Looking back on my first full-year of CTO as a Service…. some statistics.
I had 13 clients. 6 are currently active.
Out of the other 7 clients, I helped 3 of them hire their permanent CTO or VPE, and I transitioned out of those companies. 2 were short-term advisory or architecture review gigs. 2 companies called it quits because the founders ran out of funding.
The clients were from EdTech, HealthTech, SelfHelp services, RealEstate, LegalTech, large investment banking, FoodTech, social media, investments and trading platforms, and financial help services.
Client 14, an InsurTech startup, just signed with me this week. I am most excited to get exposure to AWS IoT Core.
My goal was to keep myself busy 20 hours per week in my “semi-retirement”. I easily met this goal.
All of my clients were on AWS. Not a single client was on Azure or GCP.
Languages and platforms used were mainly C#/ASP.NET Core and Typescript/NodeJS.
Databases were split between MySQL, SQL Server, Postgres, and Mongo.
JIRA, Confluence, and Slack were other tools that were heavily used.
I am really looking forward to 2020. All in all, I am happy with my decision to leave the BigCo environment, and devote my time to helping small companies get to the next stage.
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