Where we left off with Wellington, he was facing some quality control challenges with his app developer in building the Getaway Geek travel hacking app.
There was some back-and-forth after some testing and a lot of bugs that needed to be fixed. Since we spoke, those had been reasonably buttoned up and Wellington submitted the app to the App Store for approval.
Unfortunately, it’s been rejected … 3 different times.
From what I can gather, it’s an incredibly frustrating process, because it can take 7-10 days to get an answer, and when you do, they just give some vague reason like “there were bugs in both cellular data and WiFi mode.”
Ugh, not helpful!
So it’s back to the developer to fix these mystery bugs.
To make matters worse, Wellington also broke a bone in his foot and is now hobbling around on crutches. This injury put a damper on his plans to demo the app at a local travel hackers meetup.
I’ve had my share of frustrating developer experiences, but in my case I also wasn’t at the whim of a third-party approval process. To that end, we also discuss the possibility of transforming the mobile app into a web app, if some of the functionality could be preserved.
That way, you don’t have to worry about what Apple’s reviewers think, you can reach a wider audience (everyone is online but not everyone is on iOS), and potentially validate the business prospects faster.
What do you think? Be sure to leave a comment below if you have any feedback for Wellington.
In this call we focus on:
- The wins of the business over the past few weeks, including forming a mastermind group with like-minded peers.
- Accountability for the previous goals he set.
- Some listener feedback and suggestions.
- The challenges that are going on to move this thing forward.
- What recourse he has with his developer.
- Continuing to gain clarity and focus on his renovation SaaS idea, including where to find target customers for idea extraction.
- Goals for next time.
Wellington’s goals for the next 2 weeks:
- Get the travel hacking app approved.
- Get the GetawayGeek website live.
- Talk to some contractors and real estate investors about how they’re estimating repair and renovation costs, ie. what tools they’re currently using and what sucks about them.
This is a difficult one, but I think it shows the true struggle in shipping a product and finding great outsourced help, even for someone with a ton of experience in working with contractors.
And if nothing else, it’s made me NOT want to build an app.
What do you think? If you have feedback based on this conversation or others in the public coaching series, please be sure to leave a comment below.