Invent your startup with me. Technical strategy and scoping, product prioritization given technical constraints, interviewing engineers, backend and cloud architecture. mvpengineer.com
A clean website or app providing a focused user experience is the best way to kick off an idea. With an opinionated user flow, you decide how people should interact with your service.
I'm here to facilitate and crystalize your vision and value proposition. Then, I can build your app with your input every step of the way.
How to use GCP and AWS for deployments with load balancers, RDS servers, spot/preemptible instances, VPN, and docker containers.
I worked for Google building their Docker deploy tool. I built and maintain a number of complex deployments on GCP and AWS such as unsubscriberobot.com
How to structure your backend systems in Python or Golang.
I've worked for four years at Google, and am a principal software engineer. Web, mobile web and native apps.
Two sided marketplaces are a very common type of MVP to build. Using no code (shopify, wordpress, bubble) can get you some traction and gets you some amount of painted doors (someone knocks on the door, but it's not real, at least you know how many people knocked).
This can work for a month or two, but it is not technically defensible, and if your idea succeeds, most of this work will have to be discarded. You want to validate cheaply, but you can do this with a MVP that is hyper focused.
Check out some more of my thoughts on no code platforms:
and minimizing your MVP:
You definitely want a contract in place. Depending on whether you're a full partner (with 33 or 50% equity) vs a contributing member, you may want to use a SAFE or simple agreement for future equity.
Splits in work and responsibility are definitely tough, especially when you're offering a very specific expertise and working part time.
If you're doing this for huge scale with VCs involved, you want to make sure all your ts are crossed (documents, contracts etc). But if you're exploring an idea with friends, the first thing is to validate your hypothesis with an MVP.
I've written a bit about arrangements in early companies for equity and cash here.
Finding a perfect technical cofounder has been a real challenge. Bill made everything easy, and I'm excited to work with him on my project. He just gets it!
William was extremely insightful. Not only did he give me solid advice but he also helped create a step by step plan for me. He answered all my questions while being concise and straight to the point.
Will has great industry knowledge and can articulate vision very well to solve for a problem with a variety of user case and solutions. I am excited to continue working with him.
Will was as I'd hoped - an experienced technologist who has already seen many problems that I may have either had to deal with, or would have taken me many hours to try to avoid. I got quite a lot of great feedback from him in a short call, and I feel confident to move forward. Thanks Will! Would recommend if you have a startup that needs technical direction, he will quickly understand your vision and give you insight.
I was seeking advice on user interviews for my MVP. Bill pointed me in the right direction. Thanks for sharing your expertise!
Bill always proposes sound solutions to my software challenges. I will work with him again. Good value.
William listens well, provides very useful guidance and is easy to work with.
Thanks for the call! Actionable insights into how to build the business and first version. Talk again soon.
Bill had some great advice on a new project of mine. Now I have a better idea how much work it's going to take to get it done. Thanks for the call!
Bill gave me great advice at a rapid pace. Very high value in a review of my websites.
Thanks for the call! Insightful and actionable.