The founders of Glide, a member of the Y Combinator Winter 2019 class, had an idea that building mobile apps in the company was too difficult. They decided to simplify the process by starting with a spreadsheet and automatically changing the content to a smooth mobile app.
David Siegel, CEO and co-founder of Glide, collaborated with his co-founder Jason Smith, Mark Probst and Antonio Garcia Aprea on Xamerin, a platform-developed mobile company that Microsoft acquired for $ 500 million in 201
"We saw how desperately some of the world's largest companies would have a mobile strategy and also how painful and expensive it is to develop mobile apps. And we haven't seen significant progress over the ten years since the smartphone debuted," Siegel TechCrunch said. .
The founders started with research, looked at nearly 100 no-code tools and were not really happy with any of them. They chose the worthy worksheet, a corporate tool that many use to track information, such as the source of their mobile developer, from Google Sheets.
"It's a saying that spreadsheets are the most successful programming model all the time, and smartphones are the most successful computers all the time. So when we started exploring Glide, we asked ourselves, can these two forces be combined to create something very valuable To allow individuals and companies to build what kind of apps we saw Xamerin customers needed to build, but much faster, says Siegel. 19659006] Photo: Glide
The company developed Glide, a service that allows you to add information to a Google Sheet spreadsheets and then quickly create an app from the content without coding. "You can easily mount a polished data-driven app that you can customize and share as a progressive web app, allowing you to get a link that you can share with anyone and those can load it into a web browser without downloading an app, or you can publish Glide apps as built-in apps to app stores, "Siegel explained. in addition to a two-way connection between app and spreadsheet, so that when you add information to somewhere, the second element is updated.
The founders decided to apply to Y Combinator after consulting with former Xamerin CEO, and current CEO GitHub, Nat Friedman. He and other advisors told them that YC would be a good place for the first time founder to get guidance on building a business, taking advantage of the large YC network.
One of the primary lessons he says they have learned is the importance of getting out into the field and talking to customers and not falling into the trap of falling in love with the construction of the tool. In fact, the company has helped other YC companies build mobile apps with the Glide tool.
Glide is live today and people can create apps with their own spreadsheet data or use the templates found on the website as a starting point. There is a vacancy available to try it without obligation.