Founder & Product Director of Velora. Designer, developer, entrepreneur and world traveler. Launched multiple SaaS and ecommerce businesses. Traveled to over 30 countries and 100+ cities.
Why not go one step further and produce something that can actually be used? My team uses our own frameworks to prototype in HTML/CSS, but when you don't have that I'd say the next best thing is Proto.io (http://proto.io). You can create interactive prototypes to test directly on the device in minutes without code.
If you really need video of interactions, I'm sure you can capture that from what you create with the tool. Even better, now you also have something tangible that you can hand to a potential investor or user to let them experience for themselves.
I'm not affiliated with Proto.io in any way. Since I prototype with code, I haven't actually used the product yet, but I've heard many great things about it. Hope this helps.
Maybe hire a freelance market researcher to find out? ;)
Generally, something like this is going to appeal to fortune 500 companies. Smaller companies and entrepreneurs are going to be doing market research themselves.
From the question it is difficult to tell if you have come into possession of such a platform, or are thinking about building one. Regardless, to succeed it's crucial that you deeply understand who your target customer is and what pain you are solving for them. Most ideas for a business stem from the entrepreneur's discovery of a solution to a problem for a certain group of people.
Since who has the greatest need is unclear to you at the moment, the best thing to do might be to contact people at companies who you think have the greatest need. Find a way to get in touch with someone at the company involved in hiring market researchers, and ask them what challenges they face. You can also talk with a few market researchers themselves to get an idea of where they see the greatest demand of companies looking to hire them. Hope this helps.
I've spent lots of time in Romania, though Cluj is one of the few cities I have not yet been to. I am not sure if the intended conference audience is international or meant to be residents of Cluj (though for my answer I'm assuming the former).
I do not have a specific name for you, but I would suggest to not limit name choices to necessarily require Cluj-Napoca or Transylvania. The conference itself and its location can help establish and showcase innovation in Cluj. Think of 10 popular tech conferences. Do any of them have the city name as part of the conference name? The city would always be listed right near the title, so anyone who hears about the conference will know where it is. It's fine to include the city, but if you keep your options open it may be easier to come up with a name. Hope this helps.
I would say don't let the revenue be your deciding factor. Build the idea that you enjoy the most. If you'd really like to try both then go for it.
Just be careful to validate your SaaS business idea early and often, as it can easily become a much more complex project than what it sounds like you've put together on the AppStore. Also, something critical to keep in mind here is how you will obtain customers. You mention that the market for this app isn't very used to working with online tools, how will they find you? A benefit of the AppStore is that it can provide a lot of the traffic on its own. With a SaaS app you need to generate traffic yourself.
I've done consulting for various startups/online businesses and provided exactly what you describe. Spending a couple hours at project milestones to discuss with an expert can make a big difference in clarifying the project so that it continues smoothly and effectively.
Yes, you can figure things out on your own, and while it is great to learn from your mistakes, having a few pointers along the way can save a great deal of time in getting you to that next step effectively.
What type of projects are you looking for a mentor on specifically?
An automated system could easily accomplish this. Human call centers would be slow and costly for something like this, if I understand correctly.
I can think of a way of testing this idea without building any technology. You can setup a toll free number with extensions for each driver's cell phone. After placing an order the customer will receive the extension for their driver should they need to be in touch. Actually, in Europe drivers delivering packages are frequently in touch with customers to determine their current location and hand over the package. There they simply use cell phones without any real backend infrastructure.
That said, what is the pain point here that you would be solving? If the customer feels they need to contact the driver, that would likely mean that the driver is either late and/or potentially lost. Both of those things would be better fixed at the root of the problem by getting a better driver/GPS.
Happy to discuss further if you'd like.
I just came across this question, and after briefly looking through the answers you have, I am not satisfied with the ideas/solutions they are proposing based on your situation.
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Does your startup absolutely require that you be in Toronto? Why not do both? Take the opportunity of the exchange and start working on your startup on the side (and be ready to get into it in full force when the exchange is finished).
I started a company when I was 18 and was traveling the world before I turned 21. I still travel now whenever I feel like, and it has not negatively impacted me in business. In fact, I think it has had a very positive effect as I've learned countless things about people and global markets.
Happy to discuss more over a call if you'd like.