Hi, I'm Josh Crews. I'm an independent app consultant in Nashville. I help startups and and small businesses build web apps and mobile apps. At heart I'm a business nerd, so my passion is to understand your customers to figure out how software, apps and the internet can add value to them.
This is my consulting business website. I'm available either as your part-time CTO and app developer or for full-blown consulting gigs.
A successful startup is not determined by excellent code and technical awesomeness (although that helps). A successful startup is one that can discover a need for a group, validate a solution, iterate into a product/market fit, and then rapidly leverage that fit once found.
I have 5 years experience building Ruby apps. I am the founder and a co-organizer of Nash.rb, the Ruby meetup in Nashville. I keep code quality high, which keeps your software easy to extend and maintain.
Before getting into software I was a CPA and business consultant, and business was my college major. I love building software, but software is a tool to serve customers not and end itself.
You should find working with me 2x, 5x, 10x returned the amount invested.
If we sit down and don't find huge opporuntity in working together, I'll tell you up front it doesn't make sense to hire me.
I've lived in East Nashville since 2006.
MogoBooks is book-writing and ecommerce platform for Christian Publishers in churches. It let's publishers create interactive ebooks and sell them to their audience with a beautiful reader experience on mobile, tablet and desktop.
I developed Mogobooks using agile methodology with high code-quality and tests. That kept the speed of adding features very high and the frequency of bugs in production low. I frequently challenged the founder, Jake, to delay building features that did not have a fast return on investment so that his development budget could be stretched far.
Greenpal is the Uber for lawncare. They wanted to write version 2.0 of their app in Ruby (from PHP) because Zach (cofounder) learned Ruby on Rails at the Nashville Software School.
I met with Zach for two hours a week pair-programming with him so that their rewrite would be successful. I helped them leapfrog the sandpits of app development and trained Zach in test-driven development so that they can keep adding features easily after I'm not around anymore.
You can get 2,3,4X the value out of me by letting my guide your strategy
When start a project and pay someone a lot of money, you want to know they aren't going to disappear or do a botched job