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Meet Angel Lacret of Cobuild Lab in Downtown Miami

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angel Lacret.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Angel. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’m a Computer Engineer since 2007, but I started my journey as a developer since the early stage of my high school.

I’m originally from Venezuela, and when I graduated, I started working for the Medium to Big companies developing large software applications to support operations.

About seven years, I partner with a friend to create a new office of an already existing Software Company in my country, at the time the second-largest company in that area in the country. Since that time, I started working with entrepreneurs developing new products.

Four years ago, I decided to begin my own journey and I started working with entrepreneurs here in Miami, and two years ago, I moved to the city to create an office to start expanding our business to the city to help entrepreneurs launch their software product.

Our office is still small, we are two project managers in the city, but we have over 30 developers spread in Latin America and Spain.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Well, I have faced many troubles in this Journey to establish our company.

First of all the first step, acquiring a local client was a hard task, as the offer from offshore developers is enormous, not only from Latin America, Mexico, Spain but for the rest of Europe too, India and China.

Education: As mentioned before, I was a manager at a previous company, handle operations and sales, but creating a new company from scratch requires more than that. I recognized that immediately as one of my weaknesses so about a year and a half ago, I took the Idea Center course, Scale Up, that teaches you how to move forward your small business into more formal operation.

Coaching: Righ from the start in this venture, I have had lots of people who help me on this journey, guiding me and providing advice when required. At the beginning, my previous partner Alejandro Sanchez, now CEO of 4Geeks Academy one of the top coding bootcamps in Florida and his co-founder Marcelo Ricigliano, as experienced entrepreneurs help me get the idea from the ground. Later on my journey right from the Idea Center program, I got advice from three excellent mentors, our course mentor Frances Alban, CEO of Alban Communications, Everett Young, an excellent and experienced Busines Advisor an Entrepreneur, Gustavo Grande part of the incredible Idea Center team among others, and more recently Oscar Perez from 8base, a successful and experienced Business Expert that I meat working together in one of our biggest projects so far.

Marketing and positioning were an incredible challenge too, still is. Finding my identity is still a work in progress for us on Cobuild Lab.

Partnering, I started the company on my own almost two years ago, understanding the landscape of the startup ecosystem was a tough work, getting the first clients, refining the processes were really challenging tasks, but now that we are established business I was requiring more trusted hands, lucky for me I met an incredible professional for over a few years now than join us on this journey a few months ago, his name is Alan Guevara, an expert on Digital Marketing and Product creation that now is full-time partner of the Company.

Connections, one of the biggest requirements that you need to establish a Company is to know your market, four years ago when I first travel here, finding entrepreneurs and startups was a challenging task, lucky for me Miami now has many options, initiatives and events where you can connect with the Startup community.

Growth and new clients: At this stage, our biggest challenge has become growth our company, acquiring the clients that will help us drive our business to the next level.

Cobuild Lab – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We partner with non-technical founders and industry experts to create Web, Mobile, and IoT Software Applications.

Over these past four years, we have sharpened our expertise, techniques, and tools into a streamlined and phased process to transform ideas into products.

We combined Agile tooling and techniques, top of the line tech stacks, and large experience into a workflow that allows creating Software Applications is just 1 or 2 months.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I have worked with some great companies along on my career and great entrepreneurs on this Company, but I will highlight the fact that for the last four years I’ve been trying to create a super-efficient process to accelerate the development of new Software Products, and even that we know that we are not close to its final version yet, we know that we are in a place where we have improved the way that Software Development is done for our clients.

We are able to now to quickly create new features on Applications smoothly, and I think that what I’ve lived so far has helped me to get to this point.

Pricing:

  • Usually takes between 6 to 12 weeks and around $15K create a web or mobile product from scratch
  • This process can be break down into 4 weeks / $5K phases
  • Hiring an offshore, full time senior developer managed it’s between $18 and $25 per hour

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