The previous pitch went so well that we landed our first customer 🤯. We spent a few days getting their menu just right and implemented some features just for them to make sure their customers had the best experience possible. It really feels surreal to see something we built as fast as we could land in production this quickly, we can only hope that the next 9 onboardings go as smoothly 👌
At this point we had something we felt was refined enough to start showing off. The app itself felt great to use and we decided this was the MVP we needed to start pitching. This was a big challenge for us as we are mainly designers / engineers. Our initial pitches were to local businesses we were familiar with. The most memorable of these for me was a pitch to a local chinese restaurant (Let me take a moment to Rep ShangWei Szechuan, if you are ever in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, the food there is phenomenal 😋) I and our designer YingYing Zhang ( Check her out at yingyingzhang.com) went for lunch and she took me by surprise by launching straight into a pitch for the app landing us a meeting with the owner that went wonderfully.
After around two weeks of hacking / designing we came up with our first prototype application. It wasn't perfect, but we knew given enough time that we could make it into something fantastic. This was far from what it is today, but it was just enough to validate that this could work.
After quite a few trips out for some grub, we noticed everywhere we went had either PDF menu solutions or incredibly sloppy web applications. We knew that we could bring something so much better in terms of usability, design, and customization to the table. We wanted a solution that required no work on the business end and was built with ease of use in mind.