Don't believe that your startup will be an overnight success...
Success takes years to come!
Together we are going to make it! And we are going to make it as a team! Having a CTO is a must in a technological start-up and that’s why there are many regular short meetings in this program. We will coach you and your team to also detect any issues in the development process.
We will go deep in details, up to reading, reviewing and auditing the source code of your application to provide you an objective point of view.To help you get things done, we will share all our knowledge and support and give you useful worksheet templates, job descriptions, interview questions, specifications examples, templates, roadmap pitch deck, +100 videos and articles to help you better manage things. Our unique goal is to make you succeed and to transform your project in a viable company, with a high product development effectiveness.
Why this program?
Without a senior CTO co-founder, startup CEOs usually do their best to manage developers, or to find a web agency to develop their first solution. Nevertheless, startups entail uncertainty, and due to the lack of tech management skills, the relationship between developers and startup founders often ends in conflict.When you build a startup, you cannot afford misusing the first investments.
We personally don't want to see any more startup founders wasting money on the wrong team, the wrong technology, or developing an over-the-top first version, only to have to replace shortly after because customer expectations changed.Moreover, non-technical founders are often influenced or mislead into using the wrong technologies. Developers push towards solutions they already know, as opposed to the most relevant technologies for each project. When conflict ensues, and after investing large amounts of money on development, startups might even have to renegotiate just to get the due source code back. Sad but true, and unfortunately, very common…
You need a CTO who protects your business interests and speaks Tech.It's not easy dealing with developers or providers when you don't have any technical background yourself. With this program and its tailored CTO sessions, we will be able to jump on a call with you and your provider, translate between business and tech, and protect your own interests every step of the way.With our help you'll learn how to work effectively with your technical team and your developer will be guided towards optimized solutions and best practices. Our goal will be to help you setup suitable working processes, regardless if you use local or remote developers. That's why twice a year, when your project requires it, we will review the source code and the infrastructure of your application, to ensure your product meets the technical standards.
The stories behind program
We want you to navigate around pitfalls and speed up your growth
We have to say that we often feel like a fireman, being called by startup founders to put out fires on the worst possible scenarios. Having to do technical audits, trying to solve situations where startup founders didn't have their expectations met by the developer's work. Most of the time, we are able solve these awkward circumstances, but it's always unaviodably painful for everyone involved.
Conflicts with developers take up lots of time and money, and even then the produced software might not be very effective. Quite an expensive -and in our opinion unnecessary- lesson for founders.
We gathered +200 startups experiences in this program
In the past 6 years we have worked exclusively with startups, incubators, and accelerators. We've gathered a broad experience and the ability to switch from one project to another. Having worked with developers from all over the world, on almost every type of project, enables us to bring an incomparable of return on experience, no matter the field or the technologies involved.
By knowing what works and what doesn't, we help startups cope with tech management everyday. And in this program we've gathered the essential steps to help you, non-technical startup founders, succeed without a tech co-founder.
This program will take away unnecessary stress, and let you focus on your business
With a combination of mentoring, coaching, teaching, and consulting, you will get the support you need in any and every important technical decision to be made:
- Choosing developers or providers
- Defining development budget
- Getting a new technical co-founder
- Pitching operational parts to get grants or funding… etc
Help you deal with developers
- Plan to build your project roadmap
- Choosing developers or providers
- Defining development budget
- Interviewing a new technical co-founder
- Pitching operational part of get grants or funding
Source code audit
- Your source code
- Your infrastructure
- Your product development process
- Focused on your roadmap and company strategy
- Regular flash calls to catch up and ensure you are on the right track
- Monthly mastermind calls with your CTO and 4 others founders in order to review your achievement and set your goals
My CTO Friend founders community
- Discuss best practices with other startups
- Exchange stories and experiences about the startup journey
- Ask for advice and feedback from founders
Technical guidance and roadmap
- Defining your vision
- Defining your milestones
- Defining and reviewing your quarter goals
- Sharing your group achievements and difficulties with your CTO and founder group
Tech management courses & worksheet
- Tech startup management for CEOs, from zero to million users
- Creating an innovative startup with technology
- Startup roadmap
- Selecting the right provider for my startup
Tatiana MIRON - Primetarget
Jerome Parage - easiware
Peter Antonov - Success Panda
Deborah ALLIEZ - Marseille Innovation Accelerator
Frequently Asked Questions
Still hesitating? Our FAQs may be able to help you!
Of course. MyCTOfriend has designed specific modules for "early stage" projects. We also help you position yourself and iterate on issues related to creation with a technical eye. You just need to be motivated and ready to be challenged.
More than ever! At MyCTOfriend, we'll teach you how to work and communicate effectively with your developer and establish a clear roadmap that matches your vision. Thanks to our expertise and the 200+ projects supported, together we will find the most efficient, sustainable, and least expensive way to build your product.
Yes, because technical development never really stops! Even if you have been successful in developing a first version of your product, you will still need an objective and strategic direction, which your vendor cannot offer you.
This is a great way to make sure you have everything you need to become completely independent by understanding tech and improving processes with your existing team.
Absolutely. We can even start right away with a technical audit, looking at the structure of your source code, analyzing whether you got off to a good start or not. Keep in mind that as long as the code is clear, any good developer should be able to pick up where the last one left off.
Thanks to your benevolent eye, you can continue to progress in your development, helping you to specify and prioritize your needs.
In order to provide completely objective and unbiased advice, we do not provide development services, and we do not take any commission from developers or agencies. Rather, we guide you in finding the right people and help you consider their proposals. We also analyze their work using technical audits of the source code they have produced.
We take no part of your project and we never will!