Hi. I'm Mike Schwartz.

I provide fractional and interim engineering technology and management leadership services. I can help when teams need more engineering depth, an additional set of eyes, or more bandwidth.

I have decades of experience in software engineering and engineering management. I have worked with some of the most innovative and influential companies in Silicon Valley. I’ve learned from some of the best and have an extensive playbook.

Let me know if I might be able to help, or if you'd like to learn more.
Mike Schwartz. Software Consulting. Interim. Fractional. Interim. Consultant. Mentor. Coach. VP of Engineering. Vice-President of Engineering.

Companies

I've been fortunate to work at interesting, influential and innovative tech companies. LinkedIn has all the details.

Engineering leader at Airbnb, Stripe, and Square
Stipe
Airbnb
Square
Engineering leader at innovative and influential Opsware / Loudcloud, Go, Infoseek, Sun Microsystems, Metaphor
Opsware
Loudcloud
GO Corporation
Infoseek
Sun Microsystems
Metaphor Computer Systems
Consulting practice as Fractional VPE / CTO, Strategic Advisor, Organizational Development
VP of Engineering at growing startups Six Apart, Wikia, BigTent, and Moka5
Six Apart
Wikia
Moka5
BS and MS in Computer Science – Stanford University
Stanford

Services and Expertise

I can help in most engineering and technical management areas, though I specialize it:

Area
Type of Engagement
Expertise
Fractional CTO & Vice-President of Engineering
Typically with companies without technical founders or when the technical founders need additional bandwidth. (5-25 hours / week)
  • Software design and implementation.
  • System architecture. Hosting design.
  • Bootstrap engineering teams.
  • Hiring foundational engineers and leaders. Staffing. Potential outsourcing or offshoring.
  • Engineering review and assessment.
  • Technical Strategy.
  • Executive Staff and Board representation of Engineering.
  • Organizational Development.
Coaching and Mentoring
I help Engineering leaders develop skills and solve problems. Sometimes it’s as simple as a second, experienced person with whom to brainstorm. (1-5 hours / month)
  • First-time managers.
  • New or recent "Lead of Leads."
  • VP and Director level development.
Technical & Engineering Strategy
I work with company leaders and founders to develop Engineering and overall strategy.
  • Product strategy and definition.
  • Fund-raising.
  • Monetization.
  • User acquisition and business growth.

Consulting Experience & Testimonials

Here are some of the customers I've worked with:

Interim VP Engineering and CTO

"Mike has helped us think critically about Engineering resourcing, technical and product tradeoffs, systems architecture, and more. Mike doesn’t simply “advise” — he dives into the nitty-gritty as a core part of our team. He covers a lot of ground - from recruiting to product strategy sessions. Mike's an incredible mentor, especially as someone who is a first-time founder with a non-technical background."

-- Nancy Dong, Founder and CEO
Strategic consulting on Engineering, Monetization and Product Strategy. Interim Product Manager.

"Mike is providing invaluable assistance on product and engineering strategy and planning and worked closely with my leadership and engineering teams."

-- Martin Hall, Founder and CEO
Interim VP Engineering / CTO for 18 months. Built their MVP.

"...we can't thank you enough for your leadership, rigorous problem-solving, and wise counsel across the many challenges of an early-stage startup."

-- Derek Maki, Founder and Chief Product Officer
Professional and personal mentoring of an Engineering leader progressing to a "manager of manager" role in a growing team and company.

"Mike impressed me during a regular leadership lean coffee, and I've engaged him personally to help me grow. What impressed me was the way he framed and presented problems and solutions. He's perceptive, empathetic and has a wealth of knowledge and experience."

-- Isaac Perez, Head of Infrastructure
Member of the Board of Advisors. Engineering and strategic advice.

"Mike provides a valuable additional set of eyes on Sora's Engineering plans. I'm looking forward to working with Mike at Sora and beyond."

-- Sambit Basu, CTO
Engineering organizational development. Recruiting process. Career levels definition.

"Mike brought a wealth of experience and sharpening questions to hone our engineering culture. This accelerated the cohesion of our teams, happiness of engineers, and clarity in internal communication."

-- Kyle Wenholz, Director of Engineering
Advised first-time CEO and CTO on a range of engineering, team building, and management-related projects. Started as an ad-hoc advisor before becoming Interim Vice-President of Engineering.

"I just wanted to deeply thank you for your work and help in the last few months. It was great having you here, and I know the team and I have valued it a lot."

-- Andrew Sutherland, CTO and Founder

Please get in touch

Email hello [at] mike-schwartz.com or use this form.
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