Time flies when you're having fun, and we've had lots! It's been year since we started Cutehacks. Here is a short summary of what we've achieved, and what we've learned - the good stuff and the bad stuff. For the executive brief, check out the video below.
- Formed a legal company
- Got an office and bought hardware
- Got an accountant, lawyer, designer etc.
- Published 4 Symbian apps
- Yr.no for NRK
- Telenor Faktura for Telenor
- WiMP for Aspiro
- Fly for ourselves :)
- Made our Symbian apps run on Maemo, MeeGo and Android as well
- Contributed a bit to Qt for Android
- Created a UI prototype on Win/Mac/Symbian for a client
- Went to Qt Developer Days, Qt Contributor Summit, MeeGo Summit, Akademy, SEE, etc.
- Consulted for ad-agencies and printing companies
- Stayed at five star hotels - for FREEEEE
- Got 3 minutes on national TV
- Got mentioned on lots of mobile sites
- Started a tech-startup-network-club-thingy
- Got tattooed
- Got paid
Three things we've learned
"If you set yourself goals, you will actually reach them": When we started Cutehacks we said that an ideal project for us would be to develop the WiMP client. One year later, we actually achieved that. We've also worked towards getting our apps running across multiple platforms - this is also starting to happen.
"Ask and you may receive": We've gotten free hardware, new projects and invitations to talks - simply by asking for it.
"The only constant is change": Wow, this one has definitely been true for us. We didn't see 2/11 coming - but once it did, we've simply had to adjust and move on.
Some advice for software startups
- Use LinkedIn
- Use Twitter
- Use YouTube
- Use Google Apps (Mail, Documents, Calendar)
- Use Github (or similar)
- Use Wordpress (or similar)
- Use a professional accountant
- Use a professional designer
- Present at conferences
- Say Yes more than No
- Build up your IP
- Act professional
- Use your network
- Ask for things
- Get an office
- Always look for new projects
- Experiment with new technology
- Get signed contracts
- Always go to a meeting prepared
- Do it