HighFin is based in Toronto, Canada. Launched in March 2013, the core technologies are based on tools we've been prototyping and applying to tech startups since 2011.
HighFin is a tech startup starter-kit for building product.
We enable small teams to iterate fast and stay connected, and in a way that’s modular and portable as you grow. Our goal is to target tech startups in their first year of existence and remove the learning curve when it comes to process and development cycles. The first 2 or 3 re-writes of a webapp or web service aren't about creating a massively scalable app. They’re about iterating fast on customer feedback, shipping code, and gaining traction. HighFin takes several services that every startup needs and integrates them into one amazing package at a lower price point than any combination of our competition.
At a high level, we offer Hosting, Project Management, and Communication tools. This is combined with a mentality of removing inefficiency. We have an open source development framework for writing rich client-side web apps or API endpoints (for driving mobile apps) that support Node.js and GO. This allow small startups to hire from a wider range of engineers and write incredibly terse powerful code.
We host client apps providing secure staging and production environments and take the sysadmin work out of the equation. Our hosting is automated with GIT, where a single command runs tests on your apps, provides intelligent failover, and launches new code. We integrate that with source code hosting for backup and peer reviews, as well as bug/issue tracking for quality control.
Our team IM system lets you do one-on-one or group chat, and share code and images from both phone or desktop. The IM system also provides access to site logs and live chat support on the site.
We believe that creating interactive demos for investors, sales and prototyping UX, should be handled by those teams respectively and not unloaded on the engineering team. To this end, we built a powerful drag and drop tool for creating live HTML that serves both of those functions and requires no programming knowledge to use. The drag and drop tool allow the teams to gather input from other team members. It also provides asset and deliverable management that is incredibly useful when outsourcing part of your workload and managing guest contributors. Versioning is also a key feature of the Drag & Drop tool that lets a team build on their ideas and safely roll back when an earlier iteration worked better.
We do all this by launching a secure container on our platform with enough storage and resources to run private instances of all these apps and scale your own app to tens of thousands of active users, because all of the startup's activities draw on the same pool of account limits and resources the startup has a wide range of flexibility to grow and iterate and pivot without managing the account tiers at multiple services.
Before HighFin, a startup had to manage multiple accounts at heroku, hipchat, github, olark, invisionapp, circleci, codebasehq, and dropbox. They had to pay for plans they weren't going to use a fraction of and spend hundreds of wasted hours figuring out how to incorporate everything into a coherent flow. While these tools are more scalable than HighFin in the long run, they're more expensive, harder to manage, come with steep learning curves, and are bloated with features a new startup doesn't need. They take the focus off building product and onto managing services. Most startups don't realize the first versions of their product are temporary guesses until they're on their 4th iteration. They shouldn't pay for what they don't need nor have to specify the services they think their product needs before they've seen real customer interactions and know what their product is. HighFin offers that flexibility in a set of tightly integrated and beautiful tools. As we grow, we'll offer integration with 3rd party services to intelligently scale out the services they've outgrown. HighFin is modular and our framework is open source, so there’s no lock-in.
We’re raising capital to take HighFin through the final stages of development.