Do You Need an “Innie” or an “Outie”? Scaling Smart(er) with an Outsourced Fractional CTO Service.


Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) are like belly buttons. Everybody’s got one, even if for now it is the company founder(s) wearing that hat (and a bunch of others) for now. We’ll call that CTO the “innie.”

Chances are that bringing on a full-time, salaried, standalone CTO is an extreme financial challenge if you are still a smallish business or startup. Not to scare you, but in addition to a CTO salary, you will also have the cost of any new or modified technologies you want your full-time CTO to manage. Yikes!

But don’t despair.

Staying ahead means staying lean—especially when it comes to your company’s executive suite. For companies looking to expand without the heavyweight expense of a full-time executive, outsourcing your Chief Technology Officer to a fractional CTO service might just be the game-changer you need. And at a starting price of $5,000 per month, it’s like having your tech cake and eating it too—without the calorie count of a hefty salary!

Cost Efficiency Meets Expertise

Enter the fractional “outie” CTO: your part-time tech wizard who brings all the expertise without the need to remortgage your home. For a starting cost that's easier to digest, you gain access to seasoned technology leadership that can guide your company through scaling, innovation, and the occasional technological tantrum, all without the full-time price tag.

Flexibility at Its Finest

One of the main advantages of a fractional CTO is the sheer flexibility. Need strategic oversight on a new product? Check. Require a temporary captain to steer through a tech crisis? Done. With a fractional CTO, you’re not hiring an employee; you’re subscribing to a service tailored to fit your exact needs—much like choosing the perfect toppings for your pizza, only this choice scales your business, not your waistline.

Immediate Impact, Minimal Training

Justin, our Founder and Solutions Architect, arrives battle-ready. There’s no need for the lengthy onboarding and training that comes with a new full-time hire. Justin is an industry veteran, accustomed to jumping into diverse tech environments. He hits the ground running, bringing immediate impact and leaving behind the dreaded "new guy" adjustment period. Think of it as skipping straight to season five of your favorite series without the awkward pilot episodes.

Access to a Broad Skill Set

Hiring a full-time CTO often means getting deep expertise in specific areas. But with a fractional CTO, you tap into a Swiss Army knife of tech leadership. These are folks who have typically served multiple sectors, dealt with various technologies, and solved an array of business challenges. This breadth of experience means they’re not just problem solvers—they’re problem preventers, equipped to foresee and sidestep potential tech pitfalls before they occur.

Scale at Your Own Pace

For businesses in growth mode, scaling wisely is as crucial as scaling quickly. A fractional CTO can help you strategically manage technological growth without overcommitting resources. This means you can ramp up your tech capabilities as your business grows, ensuring that your technological capacity beautifully syncs with your business needs—like a well-choreographed dance between demand and capability.

The Bottom Line

In a business world where agility often trumps size, having a fractional CTO can be the secret weapon for dynamic growth. It’s an approach that lets you enjoy the benefits of senior tech leadership without all the commitments and costs of a full-time executive. After all, why buy the whole tech amusement park when you can pay for just the rides you want to go on?

So, if you’re ready to scale without the bulk, considering a fractional CTO might just be your best move yet—smart, strategic, and with just enough humor to keep things interesting.