Hire the Top 3% of Interim CTOs

Toptal is a marketplace for top interim CTOs and part-time CTOs. CEOs and management at top companies and startups work with Toptal interim Chief Technology Officers in a short-term or long-term basis to lead their development teams and develop their technology strategy and roadmap.

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Clients Rate Toptal CTOs4.9 / 5.0on average across 1,719 reviews as of Jun 15, 2024

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Tomas Agrimbau

Freelance CTO
Canada
Toptal Member Since May 13, 2013

Tomas founded a software development agency 10 years ago and managed an 80-person team, where he covered almost every possible role in the company, but mostly worked as the CTO. Two years ago, he started a product startup called Bleap, a no-code tool that helps entrepreneurs validate their ideas without any code or technical skills. Tomas is passionate about software development because he loves solving problems.

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Eric Vergnaud

Freelance CTO
France
Toptal Member Since September 30, 2021

Eric is a highly productive developer, architect, and CTO with 30 years of experience in banking, digital media, advertisement, healthcare, and programming tools. He has experience with global companies such as DevFactory, Sage, Credit Suisse, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, and Veolia. He's also worked with governments, SMBs (Cegedim, DEKRA, 4D, Hachette), and startups (Penbase, Poster Conseil, eRoket). An OSS contributor, Eric was born Agile and likes taking on multiple roles in teams of up to 100 members.

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Sylvain Vittecoq

Freelance CTO
Sweden
Toptal Member Since August 17, 2022

Sylvain's been a CTO, engineering manager, and senior software engineer in the US and Europe. He is a very hands-on, result-oriented expert in Java and solution definition and can work with anyone from engineers to C-level execs. Sylvain's delivered nationwide security infrastructures for millions of devices and connected millions of eCommerce users. Sylvain founded FileChain to offer next-generation blockchain platforms for large-scale Web 3.0, Industry 4.0, and NFT decentralized marketplaces.

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Mike Davis

Freelance CTO
United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since December 16, 2022

Mike is an executive management consulting partner with vast experience delivering complex transformation programs. With over 35 years of industry expertise, he has held executive leadership, global SAP CTO, and S/4HANA program director positions. Mike is focused on advising, leading, supporting, directing, and delivering change and transformation programs.

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Uri Levitsky

Freelance CTO
Australia
Toptal Member Since December 17, 2021

Uri has 18 years of experience in software development, including 7+ years in leadership roles, five in executive roles, and four years as the CTO of WIthYouWithMe, Deloitte Technology Fast 500 APAC winner (2019). The award recognizes the company as the fastest-growing startup with over 13,000% growth over three years.

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Bill Martschenko

Freelance CTO
United States
Toptal Member Since February 26, 2020

Bill is a veteran, hands-on CTO who presents quickly as a thought leader with executive presence. He can speak plain English to all sides of an organization, including investors and a BoD. His work includes seven startups. Add his fractional CTO and consulting roles, and his portfolio sits at 11 large enterprises and nine SMBs under $100M/year, covering digital transformation, disruptive innovation, rescuing technical debt, and explosive growth in both regulated and non-regulated industries.

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Laszlo Marai

Freelance CTO
Hungary
Toptal Member Since October 11, 2017

Laszlo is a generalist developer with experience in technical leadership, project management, and working in the CTO role. He's excellent at communicating with clients and ideating suggestions on how to solve issues, what parts to implement first (think MVP, 80/20 rule, and more), and when to defer his opinion. He is also a well-regarded mentor and teacher for junior and mid-senior developers.

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Dan Lester

Freelance CTO
United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since March 23, 2022

Dan has been a software developer and entrepreneur for over 15 years, building and exiting various companies worth millions. Dan worked in the financial industry and brings an unrivaled understanding of the business needs and culture of a wide range of workplaces where roles have included CTO, COO, founder, machine learning developer, and quantitative research analyst. He enjoys the technical challenge of contracting and finding inspiration for his independent open-source projects.

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Ethan Drower

Freelance CTO
United States
Toptal Member Since April 12, 2017

Ethan has a unique blend of development and infrastructure experience. Chicago based, he has multiple years of hard-earned experience in the dynamic electronic trading industry both as a developer and a Linux engineer. His experience in fast-paced environments enables him to jump in and provide technical value in almost any situation. Today, Ethan works primarily with Python and JavaScript technologies and focuses on web scraping.

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Stanislav Krasnoyarov

Freelance CTO
Portugal
Toptal Member Since December 30, 2014

Stan is a CTO and a full-stack engineer with 15 years of experience. He is an enthusiastic programmer and has spent the past seven years doing web and mobile apps. He excels at designing architecture and implementing agile development processes. Stan has worked with numerous technologies, including Node.js, Elixir, Rails, AngularJS, React, React Native, Objective-C, iOS, Java, and Android. He's also familiar with C++, Haskell, C#, and .NET.

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Artem Khamidullin

Freelance CTO
Russia
Toptal Member Since November 15, 2017

Artem has over ten years of experience in web development and architecture for various complex requirements, including projects that are not well-defined. He perfectly solves assigned tasks and even helps resolve the client's business problems. Artem is co-founder and CTO of FunFromMe startup.

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Tripcents wouldn't exist without Toptal. Toptal Projects enabled us to rapidly develop our foundation with a product manager, lead developer, and senior designer. In just over 60 days we went from concept to Alpha. The speed, knowledge, expertise, and flexibility is second to none. The Toptal team were as part of tripcents as any in-house team member of tripcents. They contributed and took ownership of the development just like everyone else. We will continue to use Toptal. As a startup, they are our secret weapon.

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I am more than pleased with our experience with Toptal. The professional I got to work with was on the phone with me within a couple of hours. I knew after discussing my project with him that he was the candidate I wanted. I hired him immediately and he wasted no time in getting to my project, even going the extra mile by adding some great design elements that enhanced our overall look.

Paul Fenley

Director

The developers I was paired with were incredible -- smart, driven, and responsive. It used to be hard to find quality engineers and consultants. Now it isn't.

Ryan Rockefeller

CEO

Toptal understood our project needs immediately. We were matched with an exceptional freelancer from Argentina who, from Day 1, immersed himself in our industry, blended seamlessly with our team, understood our vision, and produced top-notch results. Toptal makes connecting with superior developers and programmers very easy.

Jason Kulik

Co-Founder

As a small company with limited resources we can't afford to make expensive mistakes. Toptal provided us with an experienced programmer who was able to hit the ground running and begin contributing immediately. It has been a great experience and one we'd repeat again in a heartbeat.

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Principal

How to Hire CTOs Through Toptal

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A Toptal director of engineering will work with you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics.
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Within days, we'll introduce you to the right CTO for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
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The Right Fit, Guaranteed

Work with your new CTO for a trial period (pay only if satisfied), ensuring they're the right fit before starting the engagement.

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FAQs

  • How are Toptal CTOs different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our CTOs to ensure we only match you with talent of the highest caliber. Of the more than 100,000 people who apply to join the Toptal network each year, fewer than 3% make the cut. You’ll work with engineering experts (never generalized recruiters or HR reps) to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics. The end result: expert vetted talent from our network, custom matched to fit your business needs.

  • Can I hire CTOs in less than 48 hours through Toptal?

    Depending on availability and how fast you can progress, you could start working with a CTO within 48 hours of signing up.

  • What is the no-risk trial period for Toptal CTOs?

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your CTO begins with a trial period of up to two weeks. This means that you have time to confirm the engagement will be successful. If you’re completely satisfied with the results, we’ll bill you for the time and continue the engagement for as long as you’d like. If you’re not completely satisfied, you won’t be billed. From there, we can either part ways, or we can provide you with another expert who may be a better fit and with whom we will begin a second, no-risk trial.

  • What type of talent does Toptal have?

    Our platform hosts a very diverse range of skill sets, experiences, and backgrounds. Our freelancers range from software engineers, user experience designers, project management experts, and product managers to finance experts who have worked at leading companies such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and many more.

  • What other services does Toptal provide?

    Besides our talent matching services, we also provide web and application development services like a development company. Through our Toptal Projects team, we assemble cross-functional teams of senior project managers, web developers, app developers, user interface designers, and other technical skills. Our team members follow a well-defined development process to build a fully functional solution.

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    Trusted Experts Only

    All of our talent are seasoned experts who ramp up quickly, readily contribute as core team members, and work with you to minimize onboarding time.

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    The Right Fit

    We have a knack for matching you with the right fit. Start working with your new hire on a no-risk trial period, paying only if satisfied.

  • Scale as Needed

    Scale as Needed

    Hire talent within 48 hours and scale your team up or down as needed, no strings attached.

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    Seamless Hiring

    We handle all aspects of billing, payments, and NDA’s. Let us take care of the overhead while you focus on building great products.

  • Flexible Engagements

    Flexible Engagements

    Choose the engagement type that suits your needs — hourly, part-time, or full-time — with the ability to change anytime.

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    Expert Talent Matching

    Focus on your project and enjoy support from your dedicated account executive and expert talent matcher.

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