A friend of mine is in the market for a new website or mobile app - it is for a new idea that they want to move fast on and keep under wraps - getting a beta version/prototype/MVP out there asap.
Any tips on this, bearing in mind that here are the two options I have in mind for her:
1) the usual-contract a reputable web development company or freelancer, one which looks to be a good match in terms of their past projects, testimonials etc. Could be costly though of course!
2) get a quality freelance developer on board, preferably someone who may be excited about the idea and willing to take a reduced fee in exchange for an equity stake.
I know well myself though that the option 2 is tricky, and hard to get people to work for reduced/no money in exchange for something that may or may not work out. Also, the good developers are likely to be too busy anyway
That said, I am sure there are developers out there who are start-up-minded as well so to speak, who may be interested in partnering up - and who may have past experience in doing so - willing and able I guess.
It is definitely the kind of idea she just wants to ship and test - it has to look the part and actually work - but doesn't need to be perfect for a beta launch (obviously!).