Bakr Kawkji
CTO as a service
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Hi there!

I’m Bakr Kawkji,
your CTO as a service

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What is CTO as a service

Do you have a business idea but you don't have a CTO co-founder to build it with or you don’t know how to find the right one?

Has your company been depending on low-cost developers and now things have turned into a fragmented mess?

Are you a startup in the process of raising money but don’t have a senior tech team member onboard to meet investors, design your tech roadmap and to help you build your future investors confidence in your team and product?

Are you in need of immediate senior tech leadership to help you scale up your business but you don’t want to commit to overpriced agency contracts or to hire a full time inhouse CTO yet?

I can help you to solve the immediate tech challenges that your business is facing as your CTO as a service and you only pay for the services you use.

Some refer to it also as an interim CTO/VP of Engineering or a virtual CTO for your company.

How does it work

I work with clients on a variety of methods including pay per hour, fixed scope pricing, equity or a mix of that.

Unlike traditional IT consulting firms, you don’t have to commit to long term contracts or to pay for retainer hours that you might not use, for example if you need a few hours per month you only pay for those hours.

The bottom line is that you only pay for the services you use.

About me

Bakr Kawkji

I’m a hands-on full stack developer and creative coder, based in Stockholm, Sweden and work with companies both locally and from around the world. I’ve been professionally developing tech solutions and building tech teams for over 15 years.

I’ve gained my experience as CTO by building products and leading digital transformation B2B/B2C for companies across several markets including US, EU and MENA. I have a passione to design and execute omnichannel digital customer experiences that are aimed toward growth and I’m always learning something new.

I excel in leading all aspects of architecture, software development and support, including buy vs. SaaS analysis, investment rationalization, cost benefit analysis, contract negotiation and execution.

Throughout my career I’ve assembled tech teams across several industries including FinTech, E-Commerce, Saas, Marketplaces, Digital Marketing, Consulting and others.

In 2019, I’ve quit a dream job at a Swedish FinTech unicorn and decided to start offering my passion for technology as a CTO as a service for startup founders and small business owners with the aim of helping them to accomplish their business goals and to realize their ideas into functional tech solutions with high ROI, quickly and efficiently.

I’ve seen it all, from building one page websites to complex Saas products and marketplaces across web, mobile and desktop. I’ve also pitched investors and raised capital from VCs as a startup founder myself, hired, trained and mentored tech talents and scaled teams of up to 30+ developers and software engineers.

Today, I work with startup founders and small business owners from around the world to grab their market opportunity as fast as possible and under budget, both remote and onsite.

Companies where I have held technical leadership positions

Chief Technology Officer 
Sweden
CTO Entrepreneur In Residence 
Sweden
Head of Digital 
Sweden
Solutions Architect Team Lead 
USA

Want me to join your team?

Ways I can help you

Vision and roadmap

Helping you translate your vision into a functional tech solution by designing a future-proof tech roadmap, assembling a development team and leading the development of the product, website, mobile app, CRM and any other needed tech components to kick start your company with the right tech foundation in place.

Technical leadership

Leading tech build projects coherently across your contractors, agencies and inhouse teams. A-Z tech project management, requirements specification and documentation.

Confidence

I can meet your investors and lead the tech discussions, helping you to build your investors trust and confidence in your team. Most of the investors you’d meet today would feel way more comfortable in investing in your company knowing that there’s a senior tech member on your team. I’ve raised capital, pitched and met countless investors myself ranging from angles to global VCs and know what investors look for in a tech startup.

Rapid prototyping

Yes, I’m a hands-on full stack developer and responsive UX designer, I can code your MVP quickly so you could launch your product asap and with a functional MVP in hand — you could start talking to investors and future partners demoing a functional first version of your product instead of using basic mockups that limits your discussions, I can help you to wow both your investors and your future customers, I know what makes an MVP to stand out.

Digital transformation and innovation

System design and architecture, technology selection for best business fit, transforming your company’s current processes into fully digitized processes while minimizing the budget spent on running and maintaining digital technologies, helping you to move your tech to the future state.

Refactoring

Breaking down your tech systems into microservices and migrating your workload to the cloud so you’d be able to scale your business bandwidth with ease.

Due diligence

Have you received an interesting offer from a vendor or an agency to develop a solution for you but you’re unsure if their proposal makes sense in terms of technology selection, cost or execution timeline? I can come in quickly and evaluate tech proposals, face off with vendors, agencies and meet your team to ensure you’re doing the right thing for your company with the right investment costs based on your company’s current situation and future goals so you don’t end up spending too much money on the wrong things or on builds that’s not aligned with your business goals and strategy.

Engineering management

Technical team building and resource planning, talent leadership, motivation and mentoring, helping you to scale up your on-site and remote teams by implementing Agile SCRUM and Kanban workflow methodologies to improve your tech teams productivity and to cut unnecessary costs.

Automation and cost reduction

By mapping your current processes, tech and tools being used, I can help you to reduce cost by automating processes that’s hard or unclear on how to automate. I have experience in automating complex processes that spans across several tools, channels and systems.

HR and talent resource allocation

By understanding your current tech talent roles, I can help you to hire, interview and qualify the right tech talents which your company needs. Not just because someone said you need to hire a full time talent with a certain skill set means that you should, hiring the wrong talent could lead to a lot of complications that could be avoided by knowing what skills to look for and how to evaluate the candidate’s fit. I can help you to solve that and can help you to hire your future full time CTO to ensure a great fit to your company's existing technologies and culture.

Let’s launch something awesome

I’m also a creative designer and coder, I love designing and implementing digital experiences that catch the imagination.

Don’t settle for low quality and mediocrity when it comes to your brand’s first digital impression like every other company does. Your customers will be more likely to come back when the UX is great and unique, you deserve to see your customers not just happy about your service but also amazed and telling their friends about it. I don’t accept the status quo nor you should.

Get in touch, let's take your brand UX to the next level.

What people say

“Ridiculously efficient’ and tremendously talented are the phrases that come to mind when I think about Bakr. I had the pleasure of working with Bakr for several years at Coalition Technologies, collaborating on several project teams. Bakr’s ability to juggle multiple projects was unlike any I’ve seen before. The work was not only timely but flawless as well. I have never seen a developer as responsive and efficient like Bakr. It always appeared that no task was too big or impossible. On top of everything Bakr always brought an amazing attitude to work everyday and was an absolute pleasure to work with. I would jump at the opportunity to work with Bakr in the future and any company would be lucky to have him.”
Justin Szabo
Partner | Director of Marketing at Slicedbread
“Very knowledgeable, highly competent and always curious and eager to learn more, that’s is how I perceive Bakr. We worked together in the marketing team for about 3 years. I really appreciated Bakr’s ability to combine his in-depth analytical skills and technical expertise with a very pragmatic and hands-on approach when developing new efficient solutions. Bakr has got integrity, courage and a strong drive to deliver high-quality results. He is self-sufficient and very creative, always looking to improve processes and results. In addition, Bakr can explain all things tech so even I understand it. On a more personal level, I really enjoyed our deep, deep philosophical conversations about life; To be or not to be…
I can highly recommend Bakr to future business partners and companies.”
Kristin Andersson
Head of Communications, Sweden at Volvo Car Mobility
“I had the pleasure of working with Bakr for about 1.5 years while at Trustly. Bakr was the development lead on several pieces of work that were critical to the Partner Channel, and I was always pleased and impressed with both Bakr's attitude and the results he delivered!
Bakr is very quick to understand business needs, he is hard working and focused on business results, and he technically is very skilled. I was always confident when Bakr was assigned to a project, and he consistently delivered.
I can with confidence recommend him to future business partners and employers alike.”
Adam Bowman
Director, Partner Sales at Trustly Group AB

Some of the Tech that I use

AWS
AWS
Google Cloud
Google Cloud
Node.js
Node.js
React
React
Redux
Redux
Flutter
Flutter
Vue.js
Vue.js
Webgl
Webgl
GSAP
GSAP
Three.js
Three.js
Php
Php
Zend
Zend
Laravel
Laravel
Mysql
Mysql
PostgreSQL
PostgreSQL
Magento
Magento
Shopify
Shopify
Bigcommerce
Bigcommerce
Sharetribe
Sharetribe
Wordpress
Wordpress
Stripe
Stripe
Netlify
Netlify
Jekyll
Jekyll
Docker
Docker
Vagrant
Vagrant
Kubernetes
Kubernetes
Redis
Redis
Google Analytics
Google Analytics
Mixpanel
Mixpanel
Qlik Sense
Qlik Sense
Google Data Studio
Google Data Studio
Apache
Apache
Nginx
Nginx
GraphQL
GraphQL
Elasticsearch
Elasticsearch
Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Creative Cloud
Figma Creative Cloud
Figma
Sketch
Sketch
InVision
InVision
Zeplin
Zeplin
Salesforce
Salesforce
Hubspot
Hubspot
Atlassian
Atlassian
Github
Github
Trello
Trello
Basecamp
Basecamp

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