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Looking for a cofounder...

over 2 years ago from , Product Designer

Hi, My name is Joanna. I am the founder of BetterDesign (www.betterdesign.io).

BetterDesign is a social community to test your design and copy using polls and get feedback and comments in the meantime.

I created this project out of passion. I found a lot of designers working isolated and they have difficulty to find people to get feedback from, including myself. So I started this project. However, as the only founder of this project, I found myself lost, or even helpless to push this project forward sometimes. I have a full-time job. I spent my weekends on this project, but there are still a lot of things need to be done but I don't have enough resources, time and energy to do this. We have a couple hundreds of users, there are people posting polls almost every day.

So if you are seriously looking for a project to work on, or simply just want to help out. Please contact me at contact@betterdesign.io. I would really appreciate.

32 comments

  • Account deleted over 2 years ago

    Mr. Pugo brings up the most important questions... and I'm not sure they should be shared in private email. To avoid noise, can you tell us what the most important thing you're looking for is? Is it cash, design help, support/ops help, etc? Are you prepared to give equity for this as a true co-founder?

    In the end, what specific skillset are you looking for to compliment what you're already doing? Do you need help responding to customers and generating leads while you work on the design? Do you need more design help while you press the flesh and get more business? Basically, what I'm saying is, what type of person do you need to keep your company growth moving positive?

    EDIT: As an important side-note, I think you have a pretty cool product and wish you the best of luck. My only advice would be to try and find someone you really love working with and shares your vision of what the company can be. Designers can be extremely opinionated people hahaha.... and wasting time butting heads over minute design details could derail your growth.

    6 points
    • , over 2 years ago

      Thank you, Benjamin Currently only me and one engineer that I hired from Mexico on the team. I am looking for: 1: A technical cofounder who take care of the code 2: A person who is good at marketing, social media , grow a community, knows how to monetize the product, generate leads, and bring it to the next level 3: Money. I currently pay one engineer using my own salary. This won't last long as my platform now is for free. I will run out of money eventually. But if I can found a technical founder, I should be fine. I don't really have cash. I can only offer equity for joining my project. I do all the design by myself so I don't need design help. Thank you so much for your questions. Best, Joanna

      2 points
      • Tyreil PTyreil P, over 2 years ago

        Did you hire an engineer from Mexico because the cost would be cheaper as opposed to working with someone locally? Have you offered your engineer the opportunity to be the founder you're looking for?

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  • Mak Raz, over 2 years ago

    Thank you for introducing me this tool!

    5 points
  • Joanna Jiang, over 2 years ago

    DesignerNews community has been so awesome. I am so grateful that I received so many comments and emails. It may take me a little bit time to reply, please bear with me. Thank you so much.

    2 points
  • stephen fstephen f, over 2 years ago

    I know you're looking for a cofounder (which i can't help with), but I'd just like to say what a cool project you've got. It's even more impressive knowing it's just you, a one man band, that's got it to that level. It seems to be attracting some really nice work for polling as well, which is normally the problem with these sort of things... normally 90% of the work just makes you want to facepalm or reminds you of clip art.

    2 points
    • , over 2 years ago

      Thank you, Stephen. When I started this project , I was trying to solve the problem that I had with. I thought it would be easy to create a website like this so I started the design and hired an engineer to get started. It's been over a year now since we worked on this project. It has not been easy at all. The first engineer started part time and he was always busy. It's not a pleasant experience working with him. The engineer that I am working now is very good, however he is not experienced. We are learning and growing together. We work together very well. So when the project is ready, I realize that I need to put it in front of users, but how how do that? I created social media accounts, try to write on Medium. I created a slack community (http://slack.uxdesigncommunity.com/) which have over 1700 designers. I created another website(www.illustrationui.com) to drive traffic to BetterDesign. I did all this by myself and I found myself exhausted. I also need to reply all the emails from users. This is the reason that I am posting on DesignerNews to seek for help. Thank you for your nice comment.

      4 points
      • Vipul. MishraVipul. Mishra, over 2 years ago

        @Joanna, I love your commitment to your passion and community. Let me see if I can be of any help anywhere. But hat's off to your zeal and efforts..

        1 point
      • Daniel PuglisiDaniel Puglisi, over 2 years ago

        This is great! You've achieved more than 90% ever will. Don't give up now. I know it's hard and can be frustrating sometimes. I can recommend reading The Slight Edge. It's about progress and putting in the work day after day.

        May I ask how you gained this many users for your Slack community?

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        • , over 2 years ago

          Thank you, Daniel. Your support means a lot to me. The Slight Edge looks like a great book and has very good reviews. I will definitely consider getting one. At the beginning of the UX Design Community, I simply posted it in different Facebook and Linkedin groups. I got a lot of requests to join this community. I added them one by one manually. Later, a friend helped me set up a web page for auto-invite. When users sign up, they will get invited automatically. This helps the community grow a lot faster. I do feel bad that I don't invest much time to manage the community. When new users join, nobody is there to welcome them. If you are interested. I would love to invite you as an admin to help the community get better. Best, Joanna

          1 point
          • Daniel PuglisiDaniel Puglisi, over 2 years ago

            Thanks for the insight Joanna!

            As for the consideration as an admin, I've to thankfully decline. I'm trying to get my own projects off the ground. Adding something new would only distract me and that isn't going to help anyone – especially not your community :)

            0 points
  • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, over 2 years ago

    Have you heard of http://desinion.com?

    1 point
    • , over 2 years ago

      Not really. I tried to search all the possible competitors however I never see this one before. Interesting , very similar idea. Thank you for sharing

      0 points
      • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, over 2 years ago

        They have been around for more than a year now and they never really took off. They tried a few ideas including asking people to pay for private debates or for review sessions instead of A/B testing but there were times when I wouldn't visit it for months and there were barely any requests for critique posted.

        Another site I remember is http://www.criticue.com which has again not seen any activity in ages (the problem with this one is that there were a lot of amateurs (i.e. small internet business owners) or spammers posting their horrible websites looking for validation, and not a lot of value for designers.

        I'd suggest you look at these two companies and learn why they failed before you go on with your plan.

        0 points
    • Mike MaiMike Mai, over 2 years ago

      There was also Hunie, which is closed down now. It had some amazing UI and tools. You might learn something from their downfall. https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/designerscouch

      0 points
      • , over 2 years ago

        I am trying to connect with Damian Madray, founder of Huntie. Hopefully I can hear his stories and learn from them. Thank you.

        0 points
  • Christian Mo, over 2 years ago

    Hi @Joanna, really like your project.

    1-I can not really help you with the cofounding part. 2- My 2 cents: Having looked at your project, I find it fullfills some aspects of asking for feedback, but at the same time each person that votes (knowledgable or not) has the same weight. I think stackexchange does a good job on "gamification" and badges to differenciate between expert users and newbies.

    Can I ask you how/what webpage did you contact your engineer through? Is there any established webpage were one can do that?¿ Just for future projects maybe, thanks.

    kind regards, Christian.

    1 point
    • , over 2 years ago

      Hi Christian You are right. There are some designs are difficult to tell which is better, they got very even votes. The comments are very helpful in this case. I am also thinking to add more"gamification" elements, however, the resource that we have now is very limited. But we will work toward that direction. Thank you for the suggestion. My boyfriend has a lot of relationships in Mexico to get engineers. They are as good as the engineers in Indian with similar salary requirement. The advantage is that we are working in the same timezone. If you are interested. I can introduce him to you. Best, Joanna

      0 points
  • Helen . Helen . , over 2 years ago

    Love the commitment you have towards your side project despite working full-time. Would love to help but I myself find myself struggling to work on my own side hustle to get it going when I am working freelance full-time on multiple projects.

    All the best with looking for the perfect Co-founder who can deliver everything you're looking for in that person.

    P.S: Love the concept and design look and feel of Better Design + IllustrationUI ( I was actually thinking of making something similar for website of Illustrations a couple years back but never got around to it, love that yours deliver inspiration in that niche!)

    0 points
    • Joanna Jiang, over 2 years ago

      Hi Helen. Thank you for the comment. It has not been easy but I managed it through all the difficult time. Thank you very much for your support. If you are interested, I would love to invite you to the Illustration UI project. Best, Joanna

      1 point
      • Helen . Helen . , over 2 years ago

        Hi Joanna,

        Thanks for getting back to me! Your effort towards the project shows, it's great and people enjoy using it based on what I could see. That sounds like an interesting proposition! What would I be required or expected to do as part of the Illustration UI project?

        Thanks,Helen

        0 points
        • Joanna Jiang, over 2 years ago

          Hi Helen One biggest reason for me to start Illustration UI is to raise the importance of illustration in product design. When it comes to design, what makes people happy is feeling connected, smart, and creative. Illustration has the power to create a personal and emotional connection between the user and the brand. If you are interested, there are 3 things that you could help with: 1. Found great illustration UI to post for inspiration 2. Write about illustration related posts 3. Interview influencing illustrators in this industry Let me know your thoughts, thanks Best, Joanna

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          • Helen . Helen . , over 2 years ago

            Hey Joanna,

            I totally hear you on the importance of Illustration UI in product design. Would love to help out with all the things you mentioned, but might need to hold off on designing and writing for a bit because I am so swamped with freelance work at the moment. I can do stuff like interviewing for now though!

            Let me know how you'd like to communicate and what the next steps are moving forward when I am ready!

            Cheers, Helen

            0 points
  • Billy CarlsonBilly Carlson, over 2 years ago

    This looks so awesome. I cannot wait to try it out. Thanks Joanna!

    0 points
  • Robby TorresRobby Torres, over 2 years ago

    This is a great free social A/B testing platform, Joanna! I just signed up for a personal and work account. Than you for this.

    0 points
    • , over 2 years ago

      Awesome, thank you, Robby. Let me know how it works for you and how I can improve it. Really appreciated!

      0 points
  • Jean MassadJean Massad, over 2 years ago

    Great that you already have something up and running! But as mr pugo mentions, what skills or types of resources are you looking for?

    0 points
    • , over 2 years ago

      Hi Jean. Please refer to the comment that I left for Benjamin. It should answer your question. Thank you. Best, Joanna

      0 points
  • Greg O, over 2 years ago

    May I suggest that you remove the "Safari 10 is not stable yet. Use Google Chrome For a better experience." banner? Safari 10 has been released in september 2016, almost a year now ;-)

    0 points