ICUBE’s graduate team Anomaly Innovations, which provides an application development platform for start-ups, raised $ 1 million. – University
By Bernice Santos
Pictured left to right: Jay V and Frank Wang
When Jay V and Frank Wang, founders of software company Anomaly Innovations, began developing products as computer engineering students at the University of Waterloo, they ran into complications that many developers did. newbie applications are faced with.
“There are a lot of tools out there that help you get started easily, but when you reach a certain level of scale or usability for your product, you start to have to take the focus away from building the product to just maintain it or lick it. ‘help evolve,’ V said.
It didn’t make sense to the pair, as these issues could be solved from a technological standpoint, but lacked the tools to support the products as they evolved. What they needed, V says, was a platform that would grow like the company did.
This is how V and Wang founded Anomaly Innovations, a platform that helps start-ups create their applications.
“Imagine AirBnB or Uber. When they started out, they relied on one of the big cloud providers like AWS or Google Cloud. We help start-ups to do this, ”explains V.
Cloud providers have gotten pretty complicated and they don’t think it should be.
“We think if you’re an engineer and you know how to build something, you should be able to do it fairly easily,” says V. “We wanted to build something that helps you move from one idea to another.”
They strive to develop a platform that users can continue to use until they become a public or giant enterprise. As their customers and users grow, the Anomaly Innovations team is also developing the platform.
“It’s a self-sustaining process,” adds V. “One of the reasons we really love working with start-ups is that as they grow they start. to encounter challenges with the product or framework that was built. This then forces us to resolve them. This expands the scope and size of the client that we could support.
Wang and V have developed various projects since the founding of Anomaly Innovations in 2017. Earlier this year, they launched Serverless stack, an open source framework that helps users build apps on their AWS account. In July, they announced that they had raised $ 1 million in funding. V says they plan to expand the engineering team and develop the open source framework.
V and Wang brought their entrepreneurial skills to ICUBE, where they graduated from the Venture Forward program in 2019. V reflects on the lessons they learned through the development of Anomaly Innovations, as well as the advice they would give to new entrepreneurs.
“Let’s say you’re building something and a hundred users like what you’re doing. You then try to improve it a bit for them instead of thinking about the big picture. What are you trying to build? V continues, “You can get stuck in a place that’s good but not great.” Gradual changes versus innovation. Don’t get stuck in there.
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