Leo was a graduate of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He cared passionately about education and knew he wanted to lead a positive change in the industry. He decided the best way was to raise money with a startup. After graduation, instead of following the conventional route of finding employment, he decided to get his startup off the ground.
Leo spent 6-8 months trying to find a tech co-founder to help with his business idea. All his friends and contacts had business school backgrounds, but no knowledge of tech. Leo couldn’t find anyone willing to join him full-time. He was losing time and money.
In the startup world, the more you delay in launching, the chances of someone taking advantage of that delay increase enormously. Competition in the education sector was rising on a daily basis.
Leo had extremely solid business acumen, but was worried about his lack of tech knowledge. Even so, he started to build a hack product himself. After buying the domain and building a website on Wix, he was able to start a very basic chatbot on messenger to help students with college admissions enquiries.
And he didn’t stop there. After learning API.ai, he built more onto his chatbot, started testing it with actual users, and loved the positive response he was getting.
He realized he had to do even more.
At a meetup in San Francisco, Leo crossed paths with Indiez CEO and founder Nitesh Agrawal. Leo explained the difficulties he was facing, and Nitesh was more than happy to look into potential solutions.
After learning about the Indiez business model, Leo was inspired. He learned it was possible to work with the highest quality online specialists without having to hire them full-time, and that they could start work in less than a week.
Leo requested examples of work and details of the pricing. After a one-hour meeting with Nitesh in a Starbucks in Palo Alto, Leo knew that he had found the right business partner.
It didn't take long for Indiez to delve into its community of tech agency partners and find three potential teams with the expertise to build Leo's product.
Leo selected his favourite team, which included architects who had successful experience with building forums and chatbots. Work began straight away.
The tech team quickly discovered this was going to be a complex product, which would involve integrating established forum software. Furthermore, the technology was going to be React Native - a fairly new tech.
They were able to hack discourse and use this as a backend, making it easy to manage the chatbot. Now, students can ask questions via the bot, and they can be seen by other users if allowed. This builds a repository of questions which will be used to train the data for the AI engine. Brilliant!
There were some initial issues as the discourse wasn’t running on the intended server. Additionally, Leo was so keen to sell the product that he ended up pitching to prospects before it was complete.
Our agency partner therefore needed to finish the product more quickly than initially anticipated. One of the developers even made some changes at 3am to ensure Leo had a successful business meeting! This is the standard of care, quality, and commitment all Indiez clients can expect.
Thanks to the awesome team recommended by Indiez, Leo managed to pick up seed funding after launching the MVP. Proving his ability to deliver, Leo then found the perfect co-founder to join him on his Connecpath journey.
They are now in a position to scale massively. New customers are joining at a rapid pace, and the company has acquired some outstanding schools as their clients. Check out connecpath.com to see the true quality of our results.