We asked TruckZilla founder, Xan Hong, about building an app that enables users to search for and find their favorite food and ice cream trucks. Food truck owners can also create listings for their food trucks, add menus, and activate real-time tracking of their location. Xan has been an entrepreneur for over 15 years in a variety of industries. He chose Bubble because the no-code platform enables him and his daughter to build another MVP without spending a lot of money or knowing how to code.
Tell us about your app and what it does.
My 8-year-old daughter got the idea for TruckZilla. She loves ice cream and gets extremely excited when she hears the music from the local ice cream truck. However, she got extremely frustrated on several occasions when the ice cream truck was nowhere to be found by the time she got her shoes on and found her birthday money. That is when she asked me if we could make an app to find the ice cream truck.
How does your app work?
The app allows logins from both food/ice cream truck owners and end-users who are looking for their favorite food and ice cream trucks. Food truck owners can create listings for their food trucks, add menus, and activate real-time tracking of their food trucks. End-users can login and look for food trucks near them and search by category and food truck name.
Tell us a little about your background and how you discovered no-code tools like Bubble.
I've been an entrepreneur for over 15 years in a variety of industries. I currently have a tech startup with a mobile app where the MVP cost over $45,000 to create. Because this was a project I wanted to work on with my daughter, I simply didn't want to spend a lot of money on building the prototype. While I had dabbled with Bubble in the past, I got frustrated because I was not quite able to figure it out. However, this time, I took the Bubble boot camp and that allowed me to get over the hurdles I was experiencing with Bubble and make TruckZilla with about 4 weeks.
Why did you build your app on Bubble?
Candidly, because it was a project I wanted to work on with my daughter since it was her idea, I wanted to build a working prototype quickly and cheaply.
What have been your milestones or successes so far?
Users can now download Truckzilla on iOS and Android. I posted the preview link on an entrepreneurial Facebook group and I had a person in Australia that contacted me about being the sole distributor of TruckZilla in Australia.
What are your future plans for your app?
I'm going to work with my daughter to start reaching out to food truck owners to sell them on using Truckzilla.
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