CTO · Entrepreneurship

Does the Location of a Tech Partner Matter?

Johnson Emmanuel Award-winning marketer | Founder, @Havanzer | Seeking to Co-found an e-Commerce Product with a CTO

July 31st, 2020

I've got a product idea, and i need a CTO (tech partner) to build out.

As i marketer, I understand the market very well, and I can move things pretty fast.

I'm currently in Africa, and that is the market for the product, although I live in NYC.

Would it be OK to get a CTO who is based in Africa or out of Africa, does it really matter?

I believe that to move the product really fast, I'll need to be on the ground in Africa, and I already have access to big buyers, some of them are excited about the idea already.

Thanks for your advice.

Steve Owens Startup Expert

August 1st, 2020

All things being equal, it matters - but less and less these days. Most of the customers we develop product for have never been to any of our facilities.

However, there are other things that do make a difference. You can find a white paper on our website about how to choose a product development partner. It's worth a read before you hire anyone.

Matt Mansour Technical CoFounder

August 3rd, 2020

Only when there is a fire to put out.

Thorsten Lorenz CoFounder CTO

August 4th, 2020

It sure depends. If the CTO's responsibility is purely technical he can be anywhere in the world. For a startup it is important to communicate at ease. A nearby location can help and speaking to somebody directly is a plus, but not a requirement. Not having a CTO and therefore a delay will not help. Make up your mind and set up your items to check with an order.

I partially agree with @Oti Hrm as this also depends on the responsibility of the CTO. After all, Africa is a continent with lots of different cultures. So somebody who is more open could be a better fit.

Emmanuel Egberuare Physician | Tech Enthusiast | Strategy & Innovation | Open to taking on new projects

Last updated on August 10th, 2020

Let's work together.

Oti Hrm Content Marketer | Digital Media Creative

July 31st, 2020

Hello Johnson, the location of a reliable CTO "shouldn't" affect work delivery. The world is digital now. However, shouldn't is on a quotation for different reasons. Unforeseen or urgent concerns may emerge during product execution. A CTO who is physically available might make a difference at that moment. Again, a reliable CTO who is African has a better chance of creating a friendlier (African) user experience for your product since the end-users are more likely to be African.

AShu Co-founder I CTO I Co-adviser I Full stack developer

Last updated on August 1st, 2020

i think you have don't make your decision on a rigid principle because its depend 's on factors .So make list of factors in your startups and set a priority over others .Go search and talk everyone's which have qualities u need for startup no matters he belongs to somewhere if he have all priorities factor vs others .

This one way i suggested may be there is another ways exit.

Also see this my old answers

I am in Australia, should I be looking for VC's and Co-Founders here, or is it viable to seek these overseas?

http://cofounderslab.com/discuss/i-am-in-australia-should-i-be-looking-for-vcs-and-co-founders-here-or-is-it-viable-to-seek-these-overseas via