SaaS Open Mic: Murat Mutlu, founder of Marvel

This week I sat down for a chat with Murat, who left a career in design to grow his app prototyping platform, Marvel. Marvel began as a side project, but gained enough traction since launch to rapidly grow into a full-scale business.


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Introducing Marvel

Marvel is a prototyping app that greatly simplifies the process of getting app ideas turned into functional UX prototypes in lightning speed, with user interaction, animations and even user testing. Announced to the world around 2 years ago in a Designer News thread, Marvel, at least in the beginning, was a side project which solved a problem Murat faced with his work: How can I use the design mockups already in my Dropbox folder, to quickly put together a prototype that “feels” real? It seems many other designers, entrepreneurs and product people had the same needs too – Marvel is now a full-scale business, with paid subscriptions offering additional features for businesses.

In many ways, Murat is one of the few trailblazers of the designer-founder background, having spent much of his career focused on agency-based design projects (yet always working on the next big side project in parallel). This combination leads to a founder who is aggressively product-focused (and who is likely to remain so) compared to many other founders in the SaaS space.

In our chat, we discuss:

  • Turning a small side project into a full-scale business, and identifying the right time to do this
  • Why freemium is important for some SaaS products
  • The importance of a great user experience in the Enterprise space
  • London (and why it’s definitely not Silicon Valley)

Check out the full interview below, and don’t forget to subscribe to our weekly email to catch future episodes of SaaS Open Mic!

Ed Shelley

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