The whole app is built in Flutter. It was a first time experience for us. Everything went pretty fast and smooth and the Flutter documentation is amazing! There are tons of resources out there that helped us solving our problems. We just needed to be a bit careful about the plugins. Some were pretty outdated or even unmaintained. But we made sure we encapsulated every plugin so we can easily replace if necessary.
Dart is a language we felt immediately comfortable with. It didn't feel too dissimilar from Java.
For now, our app is client-side only. There is no server. Which is nice. Cause it removes complexity and we can leave all the data on our users' phones. Nothing is sent to us, or any other 3rd part. This is something we are pretty proud of and hope we can keep up for a long time.
What features are on your roadmap to make it more CRM than personalized greeting cards?
There's also https://www.monicahq.com/, an open source personal CRM that doesn't allow you to directly engage with people like elim allows.
I understand this is very early, but right now this feature set feels like an anti-product. The idea that I would get "daily reminders" of every relationship I am tracking (At least twenty people, but perhaps as much as hundreds depending on how widely you cast your net) is less of a promise and more of a threat.
> * something to validate our ideas and get the conversation started.*
This potential user would like to hear your ideas for how to deal with this "at scale." The high points you describe here seem out of sync with even mildly busy adult lives.
I've tried several different CRMs to help remind me to keep track of friends, family, and acquaintances. The problem I have is I have thousands of contacts from tons of different sources and from over the years.
From Google, old phones, LinkedIn, Apple, and people in emails who aren't contacts. I would love an app that could consolidate all my contacts into one place as seamlessly as possible.
Then help remind me to get in touch.
* Make it easy to keep track of what I've been discussing with a person, and the last time we communicated. Set reminders for following up.
* Allow me to enrich information -- people, events -- with metadata such as tags, and query them with a conversational interface.
* Integrate with all my communication tools. Maybe create a plug-in system so users can help out.
Feedback on the app - I really like the design. Very intuitive. Had no problem getting through my core flow and i’m all set. I do wish you ask for permissions for contact a little later in the flow when i’m actually trying to add people to my list. It will make more sense and it will be more intuitive. I was a little taken back by the permissions dialog right after opening the app even before I got a chance to check out the app. That’s the only thing I would probably change if I was you.
Something I would love to see is an integration with all my messaging apps where I stay in touch with people.
Beeper.com offers such functionality (can also be self hosted, which is something I did) and it’s amazing if you can see when you last messaged people, what the content was, etc.
Beeper itself is purely built for messaging, so an app like yours would be the perfect companion to give you all the CRM functionality and could then use beeper to send the messages out and log the interactions.
The disadvantage if you don’t self-host is though, that you need to trust beeper with your messenger connections.
Keep up, this is a super interesting area!
Is the goal to "exit" with a sale to Hallmark or something?
Edit: Oh, I got it. This submission links to the English version, but the "the next elim." link at the top links to a not specifically English URL, and going from there to any other page gets me to the German version. Huh.
That was very helpful for "what was the name of that guy I met yesterday at that conference?
The app I used has long since been abandoned, and the niche seems littered with scammy apps.
Also this would be very valuable for folks joining large organizations who need to keep track of who is good / bad and capture how happy they are with whom they work with.
Also: can’t find it if I search for “Elim” in AppStore.
Very interested is seeing where this app will go.
That said, I find Fabriq to be more inline with what I (no affiliation) think about an app to help cultivate relationships: https://ourfabriq.com/fabriq
So what’s the plan to ensure this service does not degrade over the next few decades?
- https://Humans.io - A little side project of mine since 2015. PWA, works offline, will likely open source soon and add E2E encryption.
For contrast, 6 years ago I paid $80 for Things 3 across all my devices, and it’s still being developed and updated. I’d have a hell of a time paying twice that per year for a vastly simpler app.
Beautiful looking app. I'll download it when I get a chance.
I'll be launching an MVP app in the mental health/anxiety space next week (currently in TestFlight), so I'd like to connect and find out a bit about how your experience with your launch, and distribution plans if you're up for it (my linkedin is in my profile).