Business planning · CTO

Gauging Interest on Quick Do It Yourself MVP Service

Aleksandra Czajka Freelance Senior Software Engineer, Developer, Web Developer, Programmer - Full Stack

Last updated on May 21st, 2019

Hello All!

I'm a developer building a service for start-ups to build their MVP quickly, online without the need for coding. This would reduce development time and expenses for building an MVP by about 95% with a few more added advantages that are specifically aimed at solving the concerns of start-ups that I wont get into here. Projects that would be applicable are ones requiring features such as:


  1. Build front-end (visual portion) by starting from existing templates for faster implementation
  2. Users
    1. Login/Registration
      1. Ability to determine which pages are authorized and which are not without login.
    2. Ability to view all your users in the admin, change password, etc.
  3. Data
    1. Ability to create data structures in the database such as: products, places, orders,
    2. Ability to collect any specified data from users such as: create a product, create a place, create an order, etc.
    3. Ability to view all data in admin
  4. Ability to integrate with APIs
    1. Google Maps, Google Places, Stripe and countless others

I want to gauge the interest of this community in such a service. From my experience as a freelance developer working with start-ups I'm quite familiar with the pain-points of building MVPs, however I'm curious as to the market size this solution can address. Let me know your thoughts here or contact me directly for a more in-depth discussion.

All my best,

Aleksandra

Paul Garcia marketing exec & business coach

May 22nd, 2019

Personally I don't see in this description any distinction between this "service" and hiring any other freelancer. Whatever development environment programmers are using for outsourced work should have some visibility for the hiring organization.


The issues with building software come more from defining the task properly, validating assumptions, and testing the audience, not from finding someone to build it. Typically the second problem is finding someone to build it for an affordable price. So, your solution isn't yet offering me anything unique with regard to business problems, which is where the pain exists before programming starts.


Also please don't assume MVP to automatically mean a software product. A minimum viable product can be hard goods, in-person service, digital goods, anything. It does not inherently need to be software.

Aleksandra Czajka Freelance Senior Software Engineer, Developer, Web Developer, Programmer - Full Stack

May 22nd, 2019

Paul,

If you had to build a web app MVP would you rather pay $30k or $1.5k for the same code base? You don't see a value in building the same thing in 5% of the time for 5% of the cost? Perhaps I'm not understanding your comment.

My best,

Aleks

AJ

May 24th, 2019

Aleksandra, have you looked at firebase ? Seems like a similar concept.

Aleksandra Czajka Freelance Senior Software Engineer, Developer, Web Developer, Programmer - Full Stack

Last updated on May 24th, 2019

AJ,


Thanks for your comment. Yes, I'm quite familiar with firebase. Essentially it is a front-end database solution. It requires coding to build the database and retrieve the objects. It's also not a web app hosting solution and, as such, they do not give you the ability to build your own website visually straight on the browser.


What I'm finding now through all my conversations is that it's difficult to explain the idea especially to non-technical folks. The benefit is clear as day to me as I'm a software engineer and know the start-up industry quite well as far as the MVP development world. It's a good discovery and something I need to work on.


My best,

Aleks