If you are building a startup, online or otherwise, it has become basically essential to have developers to build your site or app and to keep things running smoothly. One option is to hire personnel as necessary, but another is to simply farm the work out to those willing to work on a freelance basis. It is the second group that is targeted by Spanish startup Yeeply, which operates a marketplace for developers.
Using the service involves describing the needs of the project, including the budget. From there, developers submit bids and users pick one out the best option. In many cases, it is possible to connect with the developers in order to hammer out the details of the project. One of the nicer aspects about this service it is available in a variety of languages, serving customers who operate in Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, and Portuguese.
Yeeply works on a subscription basis, offering 4 plans, which range from free to 90 Euro per month. Some of the main differences in the plans are in the number of projects that users can propose, the degree to which they can directly communicate with clients, and the position of the user’s projects in the directory. Yeeply takes a commission on projects, with the percentage starting at 7% for the cheapest plans and dropping to 2.5% for the high-end packages. The startup says that they work on an Escrow system, requiring clients to pay into an account and then transferring the money to the developers upon completion of the project.
To date, Yeeply says that they have facilitated the development of more than 200 apps and projects. The startup declined to identify their investors, but told me that they have picked up 500K Euro through various rounds, from seed to venture, since the company was created at the Plug and Play accelerator back in 2012. Going forward, the startup intends to move into new markets, such as the United States, United Kingdom, and central Europe with a service that helps other startups to develop a minimum viable product (MVP), as well as a service that offers brands tailored mobile-development teams.