January 2016

How much should your MVP cost?

You want to build the Next Big Thing. And you have a pretty good idea how it should work, look & feel. Great, now it’s time to find a dev team to build your MVP. But how much should your MVP cost? A freelancer will tell you it should cost $5,000 to $15,000. An experienced CTO will tell you it should cost between $50,000 and $150,000. Which one is right? Are they even talking about the same thing? No, they’re not!

SPOILER: it will cost you $50k to develop a Twitter MVP, $100k for an Instagram, $500k for a Facebook and $1M for an Uber. US dollars when hiring a US dev team.

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Michal FaberHow much should your MVP cost?

Why RWD is no longer an option but a must have for your e-commerce business?

You must have already heard about Responsive Web Design (RWD), which is basically about providing the user (customer) with a smooth experience through your website on any device.

“Heading into 2016, it’s clear that consumers have shifted to mobile, and businesses know they need to catch up.” – Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO

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Anna AmbroszkiewiczWhy RWD is no longer an option but a must have for your e-commerce business?

Greetabl.com business streamlined by a custom Spree Commerce 3.0 implementation & fulfillment integration

St.Louis based startup Greetabl.com was transformed into a scalable and automated one-stop-shop for creatively-curated gifts and greetings that are personalized with Instagram photos, packaged and sent in just a few clicks. This enabled the startup to scale, fundraise and compete for larger market share as well as bigger ROI.

“We threw a lot at the Spark team and wanted everything ‘yesterday’. They did an outstanding job executing our vision. We have big plans, and a lot of new things to build, and we look forward to working with Spark for years to come.” – said Joseph Fischer, Greetabl founder & CEO.

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Michal FaberGreetabl.com business streamlined by a custom Spree Commerce 3.0 implementation & fulfillment integration

Spark Starter Kit: Rails, Spree, React, Webpack + Hot Reload and more

This week, thanks to the hard work of our CEO Damian Legawiec, we have open sourced our very own kick-off bundle which we use as a starting point for all eCommerce and Rails related projects at Spark Solutions.

The starter-kit is available on GitHub and should be very helpful not only to Spree developers, but to anyone who is seeking a reliable platform for a scalable online store. Quick and easy setup makes the repository a remarkable ready-to-develop foundation, which is packed with all of the newest technologies shortening time-to-value for your client or yourself.

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Adam PacaSpark Starter Kit: Rails, Spree, React, Webpack + Hot Reload and more

Slack Integrations Guide: GitHub, Pivotal Tracker, Circle CI, Heroku, Rollbar

Slack is a great messenger app and a collaboration tool for teams that we at Spark Solutions are using on a daily basis for our internal and external communication purposes. It reduces email clutter and makes our working life simpler, more pleasant and at the same time more productive – as advertised.

What is also nice about Slack are broad possibilities of integrating external software development and project management tools with Slack channels.

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Adam PacaSlack Integrations Guide: GitHub, Pivotal Tracker, Circle CI, Heroku, Rollbar

15 most interesting events for ecommerce startups in the first half of 2016 in Europe, USA and Middle East

It’s already 2016 and it looks like a lot is going to happen in the ecommerce and startup world. Big fairs, conferences, workshops, networking, pitching opportunities and a whole lot of other activities you can attend if you’re interested in aquiring some useful knowledge and valuable connections.

The events are plenty all around the world, but we have prepared a list of the ones that we find most interesting and fun:)

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Anna Ambroszkiewicz15 most interesting events for ecommerce startups in the first half of 2016 in Europe, USA and Middle East