Jas and I agreed in our Friday reflection session that this week has been the first week we have both felt stressed doing Luna. Yes, we’ve been working hard since October on this – all day, most evenings and to be honest, most weekends in one way or another but this week, we both felt stressed, frazzled and under pressure.
However, we have come out the other side of it with a working app on our phones! I don’t really think we’ve processed what we have managed to achieve in creating this app; the fact that neither of us are technical in any way, shape or form, yet we have a functioning app that allows you to read articles written by our medical students, watch videos filmed professionally in a studio, submit questions to our Drs, get advice from the diary and it’s all personalised with the users name throughout. And it looks really cute too!
There is still work to be done in order to have it fully verified by Google and Apple for us to allow external testers to use it. I submitted it for review to Apple at 9pm on Saturday night but have already had it rejected for one reason or another. To be honest, I’m too tired to even process their email right now but I’m hoping it’s not a major issue. Fingers crossed.
It has been a stressful week as along side preparing the app for launch, we had made it through to the second round of a pitch competition back at the Business School in Oxford. So, on Thursday we made the trip back to Oxford, re-wrote our whole pitch, each memorised our parts then delivered it to the panel on Thursday evening. I think it went well, but even if we don’t get through to the final, it was good practice for March when all we’ll be doing is repeating that process, day in, day out.
Despite my lower mileage training week, I’ve felt exhausted all week! I was hoping the week would help to refresh me ready for this next training block. I did have a fantastic track session on Tuesday. For the first time in a very long time, I felt some speed back in my legs. I averaged 6 min 40 for four miles, which I haven’t seen in a long time. Happily, it then translated into a 1 second PB at Parkrun this week.
The plan for this week is to get our waitlist of 100 users onto the app and using it. Fingers crossed it all goes smoothly and we start getting some positive feedback on it! There is nothing worse than pouring your heart and soul into something, sharing it around, and immediately get picked apart by someone! But, we must remember: feedback is a gift…it’s just hard to take sometimes!
I suppose, no matter what happens, we should be really proud and impressed with ourselves. Before deciding to have a go ourselves, we researched into agencies and companies that help startups build apps. One agency quoted us £60,000 and 3 months for pretty much what Jas and I have built in 4 weeks and for about £300. Mental.
Fingers crossed the “soft launch” goes well and I have some good news to update you with next Sunday…