THE INTERIM CEO/CTO

Helping your organization adapt in a rapidly changing world

You must focus on making the most out of what you have, to execute and to get bottom-line results. I can bring decisiveness and proven expertise to your team: As a mentor, mediator and implementer.

With over 35 years of experience in software, tech and online communication companies, I am focusing on driving your organization's main values while bridging the skills and backgrounds of your different teams, ensuring your corporate culture is breathing purpose and shaping your organization for the next iterations and growth. I am often in the position to help you identify new, latent asset potential and market opportunities.

About you

You might be...

  • ...a new organization in need of building up your team and you require an experienced C-level manager to be quickly in place to then hand-over in due time to a regular position.
  • ...an established corporation bringing in new, lesser known technologies or processes, missing the skillset on the team for ensuring a smooth transition.
  • ...missing the talent on the team that move your existing solutions from middle grounds to the forefront of your market.
  • ...struggling with interpreting the current market situation and how to translate that into workable solutions and service offerings.
  • ...an organization that is growing quickly, but your growth is organic and comes with severe organizational pain and the turnover rate of your employees is increasing rapidly.
  • ...a distributed organization with delivery teams and competences geographically dispersed resulting in quality of deliverables, satisfaction on the teams and communication suffering.

Roles I take

I can be of use from an annual quarter on-wards:

  • As a C-level interim manager where I bring in CXO-level team player experience

For short-to-medium term commitments, I can be of use

  • As a coach acting as support and a guide, mainly supporting founders, CEO’s or CTO’s, or
  • As an analyst, helping your team creating assets in form of complete enterprise offerings, or authoring positioning papers in an early stage venture

The best match between your needs and what I can deliver is to be found in the following kinds of organizations:

  • Software product and services delivery, also with complex setups and geographically distributed teams from different cultures
  • IT-solutions and services delivery
  • Online-media & communication

 

THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN COACH

Do you as C-level manager or founder need direct, actionable support?

Often a company may lack certain expertise, founders may struggle to identify certain opportunities, or to define objectives that align with their vision. It might be overwhelming for the teams to define measurable goals to work towards, or maybe the hiring process is struggling to identify the right talent.

If your organization is living a culture of purpose, you will notice how certain aspects of managing your different teams is improving, such as finding talent. The winners of tomorrow belong to this category of purpose-driven organizations. No matter how much luck and chance can drive you to certain heights, you will not get further than that without knowing and planning for tomorrow, a tomorrow which always comes.

Anchor yourself to facts first

We are experiencing monumental changes: Societal, economical and environmental. As captains of organizations we must shift our focus from passion to purpose, to work together for a better future and a legacy beneficial to coming generations. We need courage while working with available facts, navigating shifting oceans and disrupted markets.

We need to act strategically, to operate beyond pure operational, survival mode and to shift from the single-objective of having a passion, or living passionate to that of being of purpose.

With an experienced team-player at your side, you will be able to plot your course for the coming 6, 12 and 24 months and ensure each team connects with the objectives, having clear goals in sight, goals which make sense. 

Learn - Adapt - Change

At times, you as the CEO, CTO or founder need that extra capability that an external, objective and experienced team player can bring to the table. A person with whom you do not need to spend a lot of time with to “get up to speed” before you get support, insight and actionable help. That is my role as a purpose-driven coach: Making sure that your organization – through you and your team – is thriving, while changing.

I am helping you to embrace change like you have never done it before, with all means available; Both on an individual and organizational level and to work towards a better, sustainable future where your organization has its given place.

Tech & Communication

Organizations that benefit the most out of my experience are typically:

Technological companies, such as software vendors, software service companies (e.g. SaaS) and IT outsourcing specialists, or

Companies with a communication focus, such as online marketing and communication organizations.

Any such organization may have geographically distributed teams, which enhances management complexity. A domain in which I have had the chance to collect substantial experience since the late 1990’s and where I can provide value.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT OF WORKING WITH ME

Your team will be "all hands-on deck" while keeping targets in sight

  • Organizational management
  • Business development
  • Strategic decision making

The duration of my work can be as short as a few hours per week for a few weeks up to several months with anything between 2-20 days per month invested. After a shorter, initial phase capturing current status and objectives, the goals to be achieved should've been defined and a managed, tight focus on these over the engagement duration should deliver results.

After we have been working together for some time, you should be thrilled about the possibilities you and your organization have. You should be excited about your teams future and its capability of a more effective and robust delivery, all while you are contributing positively towards our environment and society.

 

CLIENTS

Generating assets over time

Staying focused is key to results

Throughout a typical year I am working on 2-4 projects, some are client projects and others will be my own, such as Nikonians. I try to stay true to the Pareto principle, also when it comes to focus: There are as few items as possible on the list of my active tasks, never more than 20% of all the potential items.

Often I am involved in helping my clients align their vision with reality, transforming sometimes fuzzy statements to clear, emotionally connecting objectives with goals the teams are truly committed to achieve.

A significant part of my work is spent on asset creation for my clients, growing your organization's net value. Such assets might be large, such as complete enterprise platforms or being components of such larger systems. But, they might be significantly smaller, still being important in propelling the organization forward. Such smaller, but still critical items might be where I can bring in my quite broad, technological background to write product white-papers and to author strategic positioning papers in early-stage ventures.

Focus

20 %

...only 20% of all potential tasks are being worked on.

Importance

80 %

... 80% of the items I work on for my clients are important, but seldom urgent.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Coaching, organizational management & content-collaboration ...

  • Nikonians community re-organization
  • entrilion content collaboration startup
  • enprovia re-structuring
  • Coaching a PR & Marketing agency in Bratislava, Slovakia

entrilion®

entrilion® is an online content collaboration platform (SaaS) with European hosting for SME's. It improves speed, ease and security for distributed project teams collaborating on any content.

Nikonians®

The ultimate community for Nikon camera users.  I started Nikonians® end of 1999 (official launch April 2000) together with J. Ramon Palacios from Monterrey, Mexico.  The organization grew to over 300,000 members by end of 2010 and has reached over half a million today.

enprovia®

Outsourcing specialist for Enterprise Software Engineering (enterprise content management & mobile device integration) I started enprovia® back in 2006 with offices in Germany, Slovakia and Belarus.

Coaching

Since 2018 I am coaching startups in Bratislava, Slovakia. I am currently working with a PR and online communication agency where I am supporting them in both strategic decision making and organizational management.

X-PROJECTS

Past projects & positions

  • VP of Professional Services
  • VP of Engineering
  • Systems Architect
  • Project Manager
  • Software Developer
  • Firmware Developer

Throughout the years I have worked in a large variety of projects and organizations, mainly with a technical and organizational focus, often with CEO, CTO, VP or PM hats.

This is definitely not a complete list, but should hopefully give you a good idea about my past work.

VP Professional Services

Elsag Solutions AG
Swiss Post Solutions AG

Worked as team lead and VP Professional Services in the years 2002 – 2006 We delivered solutions and services for ECM and Document Life-cycle Management in Germany and Switzerland.

VP of Engineering

living systems AG

I worked as VP of Engineering (Professional Services) heading some +100 team members in the years 1998 – 2002. We mainly delivered trading platforms, e-commerce and auction platforms. I was located in Germany and partially Romania.

Freelance architect & PM

Between 1991 thru 1998 I was working as a freelance software developer, systems architect and project manager in Germany with a domain focus on access control, time & attendance, intrusion detection systems and precision quality measurement devices. I was working for organizations and corporations such as Deutsche Sparkassenverband, KABA, MAN and Minolta.

IT Slaves

IT-slaves.com (2009-2012) was a community for IT and software folks to meet up, discuss and read about current and former employers. They could rate and rank their employers, both anonymously or named. Performance-based prizes was given out to the members. It focused on the Czech and Slovak market.

NikoScope

Search engine for anything related to Nikon and photography,  launched 2007 using Apache Lucene as engine and Apache Nutch for crawling. Written in Java.

GoodLocations

Mobile app for iOS and Android plus web platform for tagging good, photogenic locations (location scouting), launched 2009.

OPEN-SOURCE SOFTWARE

Code is open-source'd in the hope that it might help you

Since I started coding as a 13 year old, tall thin guy back in 1978 on the Uppsala University’s “Norsk Data” mini computers (Pascal and then some Basic), I have written more than a few lines. Lots of it has been in various Assemblers (cross-assemblers), C, C++ and in Java. When I am writing code today I am mainly using Java, C++ and Objective C (no Swift) in that order.

I have made some code available as open-source in the hope that it might help you, to whatever degree in your own undertakings. I am currently restructuring the various code bases and libraries to make them available online. Contact me if you are interested.

The software is provided as-is under the GNU General Public License V3.0 or later

Integration gateway

OSGi based enterprise software written in Java for integration of content driven platforms with several ready-to-use connectors for e.g. Alfresco, Documentum, OpenText and SharePoint.

boomerang

An open-source, agile software development platform for your backlogs, sprint-plans, burn-down charts and retrospectives. Written in Apache Groovy using Grails. The platform was launched in 2010.

Annotate Expert

An open-source image annotation and keyword management software for MS Windows written in C# for .NET

Blixt

An open-source desktop client for Enterprise Content Management (ECM) for MS Windows written in C# for .NET

Bluejet

An open-source desktop client for Enterprise Content Management written in Objective C for Mac OS

Unlock the potential within your organization.

MY BIOGRAPHY

Get to know me

My technological and managerial background, while wearing both CTO and CEO hats working with teams from different cultures often comes in handy.

My name is Bo Ståhlbrandt. I was born and grew up in Sweden becoming an entrepreneur already in my teens. Have had the chance to gather over +35 years of experience in software, tech & online communication companies. I've founded Nikonians® and enprovia®

In addition to the work within my own organizations, since 2018 I am working hands-on coaching entrepreneurs in Central Europe, mainly Vienna (Austria) and Bratislava (Slovakia), where I’m living most of the year. This gives me the chance to further share what I have learnt while engaging with talented people to solve complex issues.

My interests

In addition to helping organizations adapt, I have a few other interests:

Deep adaption for climate chaos (...), Genealogy, History, Literature, Photography, Physics, Radio, Running, Sailing, Security  and Software engineering.

Personal Interests BLOG

HIGHLIGHTS

I am a member of:

Started to code

Started coding at the age of 13 – Sweden

From 1978

Started to code

Started coding at the age of 13 – Sweden

From 1978

Freelancer

Software Developer, Systems Architect & PM – Germany

1991 – 1998

Freelancer

Software Developer, Systems Architect & PM – Germany

1991 – 1998

Sr Software developer, Project Manager & VP

living systems AG  –  Trading platforms, e-commerce, auction platforms. Heading +100 team members – Germany, Romania

1998 – 2002

Sr Software developer, Project Manager & VP

living systems AG  –  Trading platforms, e-commerce, auction platforms. Heading +100 team members – Germany, Romania

1998 – 2002

Founder

Nikonians®  –  The ultimate community for Nikon camera users

From 1999

Founder

Nikonians®  –  The ultimate community for Nikon camera users

From 1999

Project Manager, Team Lead & VP

Elsag Solutions AG/Swiss Post Solutions AG  –  Enterprise content management – Switzerland, Germany

2002 – 2006

Project Manager, Team Lead & VP

Elsag Solutions AG/Swiss Post Solutions AG  –  Enterprise content management – Switzerland, Germany

2002 – 2006

Founder

enprovia®  –  Outsourcing specialist for Enterprise Software Engineering incl. enterprise content management and mobile device integration – Germany, Slovakia and Belarus

From 2006

Founder

enprovia®  –  Outsourcing specialist for Enterprise Software Engineering incl. enterprise content management and mobile device integration – Germany, Slovakia and Belarus

From 2006

Interim CEO/CTO & Hands-on Coach

Sharing further what I have learnt

From 2018

Interim CEO/CTO & Hands-on Coach

Sharing further what I have learnt

From 2018

Let's connect

The duration of my work can be as short as a few hours per week for a few weeks up to several months with maybe 2-10 days per month invested. After a shorter, initial phase capturing current status and objectives, the goals to achieve should have been defined and a managed, tight focus on these over the engagement duration should deliver results.

After we have been working together for some time, you should be thrilled about the possibilities you and your organization have. You should be excited about your teams future and its capability of a more effective and robust delivery, all while you are contributing positively towards our environment and society.

Get in touch

Working onsite, engaging with you and your team is a given. To be most effective, I am trying to stay within European time zones.

Should you be interested in discussing your organizations requirements and to see if there is a match with my capabilities, please do reach out. I am fluent in Swedish, German and English.

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