I want to build a ride sharing (carpool) app for daily commuters in India. I want to validate the idea first. What are different strategies to validate an idea before implementing it ?
I am thinking of making a mvp and release it a neighbourhood I know personally (where people are already sharing rides). It is a mobile app, do I need to hire a UI designer for the mvp ? (I am not a designer but I can code) Will it make a difference in acquiring users ?
Are 6 months enough to build and validate mvp ?
I would use something like Adobe Experience Design for the MVP. Even though you are not a designer, check Google Images for free stuff like icons and backgrounds that you can drag and drop in to place. Then print it out or save it as a jpg and put it on your phone so that you can take it to the people in your neighborhood, develop a survey, and get their feedback.
It doesn't have to be perfect or even close to a final design. The importance should be on finding out if your service solves the problem and does so better than the competition.
Your MVP doesn't have to work, it can just be a visual interpretation of what users will see while you explain why your service will be of value to your customers.
Currently charging money for ride sharing is illegal. Please check this out before spending time on this app. You can currently only offer it to large corporates for their internal use on licensing basis
Use www.kinetise.com to launch your app in a few days.
Its better to have mvp and show it to close friend and neighborhood. basically to find out whether there any traction for your app from users. if the users start liking and get feedback from them and ask them what they are not liking with the current ride sharing applications. Try to fix those in your app.
The app does not charge money. It simply matches passengers with drivers. If we are able to create some traction then we'll allow passengers to pay drivers directly on the app and keep a % cut from a transaction. Would that still be considered illegal in India ?
search cabr.com. I was going to rent a billboard in the highest traffic area and flood social media. http://createwealthy.blogspot.com/2017/03/mechanical-turk-for-start-ups.html