eCommerce consultant, Certified Magento Solution Specialist and project manager.
Focus areas: eCommerce,Magento, digital marketing, strategy, project management, analytics, conversion optimisation
Started in finances (stock market trade and M&A) on emerging markets of Russia and Ukraine in mid 90th.
In 2001-2009 worked in Altima (digital agency and offshore outsourcing provider), which I fixed and grew 10x in terms of revenue and 50x in terms of profit in 6 years.
In 2009 I moved to Australia to study in Melbourne Business School where I've got MBA (full time), graduated in 2011 and decided to stay in Melbourne.
2011-2013 I worked as Senior Producer in MassMedia Studio (merged with Holler in 2013) where I planned and delivered digital initiatives for such clients as Audi, South Australian Tourism Commission, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, ACMA, Betta Home Living.
I also had short term contract client side in Melbourne Airport where took part in number of large scale digital and infrastructure projects (WiFi, marketing automation, eCommerce, website, mobile app).
Right now run eCommerce consultancy Magenable (http://magenable.com.au) with focus on Magento platform and work under couple start-up ideas.
When I am not doing business I enjoy time with my family, travel, tennis, downhill skiing and strategic board games.
For more information visit my blog - http://levashov.biz
Disclosure: I co-own the business that does both custom development and Wordpress development.
While there are number of plug-ins to organise membership website for Wordpress, I don't think that you can build something like Clarity there.
Like others wrote in your case Wordpress can be a way to test the water, prove that there is a demand for your solution. You'll get something running fast albeit you have to go with what is available rather than develop it the way you see it.
Sooner rather than later you will overgrow the platform: the solution will be too complex, to slow, to hard to maintain and modify. This is a point to leave Wordpress and develop custom solution with Ruby or other technology.
Should you start from Wordpress or Ruby depends on many things, the most important in my opinion are;
- Where is your innovation? Is it on tech side or more on business side?
- Can available Wordpress plugins meet at least critical requirements to your MVP ?
Feel free to contact me for further discussion of your projects.
Short answer - yes, it is possible.
To avoid that you may need to think about the barriers that make this scenario less likely:
1. Frame your solution such a way that it will be easier and more profitable to cooperate with you than copy
2. Select for begin small enough niche, so they don't bother
3. Get a patent for you technology
You may also try to ask them to sign NDA and Non-compete agreement before presenting the idea, but it will be extremely hard to do.