Fractional CTO & Fractional CAIO

What is a Fractional CTO / CAIO?

A Fractional CTO (Chief Technology Officer) or CAIO (Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer - not to be confused with ciao) is a part-time executive who provides strategic technology leadership to companies that don't need a full-time CTO or CAIO. These roles are ideal for startups, small businesses, and mid-sized companies that need high-level technology guidance but don't have the resources or desire to hire a full-time executive. As a Fractional CTO or CAIO, I can

  • Help develop and execute a new technology strategy
  • Oversee the development of a new products or service
  • Manage your technology talent
  • Evaulate the state of your technology stack
  • Identify and close IT security gaps
  • Assist with funding or M&A
  • Ensure that your technology initiatives are aligned with your business goals
  • Fill a vacancy created by an unexpected departure
  • Interview and hire a full time executive who fits with your company's needs

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When is a Fractional Technical Executive the right choice?

  • You're operating within a constrained budget.
  • You're in need of technical expertise but aren't prepared to onboard a full-time executive.
  • You're facing an urgent need to replace a departing full-time executive.
  • You're seeking a part-time solution to fulfill executive responsibilities.
  • You're in pursuit of ambitious IT or AI objectives but lacking in-house expertise.

When is a Fractional Technical Executive the wrong choice?

  • You're in need of a full-time executive to manage a large team or complex projects.
  • You're seeking a long-term solution to fulfill executive responsibilities.
  • You're in a heavily regulated industry that demands the full attention of executive leadership.

How much will this cost?

The cost of a Fractional CTO or CAIO is typically a fraction of the cost of a full-time executive. My most common engagements are in the $300/hr - $450/hr range, need around 40 hours per month, and have a 3 month duration. The exact cost will depend on the scope of the work and the time commitment required. I'm happy to discuss your specific needs and provide a quote.

About me (Seth Black)

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I'm a strategic leader proficient in both machine learning and software engineering. My experience ranges from two-person projects to leading an engineering department of over 70 people. My expertise lies in implementing innovative machine learning techniques and seamlessly operationalizing pipelines from data collection to production. In essence, my programming chops are sharp, I understand the business side of things, and I have a bunch of operational experience.

Core expertise

  • AI Strategy Implementation: I specialize in crafting and executing AI strategies that are tailored to your unique needs, ensuring that your AI initiatives are aligned with your business objectives.
  • Machine Learning & Data Science: With extensive experience in ML and data science, I can guide your team in developing cutting-edge AI models and algorithms, turning data into actionable insights.
  • Cross-Functional Team Leadership: Proven ability in managing diverse, multidisciplinary teams, fostering collaboration, and driving projects to successful completion.

Specific skills

  • Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Large Language Models
  • Machine Vision
  • Human Motion Analysis
  • Machine Learning Ops
  • Project Management
  • Team Leadership
  • Strategic Planning
  • AI Strategy
  • Business Alignment
  • On and off-shore Talent
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Startup Experience
  • Technology Innovation
  • AI Potential
  • Medical Experience
  • Real Estate Experience

Why work with me?

  • Deep Industry Experience: I have been an integral part of the tech world, from global giants like AT&T to dynamic two-person startups. My journey has been marked by a strong focus on Machine Learning (ML) for Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Large Language Models (LLM), with additional expertise in machine vision and a hint of human motion analysis.
  • Proven Leadership: As a former Engineering Director and Manager in various high-profile tech companies, I have consistently delivered excellence in project management, team leadership, and strategic planning. My expertise lies in aligning AI strategies with business goals, ensuring that technology drives value and innovation.
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit: As the founder of Fiscus Technologies, co-founder of a few tech startups, and an early employee of several more startups, I bring an entrepreneurial mindset combined with a deep understanding of AI's potential in various industries.

What would make us a bad fit?

I'm a generally amicable person, but I'm not the right fit for every company. Here are a few reasons why we might not be a good fit:

  • You're looking for a full-time commitment.
  • You're in need of someone to "just build an app".
  • You're in an industry that I have no experience in.
  • Your product or service can be generally considered unethical.

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