Recently we had an opportunity to speak with Kamola Fayzullaeva, the Founder & CEO at Tie Aprons about Tie Aprons
Please share with us the backstory of what motivated you to create this app.
I always want to solve a problem in people's everyday lives, and I've been very passionate about how IT-sphere solves people's problems. When I researched homemade food, I found out many people sell homemade food, but they don't have enough budget to let people know about their product. I thought if I would make a marketplace for those people and buy only homemade food. Maybe many jobless people can do this business, and somehow, I will help with job issues. So I tried to make a marketplace only for homemade food.
What features do you hope to roll out to your app in the future?
We are working on adding chat, shopping list, today's advice, cooking tutorial. So these features on the process. Will come soon.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of the creation of this app?
All home cooks tend to have one major flaw. We don't say, 'I'm a home cook.' We say, 'Oh, I'm just a home cook,'" Lawson wrote in an essay for Lenny Letter. And she wants people to stop doing that because she thinks a person should be able to say they are a home cook as a badge of pride, not as something to be ashamed of or apologized for.
What is the coolest or most innovative feature of your app?
It depends on what users are trying to accomplish through the Tie Aprons App. If they want to find, share, keep or add a recipe, it is the coolest innovative feature because we made a very friendly user experience.
To me, the most fantastic feature is selling your homemade food. It is a free marketplace for to whom are legally allowed to make homemade food at home.
What surprised you most in your journey to create this app?
People reaction when we started testing prototypes with them and did surveys and interviews. They were so excited as we are and willing to help with testing, researching. We appreciate how they welcomed our App in Play Store with five stars and beautiful reviews because we put people first.
Which other mobile apps or technology have inspired you?
Uber. Uber made a lot of job opportunities for millions of people and very user-friendly. Unemployment one of the main problems in our life. I'm thrilled that Tech guys can take a part solving this problem somehow
Do you have any recommendations or advice for others wanting to create a mobile app?
If you have an idea that you think is great, don't wait till somebody implements your dream to reality, do it yourself.
How did you decide which platforms to release your app on and do you plan on releasing your app to other platforms?
We made it for all 3 platforms Android, iOS and fro Web. For now, we have our App only on Play Store. But iOS and Web version ready to go, just going on a few testing processes. I hope it will go to production very soon.
How is your app different than the rest of the market? Which unique need does it fill?
When I researched indirect competitors because I couldn't find any direct competitors, these are recipe Apps like Tasty, Cookbook, Cookpad..., and food delivery apps like Uber Eats, Post Mates (They are so great). But my idea was different. Because I didn't want to make only a recipe App or food delivery App for cafes and restaurants. I wanted to make a marketplace for homemade foods. I didn't found any apps that provide recipes and homemade food for sale and buy. On the survey, I asked the audience of homemade food sellers if they want to have an online marketplace, if apps make their life easier, what if I add recipe functionality to that App. So survey approved my expectations. The App will make users' lives easier.
You can view Tie Aprons here
For more information, visit: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ucook.mobile