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Ahmed is working with a freelancer to develop his e-commerce solution. He wants to raise funds to help the business grow. But investors don’t consider his project because he doesn’t have a technical co-founder. To help Ahmed move forward, let’s analyze the situation.
Marie is working with a freelancer to build her Web platform. She wants to add a chat so that users can have one-on-one conversations and create private chats about different topics. Her freelancer is wondering if he should develop his own solution from scratch or reuse existing software.
You might think that as a startup, you shouldn’t be concerned with such a heavy process… right? Think again. What if your hosting provider disappears? What if you lose your app’s source code? Don’t you think you might need a properly documented technical procedure to recover it? You definitely will. There are dozens of reasons to use a disaster recovery plan. The interesting fact is that if you face a major disaster, your business has a 90% chance of dying if you do not have a disaster recovery plan (DRP)! To figure out a DRP, you need to establish a few things.
Ronan and his team recently developed a new solution. This solution went through the pilot phase and now needs to be deployed for large companies. But large companies’ expectations are usually higher than those of startups’. So to make it through, let’s see what high expectations entail and how to achieve them.
Ibrahima and his co-founders hired a few freelancers to develop their solution. They went through a pilot phase where they sparked the interest of several banks. But before they partner up with them, they need to establish themselves as a reliable company. That means structuring their development process and team to reach high standards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
The freelancer Moctar hired to develop the first version is not available anymore, so Moctar needs to switch to another freelancer or build his own team. His question is: “We need to switch from one technical team to another, where should we start?” To answer Moctar’s question, I’ve created a list of things you should ask a leaving developer.