Partner Features: Feedback Requested!

Hey folks,

We’re brainstorming features for the Partner program and would love your feedback.

What should we build to help you build Glide Apps for clients? In your dreams how would this work?

Here are some of our thoughts so far:

  • Partners get their own free “Partner Organization” where all the apps are free (Private Pro, Public Pro, etc.)
    • They are limited to 5 users in the app.
    • They will have a loading screen that says “For Demo Purposes Only”.
    • This way you can sell prebuilt apps or share the apps you are building with your clients with the full features of whichever plan you need.
  • A client billing portal where you can charge the customer a recurring fee above Glide’s minimum.
  • 20% revenue share on the apps you sell.

Our biggest question right now is: What happens when you sell the app? How does the client take ownership of the app?

What we’re thinking:

  • When you sell the app, we create a new Organization under your account with the Client’s name and the app in it. You then invite them to the Organization.
    • This way you could stay in the Organization and be available for any additional paid work.
  • You could transfer additional apps to this Organization, should you build more for them.
  • This would be listed as one of your Client Billing Clients.
  • Revenue share would be calculated based on this Organization.
  • The only downside, is that for some of our Partners (thinking of you, Experts!) the list could be really long and cumbersome to manage. Maybe that’s something we could address later in the UI.

This program is intended for our Partners/Agencies/Experts so we want to make it work for you.

We would love your feedback. Please share your ideas!

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Yes, this sounds amazing!

1.- Who owns the org? The client or us?
1.1- If we do, and let’s say we’re paying for Glide, in a Private Pro plan, if the user adds more users to their app, would the bill go up as well for THEM?
2.- If we do, can the sheet be in their GDrive or has to be in ours?
3.- If we have the 5 user limit, can we NOT have the demo purposes only loading screen?
4.- Who is billing, are we? Or is it glide?
5.- If we can set up a recurring charge, will we be able to also charge for the fixrd price setup of the app?
6.- I’m a member in more than 20 orgs… while it gets complicated, it’s just as easy as adding a search all function so i can search by either name of org or name of app

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  1. Initially, the Partner. Perhaps we add the ability to transfer ownership?
    1.1 Yes! Absolutely. I think we allow you to set two things in the Client Billing portal:
    The monthly minimum (e.g. $40 for Private Pro) and additional cost per user ($2/user/mo). You could then set the minimum for the client to $50/mo and additional users $4/user/mo.
  2. Not sure, what’s your preference?
  3. I kind of like the demo screen because it will remind the Client they haven’t paid yet and that your working on the app. You don’t want it?
  4. Depends. Ideally, it would be you billing through our portal. We would handle all the Stripe magic and you and the client add your bank accounts and we handle the transactions.
  5. Yep, see 1.1.
  6. Yeah I was thinking that might be an easy fix, I like it!
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Good conversation! I think having a “transfer ownership” of app is necessary as I’m sure most companies want to own the app and data, not the partner.

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I agree with Robert on this.
Additionally, I would love to have the ability to condition the ownership on full completion of the development fee. i.e. give us a check box that once marked the customer can copy the app or change ownership.
I think relying on the customers respond to approve we built the app for them is creating a delay and I would like if you can find a different way.

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I honestly love everything you’ve proposed. For my use case (side gig, small number of customers, low price-point/fairly basic apps for people), it makes a lot of sense.

Question: for non US-based partners, is there still a possibility to get paid through Stripe? I seem to remember that being a limitation previously when the program first started and payments to non US accounts would just be able to be used towards other Glide purchases (and not paid out).

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@Ian, sounds great, here are a few thoughts

  1. Initially, the Partner. Perhaps we add the ability to transfer ownership?
  • yes ability to transfer ownership if required by the client, some clients do not want ownership (of anything :slight_smile: )

1.1 Yes! Absolutely. I think we allow you to set two things in the Client Billing portal:
The monthly minimum (e.g. $40 for Private Pro) and additional cost per user ($2/user/mo). You could then set the minimum for the client to $50/mo and additional users $4/user/mo.

  • I would like to have any billing in the local currency not just US dollars
  1. Not sure, what’s your preference?
  • Optional, some clients do not have or don’t wish to have google sheets or drives as it is a perceived overhead and if they are unfamiliar with it can scare them (a little) this is where I may charge the client for ongoing maintenance
  1. I kind of like the demo screen because it will remind the Client they haven’t paid yet and that your working on the app. You don’t want it?
  • Demo is a great idea, but I think this should be down to individual preference so therefore optional
  1. Depends. Ideally, it would be you billing through our portal. We would handle all the Stripe magic and you and the client add your bank accounts and we handle the transactions.
  • I like being able to bill via your portal as previously mentioned webflow model works well and takes the admin away from me as the developer
  1. Yep, see 1.1.
  • Be great to be able to charge for the development cost through your portal to, keep it all in the same place
  1. Yeah I was thinking that might be an easy fix, I like it!
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@Robert_Petitto , yep that makes sense. I think it would be Organization transfer of ownership, not App transfer of ownership.

We’re thinking that the app lives in a Client Organization we spin up. This way it’s easier accounting and if you need to build more apps in their Organization or transfer apps to their Organization it’s already there and easy to bill.

@yinon_raviv, the verification would no longer be necessary because as soon as you transfer the app to “production” you would just start the client billing process and as long as they are paying, then there is no need to verify the Organization.

@shchc, I’m not sure about international payments just yet. It’s been a bit of a challenge to get set up. That said, we will absolutely offer this in the future to the extent Stripe allows it. We have many international Partners and Experts and we want everyone to get paid accordingly.

@Rosewebstudio all good points. I like the idea of making a few of these things optional – good call.

Really appreciate the feedback folks, this is helpful. Keep it coming if you have more!

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I think that if Ian is a staff member of Glide he should indicate so on his profile icon. I missed the memo and still imagine that he is some brainstorming dude like the rest of us. Titles give both authority and the desire of the lowly to speak to those on high.

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@Les_Henderson yeah he’s an employee.

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Hey @Les_Henderson just updated it, sorry about that!

Thanks for the link @Jeff_Hager!

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Actually on one occasion, I was in two minds whether I should be replying to something he had initiated in a private email to me. I was thinking of contacting HQ before replying, then abandoned the thought and replied.

Whoops! Sorry about that Wiz. You can find me on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ianleatherbury/

What would help you guys to differentiate employees in the future? I’ll mention this to the team, maybe we can have badges.

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I agree with what @Les_Henderson has proposed to separate members of the team from us mere mortals.

I think a few of you guys have the Leader badge, but not all of you.

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Hey @david or @Mark can you badge me please? :smiley:

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Now I am really suspicious because the linkedin link is a dead one! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Impressive portfolio!

Love all the ideas and thanks for your time and energy into the Partner Program.

For the transfer, yes, it could be optional as it depends on the clients needs.

Same here.


Are you referring to templates? Indeed, templates are a very good way to attract potential clients. What happens if a template can’t be feature in your marketplace?

Is there a possibility to add the ‘Contact author’ and ‘Buy for $’ buttons? It would mean that you still handle the billing part so it can be all in one place.

Right now, a client can preview the app with a version 1 (can’t copy), buy it, and then I give the client the link for the version 2 that he can copy.

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Now, perfect! :smiley:

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Hey @F_rank regarding prebuilt apps – we’ve seen a lot of folks who will build something like a CRM and resell it to clients.

I was just referring to the ability to build one app and sell it to multiple clients and share a demo version with full features, but a limited number of users.

That’s an interesting idea though. Are you saying that when you share the app with someone they get the template preview screen (with buy/contact author buttons) instead of the normal scan QR code / player screen?

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