Deal.ug is a shopping website in which people and businesses buy and sell a variety of goods and services. Since its launch, barely four months ago, deal has helped more than one hundred accounts sell online.
At the moment, Deal has 118 active members and counting and the developer says deal.ug is set to the biggest online marketplace in the country even though he is a one man team, doing all the development, design and marketing all by himself.
TechMoran caught up with thim and this is what he told us.
What inspired you to launch deal.ug?
After winning the 2012 Google Apps Developer Challenge, I was shocked to learn that in the whole competition of more than 100 project, there were no shopping apps. Considering that and the fact that popular online shopping services just don’t work in Africa, I set out to build one that worked.
What is one challenge that you’ve overcome in the startup process?
My biggest challenge was getting people to use the application. Being from a computer science background, marketing is not my strong suite. After multiple consultations about the subject, I managed to get a marketing model tailor-made for the startup.
What are some of the milestones your startup has achieved?
The biggest milestone is deal.ug reaching its first 100 subscribers a month early. Another major milestone is deal.ug moving to a market-ready (beta) edtion.
What are your next milestones?
Who are your mentors and role models?
My mentors are my former professor, Dr John Quinn and my father who is great at business. I also look to Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs as my role models.
What are some of the advantages/disadvantages growing your startup in Kampala?
One advantage is that the startup ecosystem in Kampala is quite healthy. It is quite easy for one to consult people, build a team, get an incubator where to work from or even funding. The persistent disadvantage is that Uganda is seldom supported by potential international partners like PayPal Merchant Services. Another disadvantage is the extra length one must go through to put up the startup including licenses, marketing and legal.
Deal is growing faster that I initially expected. So, am in talks with a few entities about helping me bring deal.ug to the rest of Africa.
Where can people find out more on you?
Visit www.deal.ug for a solution that sells your business. We’re always open to speaking to customers, the press, or anyone else who wants to get in contact: please send me an email at [email protected] and I will get back to you.