Voyage

short-lived full-stack deployment previews w/ feedback tools

Under 10 Employees
Multiple Founders
Founders Code
B2B
Productivity
Programming
SaaS
Task Management

As the owner of a consulting agency, I've seen the constant feedback loops between devs, tech-adjacent roles, & stakeholders. We needed a way to deploy full-stack apps with databases, services with each Pull Request.

June 2021 TechCrunch Disrupt

We're heading to TechCrunch Disrupt!

We were accepted into the TechCrunch Disrupt StartUp Alley and will be there (virtually) come September 21-23 2021.

We're really excited about this opportunity and we're hoping that we can use this to gain brand awareness and some more paying customers!

May 2021 50 user signups

We now have over 50 workspaces in Voyage. It's interesting to see Voyage be used both by developers and tech-adjacent roles.

We even built a feature that allows users to spin up a deployment preview with a click of a button; that way users don't need to wait for a PR.

May 1, 2021 Another new brochure site :)

With more beta customers and more meetings than our introverted selves could ever expect, we again went back and updated our site.

We realized 2 things:

1.) People in tech-adjacent roles (product owners, management, QA) absolutely LOVE Voyage. They are the ones who are feeling the pain points of constant feedback loops and pressure from stakeholders and developers. We needed to adjust our message to make them feel seen and heard.

2.) Voyage isn't just a developer tool. It's a tool for the whole organization so why are we only focused on developers?

We're really excited about how we are differentiating ourselves from similar products.

April 11, 2021 First paying customer

This is a great feeling; we got our first paying customer that wasn't a friend/family member. Someone is paying us each month...amazing.

This is definitely an addicting feeling and now I'm just going to try and use this to build more and more momentum.

February 3, 2021 New brochure site

We took a lot of feedback and updated our website so that our message is clearer. A lot of people thought we were a CI/CD tool which couldn't be further from the truth.

We're now focusing on how Voyage saves your dev team time and has a clear ROI.

November 1, 2020 Back to the drawing board

We added about 10 beta users and launched in some private communities and it seems like we had a lot of issues with our messaging. People's reactions were mixed until we got a chance to verbally communicate with them about what Voyage does. We learned pretty quickly that our storytelling skills were not nearly as good as our programming skills.

August 1, 2020 Finished MVP

Because we had Voyage as an internal solution already, it didn't take that long to build a SaaS product around it. We likely went a little overboard on the features we added but because we're devs ourselves, and from our product experience, we felt like we couldn't launch without some of these features.

We ended up using React and Node.

February 1, 2020 Decided to productize our solution

We had a problem internally where we couldn't get everyone on the same page. Developers would have their own feedback/review loops, then they'd send the feature off to be reviewed by another role/team. This would kick off another review loop where issues were kicked back to devs who then had another review loop.

Just typing that out makes me exhausted. We tried some off-the-shelf solutions like Netlify but it kind of made things more difficult. Netlify is a great solution when only reviewing the front-end but not when you're building data-driven applications.

We built an internal version of Voyage and began chatting with some of our customers about it. Their first response was "great! How much?!". We knew then and there we needed to make Voyage a product.

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As the owner of a consulting agency, I've seen the constant feedback loops between devs, tech-adjacent roles, & stakeholders. We needed a way to deploy full-stack apps with databases, services with each Pull Request.