Don't work with middle managers. Work directly with the people who are building your product. It simplifies communication and makes everything run smoother.
Having the ability to build stuff doesn't give you insight into what to build. Capturing your vision and translating it to software takes working with someone who can talk ideas, and not just technical requirements.
Anybody developer can build your app. Not every developer will care if it succeeds. Work with people who value their time to pick projects they can truely provide a value add.
Work with people you enjoy work with.
Software development is a challenge on it's own. Working with someone you enjoy talking to will reflect in the product you build.
Work with people who have strong opinions and know how to express them.
What people think about and take interest in tells you a lot about their experience.
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“As a developer, you'd think I'd care about the tech, but what I really care about making useful products. Because that's what people actually care about.”
The first step can feel like a big one. Like a big commitment. It feels like you are about to embark on a journey across the ocean.
But the first step an easy one. Reach out, say hello, and let's see what happens.