Being Engineers, we don’t believe in fate, but if Bollywood made a movie on how Mayank, Keshav & Rishabh bumped into each other, it would be truly epyc.
We met up at a work cafe in Connaught Place and rant talk about design communities in India. Wait, should we do one ourselves?
We should do it, right? Start a design community? One fine day, we randomly stumbled upon peoplewho.design and maybe this was a sign from god himself.
PeopleWho.Design has a Slack channel, but we haven’t launched it yet.. Oops. We need a website and a social media handle to launch right?
Social handles secured (except for Twitter 😔), but what to do about the website?
This is it. Today we’ll make a website (in webflow, of course) and LAUNCH.
“Narrator: they did not launch”.
We had the designs ready, and one of us decided it’ll be fun to hook up the domain with a Figma embed of the landing page.
*ding!* Got texts from a dozen people that the website looks nice and why we didn’t announce the launch yet. Oops. 😶
We’re live. OFFICIALLY! 🎉
In no time, we have 100+ new members on DAY ONE.
Back in the days, when we still had offline events, we did our first with Webflow! It was fun & yep, we got pictures! 📸
In no time, we had partnerships (can we call it that? yeah?) rolling in from Figma, Protopie, Voiceflow & AngelHack.
Back to back events, it was AWESOME!
Very very late in 2019, we got on a conference call and discussed how to move forward. One of us said, “if you’re in, I’m in”, and that was the point where we decided this is it; we’re starting a no-code and design studio.
Not even a week in, we landed our first project as a studio. Want the full story? Yes, you do. 👀
The pandemic hit, and the lockdowns were imposed. Our sales pipelines dried out, invoices were delayed. What’s next? Not sure.
Metaphorically. We built and launched our first no-code product on ProductHunt - a Covid19 chatbot. You could take a 5-min assessment if you had covid symptoms, find test sites nearby or donate to local NGOs. Best part? It supported 15+ vernacular languages and helped more than 100,000 people in their tough times.
We did that before it was cool. Cohort-1 was in full swing by the last week of May, learning how to ideate, build mobile apps & websites and go live in the market without code.
Our studio is running strong - we’ve started working with customers like Amazon & IBM in partnership with one of our community partners. Oh wait, didn’t we also make an app for Akon?
While we’re working with our corporate partners & customers, we contributed to projects by Government agencies like NITI Aayog & high-profile non-profit foundations like Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Atal Innovation Mission.
A Salon-management SaaS can have a billion-dollar valuation. How do we know? We worked with one to build something crazy - so crazy even developers couldn’t comprehend it.And we made it without code 👀.
Prateek is our all-things-technology guy & Mayank’s college friend. Wait, CTO at a no-code company? Everyone needs a CTO at some point, huh?
Discovering your financial independence number is essential. This is why we built a FIN calculator for DiscoverFIN. And the best part? Built entirely without code on Webflow.
After months of working from co-working spaces & homes (the pandemic, you know), we got our first independent office!
Prateek documented our journey setting up our office on his YouTube Channel 👀.
Two cohorts in, we decided to apply to YCombinator for PeopleWho.Build. It was an exciting journey, with lots of stuff to learn & experiment with. We weren’t selected, but we did end up in the top 10% of startups who applied 🙄
We’re pitching to a premier VC firm in India. Huh? WE’RE PITCHING TO A VC FIRM! Okay, wait, that’s too much hype. We’re pitching to them as a No-Code Studio.
New Zealand has one of the world’s premier universities & myNZUni wanted to make it accessible for international students.Of course, we said Yes.Did you know just 8 universities in New Zealand offer 5000+ programs to international students?
One of our customers decided it was best to part ways. And we understand, we weren’t the best fit for what they were looking for. No, they aren’t mentioned in this timeline anywhere else.
Contrary to what the emoji suggests, we went on a vacation to Manali and spent a good week in the mountains. And yes, we took pictures! Lots of ‘em!. Keshav wanted to relax & this was the only time we saw him hold a glass of wine instead of his Logitech mice.
Remember the VC firm pitch? Yeah, we’re working with them now. Building their content and learning hub in its entirety, on No-Code. Fun fact - they’ve backed and scaled 150+ startups like Flipkart & Swiggy 🤯
Yeah, hiring in this market is hard. We tried to hire a couple of developers but it didn’t work out that great. We’re still looking for multiple roles, want to join us?
Apologies for skipping the planets in between, but Jupiter is where we landed. We worked with Jupiter.money to build their waitlist firstlist program from scratch and again, without code.
Two years in, we have shipped 50+ products to production for 30+ customers & expanded our team to 15+ kickass employees. Mind blown 🤯