Can you describe Made Without Code in 140 characters?
Can you tell us a little about how Made without Code came about?
Basically the idea came up by watching my twitter timeline. I noticed more and more tweets about products made with tools like Carrd, Bubble or Zapier and I thought it would be cool to have a platform to showcase these products and also connect with other makers. So while I was sitting in the library in Bologna working on indieteachers.xyz, I started to hack together an MVP, started to tweet about the idea and get, early on, very positive feedback.
Would you recommend others to use Carrd for building a site? I've heard some great reviews so far.
Carrd is really a great tool and I think the founder is doing a great job. Nevertheless it isn’t a solution for more complex ideas. I think it is great to build a MVP quickly, a Landing Page or a Portfolio. In my case, I wanted to build something quickly and launch it, but now, for example, I am struggling with the limited functionality especially with automation and database. But if you want to build something quickly, and functionality isn’t the most important thing, then Carrd is a great pick.
What was some of the biggest challenges you faced launching Made Without Code?
When it comes to the backend and functionality you often need to improvise and use a combination of tools. The best example is the recipe site of madewitoutcode.com. To let the user submit new recipes to the site I used Carrd, Airtable and Zapier to achieve this functionality. If you want to read more about it, I mentioned the workflow in my article I wrote about How to build a startup without code.
What are some of your favourite apps/ online tools you use to run Made Without Code?
There are really a lot of great tools out there. But I think one of the most useful is definitely Zapier which I use for a lot of workflow and automation. Furthermore I work a lot with Typeform to handle user input.
How did you manage to acquire your initial users to your platform?
Twitter! Although I don’t have a lot of followers I started to tweet about the idea and progress from the beginning on to get some attention from other makers. This feedback helped a lot and I think Twitter is really a great tool for that.
Monetization is always one of the first thoughts you should face if you want to bootstrap a product. In my case there are some obvious options. For now I offer sponsorships for third party tools.
I didn’t want to charge the user so I decided to first offer the possibility of sponsorship on the site. In the future I want to try out Affiliate partnerships and also Subscription plans.
Do any of the current startups that feature on Made Without Code really impress you? If so, who and why?
I was very surprised by Techpresslist by Petecodes (@petecodes). Good and simple idea, great MVP and profitable from the beginning on.
What’s next for Made Without Code ?
Currently I am working on new features for the site. In the next few days I want to launch the hire network for makers and integrate it into Made Without Code. Here is a little preview:
I am happy to receive feedback :-). Hit me up on Twitter (@toomaime)
Furthermore, I want to try some growth hacking tactics and work on the monetization model. I really like the membership option on Nocode. Perhaps this could also be an approach I can adopt with Made Without Code.