responsive to your users.
  • Properly test UI or marketing changes without disrupting users.
Team Productivity

A More Productive Team

  • Train your current development team and ensure they have the skills necessary for your next stage of growth.
  • Fix an unreliable development team and determine why they are missing deadlines.
  • Hire specialized professionals when you have unique problems to solve.
  • Vet potential team members so you only hire the best of the best.
  • Help you determine if you should outsource to freelance contractors or hire employees.
  • Help you avoid being ripped off by unscrupulous freelance developers and designers.
  • Keep track of progress and forecast completion dates, so you always know the state of your product.
  • Ensure that your team is following coding standards and best practices.
  • Prioritize tasks and assign them to the right person for the job.
  • Coach and mentor your team to improve the quality of their work.
  • Write clear and concise technical documentation, so that new hires can get up to speed quickly.

Get Started With Your Free Virtual CTO-as-a-Service Consultation

In order to give my clients as much attention as possible, if I'm not currently engaged in a full-time role, I will work with a maximum of 2 part-time clients.

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Last updated: August 26, 2020

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