StartUp CTO

Are you looking for a CTO for your StartUp?

As a CTO for StartUps for projects with 100 person days or more, we set up a team with the right competencies and the relevant project experience 

We take on the role of interim CTO for high-potential startups, help with IT architecture and software development, outline your technology and scalability roadmap and support you with our technical team until you’re ready for us to hand over to your competent in-house tech team. We benefit from extensive experience in setting up start-ups and can provide you with professional support. This begins with defining your objectives and goes right through to the conception and development of the MVP and market entry. 




How B-works supports your StartUp

It's important for us to learn more about your StartUp. We want to understand the position you're in and what you want to achieve in the short, medium and long term. Based on these goals and ideas, we can then assess whether you can achieve these goals and how to achieve them quickly and efficiently with the help of B-works. At this point, we’ll set out the most meaningful technical requirements and solutions.

We see our task as translating your startup's business requirements into your technical needs. We do this according to the Lean StartUp Principle. We focus on defining and prioritising the technical requirements to get the best results as efficiently and quickly as possible. In no more than three months, we complete an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) containing the core elements of the new solution to gather feedback from testers and potential future customers within the shortest timeframe. The MVP's aim is to obtain feedback and use this to make technical improvements to the product through continuous further development. Within a short timeframe, you'll be able to launch the first version of your product onto the market.

B-works uses Scrum and agile methods for all projects, which helps us stay on track in terms of timing: We only implement features if we know they'll bring real added value at a specific point in time. This form of prioritization guarantees an extremely efficient and transparent approach to project management. For us, efficiency for StartUps means using the budget as effectively as possible to ensure the right balance between marketing and development budgets.



This is how we work as a CTO for StartUps

At the outset, we work with you to get to know your founding team and start-up company, including your visions and short, medium and long-term goals. We place a real emphasis on building mutual trust to ensure that your concepts and ideas stay within your possession. For this reason, we sign a confidentiality agreement. This means you’ll have the confidence that your company is in our safe hands while your ideas benefits from the best protection.

Then, we work with you to define the functional requirements and the project budget to develop the MVP and the first marketable version. At this point, we'll also set the go-live date for the MVP and market entry. This is important as it ensures that the project takes place within a manageable framework under set conditions for all stakeholders.





Procedures for Your StartUp

Our support for StartUps is divided into 6 phases:

Phase 1: Analysis, conception and strategy development

As a CTO for StartUps, we begin this phase by analyzing the (technical) starting position, calculating business affordables, generating proactive ideas and defining the KPIs and goals for your StartUp. In addition, we create four to six customer persona to identify the usage profiles and requirements (content, graphics, functions) in terms of your customers. The goal of the first phase is to create a concept (e.g. design or click-dummies) of the MVP, as well as prioritized specifications with all the requirements to complete the MVP.

Phase 2: Implementation and software development as part of the MVP

Building on the first phase, we create a powerful and convincing technology architecture for all devices. We work with JavaScript frameworks like AngularJS, VueJS, NodeJS and object-based frameworks like Symfony. We develop the website or application for your StartUp using open source platforms such as Drupal 8. As part of this, we attach great importance to delivering a powerful, user-friendly, safe and easy-to-maintain product. The aim of this phase is to produce an MVP that can be tested with different target groups to secure as much user feedback as possible and develop an initial market version.

Phase 3: Testing, data analysis and identifying improvements

In this third phase, we support your StartUp by organizing suitable testers for your target group, carrying out tests and collecting feedback. This is broken down into content, graphics and functional feedback. The aim of this phase is to create a catalogue of suggestions for improvement, prioritized according to importance (business value). This determines the adjustments to be made to the MVP for your brand entry. 

Phase 4: Improving the MVP by implementing tester feedback and the go-live for the first market version

Once we've compiled the catalogue of requirements for the necessary adjustments and improvements from the tests, we refine the MVP for the first go-live on the market. In parallel with this phase, your StartUp will prepare for market entry through relevant marketing activities.

Phase 5: Ongoing product testing and improvement

The brand entry along with user data that’s collected on an ongoing basis using analytics tools provides valuable information about user behavior. This includes information about what inspires your customers but also what they don't like. Based on this data and feedback, we set up running lists of requirements for future product improvements (known as releases) and product updates are released to the market in clearly-defined cycles.

Phase 6: Handover to your internal team and passing on our expertise 

As a CTO for StartUps, we see our task as supporting your StartUp until you're able to build an internal team with all the necessary skills. At this point, we pass on our know-how along with the actual data and facts to your team to ensure a successful handover.





Our tools and methods

We use the following tools and methods during all phases:

  • Sketch for design
  • Invision for interactive prototypes and click-dummies
  • Agile and Scrum for project management, agile software development and quality assurance
  • Jira for ticketing and reporting
  • Github as a code repository for storing the program code
  • Drupal 8 or WordPress as a content management system
  • JavaScript (Angular, VueJS, NodeJS) for the front end
  • PHP (Laravel, Symfony) for the back-end



How is the program code stored and documented?

Our developers use Github to store and document program codes. This tool allows developers to work together on projects at the same time. The codes our developers use are open source, i.e. you won’t have any no licensing costs and will retain the unrestricted usage rights.