Hi! I’m Pierre Benayoun and I’m a French on man startup indie developer. I’ve been working on Activity tracking with Android for almost two years.
The results were not so good so I decided to dramatically change my strategy with a pivot.
Now, I’m focusing on showing my app to potential users.
So, what’s the next step?
This two weeks GIF
We are very close to the alpha. There is a plenty of things to do, quite a mountain indeed. And this reminds me that coding an app is somewhat close to moving house.
Coding and moving house: same combat
Yes, I know this comparison can sound awkward but it makes some sense.
Take moving house (one of mine at any rate):
- When you begin the moving, things go fast and it’s a rewarding experience. In half an hour you put the couch, the fridge, the beds and the washing machine in the truck. It’s already half-full.
- Then comes the time to put the moving boxes in the truck. This is the main activity. And it could get some time with some unexpected events like the book’s boxes that are far too heavy to manage. To be honest,this step can be quite boring.
- There is also a special step when you figure out there are four plants and some things that you didn’t manage, or worse, want to put in boxes. In theory this should take fifteen minutes. But you are exhausted with the moving and it takes nearly an hour for this to go to the truck.
- Last step, in theory the easiest one. Empty the truck. It’s easy until you want to reassemble some piece of furniture and … you forgot this FUCKING Allen key from IKEA. So you go back to old apartment, figure out that the Allen key is in fact in the new apartment. Yes, it’s just in the moving box under this huge pile of junk. TLDR: You lost two hours (at least) for a fucking key.
Now take app coding (one of mine at any rate):
- When you begin, the coding things go fast and it’s a rewarding experience. In two weeks you make a trailer with the amount of fat you lose when you move, you can also get the fat gained with a hamburger and the time needed biking to lose it. You have done half of the work.
- Then comes the time to put all functionality in the app. This is the main activity. And it could get some time with some unexpected events like the Google Fit data that are far too long to obtain. To be honest, this step can be quite boring.
- There is also a special step when you figure out there are four vignettes and some things that you didn’t manage, or worse, want to code. In theory this should take a couple of days. But you are exhausted with the previous six months of coding and it takes nearly a month for this to be done.
- Last step, in theory the easiest one. Delivery the app to Google Play. It’s easy until you want to include some ad and … you forgot this FUCKING library from google. So you go back to some old app to retrieve it, figure out that the code need some serious refactoring. Yes, you just have to get that code under a huge pile of junk. TLDR: You lost two weeks (at least) for a fucking ad.
What have I been working
Moving the house … OK, in fact I had to work on the generation of vignettes (it’s like slides in my app). I had to make some important refactoring in order to manage them easily.
Now I’m working on advertising and paid subscriptions. It’s quite tricky but I have almost finished on this point.
Statement of intent
My detailed plan to conquer the world is just there.
Show app to as many potential users as possible.
What I need to do before next version
- Add subscriptions and advertisements to reports
- Get a report at same time every day.
What I want to add in the next versions
- Animated icons for activities
- Manually add activities (ex: « I do Zumba every Thursday at 7pm »).
- Food: huge work! Users will be able to enter his food habits and will have equivalency like « You need 1H45 to eliminate this burger! »
- Be awkwardly rich and create a charity organization
- Pay a glass of red wine to you the only one that have read all this functionality (the trick works only once Mathias!)
Download Kilo-Meter trailer!
If you want to look at the interactive trailer just click on the picture below.
You will land on the (not sexy) Google Play page. You’ll just have to click on a button to register to the beta and get access to the classic Google Play interface.