Here is my answer to the Bubble survey, for which I gave Bubble a 7. I thought it would be interesting to share and get some other perspectives.
Bubble is an amazing product and a great achievement. But the strategy is of concern for a few reasons.
1 - Talk of being feature complete is unsettling when this is not (and never will be) the case. I’d like to hear that Bubble is going to raise and spend a lot of money to take the product to the next level. Instead, you seem intent on remaining a small team and progress is slow.
2 - Lock-in risk is a massive disincentive (only increased by point one), especially given that performance seems alarmingly bad. It takes me 30mins to upload a few hundred transactions - something I guess my PC could do in the blink of an eye. (Admittedly, I’m still on the personal plan). I expressed before, that this could potentially be remedied by a feature that converts bubble apps to portable code - this might be a tough technical challenge, but it’s the feature that could take bubble from fringe to complete dominance.
3 - Another bugbear is the refusal to provide a forward-looking roadmap, so we - your paying customers, who are expected to commit the future of our businesses to your platform - are completely in the dark about how the product will develop.
For these reasons, I think Bubble is at severe risk of being overtaken by a competitor who piggybacks on Bubble’s ideas but addresses the core issues (essentially a fast follower). I hope I’m wrong because I’m a fan.