Making Social Apps that connect people in "real life"
I get that a lot. Not for lack of trying, but more for an abundance of it. Trying is one thing, trying in business is another. At BOBEC, we’re Entrepreneurs. We try...and we do.
Entrepreneurship is about risk, but more so, it's about lacking resources and still pursuing opportunities. (read this).
Lacking resources, naturally lends itself to learning and working out of scope. These things are expensive...more so than generally estimated. Thus, failure is common. Whether it's technical, economic, promotional, design, or something else..a venture is risky, and lacking resources usually leads to an early, unimpressive exit.
Over the last year and a half, we've covered a lot of ground while working on Hot or Cold. Learning, yeah, we’ve done it. We've learned better ways to structure agreements, progress on projects, better ways to identify what we know, what we don’t know, and how to account for each.
"You are Faliuor", well, that’s one of the error messages input during our off-shoring experience. We had a qualified developer, but just didn’t quite collaborate properly with him to deliver what we needed. We initially missed on the essential part of the app, and what we wanted, really couldn’t be built how we'd conceived. Instead of hunkering down and starting with the essence first, we built every other feature, until it was down to a compass (which is inherently unreliable - even using apple’s own compass app) and distance meter (which has it’s own complexities).
With a little luck, and some help from our mentor, we were able to rebound from that experience, and integrated Ed with our team to right the ship on the mobile development side. He started with the essence of the app first, building out what we could reliably do, and moving on to other features from there. Now, we’re back on track, with a bright future ahead.
Sure, I’m red-faced, as the failed outcome of the off-shoring experience was my responsibility - nevertheless, like water griding down a boulder, I’ll keep coming at it; learning, adjusting, and relentlessly pursuing.
For most of us, it’s our first venture into mobile, for some, in business. For all, it’s the first in a mentored accelerator program. One thing that is clear, the floor and ceiling are both higher, when you’ve got an involved mentor playing an integral role behind the development and execution of the company.
Thank you to the Boise Young Professionals, and especially, thank you to Faisal Shah for the mentorship and guidance. Now, it’s time to capitalize on the opportunities we’ve been afforded.