We asked BENIU co-founders Joseph Szklar and Gerardo Boue, about building an app that enables event organizers to find the best venue for their event. They refer to it as the "Airbnb for events." Both Joseph and Gerardo have business backgrounds and worked for the event industry before launching BENIU. They chose Bubble because the no-code platform offered all of the features necessary to build an app and enables them to have complete control over their product without code.
Tell us about your app and what it does.
BENIU is a web app that enables event organizers to find the best venue for their event. It's like Airbnb but for events. BENIU is currency working mainly in Mexico City and other large cities in Mexico, looking to expand soon to other territories in the country and other countries. Event organizers can filter and explore different venues depending on their needs. They can visit the spaces virtually with 360 digital walking tours and access important information about the venue, such as capacity, availability, prices, etc. Additionally, we provide the venues with a CRM calendar app to manage their clients, sales, and schedules.
How does your app work?
Our app has two primary users: the BENIUs and The Event Planners; for The Event Planners, the app works as a hotel booking platform in which they can filter our options depending on their needs and compare the most relevant ones, with images, digital walking tours, general information, etc. Once they decide the best BENIU (venue) for them, they can book scouting directly in the physical place and arrange the final agreement. For the BENIUs, our platform works as a marketing tool that helps them reach out to a broad audience of event planners and serves them as a tool to manage their clients and dates using our CRM app.
Tell us a little about your background and how you discovered no-code tools like Bubble.
Both my partner and I have business backgrounds, and both of us worked for the event industry before launching BENIU. We identified that there was a business opportunity in helping connect venues and planners since it´s hard to find this information out there. After several talks, we decided that the best way to start and prove our ideas was to start small, and while looking for different options of tools, we discovered Bubble. We both were always interested in technology. Neither of us had the technical expertise to develop such a solution writing code, so we tried out Bubble, and it helped us prove our idea and scale and help our users.
Why did you build your app on Bubble?
We decided to do our app on Bubble because we did not have the resources to hire a developer and because we wanted to have complete control of our product with rapid and flexible updates. Since we wanted to do an MVP, we knew adapting to our customers would be a priority, so we needed a tool that enabled us to be flexible in a short time and that didn't require any coding expertise to do so. We found all these in Bubble.
What have been your milestones or successes so far?
Our first significant milestone was to launch our website. Also, we have had many milestones with the amount of BENIUs listed (Over 100), registered users (Over 2,000), and BENIUs booked.
What are your next steps or future plans for your app?
Our future plans are to continue scaling in Mexico and on a day out of our country. Improve our UX and UI and improve the CRM tool we give our BENIUs.
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