Beta Byte is a series underwritten by Bust Out Solutions for that early stage tech found somewhere between idea and traction.
What is the name of the company and/or product? Where is it found online?
It’s called ‘Who Access’ and you can find it at https://whoaccess.com
What problem does this solve and what was the “aha” moment?
Who Access subtly helps companies save money, keep data secure, and empower employees through a simple service request page.
Who Access has a few “aha” moments. After you’re onboarded the moment you see the monthly and yearly costs on the dashboard you get a sense of how important it is to keep an eye on the services your company uses and who uses them.
The next would be when you start getting software requests from users (or make a request) through the request page. It’s very simple tool but you start to feel great knowing you have a straightforward way for employees to request access and for system admins or dev ops to eyes on it.
What is the full launch/release date planned?
A beta version of the site is available now for a 30 day free trial and 20% discount for early adopters. The site has been in development for about a 6 weeks and I’m looking to build the next features based on early customer feedback rather than guessing. So join up!
Who is on the team?
I’m Cole Erikson, I built Who Access as a side project based on this ‘small’ issue I’ve seen in several companies I’ve worked for. I don’t always tweet but when I do it’s inconsequential.
What is the specific technology or combination of technologies is used?
Who Access was built with Meteor which runs on Node with MongoDB. New features will leverage React.
What is the size/scope of your market and how will you scale?
I haven’t assessed market size. The focus now is product and initial traction. Small growing business between 15 and 80 strong are ideal customers. However, I’ve seen larger with terrible service request systems. I hope Who Access helps them too. : )
I’m not concerned about scaling at this point. I’d love to work with 3-5 Minneapolis/St. Paul based companies and make this product something they rave about.
What is your revenue model?
Annual and monthly recurring subscriptions.
What is your greatest strength?
Solving a specific problem with a small scope.
What is your biggest weakness?
Time. Not enough hours in a day.
What is one resource you could use that would take this to the next level?
A couple great customers.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
The site might be a little slow this first week but other than that give it a try! I’d love any sort of feedback and let me know when you find any bugs. firstname.lastname@example.org