Interview with Dmitriy Korolev (FixOn.Me)
FixOn.Me is a web application that allows anyone to clearly establish the terms of an agreement and get a consensus and agreement from all the interested parties.
I interviewed Dmitriy Korolev, FixOn.Me founder to find out more. This interview is the thirty first in a series of DW interviews. Big thank you to Dmitriy for the interview!
How would you describe FixOn.Me in under 50 words?
FixOn.Me allows to fix online any contract, agreement or bet with everybody in few clicks.
Fixed document will not change. If disagreements are occurred, just read it again.
FixOn.Me is suitable for both people and business.
FixOn.Me is the enemy #2 of lawyers :-)
What made you decide to start working on FixOn.Me?
Once the four of us discussed what each of us had to do. Discussion lasted for three days, and to agree, we used to use Skype, email, ICQ, Facebook … Stop! Enough! Too much of everything! .. And FixOn.Me appeared.
Where did you grow up and what’s your background in web application development?
I’m from Russia, Chelyabinsk. I am an engineer of embedded systems. But two years ago (2009) at the request of my friends I wrote my first web service to build sewing patterns online. After that, I realized that the creation of exciting web projects is my calling. I am sure that most of the big problems have simple solutions.
What technologies have you used to build FixOn.Me?
I fell in love with Django Framework. As needed I am using jQuery, ajax and so on.
Has your initial vision changed since launch?
The concept of the project remained the same. But everything is decided by details and about two months (at the beginning of 2012) will be the second version FixOn.Me. It will be more convenient and already you can not talk about how a startup, but as a really useful online service.
How long did it take to put together FixOn.Me?
Recently, I brought myself to one rule allowing me to create webstartups more effectively. This rule is “no more than 7 days from concept to prototype”. So, the first version of the site appeared within 7 days after the main idea was formulated.
Do you have any features in the pipeline?
Sure! And some of them will be presented with the new version of FixOn.Me in 1-2 months. The most important innovation is the templates of contracts.
What was technically the most challenging part of developing FixOn.Me?
The most technically challenging part was to limit the imagination and make a clear and seemingly simple and useful web-service.
Has FixOn.Me got the feedback and growth you expected since launch?
Feedback is positive. But I understand that the present form of the project is more interesting as a concept, not as a means for actual use. But without the first step, there would be no second. So now I’m working on the conversion of FixOn.Me from concept into a useful tool, and only then we can talk about expectations.
Who is your biggest competitor?
Lawyers, Google documents, paper documents. And main competitor is the time.
What is the biggest hurdle you have faced or are still facing?
The biggest difficulty today is the need to do everything as quickly as possible. And I take this opportunity to say that I’m looking for partners, mentors and investors to quickly and qualitative growth and promotion of the project.
Who do you see as your target audience?
People who need to fix any agreement with two or more participants (for example, a rental contract or a loan). Business companies for easy and quick approval of contracts or orders for the supply of any product.
What are you most excited about at the moment?
The fact that DoesWhat interviewed me :-) But seriously, I am glad that I have enough energy and knowledge to devise and implement something new, improve existing projects, and keep moving forward. I am glad that I create!
Can you convince the reader to start using FixOn.Me in under 50 words?
People make agreements to buy, sell, rent or borrow all the time. FixOnMe is a simple online tool for people to outline their agreements and confirm their acceptance of them. If disagreements are occurred, just read agreement again. This can leave all parties feeling well. Trust, but fix! Use FixOnMe!
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