Founding Partner & CEO at Digital Agency Vuzum. Founder of Widgetic.
Focused on Product and Art Direction, I run day to day operations at Widgetic, leading the team to create amazing experiences and services around widgets.
I've been involved in strategy and product development for important organisations, startups and brands such as the US Navy, H&M, Oriflame, BodyMedia, Four Season, Tatravagonka.
In the past two years we've been involved with helping regular companies start up web companies in different sectors: e-commerce, marketplaces, services, as well as working on our own MVP Widgetic.
Another service similar to the one mentioned is https://uploadcare.com/. Being restricted to SquareSpace means you need a widget that would be embeddable in their platform, that would come with this functionality.
You should also explore the big video players out there to see if they offer this type of widget (YouTube, Vimeo, Wistia, DailyMotion, etc).
Hi. Parse should do the job ( https://www.parse.com ). We've successfully used them at Vuzum across many native and hybrid apps on both iOS and Android.
This is a good problem to have. We're in the same position with our product Widgetic.
My advice would be to go through this article by Paul Graham:
I did a resume of what you need, here:
**Fire** - Focus on a deliberately narrow market (subsets of users). It's like keeping a fire contained at first to get it really hot before adding more logs.
**Consult** - pick a single user and act as if they were consultants building something just for that one user. The initial user serves as the form for your mold; keep tweaking till you fit their needs perfectly.
As you can see, this also seems the best approach - which not many products are lucky to have - to pick a specific target user group and focus on that initially, to get as much of that market first.
I would build on top of Danny Halarewich's answer.
Having gone through a sorrow experience with Dribbble, I would recommend you also check that the work of the designers you contact is live, so that you can require them to send some references.
Reach out to those references before deciding on a designer.
I would recommend you browse the sites that have already mapped these types of companies by categories.
Some good examples to start with:
Believe it or not, at the size of 20+, I'm asking myself the same question. How do we grow more. There's just one answer, when you plan to bootstrap (which seems you do): product.
Focus on your product, try to reach PMF or at least a healthy cash flow every month, that would allow you to bring more people in your team (as partners, as employees or as a service provider - agency, freelancer).
I'd like to send some good resources we used for our deck:
How to deliver a killer business presentation: http://mashable.com/2012/02/03/improve-business-presentation/
How you can pitch for 5 to 6 minutes like a Techstars graduate: http://blog.spanishcurls.com/the-5-to-6-minute-pitch
14 things to avoid in your startup pitch deck: http://blog.press42.com/index.php/2013/01/16/14-donts-startup-pitch-deck/
The popular 10/20/30 Rule: http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2005/12/the_102030_rule.html
I don't think you should focus your entire energy on the launch. Instead, a smart cross-selling strategy could do great on the long term.
You didn't mention if the same user-base will already be signed-up to the service, or if they would have to make a totally different account. Assuming the latter, you could offer discounts at specific intervals for those that have already signed-up for the second service.
There are many Website Builder Platforms. It's an entire industry that seems to be thriving - the top 5 players having all raised millions in funding this year (2014).
This list is in no particular order. Some of them offer the ability to create membership type websites (but not in the standard way where your members would access a CMS - that can only be done custom).
Website Builder Platforms
BaseKit Based Platform (HostGator, SiteJam, etc) - http://www.basekit.com/
GoDaddy Website Builder - https://www.godaddy.com/
Jimdo - http://www.jimdo.com/
Populr - https://www.populr.me/
Readymag - https://readymag.com/
SquareSpace - http://www.squarespace.com/
Voog - http://voog.com/ (edicy back in the day)
Webflow - https://webflow.com/
Webnode - http://www.webnode.com/
Weebly - http://www.weebly.com/
Wix - http://www.wix.com/
Yola - https://www.yola.com/
Zoho Sites - https://www.zoho.com/sites/
Moonfruit - http://moonfruit.com/
Biznessweb - http://biznessweb.com/
Aircus - http://www.aircus.com/
imcreator - http://www.imcreator.com/
Cloudcannon - http://cloudcannon.com
Webydo - http://webydo.com
Sidengo - https://sidengo.com/
Homestead - http://www.homestead.com/
Virb - http://virb.com/
Breezi - http://breezi.com/
Strikingly - http://www.strikingly.com/
uCoz - http://www.ucoz.com/
Flazio - http://www.flazio.com/
Jigsy - http://jigsy.com/
Webstarts - http://www.webstarts.com/
Webs - http://www.webs.com/
Vistaprint - http://vistaprint.com/
Simplesite - http://www.simplesite.com/
SnapPages - http://snappages.com/
Exai - http://www.exai.com/
Site Sumo - http://sitesumo.com/
DoddleKit - http://www.doodlekit.com/
Pikock - http://www.pikock.com/
Gutensite - http://www.gutensite.com/
Flavors Me - http://flavors.me/
Airsquare - http://www.airsquare.com/
Mobsyte - http://www.mobsyte.com/
Pagekit - http://www.pagekit.com/
Goodsie - http://goodsie.com/
Freshcreator - http://www.freshcreator.com/
Oxxy - https://www.oxxy.com/
Cubender - http://www.cubender.com/
Lifeyo - http://www.lifeyo.com/
Froont - http://froont.com/
Mozello - http://www.mozello.com/
Pixelhub - http://pixelhub.me/
Dudamobile - http://www.dudamobile.com/
Unbounce - http://unbounce.com/
Nubook - http://nubook.com/
Zyro - http://zyro.com/
Justaddcontent - http://justaddcontent.com/
Mpress - http://mpress.me/
Livecontrol - https://www.livecontrol.net/
Rocketspark - http://www.rocketspark.com/
The Grid - https://thegrid.io/
Website - http://www.website.com/
Sitezulu - http://www.sitezulu.com/
Sitedity - http://www.sitedity.com/
Nikktto - https://nikktto.com
Website builder - http://www.website-builder.com/
Mrsite - http://mrsite.com/
Websitebuild - http://www.websitebuild.net/
Landerapp - http://landerapp.com/
Simplybuilt - https://www.simplybuilt.com
Instapage - http://www.instapage.com/
Broadsheet - http://broadsheet.io/
I'm sure there's more website builder platforms out there that are not in my list.
As the CEO of digital agency Vuzum but also the founder of our own startup Widgetic, I can tell you that we've got a lot of similar requests. But we turned them down, and always will.
The reason is simple: if we want to invest time into an idea, we'll invest in our own. And we'll get 100% of the equity while we're doing it.
And more than that, starting a product with someone involved as a partner, who is miles away, would happen with a lot of legal issues and mistrust.
If you're going this route to get an MVP out it's also a bad decision, because if - by the smallest chance - is going to be successful, this initial partnership will follow you across your product's lifetime. See how Facebook paid 60M to the twin brothers for similar reasons.
Andrei is a visionary and that's his strongest quality. He's a perfectionist and makes everyone exceed their limits. He always tried to understand every situation and listened to everybody when he needed to. All of this will make the business he develops to grow and make him a successful man.
Andrei's Flash work is top-notch - well-written, elegant, functional and attractive. He's quick to respond and easy to work with. Highly recommended.