Fractional Technology Leader


If you’ve been reading our blog or downloaded our free Guide to Tech Projects for Non-technical Founders, you’ve learned how important a team is for completing technical projects successfully.

The most important person on the team is the technology lead. This goes without saying, but must be said given how often this rule is ignored.

You’ve got to have someone on the team that is experienced. I’m not talking about someone who has built a couple sites, this is your general contractor! I’m talking about a solid 10 year, 10,000 hour person

And what they’ve been doing for those hours is important as well. If they’ve been pigeonholed in the back office server room only tinkering with networks and IT infrastructure for 10 years (although some of that might be helpful), they’re not a good fit. They need to have worked in all aspects of web development, from design through devops and back again. They also need to have a couple big wins: big projects that went from start to finish successfully.

The more experience the better, but the problem is that experience is expensive. These people are pricey because they’re in a high growth, high demand industry where wages have not been stagnant. They’re going for anywhere from 150k – 300k per year right now according to salary estimates online.

If you can’t afford someone like that full-time (most startups can’t), you’ll want to look for someone who could join you part-time. Do a search on LinkedIn for a fractional CTO or fractional developer, or lead developer contractor, etc.

One thing you’ll definitely want to avoid is the “Amazing Technicolor Dream coder”. If you’d like to read more about that and other tips for successful technical projects, we have a free gift for you.

Download our free Guide to Tech Projects for Non-technical Founders.

If you need hands on help with your project, Buink has years of experience managing and completing technical projects on time, under budget, and with a high level of quality. Contact Buink today.

About The Author

Ben currently works as a senior developer and technical business consultant outside of Boulder, Colorado.

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About Buink

Buink Web Development is a development shop founded in 2009 by Ben Buie. For years, Ben built and modified web assets for clients in Utah. In 2011, he moved the company to Colorado and in 2015 he started taking on new clients full-time.

Buink’s Core Values:

  • Cost effective technology (with business strategy in mind)
  • Eloquent, maintainable code
  • Responsive and transparent communication

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Dru M.
Dru M.
15:41 25 Mar 21
Ben’s a super responsive, thoughtful, sharp and all around great guy to work with. Excellent with his trade. I’d recommend him to anyone. Thanks Ben!
Seth L.
Seth L.
21:36 29 Jun 19
Ben and team are incredible to work with. They are reliable and proficient. I'd highly recommend hiring them for web development work. SethVOLTAGE
Craig A.
Craig A.
20:50 18 Jun 19
It was a pleasure to work with Ben and his team. It is rare to find such attention to high standards of coding and devops.
Lexi S.
Lexi S.
15:36 18 Jun 19
Grateful to have Ben and his team as such a capable, reliable partner for completing client work!
Tom S.
Tom S.
13:18 14 Jun 19
I reached out to Buink after finding Ben’s name in a local developer/consultant listing in 2017, and I have to say, it has been an absolute pleasure to work with Buink. Ben consistently understands not just the development task laid in front of him but the business application behind the task. I’ve... never felt more comfortable with a development team than I do with Buink. I truly feel Ben and his team are integral partners in the success of my more
Marilyn F.
Marilyn F.
22:47 13 May 19
I could not recommend Buink Web Development more highly. Ben and his team have recently developed a budgeting app for me (both web and IOS). I have had the opportunity of working with them for over a year and I am extremely happy with the results.I would say that the biggest plus for me is that I... trust Ben completely. From the very first, Ben has helped me make decisions that were in the best interest of my company. I have never felt like he is taking advantage of me. Ben does his best to keep the whole process very open and upfront. I have really appreciated that.I tell people all the time that I love my developers. And I do. I'm very happy that I chose to use Buink to develop my apps. It was the best business decision I could have made.If you are looking for someone to develop a website or app, I strongly suggest choosing Buink Web Development. They are fantastic!Marilyn Ference, President, Defend Your Money, LLCread more
James Landon B.
James Landon B.
01:33 28 Aug 18
Great company to help with all your web design needs!
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