You have an amazing idea to change the world, and your two best friends, Paul and Martin, are talented developers who are ready to quit their IT studies at Standford to join your vision and work with you on changing the world, all starting from your parent’s garage?
There has been the lucky ones, but let’s face it: the reason you’re reading this article is that you’re just talented but unlucky enough to find yourself with your amazing idea, but without a few nerdy, intelligent geek friends, who are willing to travel to the moon and back for you.
Every success starts with development. An involved technology partner is the integral part of your project, creating the manifestation of your idea and translating it into the clients hands. It’s crucial to understand this role that IT partners play in different stages of your product’s life and any successful startup journey, because still 63% of Startups in the Tech sector fail, which represents the highest failure number in all startups sectors today. The ability to create a strong partnership is one of the important pillars to assure an ongoing, stable implementation of the project goals, reduction of waste of resources and budget, and an overall decrease in the risk of failing.
63% of Startups in the Tech sector fail.
Considering this importance, reality for most founders is, that you spend time, energy and budget to built up the sustainable and trustful technology partnerships you need to being able to develop your product. And not everyone has all of it. You’ve got to pay for it.
You are a NonTechie TechFounder and you are looking for IT Development services? It is your challenge and responsibility to explore and understand all the different options of technology partners out there, to finally being able to choose the right partner for your project?
It won’t take long and you will quickly realise that the costs for a successful development and implementation process seem to be schizophrenic and that you have no idea what the best compromise of the pricing behind the implicated sales team, purring Freelancer or ambitious outsourcing company can look like.
The main question for a founder who has an extremely limited budget is of course let, what might he pay for his mobile app, but how less he can pay to still get running product.
This are all relevant price offers, provided by different IT service providers. Find the odd one out?
New entrepreneurs in particular often have to deal with absurd code of practices and paradoxes for which there is no real explanation. Being a newbie might not mean to ask stupid questions, but to ask relevant questions.
Being a IT newbie might not mean to ask stupid questions, but to ask relevant questions.
There are two common issues when trying to find your budget friendly IT partner for your project:
As unpleasant as it may sound, let’s just be honest. Programmers are well trained in areas where you yourself, as a non-techie, have no idea. You are putting yourself in other people’s hands and giving responsibility to people who have to know how to deal with this position. But many do not do this. And this is not because of their expertise but because of their psychological profile and capacity to be empathetic and honest first of all with themselves and then with you.
It is always advisable to look for professionals who are not unemotional in their professional appearance, but who are lucid and reflective about themselves and their environment.
No business without money. Of course, every programmer and every IT agency wants to earn their daily bread. The problem here is that in sales, false enthusiasm and false promises are often used to sell you their services.
This doesn’t have to be a problem, especially if it’s a potboiler set you are buying, but it can have disastrous consequences in a start-up.
People who care only about their billing history are the worst partners to choose when pulling off a business. When the eye goes first to the dollar bill, which each action, each advice you might ask for, represents, you will get quickly into a complicated and potentially harmful situation for your project.
79% of Startups find themselves drowning, because they lack of sufficient funding to properly invest into team and development of their product.
Let’s face the bitter truth: the real skill gurus are costly, not only in the IT sector. That doesn’t mean you can go with a cheaper option. The skillset of your dream partner should always represent the perfect balance between:
Focusing on the budget, leads often to a technology partner who combines one or two points. It would be a mistake to think it doesn’t matter and that two of three can be sufficient. Did you ever experience how a developer has left you alone for three days without any update upon your request? Exactly, you have not only lost three days asking you what is going on, you might also have lost money on the short and long run due to delays on other ends of your product development.
Streamlining your organization, process and team while keeping track of your budget can look like a tightrope act, especially in the beginning when things go wild to get new products on the market.
Technology partnerships can be built different. However, most models are standard models following the proven systems of your partners experience, not yours, which are sold to you, while freelancers and outsourcing models always follow the same pattern. A business process management for your project requires an holistic understanding, longterm planning and commitment. A service and a competence which only few can offer.
Let’s sum it up: A business has to focus on their core competencies and find trustworthy partners that can provide the right tools and support. As a Tech entrepreneur with no competencies in Tech and a limited budgets, you will face a challenging amount of difficulties finding reliable, committed technology partners, who will ensure that your business needs are aligned with the services they offer.
The 10 most relevant things to look for in your future Technology Partner are:
Rapid and clear communication
A personalised communication style (no standard messages to push you through the sales pipeline)
Project based company structure
Flexibility of their working processes
Expertise which is communicated honestly
Agencies should be able to offer scalability of talent
Transparency of pricing
Interested in long-term partnerships with you
Not only executers but also problem solvers
At Arckipel, we are here to help you create your product to scale quickly and effectively. We are different to other providers and you will benefit from company structure, made to be your partner in crime. Because partnership is our priority.
Our customers benefit from our willingness to master their challenges with them while building their product. We use fast processes and propose flexible terms and hybrid solutions to find the best options for your company and offer flexible outsourcing plans and a global accompany process for startups. When we choose our partnerships with startups, we act carefully to be able to provide dedication and personalisation. Not every project fits with our mentality and neither do we assume to be one size for all.
Schedule a meeting with us to speak with one of our team members.