Our aim is to provide extraordinary value to our customers
We support organisations through growth and times of high risk. We
have witnessed countless of occasions where the absence of
technical leadership has resulted in substantial financial losses,
missing product market fit and even administration. The cost of
poor advice is almost guaranteed to be higher than any cost
associated with high quality, timely and experienced support and
Our aim is to genuinely help our customers thrive. Almost all of
our new customers come from recommendations of those we have
previously supported and their investors. Our independent model
also allows us to stand in the way of price-gouging third party
suppliers and protect our customers from poor contractual terms.
The costs for our services are based on outcomes, we don’t operate
on a per-day rate - which we feel provides a poor proxy for value.
Instead we work with a customer to identify the outcomes they need
and work out a cost that fits with the complexity and effort
required to deliver that outcome.
Our lightest service is pure advisory. We support the executive
team by coaching, mentoring and providing direct situational
advice. Typically this is in a combination of regular one to ones
alongside email and via your internal communication tools - teams,
slack etc. The cost is similar to that of a junior software
developer, but you get the experience of a CTO.
As the complexity increases we try to make our costs competitive
to having an internal expert doing the same function. The
difference is that we have short contracts, can be capitalised,
don’t have hidden costs - national insurance, employment tax,
equiptment costs, perks - are generally immediately available and
take no equity. That last one is huge if your are a startup /
Even acting as your organisations CTO, where we take the full
responsibility for your organisations technology, we charge less
than a first-time CTO and yet supply a deeply experienced CTO
backed by a network of skills and competencies from our partners.
An easy way to think about our value, based purely on cost:
CTO > Rational Partners ≥ Junior developer
Alternatively, you can also think about value delivered compared
to the cost of internal capability:
Rational Partners > Internal Capability
It’s always frustrating to see a pricing page with no prices. The
call-us enteprise sales approch is not one we like, but the
bespoke nature of every organisation we work with makes it
impossible to give a generic number and we don’t like setting
false expectations - its one of the ways we are different.
The best thing to do is get in touch, send us a quick email about
your challenges and we will work to identify a way to resolve them
effectively and with extraordinary value.