We asked Fropago founder, Matthew Reuvers, about building an app that allows users to create knowledge boards on their topics of interest. Matthew has a background in finance and data. Although he has a good grasp of technical products within the data world, his web development skills were always lacking. He chose Bubble because the no-code platform offers an interactive user interface and powerful workflow capabilities to build a custom web app.
Tell us about your app and what it does.
Fropago is a modern take on Wikipedia. A free knowledge-sharing community, designed for the new-age learner, who desires an efficient and social learning process that does not only comprise of long paragraphs of text. On the other side, an easy way to create and monetize knowledge sharing for individuals.
To provide this, Fropago enables individuals to create boards on their topics of interest, containing their favorite resources from across the web. These resources are pinned to the board and organized by subcategory to help learners easily filter by what is relevant. Furthermore, there is the ability to like, save, share and filter further based on this. Board creators can easily monetize their efforts by pinning affiliate links to the board.
How does your app work?
We have two sides to the platform: one for content creators and one for learners.
Content creators: These users join the platform with the goal of creating a topic board on something that they are interested in. When they click post they will be taken to a blank board. They simply need to write the title of the board, a short description, select the category for SEO purposes, input the relevant subcategories of the topic (e.g., New York board may include hotel, restaurants, things to do, etc.), and finally create pins.
Pins are simply links to their favorite resources on the topic including a short heading, personalized description of the webpage, and selection of the media type. When a learner clicks on a pin it will take them to the attached website. Board creators are also able to pin affiliate links to their board and easily earn money (our data shows that click-through rates on our platform are 32% higher than the average).
Learners: Learners will visit a board on a topic that they are trying to find information on and will find a collection of high-quality resources all in one place. The board will provide an overview of the topic and won’t require the user to perform several searches to find out the information desired.
The user can filter the pins based on subcategories (e.g., Tiger Woods board can be filtered on statistics, personal life, childhood, etc.) and other criteria such as likes, saves, clicks, or date. The user can also like, save, and share the content which makes the learning experience more social.
Tell us a little about your background and how you discovered no-code tools like Bubble.
My professional background is in finance and data. I have a good grasp of technical products within the data world, but my web development skills were always lacking. Overall, I had many ideas that I tried to bring to life through freelance web developers, but they were slow, expensive and what they produced rarely aligned with my vision. I had no idea that no-code tools were powerful enough to help me achieve what I needed until I stumbled across Bubble during my Master's degree when we were doing an MVP sprint for a final project.
Why did you build your app on Bubble?
Simply, the database side of Bubble is the best out there. As I am a very data-orientated individual, I needed a no-code product that was not only easy to use and powerful, but one that would also allow me to build a database that I could use to drive data-orientated decisions. The Bubble database provides this and there is no other no-code tool that comes close. Furthermore, the workflow capabilities and custom states were also essential to the development of my product, and these are quite unique to Bubble.
What have been your milestones or successes so far?
The first milestone was the creation of Fropago’s core feature of the topic board. Although it sounds simple, you would be surprised at how many developers were struggling to design it with traditional code and how other no-code products had not got me close to what I was envisioning. After this, the creation of the first board by one of my users was extremely exciting!
What are your next steps or future plans for your app?
For a Fropago board to appear near the Wikipedia result when someone Googles a specific topic. I know that this is bold, but if Fropago can cover a wide variety of topics I believe that it has the potential to become a well-known learning resource. Furthermore, I am also striving for Fropago to become a platform that will enable anyone to earn a good amount of money simply by creating a board!
Bubble is a leader in the no-code movement. Bubble offers a powerful point-and-click web editor and cloud hosting platform that allows users to build fully customizable web applications and workflows, ranging from simple prototypes to complex marketplaces, SaaS products, and more. Over 500,000 users are currently building and launching businesses on Bubble - many have gone on to participate in top accelerator programs, such as Y Combinator, and even raise $365M in venture funding. Bubble is more than just a product. We are a strong community of builders and entrepreneurs that are united by the belief that everyone should be able to create technology.