ByteStand is a set of magical tools designed by unicorns to make you richer, thinner and smarter. No, it’s not.
ByteStand is actually a friendly software development company designed by ecommerce nerds who get excited about weird things like “cross platform integrations” and “fulfillment networks” and “coffee”.
We’re experts on the complexities of selling on Amazon (as much as any mortals can be) and how to smoosh together (technical term) Amazon and platforms like Shopify and BigCommerce to create Kick Ass Ecommerce Empires (another technical term).
How ByteStand Got Started
Hi, my name is Todd and I’m a serial entrepreneur. Just for completeness sake, let’s run through some of my history:
2001 – degreehunter.com – A website devoted to helping people with advanced degrees find a job.
2003 – collierbing.com – A website selling unlocked cell phones – SOLD
2005 – 2011 – Uptown Magazine, a lifestyle publication based in Charlotte, NC. See some of our old issues here: https://issuu.com/uptown_magazine
2012 – 2016 – Sold over $1 million worth of stuff on Amazon as a professional seller – SOLD
2016 – Realized that Amazon is a benevolent dictator, and I was selling on Amazon.com at their pleasure, which could change without notice. I needed to diversify with my own brand and website.
This is where the story of ByteStand begins. At that time I was selling about 1,500 skus on Amazon. Tiny by retail standards, but a massive effort to try and re-create on my own site. Where would I get pictures, prices, descriptions? How would I maintain this site with new inventory coming and going like the tides?
I KNEW there HAD to be a solution. I found Shopify and their extensive app inventory. I tried one app after another with no luck. I even tried going outside the app store. No luck there either. I couldn’t believe it, but there were NO apps to move inventory from Amazon to Shopify. None.
I guess I had to create one myself. It couldn’t be that hard, right? Amazon has an API and Shopify has an API. Therefore my first step, figure out what an API is.
Once I got that down, I realized I had to code this in some language other than English. I researched Shopify and discovered it was written in Ruby. My language search was over. I decided to learn Ruby.
Fast forward some months later, I’ve learned Ruby, and I’ve coded up a very basic version of ByteStand. I then realized it was worse than bad, it was horrible. I needed help and, after a couple false starts, I tracked down my new Ruby expert, Nafaa from Algeria. With his help, we not only made it work, we made it thrive. We released ByteStand to the world in May of 2016.
Fast forward to today, and with a quiver of three apps in the app store and over 2,000 shops using our software, I can afford to keep the lights on for more than a day at a time.
We take a lot of pride in the software we’ve created and have tried to make it as powerfully simple as possible. We hope you agree.
~ Todd Trimakas
P.S. – You can read all the juicy details of our startup story here.
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