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How To Find a Great Tech Advisor?

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Suraj Venkat
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How To Find a Great Tech Advisor?

By
Suraj Venkat
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March 16, 2021
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3 Mins Read
How To Find a Great Tech Advisor?

Who is an Advisor?

A technology advisor is a person who defines technology strategies, and processes a firm needs to establish, as well as recommends the Cloud, Developer, SaaS tools and human resources it must obtain, to succeed.

These are the functions of a tech advisor:

● Understanding the needs of a company and/or laying out a product requirement document based on consultations with the company.

● Selecting the best programmers or SaaS for the job.

● Ascertaining that the final product is scalable, if not then the tech advisor provides guidance on building scalable technologies

● Providing technical guidance at all stages of the process. Staying current with industry news and relationships is an important part of their job. If they're connected to the proper network of people, a technology advisor might open doors for your business.

Finally, the finest tech start-up advisors:

● Have hands-on experience in your industry and more so with startups and scale-ups, with experience achieving 0 to 1, then 1 to 10, 10 to 100, and so on ;) ....

● Recognise your firms distinct vision.

● Are sincere in their desire to see you prosper.

This article will answer several questions as it relates to finding the right technology advisor for startups and SMEs, scale-ups and large enterprises and help you make the best decision for your business.

Who can be an Advisor?

In order to find a great advisor, you need to know what qualities you should look out for in an advisor. The objectives of the technical adviser include designing applications, offering technical knowledge, and managing the operations of engineers.

A superb technology advisor delivers excellent strategies, has good leadership skills, is able to multitask effectively, and is meticulous. Finally, a top-tier technical advisor should possess outstanding technical understanding as well as most updated skils in tech. Technology keeps evolving hence Technology advisors expertise must also evolve with time, he/she must have mastered the art of "Learning to Learn", or in simple words adaptability to succeed.

This article will help you identify those qualities and find the right advisor for your company.


How do I find a Technology Advisor for my startup?

Firstly, you may want to think about your budget and what kind of advice you need before starting your search. Set your eyes on someone who looks to compliment your skills and balance your deficiencies, rather than someone with direct expertise in what you can handle in-house.

  • Make a list of people you know - If you're fortunate enough to know someone in your existing network, that's a fantastic place to start. If you can't find any suitable applicants inside your network, it could be a good idea to join a tech entrepreneur group such as Bitbaza's very own community to network with potential technology advisors. We strongly recommend having a chat with our very own advisor to see if he might be interested or knows someone who may.
  • Make Contact with Thought Leaders in the Industry - While we always advocate reaching out to your current network first, there are times when reaching out to someone who is awesome but not yet part of your network, makes sense. Whenever possible, make a mutual connection, ask a targeted question, and concentrate on how they can add value to you on your initial approach.
  • Examine Their Previous Work Experience - You should assess how adaptable this individual is in applying information gained from previous experiences to current ones, in addition to verifying that they know their subject. It's essential to work with an experienced advisor who can recognise your firm's particular strengths and possibilities in the industry and tailor their approach to your needs. In the end, you want to be with someone you genuinely enjoy and trust.



What are the benefits of having an Advisor?

Many start-ups and companies have a hard time deciding whether or not they need an advisor. Here are some benefits that having an advisor can provide:

  • Potential technical employees are vetted and interviewed. Sometimes advisors can introduce talent from their own talent networks.
  • Using their expertise to recommend the most reliable tools and services, saving you vast amounts of time and money in the long run.
  • Assuring that the correct things are created in the proper sequence, preventing you from spending too much money in the wrong locations too soon.
  • Choosing a development technique and approach that allows your development team to succeed and keeps your projects on track. 

How do I know if a technical advisor is the right choice for me?

Finding a great technical advisor can be difficult, but there are ways to find the right one for you. Asking around can be helpful, but not everyone has access to people with the right skills. Apart from conducting your research online, meeting the advisors in person before hiring them is also beneficial. This is someone you'll be seeking technical guidance from and maybe working with for years, so make sure you understand how they do business and that you agree with their ideology.

During the initial meeting, you should identify how the advisor charges you and what the total costs of working with them will be. It may be uncomfortable to inquire, but it is essential that you understand their expense structure since it may influence how they provide advice.


Is it ok to have more than one advisor?

It is critical that all of your advisers be on the same page with you in order for them to avoid working against one another. Ultimately, you want to make sure that all of your requirements are addressed and that you are receiving the finest technology guidance possible, whether it comes from one person or several.


What are the downsides of working with an Advisor?

It's much simpler to shift responsibility for your own bad luck when someone else makes decisions for you. However, you are still the one who hires and supervises the advisor you select; this needs some level of education and management. 

Working with an advisor can be a daunting task for many entrepreneurs. Some advisors prioritise their own interests above yours. Due to pressure from their situations or someone else, they may not always make the best decisions.

The reality is that most people don't know where to start when it comes to finding a trustworthy advisor and It is a big challenge. However, we strongly recommend joining our community and enquiring or reaching out directly to Nikhil. These would be great places to start your search and get the planning in motion.