Weekend Summary, June 12, 2020

When you thought things are not moving forward, the universe surprises you.


When you thought things are not moving forward, the universe surprises you. 

I was having difficulty finding business owners and workers to answer survey questions to get their feedback on the communication apps they use. But, I did have a good conversation with five people who spent time listening to my ideas. They all thought my idea was good and offered to help. They shared some problems they were facing. They gave me feedback and shared ideas. 

I am more and more convinced I am not the only person who thinks a new efficient communication app for the industry can help them and other business owners and professionals.

Updates for this week

MVP concept sketch

Here is a simple concept for the initial MVP idea. The interface is based on an email app. I will be developing more interface design ideas and publish posts in next week. 

An initial survey from the industry professionals

To test my idea for the app and get the feedback, I talked to five people in the restaurant and food industry. Big thanks to Stephan, Janet, Hong, Joe, and Michael for taking the time to listen to me, and giving me your feedback. I will make sure to let you know when our beta app is out.

Two are business owners (restaurant, catering), two is vendor/service supplier, one is a professional.

Here are my questions and their answers

What app or method do you use to communicate with your employee, vendors, clients and other business owners?

For regular communications, all of them said:

  • Email

  • Phone

  • Texting

  • WhatsApp

  • Wechat

For urgent communications that require immediate response, they said:

  • Phone

  • WhatsApp

  • Wechat

  • Line

  • Texting

If you need to contact employee, vendors, all of them said to use phone and or text app because it offers direct on-time contact and get an immediate response. 

Group conversation is a convenient feature most Chat Apps have.

Do you use any of the social media professional groups such as Facebook Chef restaurant owner group or LikedIn?

Four of them said they have or currently using the online groups to get information. One person said no. 

Disadvantages of online groups are:

  • Too much information

  • Some of the documents (PPP, Restaurant opening guides) are too long

  • No search function

  • No filtering information function

  • No privacy/can be viewed by people you don’t know or someone who is not in the industry

Many people don’t have time to check information on Facebook, LinkedIn, Reddit, Slack Groups.

One person is an admin of Job Board Group. The original intention was to focus on US jobs, but recruiters from other countries started to join the group, posting job information. As a result, most US chefs stopped using the group because the information was irrelevant to them. At one time, the group had more recruiters members than the chefs, and this was a problem. 

CTO CoFounder

We have a new CTO CoFounder candidate. This person has developed an app with his team and showed interest in joining Two Places. We will be meeting next week to discuss this person’s involvement in the project.

That’s it for this week.

What’s coming up next week?

  • More MVP concept sketches

  • More MVP features