Picking Software Partners with Deep Startup Experience

Sophia Brown • 4 years ago

Not all software consultants are the right choice for your business or idea. Many software creators and app developers have more experience in key areas that’ll make them a better or a worse match for you and your goals. 

If you’re a start-up, some of the challenges you’ll face in those early and formative chapters are very different from established businesses. That’s why picking a partner with start-up experience is vital to your success. 

So what do you need to look for?

  • Risk-takers
  • Knowledgeable experts
  • Adaptable individuals with a hunger for success
  • Self-motivated and driven professionals
  • Strong communicators who understand your vision
  • People who are passionate about programming and software development

Look for a Team or a Team Member and Not a One-Man Show

When it comes to picking a full-stack engineer or application developer, you’re going to need a team. You may be able to get by hiring a solo freelancer or a single in-house developer, but with a team, you’ve got access to a variety of skill sets and experts in specific areas of software development. As a start-up, this is crucial. In the beginning, you won’t be able to afford the cost and time needed to hire your own team of programmers, developers, computer engineers, software experts, project managers and marketing experts.   

Look for a Healthy Balance of Experience & Youthful Innovation

When considering a software partner for your start-up, look for a software consultant that has experience with start-ups or even your specific industry. This experience should never come at the expense of innovation.

If you want to succeed, you have to think outside the box. The software industry is a saturated market, with over 30 of the Fortune 500 companies in the world being software-based. You need a team with the experience to build a successful product as well as think of ways to stand out in this industry.

Start-ups have more hoops to jump through than an established company. This will require a robust team that’s ready to drive your idea into the market with knowledge and experience behind it. 

Look for Companies that Value Data-Driven Decision Making

Having a “feeling” about something isn’t good enough. You need to find a software consultant that understands the value of creativity and instinct but never values these things over data-driven decisions and approaches. 

When you launch a minimum viable product (MVP) as a start-up, data is going to make or break your company. How are people using your product? Where are they struggling? Where can we improve and grow in the next iteration? This process is fast, and it’s as much about data as it is about industry knowledge and intuition. A company that doesn’t make data-based changes is essentially ignoring your customer’s feedback. 

Take Your Time

Don’t rush a decision like this. Reach out to your network for suggestions on software consultants and application developers. Do your research to find a software partner that can help you go from a start-up to a success story. 

At IntuitioLabs, we value teamwork and innovation. Our team is close-knit while also remaining global. We have experience behind us, with the average team member possessing 8 years in technology and product development. We pride ourselves on our youthful innovation and drive to push the norm. We believe in utilizing data and strategy along with creativity and intuition in all of our decision making. It’s our team that allows us to offer the experience and skill-sharing to our clients without the higher price tag. You reap the benefits of a large team while working directly with a specific individual, or a few individuals, on your project.  
In the past two years, we’ve launched 11 products thanks to this mix of skills and experience. If you’re looking for a software partner to help your start-up soar, we’d love to talk to you about your vision. Get in touch today.