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Where to find software developers for early startup, with reasonable rates?

Interested to find developers to build product MVP.
What is your recommendations - how do you find engineers with good price/competence balance?

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Steve Owens
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Steve Owens Entrepreneur • Advisor
Finish Line - A Better Way for Small Companies to Develop Products
Rates are going to be very close, and if they are less/more than it is almost certain it is because it is a difference in productivity. It is a competitive world, and rates are set by the market - the market is very efficient.

The key is to use less time, so you end up paying less. Here are some tips:
- Use a OPD that has a lot of reference designs you can use in your product.
- Find one that has very good processes
- Make sure you can communicate well with them
- Make sure you chose the right kind of pricing model for your situation
- Make sure you understand how to manage them

You can find some other tips about this issue on our website.

Good Luck.

Diego Machado
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Diego Machado Entrepreneur
CEO & Co-Founder at TowerHouseStudio
I think that if you have never work with a contractor team before, then you have to rely on what others are saying about the team, since you don't have yet confidence on the team, you need to ask to the clients of the team you're looking to work with.

For example on our company 90% of the clients are made by referral of previous happy clients,

you can see some of our works here http://www.towerhousestudio.com
and I can put you in contact with some of our clients for you to talk, so you can see why they love us so much.

Good luck on your search.
Nofyah Shem Tov
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Nofyah Shem Tov Entrepreneur
Founder BlogMyLunch
My Suggestion is you contact Neon Roots aon rootstrap.it nd ask for Soam Lall or Kellan O'Connor and tell them I referred you, please.
Damian Winkowski
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Damian Winkowski Entrepreneur
Smart Developers For Your Project - I Change Ideas Into Digital Products (Web/Mobile)
HiSiarhei, what do you understand under thegood price/competence balance? Are there any factors that allow you to choose the team?

I guess I can help with my team, but it would be great to have some details of your MVP :)

Good Luck in 2016!

Nofyah Shem Tov
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Nofyah Shem Tov Entrepreneur
Founder BlogMyLunch
You're welcome to contact us about this as well. we're actively seeking a dev team.
Aleksandra Czajka
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Aleksandra Czajka Entrepreneur
Freelance Senior Software Engineer, Developer, Web Developer, Programmer - Full Stack
Siarhei,

Where to start unwrapping your question?

Do you want a cheap product? Then search for cheap developers.

Remember... A players hire A employees.... B players hire C employees. Which one would you like to hire to build the base of your business?

With that said, get someone that could really help you on the tech side. If you don't know much about the base of what your business is going to be tech-wise then you don't just need a developer. You need someone that will give you suggestions, direct you in the appropriate direction, fight back if you're trying to make a move that will not work or that should be done in a different way. You won't get that with cheap developers. You will get that only with people that want top dollar... because they know they are worth it.

Would you rather pay 2 hours at $120/hr or 10 hours at $50/hr? You have to take that into consideration. With experience comes faster understanding, faster output, and a higher price.

For that, I would check LinkedIN and start with people in your network. Search LinkedIN groups about development, etc. See who you can find. Checkout their references, history, etc.

Good Luck.
Aleks
Igor Kovacevic
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Igor Kovacevic Entrepreneur
CEO at AlterSet d.o.o - Information Technology Network
Average service with reasonable pricing - i would look into eastern Europe direction. Great education, english language skills and much more. You can find relatively cheap but very quality developers in region Serbia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Romania, Belarus, Ukraine .. In last years it's not so easy as it used to be in the past but with good partners on the site it can perform surpassingly well.
Saïd Radhouani, PhD
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Saïd Radhouani, PhD Entrepreneur
Tech Entrepreneur, Search Expert, Digtal Marketer
Hi Siarhei,

Do you have a clear idea and solid specifications about your product, or are you going through a trial-and-error process? The difference is huge when it comes to select engineers. Some engineers get frustrated when requirements change all the time. If this is the case, you need to find specific engineers that are entrepreneurs who can iterate and pivot with you without any frustration. Actually, it should be fun for them to go through the process and validate the hypothesis. In this case, it's too early to talk about quality of software. You just need to build an MVP that doesn't need to scale. Once you find your product/market fit, you start thinking about scalability, growth and software quality.

You can find on LinkedIn freelancers/consultants who have entrepreneurship skills (previous founders of startups).

If your specifications are clear and won't change much, then you can go with a consulting firm that has a track record. They will follow a certain process and deliver on time. You should talk to their customers for reference.

Last, but not least. The skills of the engineers must fit with your specific needs. Not every engineer is good for everything related to computers. If you need specific expertise (e.g., analytics, geo data, NLP, Search, AI, etc.), then you should find the right engineer with the right skills.

Feel free to PM me if you have any question.

Best,
David G Lebow
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David G Lebow Entrepreneur
CEO HyLighter, LLC
My two cents on this subject as a CEO with no engineering background who is leading a struggling software company: Programming is going through major changes as the field moves from object-oriented programming to functional programming and to new languages like Clojure. These developments promise big improvements in efficiency, plasticity, scalability, performance, and other desirable qualities and outcomes. If you want to have an MVP that is near state-of-the art and provides a foundation for building into the future, find a brilliant and forward leaning engineer who will commit to your vision.
Rafał Maliszewski
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Rafał Maliszewski Entrepreneur
Business Development Manager & Project Manager for startups, apps development, digital marketing & ind. automation.
Hi Siarhei,

It depends on varies of attributes.
You can always check the recommendations on e.g. clutch.io - which is more objective or agree to have a workshop with a team about e.g. product design and get less objective judge.

But ask about:
- any rules the team has for product development and working with founders (project management, communication style, working hours etc.)?
- portfolio and recommendations (e.g. clutch.io)?
- what is included in the hourly rate (is it only development, or PMing, Q&A etc.)?
- the approach to workshops?
- business development background (it's good when the team has great feeling of the business in general, market, customer insight, have experience with different kinds of products etc - it can benefit greatly on the product design stage)?

Add good communications skills and transparency.
Compare teams and judge them on the same level if You can.

After all of those e.g. the 2 best teams will be with the best range of price/competence balance.
It can take some time to find the best one, but it is worth it.

Most of the Polish companies already work worldwide with the best price/competence balance.
Best 2016!
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