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The Motorsport App Idea! But who will build it?

Owen Wray Entrepreneur with specialization in technology

April 18th, 2017

Dear CoFoundersLab,


My name is Owen Wray and I've always enjoying building things and working on ideas with other people. I'm also a bit of a petrol head and about a year ago I decided to build an app that would combine both passions. I have the idea all worked out, but looking for the best approaches to find a app developer and app designer to join us as equal partners to develop the idea into a actual project.


What tips, hints and tricks does the community here have to find developers, designers and other deeply specialized people to move a startup project into an actual development phase?


Really would appreciate any kind of help and tips.


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Amit Nabarro Passionate and experienced technologist

April 18th, 2017

Owen


In my opinion the actual development of your app is probably the easiest part. The hard part is to nail down the exact requirements, create a detailed UX design for the entire app with all the screens. Once you have a solid mock up of your app, with a complete understanding of the program flow then coding it is quicker and cheaper. If everything is well understood before you set out to write a single line of code then there will be fewer iterations and development time will be quicker.

IMHO you should first hire a UX designer who will sit down with you and figure out the application flow, its potentials users (and what they seek) and how they will navigate the features. Once you have a clear mock up, done with one of the dozens of tools out there, then you can pass these requirements to a developer or a development agency and they'll do it for you.

Ravindra Prajapati Founder, Game designer, Producer, Business Advertiser.

April 19th, 2017

Hi Owen Wray,


Now days its really a tough job to find a creative designer and a better developer specially the team who understand our idea and can develop our product.


Well you are looking for a designer and developer for your product then you can contact me, I am also Founder of my mobile app/game start up so I know better your pain. By the way provide mobile game/app/web development-design.


Also in case you want to search it out on your own then you can find "https://www.quora.com" rather than LinkedIn, because LinkedIn is like spamming now days.


In case you want to contact me then please feel free to say Hi at ravindra@kookyinfomedia.com or you can connect with Skype: ravithechamp


But be careful when you choose developers for quality and trust.


Ravindra

Bill Lennan Red Rope Social - everyone is an influencer.

April 19th, 2017

Hi Owen,

cutting to the chase - what's your revenue model?

If a developer is putting in sweat equity - what's the reward?

I'd make sure that

  1. revenue model makes sense and you've got at least a few early adopter customers lined up
  2. core functionality is clearly defined ( i.e. screen designs and user experience )
  3. you have vetted the idea as much as humanely possible

best of luck!

Bill


Ken Manning Managing Director, Reimagine

April 18th, 2017

There are three ways to proceed, assuming you don't have a lot of money. 1. Teach yourself how to code and do it yourself. With dedication, you could pull this off in 6 months. It won't be pretty, but you'll have an MVP. 2. Attract a friend to do the dev and another friend to do the design. You'll have to be passionate to convince these two to help you. You'll need to get them excited. Closer friends or people you've worked with in the past will be the most amenable to the arrangement. You should also have all your homework done, wireframes (in Axure, or something where you can build a clickable prototype.), etc. 3. If you don't know anyone and don't have the disposition to code, you're going to need to get some funds together. I'd suggest getting a cheap team in Eastern Europe. Again, do as much of the work as you can on your own before spending any money.

Josh Aguirre

April 19th, 2017

Hey Owen, I actually built a platform for this problem that you're having. It's called Invenst Team, and it helps you to turn your idea into a business, help you build a team and seek funding - All for FREE, no strings attached. Would love for you to utilize this platform as I think it can greatly help you to find what you're looking for. Cheers!

Jamie Lee Experienced software engineer with a start up idea

April 19th, 2017

Hi Owen,


I'm an experienced lead software developer and I've made several apps. This app idea certainly sounds interesting. Have you considered building the app in a universal approach and packaging it up to produce both an iPhone and Android app? (E.g using Cordova). I'm also a huge petrol myself!

Kerry Davis

April 19th, 2017

My opinion is you don't need a native app for this idea. You need a Facebook group and Messenger bot. Along maybe with a youtube page to point to the fb stuff. In fact, there are a few quite successful facebook groups/bots featured at the fbf8 convention this week focussing on dog lovers and hula hoops. No doubt the same could be done for vintage cars and alot cheaper than a store app. You can always do a native app later after proof of popularity in fb. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION Sent from Kerry Davis's iPhone

Daniel Dang Technical Product Manager

April 20th, 2017

Development is not hard. In last 6 months, we have helped Stark Group to develop apps (iOS and Android) and backend of an Insurance e-Wallet at reasonable cost. It is starting to go public now at http://www.my-insurer.net


I have Software Company from Vietnam. Drop me email at daniel.dang@unicorn.vn, you want to know my experience in development.

S. Owais Ahmad President and Co-Founder of West Agile Labs

April 20th, 2017

Owen,

I'd love to talk further here. Petrol head myself, huge F1 fan, enjoy almost every form of 4 wheel racing, and we've been building applications (web, mobile and enterprise scaled) for about 5 years now.


SImply put, it doesn't take just a designer or a developer to build something. You need a team that covers various roles, including but not limited to Product Mgr, Project Mgr, UI / UX, Branding, Front End and Backend, QA, Dev-ops so on so forth. To scale that into a business you will need people related to BD, Marketing, Ops etc.


Sounds daunting, but failing to account for those roles (and remember that in the first few months a single person may cover multiple) can lead to insurmountable obstacles.


Happy to talk further.


Cheers


Owais


Cezar Halmagean Web tech specialist helping early stage Startups

Last updated on April 19th, 2017

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