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: Node, Ops
Term: 3-6 months
Hours per week: 10-20
Timeline: Immediate
Timezone Constraints: 4 hours of overlap with Mountain Time
Geographic Constraints: None
Context: We have a client that’s gone from $0 to mid 6 figures in ARR in under 3 months. They have an open source library backed by a hosted platform that helps with test orchestration. The CTO is stepping into a CEO role and needs someone who can backfill them on the engineering side. There’s two other engineers on the team at the moment. Immediate term they just need someone who can steer their existing and upcoming engineering workstreams. They’ll likely be layering in a handful of other contractors and full time hires over the coming months so bonus points if you’ve got experience building teams of engineers but that’s not a requirement at the moment.
Note: We've posted two job descriptions for this role. The other can be found here.
About You
Roughly in order of importance:
  • You have multiple years of (backend) node experience
  • You'd feel comfortable owning ops for a startup with ~10 engineers
  • You have experience heading up engineering for a startup
  • You've worked with at least half a dozen early stage startups
  • You have experience consulting
  • You have 10+ years experience

To get in touch ping us at We're always looking to make connections with consultants so feel free to reach out and say hey even if this isn't a fit. You can see what else we're looking for here.