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Creating an app on the cheap.

My team is looking to create a simple app that would allow people to take photos via a smartphone. My team would then take the photos and create a slideshow in real time. Any recommendations where I should seek out this and any specific questions I should ask the engineer to ensure that this will be done right the first time (especially if we go overseas).

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James Bendiner Weiss
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James Bendiner Weiss Entrepreneur • Advisor
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Have you tried infinite monkeys? james b weiss +1 215 300 0928 [removed to protect privacy] read: http://careandfeedingofstartups.com Sent from iPhone so ignore the typos, enjoy the mistakes
Helen Adeosun
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Helen Adeosun Entrepreneur
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Well the cheapest would be honestly to code it yourself you will save yourself headaches, be relatively fluent, and you will be more valuable because of it. I'm quitting my job to code my product for a month then bringing on a developer. Thank you, HA
Jason Hofsess
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Jason Hofsess Entrepreneur
Helen, that would be the cheapest way. Unfortunately, we don't have the time to do that.
Wesley Lorenzini
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Wesley Lorenzini Entrepreneur
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If you go overseas make sure to be extremely detailed with what you are looking for. Have your UX workflow ironed out (to the best of your ability beforedevelopmentstarts) and make sure the team you work with is available to make changes. Some teams will stick with what you give them and are harder to make changes on the fly vs others who see the value in changes while sending out beta versions of the app.

If the app has minimal functionality (Just sending photos to a server for slideshow creation on web?) then it could be a really easy project to delegate out to a overseas team. I would highlyrecommendmaking sure they do not cut corners by using cross platform tools (phonegap, titanium, etc) unless that is a need for your product.

If the app needs to display the slideshow on the app look at some plugins (for ideas mainly) herehttp://codecanyon.net/category/mobile/ios this site has the best themes, plugins, graphics I've found thus far.

If you have any other questions, feel free to message me and I can give some guidance.

-Wes
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Janice Mandel Entrepreneur • Advisor
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Not "cheap" but right the first time and reasonable compared to reputable shops Apollo Matrix in DC uses hybrid model managing programmers with a longstanding relationship in the Republic of Belarus. Sent from my iPhone
Amal Graafstra
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http://appinventor.mit.edu/ Thanks, Amal Graafstra am-logo-grey-100 www.atomicmobile.com [removed to protect privacy] +[removed to protect privacy]
Helen Adeosun
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Helen Adeosun Entrepreneur
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Ok so from my experience and reading a lot of what other founders have said. Your best option would be to borrow a techie wire frame the hell out of what you want pass out to more techies in exchange for pizza or coffee go on odesk and find someone awesome. Cap the money on the project and have regular checkins. Cheers and please update me Helen@SitterCycle.com.
Andrew Donoho
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Andrew Donoho Entrepreneur • Advisor
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Jason,

Judging by your question, you haven't done this before.I think you've got this backwards. It isn't really about what questions you need to ask the engineer to make sure it is done "right" but rather what you think right is?

1) Do you have a set of scenarios that that your customer is going to inhabit to use your app?
2) Do you have a set of wireframe drawings of your app?
3) Do you have a set of transitions between your drawings?

How do you know that you have it right before you start any implementation work?

You will need to negotiate with your engineer about not just a schedule but really a deployment, user test and reimplementation schedule. Your biggest problem is going to be your design and how it misses what a random, uninvolved user would want to do with your app. Then you will need to revise your design and then reimplement. This cycle could take three or four iterations.

Hence, ask yourself first. Ask trusted technical advisors second. Ask uninvolved potential users third. Iterate that last bit a few times. Then ask an engineer to get involved. And get ready to do this loop multiple times.

Andrew
Elan Dekel
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Elan Dekel Entrepreneur
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Check this out: https://www.parse.com/tutorials/anypic
Jay M Cahill
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Jay M Cahill Entrepreneur
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Jason -

If you have a set of well defined specs or wire frames (as recommended above), I have access to a mobile development team in China that have built lots of mobile apps that might be able to do something reasonably priced.

But definitely heed the advice of all above in making sure you know what you want first.

Cheers -
Jay
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