We asked Vipii founder, Tracy Smith, about building an app that helps businesses queue and Covid-19 contact trace through a smart system. Tracy is an IT consultant on a variety of projects and product management roles. He chose Bubble's no-code platform so that he could quickly build and iterate a platform without having to implement development sprints.
Tell us about your app and what it does.
Tracy Smith: Vipii is a waitlist management platform that handles all of your COVID-19 queuing needs. The app enables you to line-up your customers remotely. It gives you full control to automatically or manually text customers when they are up. Additionally, Vipii lets you easily provide contact trace notifications to customers about potential exposures within a specified date and time frame. It is the cheapest queuing solution on the market, and is fully scalable to any industry such as gyms, restaurants, salons, etc.
How does your app work?
It takes Venue managers less than two minutes to register their business with Vipii and start queueing. Once registered, Vipii gives you the choice of automatic or manual control. With automatic control, Vipii auto-calculates your venue's wait time, and automatically texts your customers when they are 5 minutes away from being up.
Manual control allows you to define customers' wait times and manually triggers text messages to customers from your check-in dashboard. Subscriptions are set up via Stripe, and text messages are sent via Twillio.
Tell us a little about your background and how you discovered no-code tools like Bubble.
I have been an IT consultant for the past 6 years. I assist clients with a variety of project and product management roles. I learned about Bubble through a teammate at StartOut's LGBTQ hackathon in 2019. I experimented with the tool for a little under a year and have built several side hobby apps. I love Bubble because it gives people interested in product development the ability to quickly build and iterate, without the need for extended development sprints.
Why did you build your app on Bubble?
Since I have experience with product and back-end development, Bubble was the best, and most flexible tool to accomplish what I needed. The learning curve can be a little long, but once you get the hang of it, it's incredible what you can build in a short amount of time. I built and launched Vipii within 3-4 weeks of part-time work along with my consulting job. I only have great things to say about Bubble and the no-code platform's awesome support team and forum to make you successful.
What have been your successes or milestones so far?
We had a "soft launch" at a local brewery and shop in Denver. Since then, we gathered feedback, improved the user interface, and built out additional features that we didn't realize would come in handy for venues. The feedback was invaluable, and we feel confident now to have a tool that can be utilized in whatever industry or situation needed vs. a lot of our competitors who focus on a specific niche.
What are your next steps or future plans for your app?
We want to build more features for venues to engage with their customers before, during, and after in-person visits. Features like VIP door deals are in the works at the moment. Our ultimate goal is to help make businesses- whether restaurants, bars, salons, etc- be successful and safe.
Anything we can do to help businesses market and continue to scale is the cherry on top of the traditional wait list software.
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 400,000 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.