Walkli provides free walking routes for travelers exploring the world on foot in search of local, authentic travel experiences. Maps are crowdsourced from locals, travelers, and bloggers to meet a wide variety of interests from classical history to street art, from local dive bars to a city’s best Instagram spots.
“I met with a number of development options – both on- and off-shore – before choosing to work with RPS. What set them apart was their drive to understand my business and to help determine which features should be built out for the MVP vs. future releases. This has really enabled me to accurately match my strategic planning with our technical development.”
Walkli did not raise pre-seed funding and was bootstrapped by its Founder. RPS needed to deliver a functional application within a limited budget and timeframe to allow walkli to prove its product/market fit and raise funding.
After product roadmapping, feature scoping, and sizing, RPS and walkli agreed on the parameters and deliverables for the first release. RPS’ Product Manager led one week sprints to gauge team development velocity, before switching to two week sprints.
Key Features & Integrations: google Maps API customization for custom map creation, admin system with CMS, rich content creation and viewing interfaces, city search functionality, user profiles, social media sharing
RPS released the first version of the web app after 3 months. Walkli has retained RPS for continued iteration and feature development since March 2016. Future development plans include the release of a mobile app using the web app’s framework.
After the launch of the MVP web app, walkli successfully raised a Friends & Family round. In addition to user growth, walkli successfully launched a travel blogger content partnership program. They secured numerous travel and hospitality clients, including Westin Hotels, Hostelling international, the Amsterdam tourism board, and Croatia tourism board. Walkli was selected as a MassChallenge 2018 finalist.