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CTO as a Service

Outsourcing of CTO activities with the greatest possible flexibility

  • Cost-effective alternative to own CTO
  • External expert know-how
  • Lower operational risks
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What is CTO as a Service?

CTO as a Service or CaaS refers to the technical and business consulting services provided by a part-time Chief Technology Officer to support a startup or enterprise. The tasks in CaaS are very similar to those of a traditional full-time CTO.

CTOs who serve as your advisors should have extensive experience scaling businesses and managing the technical aspects of a business. 

The main advantage of a part-time CTO for a startup compared to an in-house CTO is the value for money of such a service, as a company only pays for the services it needs.

Various CTO models

The types of CTOs depend on the technical responsibilities of the chief technical officer and the form of collaboration with an external CTO.

For example, if you only need a consulting CTO, you can hire a part-time external CTO, while complex technical and business support requires a full-time corporate hire.

Basically, there are these four different CTO models:

  • Co-founder
  • Internally permanent
  • External as interim
  • External with long-term partner

P&T offers the latter two forms of CTO models as part of CTO as a Service.

Common challenges of startups and our solutions
CTO as a Service

Have you interviewed many CTO candidates? But perhaps the following points have always kept you from making a decision so far:

  • Too little experience
  • Excessive demands on fixed salary
  • Too little entrepreneurial spirit and pragmatism

As a senior founder, you need not only software developers, but a strategic IT partner. We combine entrepreneurial know-how with top developers. We know which decisions are right when it comes to IT and manage development processes holistically.

As an experienced agency with a strong IT affinity, we are already working successfully with companies as part of CTO as a Service. We want to continue on this path. 

Many startups, small and medium-sized companies need a CTO. Sooner or later, they come to the problem that permanent CTOs are expensive and hard to find. They cannot afford to hire a full-time CTO.

Therefore, hiring a part-time or outsourced CTO can be a good solution. You get all the services you need at a reasonable price.

But permanent development teams would also represent a high fixed cost block for startups. Scaling their deployment up or down depending on the workload is also associated with high costs and cannot be planned in terms of time.

When you work with an external CTO, you have no additional costs. For example, if you hire an in-house CTO, you'll have to pay for recruiting, office rent, and payroll taxes. When outsourcing CTO tasks, you only pay for the work and services you request.

We bring CTOs with years of experience and top resumes - at cost-effective pricing. With our team of top developers, we can provide additional support and capacity at short notice, but also reduce it again in difficult phases. In this way, we offer maximum flexibility and cost efficiency as part of CTO as a Service.

Are you looking for a CTO for your startup? We have the solution.
Our capabilities in the context of CTO as a Service
What does P&T do differently?
  • We provide your complete tech team
  • Holistic contribution of the CTO function, product roadmapping, technical market analysis, selection of basic technologies, composition and further development of the IT team, implementation of software products, operation, maintenance, technical support.
  • All members of our team are German or English speaking
  • If desired, we offer the option to co-found (Technical Co-Founding) 
  • On request, appointment of a personal CTO with
  • Top resume that represents your startup from investors and customers.
  • Sparring and business advice: Hiring an external CTO gives you an expert who can work without bias.

An external CTO can help you with the following issues:

  • Selection of the right technologies
  • Solution of complicated technical tasks
  • Identify the right business and technical approaches
  • Hiring new employees, team building and support
  • Presentation of your project to investors and much more
CTO as a Service

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