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I just spoke with an indi iphone app developer. My position is that after you get a quote from a developer, you should offer equity in exchange for a reduction in cost. This way, everyone is on the same page and facing the same direction. Instead of a service provider : client relationship, you become vested partners.
Another benefit to the client is that you get a sense of how well your app is going to do from the developer’s perspective. He won’t discount you a penny if he thinks your app will sink.
From the developer’s perspective, it makes sense for him to offer a $1,000 discount because
A) it will help him secure the project
B) it will make him work harder and see the project through to profitability
C) when he does “B,” he will see long term value where the sky is the limit.
Thoughts? Do you agree? Disagree? Why? Is it better to mitigate your risk and focus on your niche? Why?