Beta Byte: TinySiteBuilder



TinySiteBuilderBeta Byte is a series underwritten by LaunchRock for that early stage tech found somewhere between idea and reality. Equally exciting as it is raw. Are you in this phase?

What is the name of the company and/or product? Where is it found online?

The company is called Tiny Mission, and the product is called TinySiteBuilder.

What problem does this solve?

Businesses and organizations all need websites, but often don’t have the resources to create one themselves. TinySiteBuilder lets people without technical skills easily create simple yet attractive informational sites. The main feature that sets us apart from our competition is that TinySiteBuilder was built from the ground up to work on a wide array of screen sizes. So the same site that runs on a desktop or laptop will look right at home on a tablet or smartphone.

What is the full launch/release date planned?

We plan on doing a full release in October.

Who is on the team?

Bekki Freeman & Andy Selvig

What is the specific technology or combination of technologies, framework, languages, etc. that makes this thing run? Is there any IP?

The site is written in Ruby on Rails, and uses MongoDB as its datastore. For the sites themselves, we rely on HTML5 and CSS3, specifically media queries, to make the site layout dynamic with browser size.

Is there a revenue model? How big is the market?

We plan to offer a free sites with a single page, then two separate paid plans with increasing page limits and storage quotas. We haven’t nailed down the exact numbers yet, but it’ll be very cheap. We believe that the potential market is in the tens of thousands just for Minnesota.

What is your greatest strength?

Our greatest strength is our focus on mobile development and customer satisfaction. We deal with lots of small companies looking for mobile solutions, and we’re writing a site that we think they’d use.

What is your biggest weakness?

In order to make TinySiteBuilder as easy as possible for novice users we’ve made it a bit opinionated. We offer the core set of features we think are necessary for our target audience and provide a simple framework for building your site. If you’re looking for a wild design or some extremely advanced features, it’s probably not the best fit.

What is one resource you could use that would take this to the next level?

From a technical standpoint, we’re very close to having a solid product. At this point we need a cost effective way get people signed on and using it. Since we’re offering a low cost service, we need lots of users to start breaking even.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I think I covered everything :)