Bubble

Build a fully functional web app without any code

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Tara Reed — Founder, Kollecto
I'm a non-technical founder & I have been using Bubble for a while now.

Built our MVP with it, started bringing in revenue, got into 500 Startups accelerator, & continue to build with Bubble!

I've been documenting my experience building without code here --> http://bit.ly/1WISExa

As a non-technical founder without a ton of money to spend, Bubble was the best option for me. Yes, I could hire developers, but when I started, I didn't have money to hire top talent. And as a non-technical person, there's nothing more difficult than managing so-so developers b/c you have no idea whether they're doing a good job or not! Hands down, Bubble was & continues to be the best option for us!

Amazing work guys. Congrats on the success.
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Emmanuel Straschnov — Founder, Bubble
@tarareed_ Thanks Tara :)
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Emmanuel Straschnov — Founder, Bubble
Hi everyone,

I'm Emmanuel, cofounder of Bubble with @jphaas1. We're excited to have it here!

We started Bubble because we think that more people should be able to build things online, and the main bottleneck so far is learning how to code. So instead of teaching everyone how to code (which is great for educational purposes), we think we should rethink how people create software. So we came up with Bubble, a visual programming language that enables you to build apps (web apps for now, iOS is in beta) visually.

The things you can build can be quite complex. A user did clone 90% of Twitter on Bubble. Marketplaces are very much what you can build on us. It does take time (we don't offer templates to keep flexibility); cloning Twitter took about 4 days, but it's still much faster to use than code. The learning curve is about 3 hours. And after this, we handle infrastructure, servers, etc! The vision is that you should only have to focus on your app's design and functionality, and we handle the lower level stuff.

We'd love to hear your thoughts, and will be here to answer questions!

Thanks for your support!!!
Romain Lacombe — Founder & CEO, Plume Labs
@estraschnov congratulations on the launch! I have to say I admire the bold vision behind Bubble – I'm not sure we'll ever see a world where developing software happens without any code, but your product is making building products much more widely accessible. Congrats!

One question: how do you see the impact of Bubble in the education sector?
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Emmanuel Straschnov — Founder, Bubble
@rlacombe @estraschnov Well we're not saying we're going to replace all of software engineering and make it without code, but we're hoping to make that 80% of the tasks/apps that require code today won't in the future, so that engineers (the ones that code) can work on more fundamental stuff.

To you question: it's something we haven't explored yet too much (mostly because of resources), but I see Bubble as an intermediate between Scratch and code, and so that could be a great tool to teach kids how to think in a programmatic way, thinking about flows, data structure, conditions, etc, while not having to worry too much for the syntax, with I think is 1) tedious 2) not for everyone
Shlok Vaidya — Integration Product at Planview, Writer
@estraschnov Big fan of this approach. Abstracting out first generation 'development' interfaces is a huge problem that gets in the way of adopting new tech - I've argued this about CAD and 3D Printing, but definitely code as well. Even if you can get, as you say, 80% of the way, there, that's that many more people building their own stuff, which is great for the ecosystem.

One thing I'm looking for as this builds out, is integration into existing workflows - basically, how can someone, as a non-coder, 'apply code' into what I'm already doing (say, building out collateral in Photoshop), without having to think about if that functionality is code or not.

Something along those lines - huge opportunity to you guys, but code becomes, for more and more people, just plumbing and not a functional skillset.

I dunno, zooming out, what genuinely excites me about this approach is that it opens up - not in its current iteration, but someday - the opportunity for a kid in a slum to program something that solves a problem for him and his without having to know how to read, do math, code, or have anything more in his hand than an old Nokia brick.
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Emmanuel Straschnov — Founder, Bubble
@shloky @estraschnov Yeah, that's exactly what we find exciting as well :)

The way we want to do it is to enable coders to add elements, events, actions and data sources in Bubble, that would then have a visual interface that non coders can use (the Bubble editor). In fact, that's what we do internally, we build these bricks, but we'll open that to people at some point (as early as possible).
Marcell Almeida — Product Manager
@rlacombe @estraschnov I strong believe that this is the future of programming. Not sure how long it will take. But as something similar, but focused on games, you can see Construct 2 https://www.scirra.com/construct2
Matt Lhoumeau — Founder & CEO, Concord
@estraschnov Really impressed by your product. It's clever and simple. And even though I think users will eventually be limited by this "no-code" approach, it's definitely a great way to quickly launch a new idea, test it, and get some traction before going deeper in the code. Good job! I will definitely recommend it to young entrepreneurs with no dev resources.
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Emmanuel Straschnov — Founder, Bubble
@mattlhoumeau @estraschnov Thanks!! Well, we have an answer to the no-code objection (though haven't made it public yet). Our answer is "still code", but only for the new things. In other words, we're going to expose the API so that people can build their own plugins (elements, actions, data sources). At this point, you'll leverage what already exists visually, and you'll hire (or code yourself if you happen to be a coder) someone for the missing parts. A little bit like open source today, but more accessible as you don't need to be technical to use it.
Shlok Vaidya — Integration Product at Planview, Writer
@estraschnov Do this for drones/IoT functionality. Huge ecosystem plays to be had if you can unlock legos-for-code protocol.
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Emmanuel Straschnov — Founder, Bubble
@shloky @estraschnov Yes, I've been looking at littlebits with interest. If a hardware maker as a reasonable API, it's actually not too to hard to see how that would work on Bubble, with events, data sources and actions :)
Tom Söderlund — Founder, Weld (www.weld.io)
@estraschnov “80% of the tasks/apps that require code today won't in the future, so that engineers (the ones that code) can work on more fundamental stuff”
+1 on that. So much programming time being “wasted” on coding UI’s etc. Great stuff you’re building!
Taylor Crane — Senior Product Manager, Originate
@estraschnov What was the 10% of Twitter that couldn't be replicated? I have a feeling it's pretty crucial to what Twitter is... e.g. users and logins.
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Emmanuel Straschnov — Founder, Bubble
@taykcrane @estraschnov What our user didn't add is the tagging system (hashtags, etc.) Not very hard, but we'd have to add it to Bubble's editor. Besides that, user, logins, messaging, tweeting, retweeting, favoriting, it already does it all :)
Adam — Partner Growth @Branch
@estraschnov @jphaas1 is there any easy way to input a Twitter Bootstrap Themeforest Template into Bubble? If so, that would be AWESOME! :)
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Emmanuel Straschnov — Founder, Bubble
@ajm5338 @jphaas1 Not really (yet). We've been resisting so far to the idea of templates, as we saw that our users were deleting everything when we suggested some. But we'll look into it, as we grow user base it may make sense to have that. However, we have a bootstrap theme, where elements are styles like Bootstrap.
Adam — Partner Growth @Branch
@estraschnov @jphaas1 got it - thanks for the quick response!
Colin Vincent — Co-founder at Equity Directory
@estraschnov @jphaas1 Bubble is brilliant. I would like to interview you on our the Equity Directory podcast. You can reach me at colin@equitydirectory.com
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Emmanuel Straschnov — Founder, Bubble
@colinvincent sure! I'll drop you a line soon
David Iwanow — Director Of Strategy, BlueGlass
@estraschnov I have just started the welcome tutorials but did have a question on how the progress allowing Bubble apps to be exported to iOS and Android was going?
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Emmanuel Straschnov — Founder, Bubble
@davidiwanow We're focused on responsive right now, hopefully done in a few weeks. We have some users that have packaged their iOS app with phonegap, but it's still in early beta. It's a bit hard for us to commit on a timeline. i'd love to say around the Fall/early winter, but can't promise.
David Iwanow — Director Of Strategy, BlueGlass
@estraschnov ah that's perfect... I'm away on vacation for a bit so will have more time to finish the tutorial when I return but will also look into phonegap once I get the hang of your platform
Akshay Chaturvedi — Head of Outreach & Partnerships, Babajob
@estraschnov @jphaas1 This is actually mindblowing!
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