I have mentioned JOSARI, the micro-consultation marketplace, a few times before but never elaborated. But now is an excellent time to finally talk about JOSARI because the reason I came on to the startup has been achieved. The JOSARI iOS app is now live in the Apple App store!
I started talking to Paul Buckwell, the CEO of JOSARI way back in October when I met him at the QUT Foundry IDEAS Launched Showcase. But it took a while for the ball to get rolling but eventually, I joined JOSARI as a CTO at the end of December. My task was straightforward, get the app that was being built by an overseas developer and had suffered years of delay out the door.
JOSARI’s weakness was always a lack of market validation and customer testing. Paul did what he could with tangential testing. I considered doing a “no app pilot” before dropping that idea as not delivering as much benefit as it would cost in time and money. JOSARI is one of those concepts that needed the app. So I focused on putting some structure into the project, get the bugs prioritised but in the end, basically working as a translator between Paul and the developer.
Along the way, we went as far as the QUT Collider Bootcamp 2019 but did not make the final cut to get into the accelerator. But we got a lot of valuable feedback, and it was a great experience all around. But now, with the app out. JOSARI is in full sales mode. I am scaling back my involvement for the time being. But based on traction, I am likely to jump back in later in the year to project manage the Android development, and further expansions. But for now, if you have an iPhone, down and join the JOSARI journey!