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: React, (php)
Term: 6+ months
Hours per week: 10-20
Timeline: Targeting a mid june start
Timezone Constraints: 5 hours working overlap with ET
Geographic Constraints: None
We’re working with a client that has a saas product that enables e-commerce businesses to offer subscriptions to their end users (think subscribe and save on amazon). They’re bootstrapped, profitable, have 100s of clients, and have enabled over a billion dollars in transactions. The CEO has an engineering background and has been running the tech team but needs to step back to manage the business and is looking for a fractional CTO to come in and take over for him.
Their most significant challenges at the moment are on the frontend and revolve around the code they embed on their clients’ sites. They also have a legacy php api that is stable but may need to be updated to support some of the feature development they’re doing. You’d be managing two full time engineers and an additional full time contractor through forward.
About You
Roughly in order of importance:
  • Experience running engineering teams in an early stage environment
  • Experience with react
  • Experience embedding frontend code on third party sites
  • Experience with e-commerce
  • Experience with PHP
  • 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.