Jason A. Duprat, Entrepreneur, Healthcare Practitioner and Host of the Healthcare Entrepreneur Academy podcast talks about the three things he's learned while researching mobile and web application development.
- First, learning anything new takes time, particularly if you're new to the space. The learning curve can be steep.
- Knowing “analysis paralysis” was his worst enemy, Jason gathered information to get up to speed and made quick decisions.
- Take advice with a grain of salt; Jason shares a story about dealing with an acquaintance's referral, which included a steep referral commision.
- The second thing Jason learned is there are two ways to get a web or mobile app developed. One option is to partner with a dev shop.
- Dev shops based in the US can be very expensive. The standard US rate is $130-$200/hr. There are also international shops, which are less expensive at an average rate of $40-$100/hr.
- Dev shops are experts in what they do. They have higher rates and usually only work for short bursts of time.
- The third thing Jason learned was you can also hire an in-house software engineer. Finding an experienced one is difficult because they're in high demand.
- Often, it's tough to get a true assessment of a software engineer's skill set.
- If you're seeking an investor, they'll want to see an in-house team vs working with a shop.
- Jason provides a tech rundown on the framework for software development – the front-end and the back-end.
- You can hire a full-stack developer to handle both the front-end and the back-end. While these developers offer breadth,they often lack depth.
3 KEY POINTS:
- Technology can aid your success in the entrepreneurial world. This is because the tech industry is forever changing so you're constantly learning. Teaching yourself a new skill like coding is a demanding process. You need to put in the time and effort to achieve results.
- There are two options for building a web or mobile application. You can hire a dev shop or an in-house engineer. Each one has its pros and cons, and it's up to you as the business owner to determine which option will best fit into your business model.
- The framework for software development consists of the front-end, which includes the user experience and user interface. It also includes the back-end, which is the server-side.
“Take advice with a grain of salt because people give advice based on their particular knowledge set and experience factors.” – Jason Duprat
“(In the) tech field things change fast and it's definitely a pretty steep learning curve.” – Jason Duprat
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