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How can I keep track of my provider’s work?

Today I’m going to answer a question from Sabine, the founder of an accounting control platform. Her question is: “How can I keep track of my provider’s work?” Sabine hired a development provider to build a mobile app, plus a Web platform. Now that she has several projects running in parallel, she is wondering how to optimize the workflow with her provider and follow what they are doing.

How do I spark the interest of Web agencies and developers with my project?

Alexandre already got a freelance developer to make the first version of his platform. Unfortunately, this freelancer is not always available. He’s constantly shifting his attention between projects. As Alexandre’s business grows, he needs to find a more reliable provider to accelerate development. So he’s looking for a Web agency to continue the development, but he’s been struggling with sparking their interest. Some of them didn’t even reply to his proposal requests.

Why is my developer struggling to make a responsive design?

Audrey and her co-founders hired a development provider to build their marketplace. While the first version of her platform was okay, she has asked for some customization since then, and the design is not coming up properly on certain devices. Let’s explain for a bit the situation and what’s causing it.

How do I know if developers are charging me the right price?

Today I’m going to answer a question from Olivier, the founder of a B2B marketplace. His question is: “How do I know if developers are charging me the right price?” Olivier has already developed the first version of his solution by using multiple freelancers. Throughout the process, he found it difficult to tell if a developer was overcharging him or not.

How can I build two e-commerce websites out of a common stock management?

Olivier is a successful startup founder and well-known in his area of expertise. But he wants to scale up to the next level. He has two different types of markets, both in B2B. So far, he only has a simple e-commerce solution, built with a software called WooCommerce. Now, he would like to systematize the processes as well as build a second e-commerce website for the second market.

My provider hasn’t delivered on the expected time, what should I do?

Today I’m going to answer a question from Paul, the founder of an interactive chat app. His question is: “My provider hasn’t delivered on the expected time, what should I do?” Unfortunately, not all software development companies are used to working with startups. Creating a new startup app is more a matter of agility and adaptability, especially regarding specifications. If like Paul, you are facing this situation, you will have to react at some point. Building a startup is not only a matter of building a product, but more a matter of doing business at the right time to market it. So, if your provider hasn’t delivered, here are three ways to move on from it.

How do I evaluate a project manager for my startup?

Building a startup with artificial intelligence (AI) is not something everyone can do. Leading this type of development project requires a pretty high level of technical knowledge. And that is why Dominique, a startup founder who is about to launch a Web platform with AI, asks: “How can I evaluate a project manager for my startup?”

How do I organize regular meetings with developers?

Today I’m going to answer a question from Marie, a startup founder who has a developer as a co-founder, and they are building their first Web platform. She wants to know: “How do I organize regular meetings with developers?” If like Marie, you need to work with developers and organize regular meetings, which I highly recommend you do, here is the agenda I recommend.

A Web agency proposed to build my app in exchange for equity, should I go with it?

Today, I’m going to answer a question from Cedric, a startup founder who is about to outsource the development of the first version of his product. His question is: “A web agency proposed to build my app in exchange for equity, should I go with it?” This has become a regularly asked question, and I have my own personal take on it. But if like Cedric, you want to associate with an agency or a developer, here are my recommendations.

How should I review a software development proposal?

Today I’m going to answer a question from Julian who is working on a mobile app with a geo-location feature. His question is: how should I review a software development proposal? Julian has already written a detailed description of the app that he wants to develop. He is about to invest a big chunk of his first investments and he doesn’t want to make the wrong decision. So, let’s talk about what I recommend to Julian to review by going through the classical proposal structure.

Is it possible to fully own the source code developed by a provider?

Today I’ll be answering a question from Virginie who is working on the second version of her Web platform. Her question is: Is it possible to fully own the source code developed by a provider? Asking someone to develop an application without having access to the source code is like building a house on a land that does not belong to you yet. I’ve seen those kinds of projects whose owners run into conflict with providers just because of this exact situation. Here are my recommendations to avoid making this critical startup mistake.

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