My name is Andreas Sotnik and I'm in charge of Marketing and Operations at Develic.
As a founder of Develic, I'd like to share our story with you! We are a small and independent team of web professionals who builds Applications and Themes for Shopify platform. We work with small or medium-sized merchants, as well as Shopify partners/experts like ourselves.
How it all started
Like other small businesses, Develic started almost accidentally. I have a strong technical background that covers over eight years’ heavy web development, and even before Develic, I occasionally took small projects for a side hustle. On one of those small projects I was asked to make improvements to a few Shopify stores. Unknowingly to me, it was the beginning of Develic!
At first, I was very skeptical about Shopify platform. I suppose it's one of the downsides of being a programmer: being skeptical of simple solutions that do not require tons of coding. But as I looked deeper into this platform, I realized a massive opportunity, thus, Develic was born. I then gathered a small team and we started developing our first Shopify application.
Maps by Develic (Open in Shopify App Store)
In the middle of 2016, we took a necessity of having Google Maps with store location on "Where to Buy" page and, hence, created a simple Shopify application to allow other Shopify merchants, without any coding skills, to add such map to their stores.
At the end of 2016, we published an MVP (Minimum Viable Product), were approved by Shopify team, and our app was published on Shopify App Store. Almost for a year, we let the app to grow organically whereas we gathered feedback to overhaul the app later. During that time, the organic growth was pretty good taking into account that no marketing was done:
In September 2017, we collected enough data to create a better version of our application. It took about two months to build Maps by Develic v2 and soon in November 2017 the new version was released.
As our core values are around development, not marketing, our app continued to grow organically and - to our surprise - the application was selling very well
In April 2018, we stopped adding new features and decided to focus on the marketing and promotion activities.
You can try our app out by visiting Shopify App Store: https://apps.shopify.com/maps-by-develic.
Right now, we are working on our first Shopify theme, which is called B2B Pro. The idea lies in taking all advanced features and UI/UX techniques required by any large and successful e-commerce store and combine them into a single theme.
The theme is now in active development and it is too early to share any information so far. Once we publish the theme on Shopify Theme Store, I will update you on the details and struggles we had during its development.
This page will constantly be updating. I will add more information here with each product release and success of our team.
Have a great and productive day!