Years in Tampa Bay
More than a decade
What do you do?
We created a new tech platform called Kwidos. This web-based marketplace connects homeowners directly with home improvement professionals to solve any project. Vlad: I had an idea to help the construction industry but needed help with creating the actual solutions. Dmitrii: I transform Vlad’s idea into features, creating a functional and technical user stories for the application developers, manage third party integrations and created software development and testing efforts.
Why do you do it?
Vlad: I want to help people by providing a solution. Dmitrii: Finding the right contractor can be a nightmare; I learned that the hard way when I was building my house. I found Vlad's idea viable and capable to solve homeowners' and contractors' issues. Moreover, Kwidos is not just another lead generator, it's an online marketplace that redefines home improvement business altogether.
What was your Catalyst? (How did you get started?)
Vlad: As a construction worker, one of the problems I saw was that some companies had many projects but the quality of the work wasn’t good. Then, other companies, especially small businesses, didn’t have enough work to stay in business. I believed creating a marketplace like Kwidos would help. Dmitrii: Vlad's idea served as a catalyst and my passion to create a brand new software to make people's lives easier.
What’s a common misconception or unknown aspect of what you do?
The common misconception is that the hardest part of a startup is software product development, where in fact it's marketing. Spreading the word about the game-changing business and educating people that there is a better way to look for work and benefits is exhausting and complex.
What’s the most challenging part of your Hustle?
Vlad: Some contractors are reserved about trying something new, which can be very challenging when introducing a new way to gain business. Dmitrii: The biggest challenge is to grab the attention of potential clients and investors. We are constantly trying different techniques and approaches. Some failed, some worked out.
What’s the most valuable piece of business advice/insight that’s helped you?
Vlad: Don't give up. Consistency is the key! Dmitrii: Listening to your customers is crucial. We adjusted a few features on the fly as soon as we received the first feedback right after launching the alpha version. Also, have clearly defined milestones and priorities, and make small moves over perfection.