About a year ago, we were asked to build some simple data visualization on the top of a map. We quickly realized that none of the available map building tools could quite produce the required output. Having some previous experience with Google Maps, we decided to build it ourselves. 2-3 weeks of coding and we had our maps the way we wanted.
It led us to a question: How do we make it easier for people to build online maps? What about those who are not developers? How can someone rapidly build visually apealing, interactive maps and use them in websites, blogs, or applications? Can we make it extremely easy?
Over the past year, we spent most of our free time developing Build-A-Map. Beta version of the product was recently launched and we are currently testing it with initial group of beta users. Where do we go from here?
There are many features in our pipeline that didn't make a first cut, and this list is now growing daily with feature requests from our users. With the power of Google Maps and flexibility of Build-A-Map platforms, the possibilities are almost limitless.
But there is something else that we believe will make Build-A-Map even more powerful. What if Build-A-Map doesn't have everything you need out of the box? What if you could add mapping tools yourself? Or maybe you could leverage what somebody else has already developed? From the beginning, Build-A-Map was designed and built with extensibility in mind. Stay tuned...
Build-A-Map is being developed by and . Over the last 15+ years both of us have been developing enterprise software systems and consumer oriented web applications. We like the challenge of taking a complex software system and simplifying user experience for broader audience.
We also have a lot in common outside of work. We both have kids and enjoy spending time with our families. We are sports fans, especially soccer and judiciously watch English Premiere League games on weekends (check out our map of EPL stadiums) . Good Scotch whiskey is our drink of choice (take a look at 2011 whiskey award winners, some of our favorites are there), and we are both decent poker players (one day don't be surprised to see us at WSOP final table).