Fractional CTO

About Forward
Forward is a consulting firm that works with independent consultants to help startups quickly scale the maturity and headcount of their engineering organizations.
We work exclusively with independent consultants because it allows us to match work to humans faster and more effectively than traditional consulting firms.
We typically work with around a dozen startups and a few dozen consultants at a time.
About the Work
Company Stage: Seed
Keywords: Mobile, Payments, Product
Term: 3-4 months
Rate: $150-$200 / hour
Hours per week: 10
Timeline: Targetting a late September start
Timezone Constraints: 3 hours overlap with CET
Geographic Constraints: None
We’re working with a Nigerian company that manufactures and distributes consumer packaged goods (pharmaceuticals, household goods, packaged food) to thousands of retail outlets per day via a network of sales reps. All of their sales transactions currently happen in cash which causes a wide variety of logistical and observability based issues for them.
Virtually every retail outlet in the country is plugged into the country’s recently developed telephony-based agency banking system. They’d like to develop a next generation payments network on top of this system to support their day to day operations and eventually to enable folks in Nigeria, for whom 90-95% of transactions are cash, to move to electronic payments.
They currently have a prototype of a mobile app that doesn’t handle payments but displays useful information to their sales reps in the field. This is being actively worked on by two engineers based out of Ukraine.
About You
Roughly in order of importance:
  • Experience working with non-technical founders
  • Experience owning product for early stage companies
  • Experience building mobile apps
  • Experience building engineering organizations from scratch
  • Experience building mobile apps for low connectivity environments
  • Experience building infrastructure to support payments
  • 10+ years experience

If this sounds interesting would be great to hear from you at Even if not, we’re always looking to get to know more independent consultants so feel free to reach out and say hey. You can find our other roles here.