Startups

The Startup Nation: 8 million people and over 6,000 startups

Do you remember ICQ? This instant messaging software used by over 100 million people worldwide was founded in Israel in 1996! Since then a lot has happened on the Israeli startup and innovation scene. No wonder that the Tel Aviv area is sometimes called the Sillicon Wadi (Valley in Hebrew). Israel truly is The Startup Nation.

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Anna AmbroszkiewiczThe Startup Nation: 8 million people and over 6,000 startups

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

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

MVP dilemma: fat vs. lean, lovable vs. laughable?

How much should a Minimum Viable Product cost? How much time should an MVP take to build and launch? These are the questions our clients ask us and every time answering these questions comes down to one simple conclusion – we understand and define MVP differently. 🙂

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Michal FaberMVP dilemma: fat vs. lean, lovable vs. laughable?

How MilanStyle.com got 45% conversion boost for 300k luxury & fashion products after migration to Spree Commerce 3.0

British-based luxury & fashion marketplace MilanStyle.com experienced a spectacular 45% increase in conversion rate after launching its new mobile-ready and improved platform running on open-source Spree Commerce framework. MilanStyle.com now features over 300 thousand luxury items from top boutiques all over the world and brands like Gucci, Tom Ford, Givenchy, Saint Laurent. That’s ten times more than its old website.

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Michal FaberHow MilanStyle.com got 45% conversion boost for 300k luxury & fashion products after migration to Spree Commerce 3.0

Clutch.co Spark Solutions review: Spree Commerce Implementation for Marketing and Advertising Startup

Clutch.co, a company that identifies leading software and professional services firms that deliver results for their clients, has interviewed Spark Solutions clients and here’s the second review.

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Michal FaberClutch.co Spark Solutions review: Spree Commerce Implementation for Marketing and Advertising Startup

Question: How much does it cost to implement Spree Commerce?

Basic Spree framework is available for free – it’s open source. But you need to customize it to your specific needs and that can be done by a specialized Spree shop. Or you can work on it yourself – if you can spare the time. Just like with any other open source solution it saves you so much time and let’s you focus on your business-specific development.

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Michal FaberQuestion: How much does it cost to implement Spree Commerce?