We asked UpSpot co-founder, Warren Phen, about building a rental marketplace app that helps people rent and lend their belongings. Warren started his career as a software engineer. With his knowledge and skills he built an e-commerce website with his friend, and later interviewed with a no-code company where he learned about Bubble. He chose Bubble because the no-code platform is able to highlight and tie all of the skills he had aquired along the way.
Tell us about your app and what it does.
UpSpot is a rental marketplace looking to help people rent and lend their belongings. We connect our customers and help them discover new products and ignite new passions!
How does your app work?
Our platform connects and facilitates their interaction with our automated email and push notifications alerts - much like airbnb, and the car rental service Turo here in Toronto. Lending your belongings like a camera, drone or playstation is very familiar if you’ve posted an ad craigslist, however lenders can set an hourly, daily, and monthly rate, in which the renter can then look up the item and choose a start and end time for the rental.
Tell us a little about your background and how you discovered no-code tools like Bubble.
I started my career as a software engineer. I went to college for computer programming and later a coding bootcamp. Even prior to my programming education, I built an e-commerce website along with a friend, which we ran for two years. I remember having an interview with a no-code company that raised a big round of funding while I was in NYC, and that was the first time I’ve heard of the term, no-code. I had a fellow Product Manager friend specifically mention bubble to me and then from there the “recommendation algorithms” started bombarding me with no-code articles.
Why did you build your app on Bubble?
I was slowly becoming more aware of the nocode community last year. I remember at one of my previous startups I worked at, the founder was developing an internal tool that accomplishes a lot of what Bubble does and when I discovered Bubble, I gave it a shot and it completely clicked. Although I wasn’t the most technical engineer, I always felt a tad more entrepreneurial and design oriented than most of my programming friends and I think along with my engineering knowledge, Bubble was the best platform to highlight and tie all the skills I’ve grown over the years, in a harmonious way.
What have been your milestones or successes so far?
We have a number of users but I can’t answer the question in a meaningful way just yet.
What are your future plans for your app?
We’re a conscious startup - our vision is to make the world more sustainable by sharing and bringing engaging new experiences that bring us closer together. I’m excited to see what items people share with each other and we’re on track to roll out some great new features and launch our mobile app in the next few months. My goal is to raise our series A round of funding and eventually go public. In the short term, we hope to go through a seed accelerator program, like Y Combinator.
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.