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About Freelance CTOs

Why Use a Freelance CTO?

Whatever the stage of your business, a part-time, freelance CTO can provide the technology leadership and advice that you ensure your projects are successful. Read how Saccade's team of experienced CTOs can help below.

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Early to Mid-stage Startups

Learn how an experienced part-time CTO can help your business through its formative period, providing a support structure to entrepreneurs and founders of budding startups, developing project and resource plans for MVPs, selecting partners, and more.

How Saccade can Help Startups

High-Growth Startups & Businesses

An expert, independent CTO can provide support as your business moves through its growth trajectory by coaching and supplementing your existing technology team, performing audits of code, culture and process, and much more.

How Saccade can Help High-Growth Businesses

Charities & Non-Profit Organisations

Charitable organisations with limited budgets can benefit from part-time technology leadership, to oversee digital and agile transformations, resource planning, vendor selection and more.

How Saccade can Help Charities

Finance, Enterprise & Corporate

Our freelance CTOs can provide interim cover for technical leaders from programme management up to CIO, provide agile coaching and transformation and more.

How Saccade can Help Enterprises


Freelance CTOs can provide institutional and individual investors with technology-focused portfolio advice, technical due diligence and more.

How Saccade can Help Investors

Clear, Insightful & Laser-Focused

Learn how Saccade builds an achievable plan with you and your team to effect immediate and impactful change

  • First contact - a free introductory call
  • Coffee and deeper dive
  • A free two-hour fact-finding session
  • Agreement of success criteria
  • A written proposal for services
  • Presentation of proposal
  • Scope iteration and refinement
  • Proposal sign-off and agreement
  • Interactive, collaborative delivery
  • Regular status updates
  • Agile revision of scope
  • Happiness measure at every stage
  • Continuous improvement
  • Collaborate on next steps
  • Monitor and support team
  • Coach key team members

Common questions about Freelance CTOs

Drop us an email at if you have any more questions, and we'll reply as soon as possible.

  • Isn't using a Freelance CTO expensive?

    While on a full-time basis a freelance CTO will cost more than a permanent, salaried CTO, having a more part-time, fractional relationship with a CTO-level strategist can save a business money. This type of relationship can be preceded by a short, fixed-length engagement, beyond which the number of days per month can be planned and agreed based on your needs. This is commonly cheaper than the cost of a permanent CTO.

  • What does it cost?

    Saccade has a standard day rate for all CTOs and other freelance C-level executives, but the shape and duration of each engagement and the means of engagement is tailored to every client. We'd love to discuss how this would work for you - drop us a line using the contact form at the bottom of the page.

  • Would an equity share be possible as payment?

    We generally opt for a deferred payment scheme rather than equity or options when working with very early stage startups, solely for logistic reasons, as there is a real operational overhead in appearing in several startups' cap tables.

  • How long does an engagement last?

    All our engagements are tailored to your specific situation, but typically they will either begin with a fixed period of 2 - 10 days of assessment and investigation, followed by a set number of days per month, or be limited to a fixed 5 - 20 day period.

  • Can you join our advisory board?

    Absolutely - we have a plan available for advisory board services. Drop us a line to learn more.

  • Can you help me find a permanent CTO?

    Yes, this is something we commonly assist with as part of a separate engagement, but not where the sole purpose of the engagement is recruitment. We're able to make introductions to placement specialists in this case.

  • What are the dangers of using a freelance CTO?

    While a freelance CTO can provide fill-in support for limited periods, followed by longer stretches of advisory and support, it's important that the business understands that there is likely to be a need for a permanent technology lead at some point, and we openly suggest that engagements aren't held for longer than is reasonable.

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