Wunderkit and the 6Wunderkinder – 8 months later
From that perspective, I’m very much interested in how the move payed out. After they released the Wunderkit beta, it also came to my attention that they not only replaced the frontend framework but also switched from PHP to Ruby on Rails in the backend. That explains the delay and makes the comparison to my preferred technology stack even more exciting. Not sure how this last sentence sounds, it’s not ironic: I really like to see their efforts result in another hugely popular (and mature) application like Wunderlist. So far, it can be said that they managed to release a Wunderkit beta to the public and that the site is up and running. That’s good. On the other hand there are reports from users that lost all their data (see iPhone app store). I’m sure PHP developers can make their own sarcastic comments now. To be fair, it’s still “beta”, so anyone who stores important information on Wunderkit without a backup should not complain – in theory… The performance of the Web frontend did not convince me at first, but seems to get better. I’m sure they’re still working on it. Therefore, I will wait with any in depth analysis, until they declare the application stable. Good luck guys! :)
Another question is, if the feature set of Wunderkit is a fit for the users. Sometimes, it’s not easy to differentiate between technical issues and usability issues (“It’s not a bug, it’s a feature!”). My impression is, that the public reception of Wunderkit is mixed. Not everyone is as impressed, as the (often criticized) hype suggested. There are many blogs discussing the features and usefulness of Wunderkit (you know how to use Google).
What makes me wonder is, that some employes left the company, which is generally not a good sign. For example Jessica Erickson, Michael Henriksen and Ricardo Sousa. Ricardo wrote an interesting blog post about his Wunderkinder experience. He mentions that some employes are more passionate than talented, which is something I probably wouldn’t publicly say about my customers. He used to work there after I already left, so I have no clue what exactly he is talking about. Of course there are not only senior developers working in a start-up company – that’s clear. From my perspective, everyone is more passionate than I am. Hope that means I am at least talented. IMO producing quality code and working efficiently is my professional duty – otherwise I would rather spend my time hanging around at the beach and drinking cocktails, seriously.