A while ago I noticed that Hyve App was mentioned on the VancityBuzz website titled – Hyve helps answer “what’s going on tonight?” – and it was so thrilling to see that one of the startups that we’ve been helping is getting the spotlight in town. The Hyve App promotes local bars and restaurants to the population of college and university students and yes they are a Vancouver mobile startup.
Few years ago Hyve’s founders, Andrew Lackie and James Isaacs, dropped by our office at rmdStudio and pitched their idea to us. At first we didn’t accept their project, because building such a service requires a lot of commitment and at that particular moment we weren’t sure if they were willing to take on the challenge. They proved us wrong by keep following up and not giving up. We agreed to help them as long as they promised to put together their team and take over the future development cycles.
That is an important issue, because a startup must be able to take care of its own technical needs rather than outsourcing them, however the value that we could offer was to provide them the infrastructure they needed using our social networking platform Anahita and mobile development experience and to help them execute their idea to the point of an alpha release.
The idea was to put them in the right general direction while they focused on customer discovery, fund raising, and putting together their team. We told them that we were going to give them a ride close to the finishing line, but they have to go across on their own and continue from there.
I must say that they have done an incredible job. Since our delivery, they have gone through several development cycles on their own and they even have paying customers too. Now here is an inspiring story about a Vancouver startup. Big congratulations to the Hyve founders and team.