Scarcity of skills drives up the price for developer services

A recent report from "State of the Developer Nation Q1 2017" provides an interesting insight with this key finding:

"We’re still a long way off a global market for developers. The median earnings of web developers in Western Europe are half of those of their North American counterparts; web developers in other regions earn half again. This opens up arbitrage opportunities for developers willing to work remotely".

"The best developers in those regions (Asia, the Middle East, Africa) work for multinationals or sell their services on international marketplaces"

View the report here: direct download link

Dovetail X in good company

Dovetail X founders Kate and Simon are returning to San Francisco in February for SaaStr, a major tech conference for SaaS start-ups and eagle-eyed VC's, where there'll be lots of tight talk about $100m ARR, pre-money valuations, cocktails and free merch. Dovetail X is attending with the considerable help and support of Callaghan Innovation. Dovetail X will be in good company with a great bunch of Kiwi tech start-ups and legends. We'll be in San Francisco and Silicon Valley for two weeks paving the way for the market debut of Dovetail X.

San Francisco-based Kiwi Landing Pad gave a nice shout-out for 11 Kiwi companies to watch, including Dovetail X in their end-of-year wrap-up.

NZ Companies you should know - check them out:

  • Propd - Connecting landlords and tenants to make the rental process effortless

  • Linewize - Linewize is the company behind Surfwize, a web content filtering service providing complete visibility and control over internet access on your network.

  • PredictHQ - PredictHQ is a new global events intelligence platform. It's built on aggregated global scheduled and real-time event data.

  • Figure.NZ - Figure.NZ is a charity devoted to getting people to use data about New Zealand.

  •  - Populate centralizes all of your people data for analysis, collaborative planning and new hire approval. Spend more time adding value to the business and less time updating values in spreadsheets.

  • DovetailX - Dovetail X is a platform for assembling creative and tech teams to collaborate with. Participate in projects or build dream teams, anywhere around the world or just up the road. 

  • - Personalized Recommendations for your Shopify store.

  • Loomio - Loomio is a place for your group to make decisions together.

  • Auror - Transforming how police and communities prevent and solve crime in real-time.

  • - Create personalized videos for targeted audiences: top-of-the-funnel prospects, user onboarding/retention or personalized video presentations for C-suite execs.

  • Tagasoft - Geotechnical Software for a 3D world

Freelancing 101: 5 things you need to know when you begin working solo

As a young designer, freelancing is a great way to build up your portfolio, get some real world experience, and of course earn some much needed moolah. But freelancing isn’t exactly a class you can take in design school. Asking the basic questions like “when do I send an invoice?” and “how much do I charge?” can be intimidating.

53 million customers? Maybe.

The Roosevelt Institute and the Kauffman Foundation report “A Vision for the Economy of 2040” says there will be a  likely increase in overall economic insecurity, the result from a society-wide decrease in the number of traditional jobs. Without the stability of long-term, full-time employment from a single firm that provides not only salary but also comprehensive benefits, Americans will need new tools to provide economic security for themselves and their families. 

A career will be composed of thousands of short-term assignments spread out over a lifetime.
— 5 Major Ways Freelancers Will Change The Economy By 2040

There is not a single model or clear linear path along which the platforms of the new economy will evolve, but it is evident that the profoundly different nature of jobs and work in the emerging new economy will require profoundly different platforms for organizing work and careers, says the report.

This analysis of the economy is supported by existing trends and research. Gone are the days of the traditional 9-to-5. We’re entering a new era of work — project-based, independent, exciting, potentially risky, and rich with opportunities, says an independent study commissioned by Freelancers Union & Elance-oDesk.

According to the study, there are currently 53 million Americans — 34 percent of the U.S. workforce — working in the freelance economy.

53 million Americans are Freelance

Timing is a major factor in any startup. Dovetail X looks like it has it right as the Roosevelt Institute and the Kauffman Foundation report states "changes in the workplace will move traditional employment increasingly toward entrepreneurship, freelancing, independent contracting, and gig economy". 

Reference sources:

Fast Company: 5 Major Ways Freelancers Will Change The Economy By 2040

PDF Report: Freelancing in America

Roosevelt Institute and the Kauffman Foundation report: Next American Economy

Designers Institute Best Awards

Early design by Best Awards Finalist, Kate Darby

Early design by Best Awards Finalist, Kate Darby

Dovetail X had its beginnings in the imagination of co-founder Kate Darby. This early design work in her Honours year at Massey University has been recognised with a nomination as a Finalist for the Best Awards by the Designers Institute. 

Progress update

Our first post. Thanks for following Dovetail X. Quick update for those that have been following us ad hoc for the last six months. We've been hunkered down at The Greenhouse tech incubator in Christchurch over winter, nutting out the finer details of Dovetail X. The design has evolved as we continued to refine the user experience. We have taken our cue from Material Design by Google with Angular Material as our base design framework. Have to say it's looking pretty sharp as Kate and Jack weave this design together.

Design Disruptors

"Art is about making questions, design is about making solutions" - John Meada, Design Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer

"Art is about making questions, design is about making solutions" - John Meada, Design Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer

Dovetail X hosted the first screening of the documentary Design Disruptors in New Zealand last month. If you haven't seen it, don't miss any chance you get to do so.

The film provides an exclusive look into the processes, perspectives, and approaches of the product design and user experience (UX) leaders at the world’s foremost technology companies, including Airbnb, Coursera, Dropbox, Etsy, Eventbrite, Evernote, Facebook, Google Ventures, HubSpot, MailChimp, Netflix, Pinterest, Salesforce, Spotify, Twitter, Xero, Zendesk, and more.

There were so many good takeaways, amongst them the idea that designers come from all sorts of fields, many unexpected. Design has gone from being thought of as something artistic to something strategic. Recognising and solving problems, unearthing opportunities, and certainly disrupting things. These are things we understand well at Dovetail X, they are the motivation for creating a platform that enables great minds to collaborate, no matter where they live, no matter what their job. Disruption is good for design.

You can see a preview here:

Mildly interesting news

The Dovetail X bird appears at the bottom of the page - check it the attitude

The Dovetail X bird appears at the bottom of the page - check it the attitude

Before we have finished our first version of Dovetail X we've started down the road of building our marketing and customer support platforms, right here on this website. Dovetail X as an application will live on a seperate server given its complexity, but our company website here is up and running as you can see, and will be the source of many mildly interesting announcements leading up to our launch. So stay tuned in here, join our mailing list, and if you're up for it, apply to join our beta tester programme.