Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?
I would say what was great about WeezLabs was the information they provided that helped us to understand what a "lean startup" was. I am a first-time entrepreneur, and I know the traditional business model: write a business plan, go find investors, and stick to your vision.
WeezLabs helped me to understand what it means to have a lean startup as opposed to a traditional company. Instead of writing your business plan and sticking to the vision, you pick something you are passionate about and figure out how to build it, and to let your customers speak to you. I think that was one of the most valuable pieces of information that they provided for us.
We actually did not start our company with WeezLabs. Being able to go to WeezLabs helped us not only to get started, but also helped us to calm down and figure out if we were on track. They helped us figure out the philosophy of how to approach the startup world. Helping us make connections to investors and to understand the process of developing an app was also helpful. That has been the most valuable piece of information.
What distinguishes WeezLabs from other providers?
I have not worked with any other mobile development companies but, in terms of setting up some initial meetings, we knew right away that we could go with them. First of all, they are in Santa Monica and I am in L.A., too, so the fact that we could actually meet in person was very helpful. There is only so much you can explain over the phone when you have ideas, and you cannot draw things out. That was one of the reasons we chose them.
We actually met with a couple other development companies before we met with them. They were very impressive as opposed to the other ones. In the initial meetings, they knew what they were doing, they had genuine interest, and they wanted our dream to be a success. The other companies were not like that. When I talked with them, they said that it sounded good, and this is what it costs. Even in the initial introduction, WeezLabs was very welcoming, and you knew you could trust them.
Is there anything WeezLabs could have improved or done differently?
There has not been anything that I can think of, and that is what is surprising. They run a very clean process so far, they have kept us on a good pace, WeezLabs has kept us in the loop.