Building an app can be a pretty rewarding experience, especially when there are affordable and user-friendly services which will design the app for you. British startup Marvel is another, offering a platform for users to create app prototypes for any OS (mobile or web), without having to do any coding yourself.
The service, which requires users to sign in with their Dropbox account, aims to make life easy for even though who are proficient at programming, as it allows users to upload images and to then edit them as you see fit. One of the nicer aspects of the platform is that, thanks to the Dropbox API, the prototypes are automatically updated, leaving less work for the designer. The service is free, with unlimited projects and no time limits. Murat Mutlu from Marvel tells me that the company generates revenue by offering paid plans that allow users to add password protection to their work, download offline, and download prototypes.
Earlier this week, the company announced that they have picked up $820K in seed funding from Connect Ventures, ustwo, and Roberto Bonanzinga. Marvel announced that they intend to use the new funding to continue to build their sales and design team, to continue to develop the product, and to release their public API in early 2015. They also announced the release of their latest apps for iOS and Android. At the moment, Marvel reports that they have 60K users since they officially launched a year ago.
Mutlu, who founded the company back in 2011 with Brendan Moore and Jonathan Siao, tells me that he decided to develop the platform after experiencing frustrations with presenting his interface designs in Powerpoint presentations and email attachments and wanted to introduce them without needing to code.