We asked Playing the Field founder, Michael Katos, about building an app that helps sports fans who share the same sports fan lifestyle to connect on a platonic or romantic basis. Mike is a self-taught web developer and a passionate sports fan. He chose Bubble because the no-code platform enables him to build, customize, and launch his app completely on his own- without the complications of setting up servers, databases, and other back-end infrastructure.
Tell us about your app and what it does.
Michael: Playing the Field is a dating app for sports fans. The app aims to help sports fans connect on a platonic or romantic basis, and share the same sports fan lifestyle. Our app is available as a web app now at playthefielddating.com.
How does your app work?
U.S. based users over age 18 can sign up for an account by providing their email address and phone number, which then goes through a verification process. Once verified, the app requests access to their location and users can fill out their profile. Their profile includes questions about gender, gender interest, relationship status, reason for using the app (friends, casual, find your MVP), date of birth, favorite team, and profile picture their profile. Users can select up to 5 favorite teams and upload up to 5 pictures to display.
Once their profile is complete, users are shown the app’s “card deck” screen where they will see potential matches. They can then declare their interest in each profile. Users can filter profiles based on favorite team, location, and age. If two users match they can start a conversation.
Tell us a little about your background and how you discovered no-code tools like Bubble.
When trying to find the right tools to develop my app, I always ran into the same issue, which was setting up the servers, databases and other back-end infrastructure. In February, a little before COVID shut everything down, I went to a pitch-event where I had a chat with Allen Yang, who recommended I look into Bubble. After a few weeks of researching the no-code movement and no-code tools I decided to play around on Bubble.
Why did you build your app on Bubble?
Prior to COVID, my mission was to fundraise and to hire a technical team. Once the quarantine was put in place, I was furloughed so I had extra time. I made it my mission to build as much of a MVP I could alone with Bubble’s no-code platform.
A few weeks in I figured out I could actually launch an app. At the end of 6 weeks, our beta became available for US users.
What have been your successes or milestones so far?
I am closing in on 200 users now, with an extremely small marketing strategy and budget. I am trying to get users to try the app’s beta version 0.0.1. The biggest obstacle is having a dating app with no dating pool. My goal is to have a well functioning app prior to a large marketing blast.
What are your next steps or future plans for your app?
I am working on an update for the app and trying to create native versions with some of the tools out there. I want to gain users and user feedback to fix bugs and add key features. I am trying to fundraise so I can hire a development and design team to improve the UI/UX and functionality of the app. My goal is to have around 1000 users by September’s NFL kickoff and around 5,000 to 10,000 users by MLB’s opening day in 2021.
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