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What if you have a brilliant idea and you need funding? Is it doom and gloom for startups, or is there a light at the end of the tunnel? Is it better to sit it out until things “calm down” or maybe there never be a better time for a kick-off? Some avoid these questions; some come up with all types of ideas for businesses reflecting the reality; some try to reinvent the wheel.

Working a lot with startups, we at Moqod decided to address our friends with more expertise in the domain. We had a chance to interview Irma Borst and Robert Weaver, founders of MatchingWINGS — an angel network supporting ventures and investors in the early stage investment phase. They are the ones who see an opportunity in every challenge, and they can answer all the questions you may have on investments in 2020 and beyond. …


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Product Approach to App Development by Moqod.

When you imagine your future app, do you envision it as a bunch of code lines? Or do you see a user with a device in hands solving the problem using the app you created?

Would you prefer a service provider who delivers the code or the one who takes into account the success of your future business? Taking a wild guess, your choice will fall on a company invested in your product at every level. In this case, a product approach to app development is your way to proceed.

The product approach to application development is when you take software, marketing research and marketing strategies, user personas, user stories, business models, expansion potential, and growth of the product as one whole. Our goal at Moqod is to consider each relevant facet of the future product, apply, experiment, and adjust it during the development process. In the end, we deliver a full-on working user-centric application/website. …


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Moqod’s interview with an expert in matching startups with investors.

After having an insightful conversation with Angel investors from MatchingWings (read the full version here), we decided to go deeper into the topic of startup funding.

From the side it looks simple: you need money for your startup, those folks with a LinkedIn title “Investor” have the money. You match!

Unfortunately, this is similar comparison to the statement that if you are a woman every man matches you. Not every, not a man, not matching — there are too many variables to state that.

How to find the right investor for your startup? We decided to ask a professional, a person who matches startups is an investor himself, and a co-founder of Hamster Connect, Dennis van der Veen. …


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IOS & Android cross-platform.

No matter how technical that may sound to you, we at Moqod treat the choice of the platform as a business question.

And here is why.

We as software developers are cross-platform ambassadors, we favor everything that makes things faster. We are also concept-validation believers, trusting rapid market-fit feedback loops as the only strategic way to build a successful app.

However, the fastest route is not always the optimal one. So when you decide what platform to choose for your future business, we encourage you to think about its nature first.

Of course, what comes to your mind first is that developing an application for different platforms (iOS and Android) at once is often very expensive. What options do you have to eliminate a budget while building your…


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Firebase.

Each and every software needs a backend, and this is where Backend-as-a-Service (Baas) solutions come into play. As a result, your backend side development is automated. More specifically, all the behind-the-scenes processes, such as database management, user authentication, updates, push notifications, etc., are taken care of.

One of the most popular Baas solutions, Firebase, was launched in 2011 and acquired by Google in 2014. Today this realtime database offers 18 services and holds one of the leading positions on the market.

We have recently covered why Firebase is a wonderful solution to build your MVP. Just like any other software, Firebase also comes with its limitations and downsides. …


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Growth Hacking for startups.

At Moqod we work a lot with start-ups. Most of the young businesses ask regular questions when they begin their journey of entrepreneurship. How do we grow? How to ensure proper market fit? Where to get new customers? We invited Ewoud Uphof to get an insight on his one of a kind experience in growth hacking and share it with all those for whom a term “growth hacking” is slightly vague and scary at this point.

Spoiler alert: it won’t be the case by the time you are done reading.

Ewoud started working with affiliate websites for smartphone and travel insurances when he was still in university becoming one of the first growth hackers in Holland. He started a digital marketing agency as a result of his work on the affiliate website. After Google hit all affiliate businesses with an update they turned their work into an e-commerce branch of a media company. Ewoud’s knowledge is based on building his own brand, so he started doing it for others. …


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The question as old as Google itself: what websites and apps are blocked in China? The answer may vary from year to year, the need to establish a firm online connection with China grows stronger.

Given the unpredictability of the world’s current situation, video conferences with your clients is no longer an option, it’s a necessity. The world will get back to normal and video calls will still be an excellent way to save time and money. …


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Minimum Viable Product in 2020.

We have already reviewed some of the best tools to use for building your MVP on your own a year ago. Whether you have some novice IT knowledge or you are a total beginner, you have the complete potential to build a basic MVP or a prototype of your product — we stand on what we said in our previous article on the subject.

Today on the market there is software that can bring into being any idea of yours and give you inspiration for other concepts you haven’t even thought of. We still very much vouch for the solutions we recommended in 2019, and we would like to expand on your possibilities for your MVP or prototype. …


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Uploading an app for the AppStore.

When one has developed quite a few iOS applications, one knows that it is not as simple as “develop-publish on App Store-get users to use your app”. The “publish” part might have a few hiccups. It has happened to us recently at Moqod and I couldn’t help but share the story of how it was unfolded and how we fixed it.

Our client, Palladio Groep B.V., is an interim and consulting agency in the field of the management and control of organizations, programs, and large projects in the public domain.

Moqod’s team developed an application designed by Palladio Groep bv named “Maturity Assessment Project control” that enables them to make a quick scan of the manner in which the management and control of their clients is organized and implemented. Based on the results of the assessment, Palladio advises its clients about further improvement in the management of the given project or organization. The case of Palladio’s application was classical for B2B apps: one needs to send a direct link to download the application to the clients without third parties involved, and they would have immediate access to it. …

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