How I Helped Someone Build Their First MVP

I helped a friend build his first MVP and realized that I had also glimpsed my own personal MVP.

May of 2013 I decided I wanted to try and make money by teaching people how to build web applications with Ruby on Rails. A friend of mine, the founder of @jogabo, connected me with a super sharp designer, @stewartmccoy. Stewart wanted me to help him get up to speed so that he could build a very simple app that would facilitate the process of finding substitute players for informal league soccer play around the bay area. As a designer who couldn't wire the code to make this app work, I loved the idea of getting him up to speed with just enough backend knowledge to make him dangerous. I also really liked his idea because it holds with a huge part of prototyping ideology that 37 Signals has codified in ReWork, aka, scratch your own itch.

After meeting for probably less than ten total hours, a few weeks ago Stewart shot me the url to his app, http://footysubs.herokuapp.com/.

The app lets people post soccer matches and facilitates very simple sms interactions to connect pickup players to teams that need extras. I love the app because 1. it works and 2. it demonstrates how very little resource can be applied to prototype an idea.

Stewart, you rock and thanks a lot for following through on what I taught you!

I am still avail as a tutor if you want to learn about rails, node, angular but mostly the process of rapid product prototyping. Find me on Twitter, @jcdavison