It all started with a tweet. Earlier this year, YC partner Michael Seibel, whom we greatly respect, tweeted regardig applications being submitted to the famed accelerator. He mentioned that he was seeing “too many founders…who outsource engineering to cut costs” He went on to call it an error and a huge red flag. The tweet, as you can imagine, received quite a few responses and most of them were not on Seibel’s side of the fence.
Many founders commented on their difficulty in finding a technical co founder, something that Seibel intimated should be easy enough to do. But not from where we sit. Finding a technical cofounder is challenging. These days, founders must contend with engineers who demand high salaries buoyed by startups with big budgets and millions in VC money. For a founder who is non-technical, this is a non-starter. We’ve also found that this number; more often than not, includes mostly founders of color and women founders. They often cannot afford to pay exorbitant salaries and sometimes, just sometimes, engineers have their own ideas and are working on their own startups.
Look, founders have it hard enough. In the early days of your startup there are lots of pressing things that you need to worry about. But, your product should be top of mind. Many founders are non-technical. And despite the prevalent belief that technical co founders are easy to find, they are not. That’s why we created DevUp a new service for founders powered by Kollective Mobile.
Entrepreneurship is a journey, not a destination. Along the way, there will be lots of obstacles and crises. Don’t let your product be one of them. Kollective Mobile offers DevUp, a service that is tailor-made for founders. We work with founders to create an MVP that can get them close to product market fit. We understand that product market fit it the Holy Grail for startups, but you can’t get there without a product. Our goal is to get you to your first product milestone. A product that you can test; with customers.
Get it? Got it? Good.
This is a very important milestone for startups. Without a product, you aren’t able to test your thesis about said product. Without a product, you have no users. Without a product or users, you sadly, may not get any funding. You see where we’re going with this.
What You Get
At DevUp, we work with you to create not just any product, but YOUR product, according to your specifications. Don’t have any specifications? That’s fine too. We can work with you to create them. If you have a technical co founder, great. If not, no problem. We will work with you to bring your idea to fruition.
>> Your Product (Mobile or Web) – We deliver a mobile product that works according to your specifications.
>> Code – Clean, documented code that you can take anywhere. Guaranteed.
>> Designs – If you don’t have designs we can help there, too. Once the project is complete, you get the original source files (Sketch).
>> Documentation – A functional spec that outlines the agreed upon scope of the development and how your product is meant to work.
>> QA – We work with you during the QA process to ensure that the app works the way it should. Need to test with your users or focus groups? No problem.
We’ve heard the stories (and seen the spaghetti code) from angry founders who have been bilked out of hard earned cash only to receive a half-baked product and bad code. Wooed by low hourly rates, some dev shops thrive on nickel and diming founders on small tweaks because they work on a T&M basis. Because we work with you on specifications, we ensure that scope creep is non-existent and most importantly that you get what you pay for. Unless you demand significant scope changes the price we quote is the price you get. Period.
How it works
>>Get in touch with us. Let’s talk. If you have specs and designs, that’s fine, too.
>>We assess your project and provide pricing based on your scope.
>>We get to work.
Ready to take your idea to the next level? DevUp is here to help you achieve your goals. Contact us.