ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย Vadim Kravchenko Vadim Kravcenko

Co-founder & CTO @ mindnow AG ๐Ÿ“ Zรผrich

Partner at mind ventures GmbH
I grow teams, build products and solve problems โ€” occasionally a computer is involved.

At my weekly (sometimes bi-weekly) newsletter - I share my thoughts as a CTO, which some may consider insightful and practical startup advice. Some of the topics that I like writing about: building SaaS products, growing teams, scaling technology and in general being a good founder and a decent person.


Startup Founders Guide

๐Ÿš€ So you want to be a founder? This series was made for aspiring entrepreneurs and people who are looking to go from early-stage startup to late-stage business. I've helped companies release multitudes of products and here are some proven guides that will help you turn your idea into MVP, find your first customers, grow your business and become a unicorn.

๐Ÿงฌ Becoming a Real Business: Accounting, Taxes, and Automation

13 min read

๐Ÿป How to build a community around your SaaS

11 min read

๐Ÿ’ก Getting your Idea to the MVP

11 min read

๐Ÿ’ฐ How to sell your SaaS to Enterprise Customers

13 min read

๐Ÿงฉ Dealing with complexity

15 min read

๐Ÿค– How to Hire a CTO for Your Startup

13 min read

Technical Manager Guide

๐Ÿ„โ€ Scaling your team is hard. Finding the right talent and making sure they stay is a challenge. I have experience growing from zero to multiple teams working seamlessly with one another. It wasn't easy. This series was made for management and tech leads to help you grow by empowering & enabling your employees.

๐Ÿ’ป Embracing Hacker Culture

9 min read

๐Ÿ„โ€โ™‚๏ธ Self-Organizing Teams

7 min read

๐Ÿ•ธ๏ธ How to build remote teams properly

12 min read

๐Ÿคน๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ Managing technical debt at an agile company

9 min read

โฑ๏ธ How to run efficient meetings with engineers

6 min read

๐Ÿฅ Helping your Interns / Juniors grow

9 min read

๐Ÿฆธโ€โ™‚๏ธ Lessons learned from becoming CTO of a small startup

10 min read

Latest Newsletter Issues

๐Ÿ’Œ I like writing. Each week, I share some reflections about things I've been pondering, as well as the daily struggles of a CTO. Might be interesting for you, so subscribe.

๐Ÿ”ฌ Building a side-project

5 min read

๐Ÿ† Promotion-based development

5 min read

โœ๏ธ Being an Amateur

5 min read

๐Ÿ“ˆ The Toxic Grind

5 min read

๐ŸŽƒย We’ll add it to the backlog

3 min read

๐ŸŽฏ What does a Product Owner do all day?

2 min read

๐Ÿ’€ Every app has its skeletons

3 min read

ย ๐ŸŽญย Owning up to your mistakes

4 min read

๐Ÿฅ‡ The unfair advantage

5 min read

โš™๏ธ So what does SLA really mean?

4 min read

๐Ÿ”ฅ Battling daily procrastination

2 min read

๐Ÿ”ฅ Do things, tell people

5 min read

โ›ณ Moving Forward in times of uncertainty

5 min read

About me

๐Ÿ”ฅ The past decade I've been leading development in one role or the other. Currently, I'm a co-founder and CTO at a swiss digital agency. Established in 2018, growing it since then to 60 employees with a sustainable profit and solid development. The result is a well-structured and oiled innovation machine that is still building products of any size. We've built neobanks, ecommerce projects, automation tools and even tightly-integrated SaaS ecosystems.

๐Ÿš€ During the past 15 years, I've had the privilege to launch dozens of different products for different industries - as a software developer, architect, team lead and eventually CTO. I've worked with many startups and released several open-source libraries.

๐Ÿ”ง As a side-hustle, I consult. Nowadays my expertise lies in building proper development processes as well as helping early-/mid-stage startups grow their products. I've done this all my life so I've gotten pretty good at it. So instead of coding, I'm focusing more on the big picture stuff and managing chaos inside of it โ€” making sure the whole engine works as efficiently as possible.

Get yourself a CTO

๐Ÿ› ๏ธ Fractional CTO or CTO On-Demand โ€” I work closely with your team with multiple check-ins during the week to make sure we deliver a solid product. My goal here is to help you build a development environment where your team thrives and focuses on building amazing products without too much supervision.

๐Ÿฆบ CTO as a Service โ€” I will be available to you as a mental sparring partner to bounce ideas and discuss your technology needs. As an external consultant, I will help guide your product development through your hands. I will share my experience and show you the necessary steps to tackle the current situation.

๐Ÿ’Š Health Check โ€” An intensive one-day workshop to evaluate your current technology processes, development team performance, and possible improvements. I will help you find low-hanging fruits to improve your team, code, or product. This service is also suitable for due diligence before acquisition/investment or internal audit by the parent company. It can take more than one-day for companies with 100+ people.

๐Ÿ“… Book a timeslot

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Consulting

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป One-on-One โ€” I can consult your company and help you with a specific problem youโ€™re facing. You can send me your questions, and weโ€™ll organize a 1- or 2-hour online session (or more if necessary) to go through the issues. I have the most experience in:

  • Solving technical debt. Once you've grown too fast, and achieved success, it's time to fix those corners you cut.
  • Scaling teams correctly without chaos in processes. Onboarding new hires and making sure they stay for the long run.
  • Solving efficiency bottlenecks. I can help you bring underperforming teams to success.
  • Setting up proper procedures so team members can code efficiently.
  • And a lot of other problems that I have encountered and solved over the years.

Let me know your concrete situation, and Iโ€™m sure weโ€™ll find a solution. I will be glad to get to know you.

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