I help technology enabled companies achieve product market fit, get traction and scale their revenues. Over 250 firms have engaged me for their international expansion.
Founder of TimeGrab, the Nike+ for productivity
Helped over 250 SME's grow and expand their businesses, emphasis on internationalization. Previously Corporate Strategy Consultant to Fortune 1000's, focused on Emerging Market Growth.
Before hiring someone you would do yourself a big favor by running through some early low-fidelity prototyping. Start by sketching it out on stickynotes, get the flow down and get into the experience. You can move to a high-fidelity clickable prototype after a few iterations, possibly hiring a graphic designer to simply lay it out for you. Load this prototype on your iphone and show it off to real life possible customers for feedback. Listen and iterate. Now you may find that people don't care or you have a set of features (typically a few of them winning) that you can take into development. This becomes your specification and you can more easily find a programmer on oDesk or such. My advice is to do this work yourself or work very closely with a firm that specializes in this process. Good luck!
Call was exactly what I had hoped for... qualified perspective and insight from a seasoned professional. Thank you Jan.
While attending Harvard Business School I had the privilege to be in the same study group as Jan Sauer. Jan has a true passion to learn with the focus and tenacity to translate his learning positively into his professional career. I was proud to be a part of his team and at one point Jan took the lead of the group with comfort and ease. He is a true leader that I would recommend for any organization
Jan is an independent and intelligent thinker. He has the capacity to examine business opportunities and issues from a number of perspectives with immense insight. Jan's skill set is vast - in particular, his communication skills are second to none. He actively engages those around him and has the ability to relate to all ages, cultures and backgrounds in an effective manner.
I would like to recommend Jan Sauer as an excellent and tireless 'bridge builder' for companies who would like to enter the US market. Through 4 years I have 'fed' Jan with companies to this end and have met a great sense of understanding for the (small) company's situation in relation to the market perspective of the US - and his serious considerations for suggesting the right strategy and path to follow to acheieve sustainable success.
Jan is a very result as well as detail oriented individual. He has a unique ability to spot and promote value adding activities for his client and his network. Working with Jan was indeed a great learning experience.
I have partnered with Jan Sauer for the past year and half. Jan's approach to running the Trade Commission is more like a CEO running a private effficient company, rather than a government organization. He is very proactive always seeking ways to promote his country and his Danish clients.
Jan has an insatiable appetite to deliver in a start-up environment. No task is too great and his optimism is unbounded. Work with Jan if you can!
As Business Development Manager for Georgia's Economic Development agency, I have worked frequently with Jan Sauer in coordinating the needs of visiting Danish executives considering the establishment of a business presence in North America. Jan is an enthusiastic and tireless servant to the needs of his clients. He always tries to maximize the time spent by these executives so that they return to Denmark with useful and productive experiences. Under his leadership, the Danish Trade Office business accelerator has continued to grow and flourish.
Jan is a very enthusiastic, energetic and motivated individual. He has excellent people skills, great organizational skills, very goal oriented and knows how to achieve goals effectively and efficiently.
Jan setup all our infrastructure when establishing our office in the States. His work and colleagues and know how enabled me to do what we do best. Sales all other was accounted for from him. Salaries, accounting, lawyers, office, billing etc.
I came to know Jan well in the context of the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School. Jan impressed me with his deep knowledge of business fundamentals, his experience across a multitude of industries, and his even-keeled leadership style. Jan's international experience and especially strong people skills are particular highlights. It was a great pleasure to work closely with Jan on a number of projects, and to learn from his many keen insights in classroom and outside discussions.