Never Call An Offshore Company For Coding Your App
I'm a young startupreneur in the tech industry, and I learned a few things already that you should consider when hiring an offshore company.
Some of you might benefit from my experience so I'll just go with my story.
I have the idea and I am ready
First, I have always been VERY interested in entrepreneurship. Graduated from a great business school, and specialized in entrepreneurship and mergers and acquisitions. I was thinking: why not learn how to buy a company if you fail building one? In one word, I've always felt ready to lead.
Second, because not everybody can be entrepreneur when he desires it, I was taken by the consulting world. And I was making a fair amount of money.
Third, I grew up in a world where Business was ruling. And I had all the pain in the world to wake up realizing technology actually is ruling our world.
I Don't Need Those Tech Guys
If somewhere, deep down, there's a little voice insinuating that you can do anything tech-related without a tech guy, look at the picture below.
Like lots of people who "have the idea", I was telling myself: tech is a skill, and I can pay for it. Just like I pay for having my car repaired, I am not ready to give part of my company away. But you can't buy the heart of your product. At least not all of it, and not as long as you don't have your trustful body man next to you.
What's going to happen if you don't follow this advice? Well it could be a great adventure, and you could become a billionaire with 100% of your company. In my case, it went differently.
I started to work hard on the design of my app. I challenged it, improved it and I was ready to have somebody code it. I was working in finance at the time. I didn't know who to turn to to have my project come to life. Eventually, I was advised by friends working in the web, and decided to hire a recommended offshore company to build my app. You absolutely want recommendations in this industry.
At first everything was fine. Relationship was good, comprehension seemed ok. But it was only because I didn't know how to look, how to challenge. I was literally at the mercy of some guys sited thousands of miles away from me. Soon, project was delayed for several months. I started to realize that nobody was actually responsible for anything. Junior developers were assigned to my project when they had time, which resulted in a bunch of layers of code. Long story short, the performance of the app was crap.
As you may have noticed, I did not speak of the money I spent on this.
I'm not sure my story would have been different should I have spent 50% more or less. And that's why I consider that this is not important here. For those can afford a famous software company, you are not that concerned by hiring an offshore company!
All for nothing?
Absolutely not. On the contrary. As poor as it could be, the app actually existed. And that makes a huge difference. Let me explain why.
Having something tangible not only turned my project into something, but more importantly it turned me into somebody who goes forward with his ideas. From there, my speech changed to "here is what I did. Want to join me in the adventure?"
I ended up getting feedback from several talented people interested in my concept. They had not all the time in the world to commit to the company, but they had the most important skill: motivation. A friend of mine keeps telling me: "don't give equity to people who are not 100% committed to the company". He might be right. But now, we're a team of 3, all motivated by the success of our company. And in my opinion one big step forward is better than nothing.
I could (and maybe should) have written an article on "How to give birth to an idea when you can't code". I cannot remember how many people told me that I couldn't make it without a partner in tech. If I had listened, the next versions of ushouldcome would not even be in the pipe. But, at the end of the day, they were right.
The team is everything. Everybody knows that. And thanks to this poor offshore company, I found a great one.