Providing fractional leadership services for startups

Our goal is to save you from a product or technology tragedy.


Fractional Cofounder

In need of technology leadership? With a combined 40 years experience building products, we can be the dynamic cofounder you are looking for.

Fractional CPO / CTO

We work closely with founders and growing businesses to help lead their most audacious technology initiatives. We can be hands-on, work with internal teams, or can build and lead your team.

Technology Strategy

Research, roadmapping, and management of execution are the cornerstones of our process when developing a business' technology strategy.

Product Development

From UX / UI to development to cloud orchestration, our years of experience building products for startups and mid-market organizations can help you avoid common pitfalls and make the most use of your funds.

Cloud Ops

Building a solid cloud infrastructure requires a careful balance of cost, scale, and security. Whether you are a new founder or a scaling organization, we can help you build or maintain solid cloud architecture.

Team & Business Development

We support founders with team building and business development initiatives including contractor / employee recruiting, customer research, product-market alignment, and network growth.


Rudzinski & Budzinski: Brothers From Another Mother

Seriously, not a typo. Rich and Todd first worked together early in their careers at Digitaria, a mid-sized creative agency based in San Diego. Later, they reunited when Todd started contracting for Tragic Media in 2012.

After 11 years working collaboratively to build and scale products at a boutique software agency, Rich and Todd are ready to partner with you to help your business avoid a technology tragedy.

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Rich Rudzinski

CEO | CTO LinkedIn icon


  • Business development
  • Product strategy
  • UI engineering
  • Technology strategy
  • Company leadership
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Todd Budzinski

CTO LinkedIn icon


  • Engineering leadership
  • Technology strategy
  • System audits
  • Cloud ops
  • Backend development

Let's Connect

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Tragic. We would love to learn more about what you are building 🚀

Connect with us on LinkedIn and let's schedule a time to chat!