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Resources for development of an MVP of an app that needs to launch on Android and iOS quickly.

We're looking for development resources to build out an MVP version of an app that we need to launch in pretty quick succession on both android and iOS. We're bootstrapping this and so trying to get an MVP out as inexpensively as possibly and could add more features in the future and invest more in a second phase - so trying to figure out how to get a solid, decent MVP out so we can learn what works. We want to launch on Android first because a couple of the features won't work on iOS but want to follow it quickly after a beta launch on Android (and quick turnaround of lessons learned tweaks) with the iOS build.

We already have the spec which has been professionally developed and we already have the screens designed and in .psd. We're getting quotes from $4k to $20k and just having a very hard time figuring out how to choose the right partner...especially without having any personal recommendations for any of them.

Suggestions and thoughts for resources?

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Zvi Epner
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Zvi Epner Entrepreneur
Fourtein.com
It's definitely not about price, the reason you don't know which team to go with it that none of them gave you an idea of what you can realistically expect will be done within 1 week, 2 weeks.

You're asking for the quote of a full output. You should ask for a quote for an actual deliverable task from one team. And do the same for another team. And pay each full rate, so you can honestly assess the working relationship and keep it healthy enough to actually produce a working, valuable MVP.

Then you'll have a good comparison to work with.
Eric Sullivan
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Eric Sullivan Entrepreneur
CEO at FoundationLab
Hey Kristi this is actually exactly what we do is help entrepreneurs build MVP's. You can check out our site at www.bakedandbranded.com
Ranjit Sawant
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Ranjit Sawant Entrepreneur • Advisor
Product Management and Marketing at Vaayoo Inc
Hello Kristi,

Check us out at vaayoo.com .Regarding getting your MVP (and eventually your product) off ground, we can help you develop and launch the product with absolute min investment.

We started Vaayoo to help first time entrepreneurs design, develop and launch great products. In last year alone we have launched 30 successful mobile startups.There are 4 from FD members (I can provide references).We have world class developers, designers for iPhone, Android and windows mobile. I will be more than happy to share some of the designs/apps that we have launched.

We are alsopioneers in Development as a service model where we take on all the risks. For a small monthly fee, an entrepreneur gets his concept developed, launched and maintained by us. We act as the founder's CTO office and take care of all technology issues. Our customers include product managers,sales managers, small business owners, airline pilots, construction inspectors, teachers, even developersetc. From day 1, the IP belongs to the entrepreneur. He focuses on business/marketing side of the startup and leaves the technology issues to us.

I will be more than happy to talk about your concept and share my experience on the launch.

Elten Logis
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Elten Logis Entrepreneur
Visionary Entrepreneur and Technologies
How detail is your spec? We bootstrap ours in small fraction of the typical cost to build a good and scaleable mobile application, but we spent a lot of time architecting the backend to allow it to scale. I'm more than happy to help if you need it.

Elten
 kris maganti
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kris maganti Entrepreneur
IT Architect at Milyoni, Inc.
Thats about the right price with the better ones closer to 20k .. I advice you to work with people that are local... much easier in the long run, plus the prototype is just the beginning you will need to work with them atleast for 6 months through the final launch. That being said if you want someone in San Francisco then we can talk. I've been working on http://www.eveeapp.com for 6 months and now can probably build both the ios and android apps in a month if you have the art assets and flows worked out. This is if you know what technology stack you wanna use and have the backend figured out and working. Chances are if you build it on PHP or Java it becomes more difficult to use the more agile and newer stacks like Ruby On Rails or Node.js that have more support on Cloud platforms like Heroku or Parse... Good Luck
Ishay Tentser
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Ishay Tentser Entrepreneur
Mentor at Google Campus
We have great experience of creating MVP in short time, please check us www.initech.co.il
Joshua Raymond
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Joshua Raymond Entrepreneur
CEO at iPrytaneum
Hi Kristi,

I faced the same challenges that you are, so I can relate as to how difficult it is to find the correct partner for developing your MVP. Like you, we're bootstrapping our venture, so it was critical that we find a partner whose price was reasonable and, at the same time, brought to the table the experience needed to launch our MVP.

After months of searching, I came across vaayoo.com and spoke with their Founder, Ranjit. I noticed that he posted a note above, so I wanted to give Vaayoo my personal recommendation and share our success story. In short, our experience with Ranjit and the Vaayoo team was, and still is, nothing short of phenomenal. Great domain expertise, quick to respond and very digestible pricing.

We're gearing up for launch currently and will continue to leverage Vaayoo as our trusted partner throughout the entire process.

If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me a message.

Best,
Joshua


Kelly McIvor
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Kelly McIvor Advisor
Product Marketer | Mobile Strategist | Opportunity Developer
Kristi,
My advice would be to NOT outsource your MVP. Take the time to get in-house talent. An MVP is just the start - it is 'minimum', after all. From there you will want to quickly iterate as you learn how people behave with your product/service. If you have to repeatedly go back to your vendor to do this it will a) take too long as they will need to estimate and present a bid and b) you will run out of resources (i.e. money).
Jeremy Callahan
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Jeremy Callahan Entrepreneur
Mobile App Developer, Front End Engineer, Founder at Flip Shop Marketing
Hi Kristi,

Sounds like you are getting a lot of advise that are sales pitches in disguise. I just built my MVP www.shoe-swipe.com for iOSand Android for 2300 dollars. I'm Really wondering why you cannot use the same code base for your app and PhoneGap to for the iOS and Android. If you'd like some free advice please call me. You can find my number at www.jeremycallahan.com


Android builds?
Alex Kouznetsov
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Alex Kouznetsov Advisor
CTO at Startup-Genius
Kristi,
Here is the path that in some cases works really well:
- make wirframes (PPT, ...)
- make mockup of you MVP (Keynotopia, proto.io, ...)
- outsource: make mobile site implementation of youtr MVP (jQuery mobile, Bootstrap, responsive, WP, ...)
Depending on MVP, this could be in th range of $1K
- do it yourself or outsource: make hybrid app for iOS and Android - based on your mobile site. This takes just few hours (Appcelerator, Phonegap, ...)
- with all the above you should have working iOS and Andriod apps.
- important: keep things simple and don't reinvent the wheel. Depending on your goals, try to find and use existing examples and frameworks. If you are not familiar with those - outsource this analysis too, or find a tech friend to give you advise.

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