Investar was first brainstormed by three women in tech by building off of each other’s ideas. After mocking up the design and branding on Adobe XD and Illustrator, we created a web application using React.js, express.js, node.js, postgreSQL, and Bootstrap. Our team used Yahoo’s Finance API to gather the sponsor company’s stock share prices. We used Visual Studio Code’s Liveshare extension and Github. To give the users a more stock market-like experience, we created a fake currency system in which users get $1,000 when they create the account. They then have the option to buy or sell shares across some amazing companies. In the database, we keep track of the user’s current balance and the stocks they are investing in. When they buy or sell a share, the money in their wallet is updated accordingly.
Though an incredibly exhilarating weekend creating amazing projects, there were some challenges we ran into. Our remote team was in different timezones, which caused some complications, but we sacrificed some sleep in order to learn and build what Investar is now! As we all worked with new frameworks and programs, we ran into personal challenges with Bootstrap bugs, Postgres installation, and React component rendering, but powered through and solved our issues.