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lant an App is a romanian startup that creates low-code platforms for digitizing the internal processes of businesses. It’s very well tied to the current trends towards both low code and digitization, and their effort is rewarded.

Plant an App made it into the 500 Startups Accelerator, which means Bodan Litescu’s team will have a chance to get training sessions, workshops, mentoring and aid from business experts. All of this will end in a pitching day on the 19th of March, 2021.

But Bogdan’s story starts a bit earlier.

After some time freelancing and working for different Romanian companies, he realized he wanted to build something of his own.

That’s how DNN Sharp, a company that sells hardware for software developers, was born in 2009. Yes, it was a huge step forward, and the first sale came through just hours after launch.

But it wasn’t the success you’d expect from the get-go. In 6 months, they were still only making about $800 a month. 

However, the thrill was there.

Bogdan got a taste of what being an entrepreneur is like.

So he pushed onwards.

He pursued other ventures as well, abandoned DNN Sharp for a while then came back to it in 2011, and by 2019 Plant an App was born. And no, it’s not limited to helping IT companies solve their problems fancily. 

Any business can benefit from Plant an App’s internal platforms.

And their product was validated for that back at Techcelerator last year. Their pitch was good enough to land them a spot among the finalists. Although they refused that offer, one of the people watching that pitch was a partner of 500 Startups in San Francisco, which guaranteed their spot in this year’s competition.

“Our growth was slow, because our income source were former DNN Sharp clients who needed support, new functionalities and custom software. In 2019 we decided that we need a financing round to accelerate our product’s growth. That’s how we ended up pitching at Techcelerator in April. Although we were accepted in the programme, we decided that’s not what’s best for us at the moment. In the pitching room we were also watched by Marvin Liao, partner at 500 Startups in San Francisco. He then invited us to the next batch of 500 Startups, starting in May. It was a tough decision for us. First, it was the perfect opportunity for us. On the other hand, we weren’t yet 100% confident in our product, at least to the point that we could onboard clients. Plus, the programme required me to be in San Francisco for 4 months, which would have slowed development. In the end, we refused the invitation, but we kept in the touch for the upcoming batch. Since then, we also launched a market-ready version of Plant An App” - Bogdan Litescu, CEO of Plant An App

Why is low-code such a big deal?

Low code and no code platforms are taking the tech world by storm.

And that’s for the better if you ask us.

But let’s find out more.

A low code development platform (or LCDP) is any software that lets you create something through graphic interfaces, as opposed to a command line interface.

Famous low-code (or no-code) platforms include Wordpress, Wix or Zapier.

So you can get the gist of how they work.

And the reason they’re so important is…

They open up a lot of avenues for people that don’t “speak programming”. Imagine creating a mock-up before the days of Sketch or Canva - it wasn’t easy. Low code platforms help breach the gap between departments and people with different backgrounds.

But don’t take it from us: take it from Paul Brie, CEO of TeleportHQ, a company that’s developing a no-code platform for User Interface creation. We just released our podcast episode with Paul Brie, and his predictions for the future of the tech world are inspiring.

Listen to it here.

And don’t forget to drop a comment telling us what you think about this whole no-code/low-code deal.

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Jun 11, 2020
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