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Rormix Startup Diary - 5 Tips to Find Your Dream Developer
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Rormix is an emerging music video discovery platform who are sharing their startup tale on Startacus. Over to Agi, the PR and marketing team member of Rormix with Diary post 4...
#discover: 5 Tips to Find Your Dream Developer
So I told you about our rebranding hassle last week – my advice still applies, the best thing you can do is to get your brand right the first time. I know,I know, easier said than done.
Once things around the rebranding were sorted out, we had a few weeks of peace and quiet to figure out the next step. As I also mentioned, we had a few exciting ideas in mind, but there was only so much we could do without a developer. It was also around the time when I came on board, but that is slightly less interesting than what I’m about to tell you.
We were incredibly lucky to have found Mark – shoutout to Chris and his networking skills, TechHub Manchester for hosting that particular networking event, and all the higher power that made sure they all turned up there and then. For us, things clicked almost immediately.
To help you find your dream developer, I asked ours to give you a few tips.
As you probably all know, the demand for developers is high, and a talented one is even harder to find. Your best bet of finding someone is at local tech events or startup weekends. Be actively present, do a pitch if you can, and always mention you’re looking for someone who can help you with your project. But keep the golden rule in mind; you want someone who understands and appreciates startups, as the requirements are very different from your regular corporate company, and the money is tight in the beginning.
It also helps to find common ground at the very beginning, a mutual interest that helps establish whether you’re a good fit for each other.
Make sure your potential developer fully understands the concept of an MVP – build now, fix later. Many of them wouldn’t release a product until it was polished to perfection.
If your potential developer passed the first round of questionings, here’s something else you should know. Hiring a developer who’s very good at one thing doesn’t help – instead, look for someone who can be multifunctional, is eager to learn, and can get out of their comfort zone.
When you need more than one developer working on the same project, well, that’s an entirely different story. If you need more developers, make sure they have mutual exclusive skills. But be careful: as the saying goes, “Trying to manage developers is like trying to herd cats”.
That’s it for this week, folks. Next week I’m going to blog about the lessons learned while building our MVP. In the meantime, you can check it out on the links below, feedback is always welcome.
Mi-IDEA Manchester Networking Event
27th Sep 2016
The teams from CISCO and Manchester Science Partnerships have teamed up to create Mi-IDEA, a post-accelerator designed to foster and nurture digital innovation in the North West of England.