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Odesk for an MVP ?

Hey all,

I got my MVP, working now on wireframes but I don't have a technical co-founder (yet).

So I am thinking about using Odesk.

Anyone got experience using that platform ? Any tips on what to do and not to do ?

Thank you!

May

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Ben Unsworth
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Ben Unsworth Entrepreneur
Co-founder/President, Globacore Interactive Technologies
Hi -- I am out of the office today in transit. Please contact [removed to protect privacy] with anything urgent. Thanks, Ben
Meghan Conroy
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Meghan Conroy Entrepreneur
may - do you want it to be cut into CSS - or does it need to be functional? I am wary of outsourcing - when you can not check code - from experience.
Krassimir Fotev
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Krassimir Fotev Entrepreneur
Founder of Peer Belt Inc.
The problem with oDesk is managing the contractor because of time differences. At the same time, you do not know the contractor's skills a priori, unless you give them a test.

Some contractors you contact will tell you if what you ask for is beyond what they can deliver, but this is not always the case. Though I considered testing the contractors with the Programmer Analyst Aptitude Brainbench test, the cost associated with the test may be higher then seeing actual output from the contractor and making decision at that point.

You'll have choices to make.



Maïté Grisard
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Maïté Grisard Entrepreneur
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Well I do have some code academy badges ! ;)
I know it's a bit tricky but the more I have done the better chance I have getting a co-founder who knows I m serious about this.
The MVP needs to be functional, design can be minimal at first I guess... beautiful is always better but I m picking my battles ... one at a time.
Ranjit Sawant
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Ranjit Sawant Entrepreneur • Advisor
Product Management and Marketing at Vaayoo Inc
Maite,

Check out http://www.vaayoo.com. Vaayoo does exactly what you want but without the. Hassles of managing individual contractors/Ux designers/tester etc..

Entrepreneurs come to vaayoo with ideas. Product managers from vaayoo then brainstorm the ideas with entrepreuners giving feedback on business model , market etc. Vaayoo then engages its award winning designers to come with UI designs and iterate those designs with the entrepreneur. Once the designs are approved by the entrepreuner vaayoo engages a team of developers and testers to develop the application iteratively within 6 to 8 weeks. The Entrepreuneur tests the app continuously giving feedback.

All this is done at low monthly costs which the entrepreuner starts paying after he accepts the final build. The low monthly costs include feature upgrades, hosting ,bug fixes etc. Vaayoo acts as a CTO office taking care of all technology issues. You don't have to worry about hiring right dev, test, or some one leaving etc..Vaayoo has launched about 22 startups with ideas from dev, architects, pilots, sales men, teachers, businessmen etc.

If the idea does not work in the market you stop paying vaayoo and you move on to the next idea. This way you have lowest costs and low risks.

Send me email if you want to discuss further: [removed to protect privacy]

Thanks

Ranjit
Dave Hecker
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Dave Hecker Entrepreneur
Co-Founder at SourceSeek | Founder/CTO at Sagewing
It's can be very risky, but it doesn't have to be. I help a lot of startups outsource their MVP's, feel free to contact me if you want any help with this. - Dave
Aravind Nirmal Kumar
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Aravind Nirmal Kumar Entrepreneur • Advisor
CTO / Tech Co-Founder / Product Manager / Customer Development Expert / Agile Web & Mobile Developer Ninja
Yes odesk is good, but you may try http://www.agriya.com as well.
Jonathan Saft
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Jonathan Saft Entrepreneur
CEO & Founder at Trippeze
Be as detailed as humanly possible. I've had two bad experiences using Elance that were caused mainly by issues in communication. Sent from my iPhone
Maïté Grisard
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Maïté Grisard Entrepreneur
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Great thank you all for this !

I'll check that out!
Nathan Keilar
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Nathan Keilar Entrepreneur
Founder and CTO at Hunted Hive Digital Solutions Pty Ltd
Hey Maite,
I run a web development studio, http://huntedhive.com, and we do have a presence on Elance and offer Turnkey MVPs. We've built many MVPs for clients that have contacted us through Elance (similar to oDesk. There can be significant time savings if you find an established firm to work with. We've also heard of many horror stories. Over time we've built an awesome team and extensively vetted people we worth with. It would be hard to put your own team together from scratch with a serious investment in time and as a project manager. Its for this reason that clients usually pay a little more and with with us.

IMHO Elance is a bit easier to work with, as there is a minimum $10 payment required to get started. oDesk allows anyone on. I find this subtle barrier does improve the quality of applicants.

I'd be happy to give you more advice if you have specific questions,

Nathan
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