Technical Consultant, Web Development,
and Fractional CTO Services

Circinaut provides part-time CTO and technical consultant services that include web and mobile application development, technical due diligence, security and SEO audits, and technical advising-- to investors, start-ups, and SMBs.

The company is led by Rian Schmidt, a former Amazon technology leader, Stanford MBA, and CISSP-certified technical consultant with more than two decades of experience working with his clients to leverage new technologies to accomplish their missions.

Our engagements typically do not require a full-time hire but do require a good technical consultant-- a broad-spectrum understanding of web technology and the ability to apply it to get things done. Drop us a line if you'd like to discuss your situation and how Circinaut Technical Consulting Group can help.

About Circinaut.

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Principal Technical Consultant, Rian Schmidt:

With more than two decades of hands-on technical consultant experience, Rian Schmidt has held VP Engineering and CTO roles in companies ranging from giants like Amazon’s Zappos to small venture-backed and bootstrapped start-ups.

He now serves as an on-demand technical consultant, technical advisor, and fractional CTO for clients needing help getting a project launched (or rescued) and with due diligence research on potential acquisitions or investments.

Rian holds an MBA from Stanford University, a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota and the CISSP certification from ISC2. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his family.

How We Work

Hourly or Retainer

Our most common relationship is based on an hourly rate or monthly retainer. Retainers can be quoted at a discount to on-demand hourly service and provide guaranteed access when needed.

Fixed Price Projects

Given a clear deliverable, we can quote a fixed price that we won’t exceed without the client’s explicit approval.

Application Development

Application Development

Data-driven, cloud-native web application development on your platform or ours. We build or rescue your project and then work with you as a technical advisor to develop a plan to keep it operating at peak effectiveness.

Sample Engagements

Long-term contract CTO for an immigration law firm to completely redesign a travel assessment application from its unmanageable prototype to a modern, API-driven web and mobile application, work with clients, and manage staff.

Create a dynamic, CMS-based questionnaire for a financial services client to help them guide their own clients in assessing and improving their business practices. The system calculates industry benchmarks and scores while allowing for the client to adjust questions and weightings over time.

Research and Advising

We can act as your representative in researching potential investments, projects, or web development partners. Past engagements have included reports on technical due diligence and recommendations on the future direction of a mission critical application.

Sample Engagements

Represent a private equity firm in performing technical due diligence prior to a large follow-on investment in a medical insurance processing start-up-- going on-site to interview the engineering team and evaluate the platform.

Complete a custom research project for a large logistics company to help them understand the complex architecture of a core component of their systems. By working with both the client and developer, we were able to translate between the two and help the client better understand the existing situation and potential for improvement.

Research and Advising
Website Development

Website Development

When our clients have outgrown their static HTML sites, or their Wordpress sites are no longer maintainable or providing the functionality needed, we work with both internal and external designers to create a custom solution using current technologies.

Sample Engagements

Work with a trusted designer to migrate a legal services firm from their hard-to-manage, outdated Wordpress site to a modern CMS and React-based site with Salesforce integration and fuzzy search capabilities.

Modernize the hosting and development infrastructure to utilize current container and continuous integration techniques to eliminate manual server configurations and deployments for an apparel manufacturer.