About Lee Midkiff

CEO of Quiktract Inc.

Quiktract is Live!

The last six months have been an incredibly busy time for the team at Quiktract and we’re excited to share that we recently marked a major milestone in our journey to make contracts and agreements easy. We’ve launched the Quiktract App on both iOS and Android for public use.

I am incredibly proud of what our team has accomplished, as well as their commitment to bringing a much needed solution to the marketplace. Service providers and buyers alike deserve contractual protection, as well as simplicity when transacting payments. They also deserve a platform and process that makes obtaining that protection easy.

While Quiktract 1.0 is only the first step in a journey that will bring additional functionality to service providers and buyers, we believe we have met our public launch objectives and look forward to garnering feedback from the public.

I’d like to take a moment to thank the team that has been working tirelessly to make the Quiktract App launch a reality. Start-up life is never easy and while we’ve had bumps and hurdles along the way, they have managed to execute on our plan and pull it all together. Quiktract is a first in the marketplace, and given its never easy to carve such a new path, our team deserves a lot of credit for reaching this milestone.

As noted, Quiktract 1.0 is only the first step in a journey that will see additional functionality added to the platform throughout 2019. Working with clients to obtain feedback, innovate and build quickly, we hope to grow the Quiktract App and its value proposition over the coming year. Productivity tools, provider search utilities and document management are just a few of the things users will see added in 2019.

We invite you to provide feedback and suggestions as you use the app to help us continue this journey, refine these future features, and build upon a value proposition that can assist upwards of 200 million Americans annually. Working together with our users I am confident our community and team can grow the platform in a way that helps the ever-growing solopreneur community.

Lee Midkiff, CEO

By | 2019-03-13T17:57:44+00:00 March 15th, 2019|General Quiktract, Lee Midkiff, Quiktract Inc.|0 Comments

Quiktract Releases First Contract & Payment App Targeting Cash, Check and Verbal Agreements

The Quiktract app allows service providers and buyers to avoid long-form contracts and inconvenient payment methods

Springboro, OH, March 13, 2019 Quiktract Inc. today announces the release of the company’s mobile application on both the AppStore and Google Play. The Quiktract app provides individual service providers and buyers alike with the ability to get legally binding contracts in writing via their phone, as well as facilitate payments at the end of the job without having to navigate long-form contracts or deal with only cash or check as payment methods.

With an estimated 191 million Americans either buying from or providing services to another individual annually, the person-to-person “gig” economy has never been stronger. From traditional freelance and design work, to landscaping and lawn care, fitness instruction, babysitting, coaching, pet sitting and more, Americans are increasingly dealing directly with each other for their individual service needs.

Despite the strength of the person-to-person service sector, most buyers and providers don’t get the terms of their service arrangement in writing. Quiktract offers buyers and providers “quick contracts” on a mobile platform that gets agreements in writing, amends them in real time as terms change, and facilitates payment at the end of the job. Protection and accountability are delivered to all parties via a process that takes less than 60 seconds and delivers a documented agreement on every job.

“Three quarters of Americans are part of the gig economy whether they consciously realize it or not. Consistently, more and more individuals are working with another individual to meet their service needs,” says Lee Midkiff, Quiktract CEO.

“Despite these trends, individuals aren’t getting the details in writing – even if just on the back of the proverbial napkin. Quiktract makes it easy to get it in writing with simple-to-use, convenient technology.”

The Quiktract app currently includes 14 templates that form the basis of a Quiktract agreement. Quiktract templates available immediately span the entire service sector and include areas like lawn care, digital design and software, pet care, babysitting, handiwork, coaching, tutoring and more. Each Quiktract may be amended in real-time and amendments must be agreed to by both parties in the event scope or job details change during the contracted work.

Furthermore, embedded messaging between the parties not only streamlines communication but results in the automatic creation of service exhibits appended to every Quiktract.  Payments are likewise logged within each Quiktract and users are provided with the ability to pay or get paid electronically via the company’s QT Pay platform.

About Quiktract

Quiktract Inc. is the first person-to-person contract platform with integrated payments designed specifically for individual service providers, buyers and the general “gig” economy. Via either the Quiktract iOS or Android application individuals are able to create and execute legally binding contracts in less than 60 seconds. Quiktract’s integrated payment functions further allow individuals to quickly send and receive payments electronically directly via the application. Headquartered in Springboro, OH, the company also maintains marketing and development teams in Los Angeles, CA, Minsk, Belarus and Bhavnagar, India.

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Quiktract Honored to Exhibit at Startup Grind Global Conference

The Quiktract team is extremely honored to have been selected to exhibit at next week’s Startup Grind Global Conference.  Possibly more so than any other conference, Startup Grind’s Global Conference highlights all sides of the start-up universe in a way that is hard to articulate to those not having traveled the start-up path before. Quite frankly, the name says it all. Startup life is a grind and no matter their success, entrepreneurs understand it is in fact a grind; albeit an exciting one.

With over 8,000 attendees, 212 start-ups from 34 countries exhibiting, and speakers representing those that have reached the pinnacle of start-up success, the conference offers something for everyone. This all comes together within the common theme of building a stronger start-up community. Most founders and start-up teams have all experienced the same challenges at one point or another. A conference that brings together individuals from all stages of the start-up community presents a phenomenal opportunity to learn, make connections, and possibly see what the next best things coming to the market are.

Having been selected to exhibit from thousands of applications is a great testament to our team and the vision they have crafted for Quiktract and Quiktract users. The conference will provide the team with a phenomenal opportunity to network, make some friends and hopefully educate a lot of individuals on the Quiktract App. With 8 out of 10 Americans buying or providing personal service annually, having the opportunity to demo our product, its value and build some excitement to such a large group of potential users is a great way to kick-off Quiktract coming to market.

If you happen to be going to the conference, or are in the Bay Area and consider attending, I’d encourage you to do so. I’d also encourage you to stop by our booth while you are there. The Quiktract team will be represented by members of our management and technical teams throughout the conference and relish having the opportunity to talk about Quiktract and the platform we’ve created.

For more information on Start-up Grind’s Global Conference, feel free to visit https://www.startupgrind.com.

Lee Midkiff, CEO

From L.A. to Ohio to the”Silicon Valley” – of Eastern Europe

Quiktract is quickly approaching its formal release and work towards bringing simple agreements and payments to solopreneurs and buyers nationwide is proceeding in 24X7 fashion.  While 24×7 can often be viewed as an embellishment, at Quiktract it is the nature of our work and in fact is how our days proceed.

From Los Angeles to Belarus.

Like a lot of start-ups today Quiktract currently maintains teams in multiple locations. With management and technical staff headquartered in Southern Ohio, the company also maintains marketing staff in Los Angeles. Adding to the geographic diversity of the company, an additional team of individuals working on mobile development is based in Minsk, Belarus. These three locations span 11 time zones and create a true 24 hour work cycle for the company and its management.

A visit with the team in Minsk.

While few Americans know much about Belarus, it has become a technology leader in Eastern Europe with many products having emerged from the country that are now used globally by billions of users.  With an advancing IT Park where over 30,000 individuals specialize in software development, and a culture whereby half of grade school children long to be programmers, Belarus is quickly solidifying itself as a great location to innovate and develop software.

Recently I had the opportunity to spend over a week in Minsk with the team working on portions of the Quiktract mobile app. Admittedly, I can’t say that Belarus was much of a known entity to me prior to joining the Quiktract team. That said, I was excited to not only spend some office time with our developers but also learn about this former Soviet republic that few Americans know much about, and even fewer visit. The Minsk team has been phenomenal to deal with to-date and while daily video conferences do bring some personal elements to collaborative work, getting face-to-face with everyone was something I couldn’t wait to do so it was off to Minsk I went.

Arriving in Minsk, the first thing one notices about the city is that the majority of its architecture makes you feel as though you are looking back in time to the decades before the collapse of the Soviet Union. With over 80% of the town destroyed during WWII the vast majority of the city was in fact re-built in the post-wars years in what could be called typical Stalinist style. Large, square, concrete block buildings and wide multi-lane boulevards are the dominant style throughout town and this is noticeable the moment you make your way in from the airport. Modern buildings are obviously popping up throughout the city but a big portion of the city maintains that 1960’s Stalinist feel. To a history buff like myself this in itself made Minsk incredibly intriguing.

Probably most noticeable to an American visiting Minsk for the first time is also the limited use of English throughout the city. With limited Russian speaking skills and virtually no ability to read the language it makes the visit both challenging and more interesting at the same time. That said, with the iTranslate App in hand, a good GPS on the phone, and an adventurous spirit, Minsk is surprisingly a phenomenal place to  explore when not working. The subway system is straight-forward, inexpensive and ridiculously clean so through a combination of public transportation and comfortable tennis shoes I was able to take in a large part of the city in between meetings and visits with the team.

In regards to working while in Minsk, fortunately for both Quiktract and me, the local development team does speak English and their methodologies and approaches are very much in line with what I am used to. Agile, daily-stand-ups, retrospectives and rapid development are a common language that seems to cross cultural boundaries. In-office Foosball, fitness equipment and lots of Star Wars gear is also something that most American tech people can relate to and elements that make an office visit in Minsk feel not too far from Springboro, Ohio.   Needless to say, my visit with the team seemed like “home” and was 180 degrees from some of the differences one feels as an American exploring Minsk.

Being onsite for both the completion of a current sprint, app demo and forecasting for the next development sprint was a great experience to not only see the team in action but also spend time with individuals I had only previously gotten to know by way of Zoom, Slack and other communication methods we use across locations. Add in a traditional Belarus dinner (inclusive of the most impressive shot tray I’ve ever seen) and I can say it was a phenomenal experience both on a product development and personal level. We’ve brought good people to the team in a relatively short period of time and without a doubt those working on a little app known as Quiktract in Belarus are at the forefront of our crew. Geographical and cultural boundaries aside, we are all on the same page of bringing a great app and great solution to the marketplace.

After 7 days in Minsk I was actually sad to leave. Meeting the team in person and getting to understand their day outside the context of a Zoom meeting was a phenomenal experience. Getting to experience a city that’s evolving from its pre-Soviet collapse roots into the Silicon Valley of Eastern Europe was as equally exciting. I’m already looking forward to the next scheduled visit which will come in the month ahead.

Minsk in Pictures.

 

Lee Midkiff, CEO

 

By | 2018-11-27T12:52:33+00:00 November 27th, 2018|Lee Midkiff, Management Thoughts, Quiktract Inc.|0 Comments

Data, stats and an enormous number of Americans using individual-provided services.

To help our management team get our arms around exactly who and how person-to-person agreements were taking place, we embarked on the process of conducting narrow market research. I will say the results were fascinating and well worth the extensive exercise.

With a solid sample size we knew the results would give us a good handle on how people interact in the person-to-person space on a monthly basis. What we found was that 77% either purchase or provide services on a monthly basis. Thus, three out of four American adults are part of this independent “gig” economy. That’s an estimated 192,000,000 adults; a pretty big number.
As expected, buyers outnumbered providers with two out of three people purchasing services regularly. Slightly less than 40% of individuals provided services in one form or another.
 
As to what these transactions entail, the expected categories appeared consistently. 43% of those polled were involved in individual landscaping / lawn care agreements. One in three used an individual for handy work or cleaning services. Not surprisingly, in today’s small animal crazy society we live in, 30% interacted with someone for pet services.  Fitness, photography, media and other similar services were also towards the top of the list. 
 
Overall, it was extremely interesting to get a quantifiable view on who the Quiktract market exactly is, how big it is, and how we as an organization can  help them.
 
In the next blog post we will cover the other side of the same national survey. That dealt with the good, the bad and the ugly, and truly speaks to the need for Quiktract. As a teaser, people don’t get things in writing, job specs change a lot, and many people are left unhappy at the end of the transaction.
By | 2018-11-24T16:20:21+00:00 November 23rd, 2018|Quiktract Inc.|0 Comments

The lessons behind the famous signing of Lionel Messi.

For as long as I can remember people have used the term “on the back of a napkin” to describe business ideas, company structures and agreements that were put to “paper” in the most casual of terms. Based on the sheer number of times I’ve heard that term it would be easy to conclude that a lot of great ideas and agreements emerged from casual settings where cocktail napkins were a plenty.

My guess is that far less has been done on the back of a napkin than one would conclude but legends of famous napkin deals abound and help feed the term’s use. As a soccer household that seems to be awash in Argentina football memorabilia, I personally can’t help but think about the signing of Lionel Messi as a youngster via an agreement sketched out on a napkin as one of the biggest agreements put to writing in this manner.  Had Messi faltered it would have no meaning but with a remarkable career in the books, his napkin agreement is now one of legends.

What may make Messi’s agreement and the story the most interesting is that the napkin actually came about as a result of his father becoming frustrated with the team’s lawyers and “paper shufflers”. Frustrated and impatient, and on the verge of going home, the now famous napkin agreement arose at lunch as a solution to what was becoming an overly complicated process for a youngster and his father.

Irrespective of how many agreements were sketched out in such a form, the term is really more about the concept of getting things in writing and the Messi agreement is a good example of that. It doesn’t have to be overly lawyered and it can be straight-forward and to the point so long as the terms are outlined. What matters most is that someone took the time to document an agreement in written format and that both sides are happy.

While far better, easier and more reliable than a napkin (you don’t need to worry about it getting wet), Quiktract embodies the spirit that comes with short, simple, clear and easy terms. Service providers and buyers need protection. They don’t need hassle and they don’t need over complication. That is Quiktract.

By | 2018-11-20T02:27:21+00:00 November 6th, 2018|Lee Midkiff, Management Thoughts|0 Comments

Quiktract – A product for everyone and everyday use (including me)

Having the opportunity to join a team to develop a technology that I see as needed and valuable in everyday life, including my own, is an exciting first in my career and something I am loving every single day.

I’ve been fortunate to have been involved with some great technology companies but haven’t been involved with something like Quiktract. When the concept was first presented to me my immediate reaction was that it was extremely cool but applicable to probably only a small segment of the marketplace – freelancers, some coders, designers, etc. (guys that work at home in the wee hours of the night). Then it hit me.  Quiktract actually is for everyone and there are a least 3-4 situations monthly where I could, and would, use an app like this if it existed. In fact, I need an app like this to use.

While many people like myself have heard the term “gig” economy, often we ignorantly brush it aside and think it applies to some secret universe of individuals looking to duck traditional work or not have to hire an actual employee. When you step back, however, what you realize is that most of us are part of that economy whether we know it or not, and have probably faced the challenges that Quiktract is tackling.

We are all part of the gig economy.

Every month I deal with a series of individuals providing person-to-person services on a one-off basis (“gigs” as so frequently defined in the media). Lawn guys, tree trimmers, cleaning people and even babysitters are all effectively providing stand-alone services. Based on market research conducted by Quiktract, I am not alone. We estimate that upwards of 192 million Americans either provide or purchase individual services each year. It’s truly a staggering number.

What’s even more staggering is that while most of the times these jobs go smoothly, they are more often than not verbally agreed to, change along the way, and often result in some level of discomfort or disagreement at the end of the job. I’ve been there myself. The tree guy and I agreed to terms (we thought) but afterwards each of us remembered things slightly differently. With nothing in writing, that left both of us feeling awkward with me turning to my 10 year old to ask him what he remembered. That’s not a position either side wants to be in.

When it come to paying for those services, it’s even more disjointed. Cash and check are the dominant form of payment but surprisingly, not the method most prefer. In today’s cashless society people prefer electronic payments to eliminate hassle and get their money quickly.

Quiktract is the answer and one we can all use.

Seeing the reality of person-to-person services, the fact most of us are active participants, and realizing that no easy solution exists to get a basic agreement in writing in under 60 seconds, amend it as necessary, and pay with the push of a button, is a big part of the reason I embraced the Quiktract vision with the rest of the founding team. Businesses, technology and start-ups are what I love. What I love more though is the idea that we are combining those things into a solution that has such broad potential use within the marketplace. It is a solution needed and one that can help individuals day in and day out.

Lee Midkiff, CEO (contact)

By | 2018-11-20T02:27:29+00:00 November 5th, 2018|Management Thoughts|0 Comments

Welcome to Quiktract!

Welcome!

I wanted to take this opportunity to personally thank you for a) finding our journey blog and b) taking a look at what is on the horizon for Quiktract.

Quiktract gives buyers and sellers an easier way to create written agreements and then settle up when the work is done. We help everyone in the person-to-person services space, from lawn care, to pet sitting, to freelance work, to fitness instruction, to babysitting to a lot of others. Quiktract covers both providers and buyers with simple, easy to change agreements and integrated payments.

We’ve created this blog as a pre-announcement way of keeping “insiders” up-to-date on our progress, as well as to bring those new to us up-to-speed. Start-up life is a journey and we hope to share that with you through our product and corporate visions as we get to launch.

The Quiktract app will be in your hands very soon and we hope you will give it a try, as well as possibly become a supporter of ours in spreading the word.

Thanks again for finding us!

Lee Midkiff, CEO (contact)

By | 2019-03-13T18:01:23+00:00 November 1st, 2018|Lee Midkiff, Management Thoughts, Quiktract Inc.|0 Comments