But creativity needs to be cultivated. Many of the most gifted technology professionals won’t work full-time in traditional roles anymore, preferring to remain independent. They maintain their creative edge through pursuits that inspire and challenge them, from hacking and business to art and fitness. This freedom fuels their fire and expands their perspective.
10x represents these independent professionals. Since launching to national media acclaim in 2012, we’ve attracted some of the most talented and creative technologists in the world. Through decades of managing creative professionals, we’ve gained the intuition and process for discovering true A-listers. Now representing the very best of thousands of applicants, 10x is a thriving community with the scope to address every aspect of developing technology products, companies, and brands.
“Normally it takes months to find and hire a really good engineer. 10x Management has allowed us to bring on really strong engineers at a moment’s notice. The 10x engineers we have worked with have been able to understand and complete a project quickly, and write code that will require minimal maintenance in the future.”
“We turned to 10x when a coder let us down at the last minute. Altay and his team lined us up with someone who was very sharp, a great communicator and seemingly never slept. Everything worked to plan, which got us out of a big hole. Highly recommended!”
“Working with 10x was an incredible experience. I started with a basic idea and 10x gave me the brilliant team to bring this idea to life. The design was creative, the programming efficient and cost-effective, the process absolutely smooth. My feedback and thoughts were always respected and executed perfectly. Not only was the professionalism absolutely top-notch, but I came away with a better idea than I started with, and the best product I could hope for.”
“Barron Cuadro is a stone-cold, one-stop, webmaking badass. We brought him on for a last-minute project that required some crack coding and design work and he knocked it out of the park. The guy is unbelievably responsive, has a solid design eye, and is nimble enough to adjust to whatever unexpected changes might come your project’s way. Hire this dude.”
“10x rapidly found me an amazing designer who has exceeded expectations in both skill and work ethic. They have a true eye for talent and are highly adept at matching skills and personalities to each project.”
“Sam Kaufman is exceptionally smart and talented. He was the technical lead for our iOS application and Britely. He used his very broad and deep knowledge of iOS to design and code a great-looking app. He also helped get our other engineers up to speed on iOS and contribute to the application so they could maintain it when he left.”
“I can’t recommend 10x highly enough. It’s incredibly helpful to have a partner who understands the skills needed for specific projects and a network of talent suited to meet such a wide range of needs. 10x does a great job overseeing their team to ensure that projects run on time and on budget, and that all parties are communicating effectively.”
“Working with 10x has been the perfect blend of the freedom of freelance and the dependability of regular employment. Michael and Altay have been awesome about ensuring that my pipeline stays full of interesting and enjoyable work on my terms. I’d highly recommend 10x to anyone looking to take their freelance career to the next level.”
“I’m so glad to be a part of 10x. No matter the nature of the project, from mural design to iPhone app design, the management team at 10x makes sure everything runs smoothly. I get to enjoy the freedom of being a freelancer, plus the support of the 10x team. I’m confident that the business aspect of each project will be handled with great professionalism, which allows me to focus on doing great work.”
“10x Management has transformed my freelance graphic design career by becoming part of my team – my agent and sidekick. 10x helps me negotiate bigger and better gigs with clients at the top of my dream list, while proudly representing me as a great designer. I trust their intuition and process with the clients and projects I bring their way – and have loved the clients and work they have brought to me. Grand slam for freelancers who want to skip the busywork! Thanks, 10x.”
“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be part of 10x as a freelancer! I have had many more engagements than when I was looking for work on my own, the engagements have often been with world-class customers with whom it would have been very difficult to come into contact otherwise, and I’ve always been amazed at the support from the 10x management team at every step (contracting, client follow-up, and any question in between). It’s been a tremendous experience all in all!”
“Altay and Michael at 10x Management are extremely good at what they do. This allows me to focus on my own core competencies, rather than fumble my way through the ancillary mishmash of contract work. Even more compelling, the joys of having an advocate other than oneself during both scope and rate negotiations are far in excess of my expectations at first blush.”
“By handling my business negotiations and supporting my customer relations, 10x liberates my mind from administrative distractions so I can focus purely upon my work. The managers bring a humanity to the business that is sincere and experienced. They optimize my performance and thus, my confidence.”
The concept of 10x Management emerged from the unlikely connection of a freelance web developer to two long-time music managers.
Altay explains, "Michael and Rishon suspected that their business model could apply to my industry, and I thought they might be right. I was freelancing at the time, so I became the guinea pig: they took over all my negotiations, contracts, and invoicing while I focused solely on code."
"Overnight, I stopped worrying about the uncomfortable conversations and mountains of paperwork that I had assumed were necessary evils of a freelance lifestyle. Plus, career advice, support, and mentorship were always a phone call away. It was great, and as more and more friends started asking me how they could get in on this, I told Michael and Rishon that I didn't want to be their client any more. I wanted to be their partner."
And, thus, 10x Management was born.
For Michael and Rishon, applying their entertainment industry experience to tech professionals was a natural progression.
"Our roles at 10x closely resemble the service we provide within the entertainment world: we strategize the big-picture goals and oversee the many day-to-day details necessary to reach them," says Michael. "We're excited to help tech professionals shape and grow their careers, as we have with artists for the past two decades."
Rishon adds, "Our criteria for signing new clients is central to the 10x philosophy. We set a very high bar, and screen not just for technical prowess, but also for product development expertise and stellar communication skills. The companies that hire our clients have come to trust our standards and our reputation for representing the smartest, quickest, and most innovative minds in technology."
10x Management now represents a myriad of freelance professionals working in all aspects of the tech industry: from web and mobile development across multiple platforms, to UX and visual design, to more specialized skills like SEO and SEM, data science and visualization, and even bioinformatics. For larger projects, 10x's expert project managers can guide a project from idea to launch, bringing in other members of the 10x community as needed.
Altay's deep understanding of technology, the startup community, and all things digital blends perfectly with Michael and Rishon's decades of talent management experience. This partnership puts 10x Management at the forefront of a new kind of business—one that marries a tried-and-true management model with a cutting-edge field—and will undoubtedly build and sustain many successful technology careers while simultaneously raising the standard of innovation in organizations around the world.