SideProjectors: New marketplace for developers to sell their side projects

- August 21, 2013 2 MIN READ

Less than two weeks ago on August 8, entrepreneur and developer Eric Bae launched SideProjectors to help developers reach their full potential with their side projects.

As a developer, Eric Bae is all too aware of how difficult it can be to take a side project to the next level. The difficulty of obtaining funds and exposure means many projects are left abandoned.

Sad to see so many ideas fall by the wayside, Bae decided to create SideProjectors – a marketplace where developers and entrepreneurs can sell their side projects or buy someone else’s.

“I wanted to help these interesting side projects to find new home in the hands of other keen developers and entrepreneurs who can take the projects to the next level and even create a profitable startup business out of them,” says Bae.

“SideProjectors solves the problem of creativity and innovation going to waste – rather, users can find the right people who can benefit from their projects.”

While the initial target markets are developers and entrepreneurs who plan to embark on new side projects, Bae says he’s also interacting with non-technical entrepreneurs who want to see prototypes of their ideas.

“Instead of trying to create a project from scratch, which may be difficult for them, SideProjectors provide an early version (call it Minimum Viable Product) which they can take and experiment their target market,” he says. 

The site was built using PHP, MySQL and Javascript, and the amount of money spent was minimal – $10 for the domain name, $20/month for hosting.

Bae has been on top of his game in terms of marketing – regularly posting on HackerNews and Reddit to reach out to other developers and entrepreneurs.

At present, he is also trying to expand his network via Twitter, but finds that the strategy “isn’t so scalable”. He plans to reach out to more media organisations to generate buzz around his product.

Since the launch of SideProjectors, the response has been “overwhelmingly” positive.

“I posted SideProjectors on a forum the day when I launched and when I woke up, the traffic to the site crashed my server over night (it recovered thankfully). There were almost 6000 visitors in a space of 5 hours,” says Bae.

So far, 70 side projects have been posted on the site and three of these projects have already been sold.

“Developers and entrepreneurs are constantly exchanging messages to arrange the purchase and the sale of these side projects,” says Bae.

The biggest challenge for Bae thus far has been learning to market to the right people using different growth-hack techniques, though it was rewarding in the end. 

For the time being, Bae plans on learning from the site’s users what they need and what problems need to be addressed.

“We want to make sure we get this and design our community to make sure that their experience of selling and buying is handled correctly,” he says. 

SideProjectors is currently free to use, acting as a bridge connecting those who want to sell and those who are interested in buying or collaborating on side projects.

“We are actively experimenting some revenue models, which we will try to implement soon in the future.”

“In the long run, we want to be the central place for creative people to trade their side projects. This means it isn’t just limited to developers, but designers, artists, musicians and more.”

SideProjectors recently enabled users to find collaborators to partake in the development process.

“The response has been great as almost 50 percent of the side projects posted are also looking for co-founders!”

For more information, visit www.sideprojectors.com.