There are a ton of tools and resources out there to help you run your business. However, you have to know where to look. Finding these resources often requires at least a basic IT skill level. However, there are a ton of business owners out there who have little to no IT skills. That’s where MAQTOOB comes in. We had a chance to ask the team a few questions about their simple, easy to use web tool marketplace:
What is MAQTOOB?
MAQTOOB is a two-sided platform where entrepreneurs and freelancers can easily discover business tools, and app creators can display their products and generate leads.
Why did you build MAQTOOB?
We believe that this target group is completely neglected. We have enterprise software marketplaces, and then products like Product Hunt, where startups talk to other startups, but nobody caters to millions of non-tech people who are dreaming about having their own business, or who lost their jobs, and who can still make good use of all the amazing tools and apps tech companies make. We hope MAQTOOB will empower people all around the world to reach economic self-sufficiency.
How is MAQTOOB different from what is currently available?
Business app marketplaces: – Targeting enterprises – Designed for IT specialists – Mostly B2B software
MAQTOOB: – Targeting entrepreneurs & freelancers – Effortless user experience = accessible to anyone regardless their level of IT skills – Any tools that saves time, improves productivity, and reduces costs – Interactive ratings/reviews and strong social factor
Tell us your founding story. Was there an “ah ha” moment?
My friends and clients often asked for “good app” recommendations so I started to put up links of useful software in different categories on my personal website. The page was quite popular, and I realized that there was a big amount of people looking for easy business tools and at the same time there’s no place to find high-quality reviews. We want to bring the amazing products tech startups make to all aspiring entrepreneurs in all industries.
I noticed a while ago that there is a gap between the world of tech startups and other non-tech aspiring entrepreneurs. New available technologies make it much easier to start and run a business than it was 10 or even 5 years ago, and it is my goal to bring those new amazing apps and tools to all business-minded people regardless of education, age, or computer skills.
Tell us about your founding team and their backgrounds.
Kristyna Zapletalova – Founder, CEO, product development, online marketing & PR Adil Gherib – Co-founder, COO, business development, customer & strategic partnership relations Tomas Kudelka – Co-founder, lead programmer Oldrich Matusek – Co-founder, UX
What’s the next step? What are your short-term goals?
– grow the user base and portfolio of tools – build our (startup) partner network – obtain seed funding – develop iOS app