"Building on borrowed land"

I’m only a few weeks into Glide and am loving it. I’ve been building combined internal and client facing tool for my own business and really enjoying the experience.

I’ve got another idea kicking around for something more public facing. I think it would work in Glide. My current thought is maybe build a POC in Glide and see if it has legs, then rebuild on something less reliant on a VC backed start-up.

How do others, who’ve been using Glide for longer, feel about building on borrowed land with Glide?

It’s not that incommon. In previous years, me and @eltintero worked with multiple startups that build on Glide for idea validation and then move to a coding solution once they want to scale.

However, I believe now Glide offers you a much better chance at scaling. I would suggest reviewing the usage you need and other factors to see if you can go further with Business/Enterprise plans.

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If you are building a prototype or proof of concept on Glide, I would argue you are building a cabin on borrowed land, not a palace. If Glide allows you to build your cabin at record speed and cost, it might be worth considering (even though Glide is not designed for prototypes).

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This is my thinking. I get the feeling some people are using it longer term though

Friends of mine have asked me if Glide would be a good platform to develop a prototype or MVP. Every time it’s been for a consumer-facing (B2C) app and I explain they will probably complain about Glide’s constraints around design (I say “constraint” because to some these constraints are advantages, to others limitations).

Invariably two situations occur:

  1. We develop a prototype on Glide and they have requests usually related to the interface that I cannot develop on Glide, either because Glide won’t allow it or because the techniques are too advanced for me.

  2. They decide to use another platform, oftentimes Bubble, it takes them weeks or months to develop, and the output still doesn’t live up to their expectations.

My conclusion: if one sets out building on Glide, first understand and accept Glide’s design constraints, and second business custom applications/software (B2B) is a much better use case than consumer-facing apps (B2C).