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  • A Popular Guide: Beginner's guide to ASO - Increase your App downloads significantly

     

    Appsjunction.net -  your favourite networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform, brings to you this really helpful -  Beginner's guide to ASO - Increase your App Downloads significantly. Thanks to PhoenixGMN.com for allowing us to publish the contents of their original guide here: http://www.slideshare.net/phoenixgmn/ This and more experts insights like this is often shared with audience at popular Appsjunction meetup in London.

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    In a real world, you will need to hire devs/freelancers for money and get it built and then launch it with right kind of ASO efforts :)

    Basic ASO – DIY guide

    What is ASO?

    How you can apply ASO principles to improve reach and downloads of your app? 

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    As an App Developer

    •You think of a great idea
    •You spend months and drink tons of red bull – app is complete :)
    •You Submit to app store and wait for crowd frenzy to download it
    •You wait….. You get few downloads… you wait..
    •You wait…. Even fewer downloads every passing day.. You wait..
    •You wait…
    •You check charts – top apps are from billion dollar budget companies
    •How can a little guy compete? :(
     
    What is ASO?
     
    •App Store Optimization (ASO) is the process of improving a mobile app’s visibility within mobile app stores (such as the iOS App Store and Google Play Store) by optimizing the content of the app’s store page for popular, targeted keyword phrases
    •The goal of ASO is to make it easier for people to find your app when they search the app store. Since most people discover new apps via the app store charts or search, ASO is one of the most effective and cost-efficient means to gain new users and downloads for your app.
     
    Factors which affect App Ranking in App Stores
    •Keyword Usage: The presence of keywords within the app’s name, description and keyword tags gives your app a better chance to rank for coveted search phrases.
    •Number of Downloads: Apps with more downloads (and higher download velocity!) tend to rank better than those with fewer downloads.
    •Number of Ratings & Reviews: Apps with more ratings and reviews tend to rank better than those with fewer ratings and reviews.
    •Quality of Ratings & Reviews: If you have a lot of good, natural user reviews, you will rank better. If you have a lot of bad reviews, it will probably hurt you.
    •Engagement: If users spend a lot of time with your apps, it usually means they love it. This is a good indicator for the app stores that the app is of high quality and will rank the app higher as a result.
    •Links (Google Play): Like traditional Search Engine Optimization (SEO), the Google Play algorithm is believed to factor in the amount and quality of links pointing to an Android app on the Google Play store.
     
    ASO- Step 1  - Keyword research 
    •find keywords that are
    •Relevant
    •High in Search Volume
    •Low in Competition
    •Several tools available to help research best keywords (tool list provided at the end of guide)
     
     
    ASO – Step 2 - On-Page Optimization
    • App title
    • • Use most coveted keywords in App Title
    • • Google Play: 30 Characters
    • • iOS App Store: 255 Characters (NOTE: only 25 characters are visible in search!)
    • App Description
    • •  Throughout your app description, work in your targeted keywords into the copy for maximum impact. 
    • • Google Play: 4,000 Characters
    • • iOS App Store: 4,000 Characters
     
    ASO – Step 3 - On-Page Optimization
    • Keyword Tags (iOS Only):  
    • • Character Limit: 100 Characters
    • Pro Tip #1: Don’t use spaces!
    • Pro Tip #2: Separate each keyword with a comma
    • Pro Tip #3: Don’t reuse keywords that are already in your app title
    • Example: For an app called “Marshmallow Fighter: The Ultimate Candy Fighting Game”, an optimized keyword field might look like:fight,battle,sweet,punch,kick,attack,combat,boxing,mma,
    • warrior,kill,assault,cool,fun,hard,sugar,hit
     
    ASO – Step 4 - On-Page Optimization
    • Category Selection:   
    • • Choose your category wisely! 
    • • Try to find less crowded alternatives 
    • • Ones which are relevant but has less competition 
    • App Icon
    • • app icon is your first impression, so make it count
    • Pro Tip #1: Stand out from the crowd! Don’t copy competitor’s themes
    • Pro Tip #2: Get with the times. Its the era of iOS 8
    • Pro Tip #3: Make sure the focus of your app icon is clearly visible at all sizes.
     
    ASO – Step 5 - On-Page Optimization
    • Screenshots 
    • • Don’t waste this real estate.    
    • • Don’t just put screen captures! 
    • Pro Tip: Tell a story! Use the screenshots to tell the story of your app. Walk a customer through your sales pitch using each screenshot  Ones which are relevant but has less competition 
    • Promo Videos - If an image is worth a thousand words, a professionally made App Explainer video is worth a lot more. 
    • Localization
    • • reach large, new audiences 
    • • new revenue opportunities
    • • other markets often have less competition
     
    ASO – Step 6 - Off-Page Optimization
    • App Reviews & Ratings  
    • • Minimize negative reviews on app stores.    
    • • Solicit app reviews within the app itself
    • • Solicit app reviews via social media channels, email and your website
    • • Correct any bugs that users report as quickly as possible
    • • Make it possible within the app for users to contact the developer directly to solve technical issues 
    • Outreach to App Review Websites
    • • positive press spur downloads 
    • • Seek high authority links pointing to your Google Play app page 
    • Pro Tip: Be unique. App review websites receive hundreds of emails a day.

     

    ASO – Step 7 - Off-Page Optimization
    • Press Releases: 
    • • Many influential journalists and bloggers browse the press release wires for stories.    
    • • Submit to websites such as PRWeb and PRNewsWire. 
    • • Use professionals to prepare a Press Release. 
    • • well-crafted press release can help your app get noticed  
    • Social Media: 
    • • Establish a presence on social media and build an engaged audience 
    • • Leverage hashtags and trends to get the word out on your app to your target audiences. 
    • • service such as Hashtagify, uncover the best hashtags
    • • Pro Tip: Don’t use a one size fits all approach. Understand the platform
    • • Pro Tip #2: Communicate, don’t market! 
    • • Get a professionally made App explainer video which can go viral.
     
    ASO – Step 8 – In-App Optimization
    • In-App Optimization
    • • Incentivize Social Sharing: Make it easy and rewarding for users to share your app with their social circles.
    • • Reward users for tweeting or sharing your app by giving them access to locked features or in-app purchases.
    • • Give users the option to tweet or share their progress from within the app.
    • • Pro Tip: Make sure that the tweets and messages are formatted to share out the app page, your social media account and a hashtag of your choosing.
     
    ASO Tools
    • In order to get the most out of your ASO, you need to use the right tools. The following ASO tools are useful for performing keyword research, competitive researching and mounting your overall ASO strategy:

    Promoting an App - the basics

    1. To save time and money, Google about app developers with good portfolios in your local city. But if you have made your documents well, then even a remote developer can do a good job. In Internet connected economy, with skype/google hangout and various free screen sharing tools its not difficult to work with remote developers.  All big companies do that.  Find out the ones which can help you with App Promotion and basic ASO as well like http://PhoenixGMN.com
    2. Without promotion, your app will be like a needle in a haystack.
    3. Get a good launch site done with a great App Explainer Video on YouTube. Launch site themes available at http://themeforest.com  or try http://strikingly.com  or http://designmodo.com/generator/.  Checkout two launch sites at http://uinterestme.com and http://poshcrowd.com. two good examples of explainer videos can be found at UX & Video section/menu of http://superhitapps.com 
    4. Attend Apps related events, demo it to peers, get feedback.
    5. Talk about it on facebook/twitter/Linkedin/Google+ yourself. Ask friends to join. Ask them how many times they use it every week.
    6. Submit your App Details to app review websites.
    7. Join Ad networks which provide a tap for a tap. E.g devs cross promote an app in each other’s app adverts.
    8. Pay for Google or facebook adverts, in-App Adverts.
    9. Check app store feedback, improve & fix it. upload upgrades regularly.
    10. Appsjunction Exclusive: 48 top tips & tricks of app promotion on small budget

     

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  • A Popular Guide: How to go about making an App - A Must Read

    Thanks to PhoenixGMN.com for allowing us to publish & enhance contents of their original guide here: http://www.slideshare.net/phoenixgmn/phoenixgmn-how-to-go-about-an-app-idea-guide. You can register with - Appsjunction.net - A global online networking platform to find local iOS developers or Android Developers to get a rough idea from them about how much will it cost Or post a freelance project for free to get revenue share quotes. Within Appsjunction.net  we are launching soon a marketplace for buying & selling of readymade App Code of Superhit App Ideas which you can get enhanced by freelance app developers. Following and more expert insights like this is often shared with audience at popular Appsjunction meetup in London. 

    In a real world, you will need to hire devs/freelancers for money and get it built and then launch it. You should also have some money to promote your app post launch. Following is the list of major stages you will go through.

    1.Got an App Idea? now what? - Preparations before you speak to an App Developer

    1. Research via Google and other sources like App Stores/App review sites, whether the same/similar idea is already done or not. With Millions of Apps already on App Stores chances are 9/10 ideas are already done.
    2. Always do competition analyses about similar apps. Note down what competition is doing well. Improvise on it.
    3. If no one has done it before then do a verbal survey with friends, colleagues and family. Share whatever part of idea you can, but do it. Find from them whether it appeals to diverse groups of people or not. Effort at this stage can save you lots of time and money later. Don't worry about keeping your idea secret. To be honest, the person who delivers you a coffee at starbucks has 50 ideas of his own. An idea is worth not much. You can't protect it legally using a NDA. Everyone around us has 50 or more app ideas. So before you spend tons of money and time, share it with people and see if they are excited. Or take their feedback and improvise your idea. Best advice we have is, start a crowd funding campaign for your idea and see how many people like it. If your friends and family are not donating even £5 for your idea then most probably majority of population won't download and use your App in its current concept. Change or improvise the concept.
    4. Make sure your idea solves a real problem for most people. Its not something which just you fancy. 
    5. Make sure that your idea has repeat-use appeal. If its an entertaining idea make sure you add novelty in it on every use e.g. Gamify it.  Most crazy fun ideas go popular for a month or so and then are forgotten. They have one time appeal/surprise/attraction.
    6. Look in the apps you use everyday and repeatedly. Find what you like in them. Do they save time? Make a task more efficient? Better organised? New fun everyday? Add those elements in your idea.
    7. Please don’t carry your idea just in you head. Start articulating it on paper. Brain storm it. Add sections like research, feedback, competition analyses, gamifications features, revenue generating options, Marketing & Promotions plan in it.
    8. When you are satisfied with your research & brain storm and have nothing more to add to your app idea document then start making a features list and start prioritising it into versions.  Don’t add too much in Version 1. Keep It Simple – Keep It Appealing – Keep It Useful. (KIS-KIA-KIU) - Originally proposed by Navin Arora
    9. Once you have version 1 features list sorted. Start making a requirements specification document. It should have Table of Contents, Introduction to idea, Functionality with High Level requirements and tables of detailed requirements for every High Level requirement. Label the requirements with “Must Have”, “Should have”, “Could Have”, “Would be nice to have”.
    10. Now you need to make wireframesof your app idea to show a user journey inside the app. These can be hand made sketches, or made using Wireframing & prototyping tools like Balsamiq, Creately.com, justinmind, Sketchy for iPad, Flinto, Moqups etc. Give every screen a Number and then refer to these numbers in your specifications document. Here is a list of popular & precious time saver tools and websites which can help you in your App startup journey.
    11. App wireframe example
    12. You also need to study a little about SDKs (facebook/twitter),  XML, JSON, CMS, Cloud, Analytics, Push, T&Cs, Data Protection Compliance, web services, database, any licensed/paid services you need in app, a web server & launch site. Web Server should be capable of sending push notifications to devices.
    13.  You will also need a Business License with App Stores to submit the app and with Mobile Ad Networks for earning ad revenue. If your App Developer submits the app then in-App revenue will be paid to him (or agency) by app stores and ad networks.

     

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    2. Hiring an App Developer - What you need to know

    1. To save time and money, Google about app developers with good portfolios in your local city. But if you have made your documents well, then even a remote developer can do a good job. In Internet connected economy, with skype/google hangout and various free screen sharing tools its not difficult to work with remote developers.  All big companies do that.  Checkout this very helpful guide about how to find a good iOS or Android or Win Phone Developer.  If your idea is a bigger scale idea and you are looking to register a startup company and find a CTO/tech co-founder then we highly recommend you read this guide first Guide: Do you really need a CTO or Tech Co-founder and what the roles actually mean in a startup?
    2. Decide which OS platform first, iPhone, Android, WinPhone, Blackberry according to your target audience market.
    3. Decide - to workw ith a Single developer or a Trusted App Developer Company with multi OS skillset?
    4. To save time and money, Google about app developers with good portfolios in your local city. But if you have made your documents well, then even a remote developer can do a good job. In Internet connected economy, with skype/google hangout and various free screen sharing tools its not difficult to work with remote developers.  All big companies do that. 
    5. Decide who’ll provide the actual design graphics used in app – You, Your designer (99designs.com) or App developer/Agency? 
    6. NDAs signed? Code Ownership & IP agreements signed?
    7. A typical Server Linked App's tech components are show belowTypical App Tech Components
    8. An App ideally needs 3 different programmers – DB Admin, Web Services (PHP), iPhone/Android. Decide on dealing directly with DB, Web Services, in-device programmers or One Good English Speaking App Development Project Co-ordinator. Do you have any previous experience with Geeks? if not, we recommend dealing with a Project Coordinator who further can translate your requirements to developers/coders.
    9. Agree on development milestones for payment to provider.
    10. Maintain regular communication with Devs and test app every week. Provide written feedback. Keep a trail.
    11. PhoenixGMN.com which provided this guide, has published a sample of their typical rate list for App Development Work : MVP/Prototypes from £1500*, App UX design from £400, Explainer Videos from £500, App Promotion & PR Packages from £500, Great Quality Business Plan from £300, App Launch websites from £300, 2nd OS App for 60% cost of first OS App, Advice to make & publish an awesome app - FREE. You can check their portfolio at SuperHitApps.com & their web & mobile development proposal here.  Note:  *Depending on Specs can MVP can cost from £1500-£10000.  

    3. Promoting an App - the basics

    1. To save time and money, Google about app developers with good portfolios in your local city. But if you have made your documents well, then even a remote developer can do a good job. In Internet connected economy, with skype/google hangout and various free screen sharing tools its not difficult to work with remote developers.  All big companies do that.  Checkout this very helpful slides
    2. Without promotion your app will be like a needle in a haystack.
    3. Get a good launch site done with a great YouTube video. Launch site themes available at http://themeforest.com  or try http://strikingly.com  or http://designmodo.com/generator/.  Checkout two launch sites at http://uinterestme.com and http://poshcrowd.com. two good examples of explainer videos can be found at UX & Video section/menu of http://superhitapps.com 
    4. Attend Apps related events, demo it to peers, get feedback.
    5. Talk about it on facebook/twitter/Linkedin/Google+ yourself. Ask friends to join. Ask them how many times they use it every week.
    6. Submit your App Details to app review websites.
    7. Join Ad networks which provide a tap for a tap. E.g devs cross promote an app in each other’s app adverts.
    8. Pay for Google or facebook adverts, in-App Adverts.
    9. Check app store feedback, improve & fix it. Prepare for version 2 

    4.How Appsjunction.net and PhoenixGMN.com can help you here

    1. First you will need to figure out, how much will it cost to get it built.  For that you will need to prepare proper app specs and wireframe drawings of screens, only then you can get a ball park figure about how much it will cost in time and money because the cost heavily depends on number of screens, elements on a screen and how to submit or show data in the App. Instructions on App specs and wireframes are given below. You may also contact Phoenix Infomedia - A leading Apps Development Partner for Startups - CTO in 5 plus startups to be your Tech Co-Founder - if you idea is great then they can consider it be your CTO/Co-founder on equity sharing basis provided you & they share the cost of development on exact same equity share ratio. With project coordination offices in London, U.S., Singapore and Development Centre in New Delhi, India they have done more than 100 Apps and some of their coolest apps can be checked at portfolio site SuperHitApps.com
    2. Once the app specs are ready, you can use our online networking platform to find local iOS developers or Android Developers, to get a rough idea from them about how much will it cost. Or you can post a project in our freelance App developers section and get standard quotes as well as revenue share quotes from trusted and reviewed freelancers.
    3. Once you have an idea of its cost, add 15-25% to the quote to come up with a money figure you would need to get it built. Now you can either arrange the money yourself, from friends & family or raise it from people using our App Idea crowdfunding platform. We have provided awesome guidelines to make your crowdfunding campaign successful. You can offer free app download or in-app credits or rewards to your funders.  This is also a great way to market test your idea before you spend even a penny on it.
    4. Once you have secured the money, you can again use your freelance App developers to post a new project or select the best quote you received when you posted the idea to get an estimate of the costs of its development. 
    5. Kick off your project as per below guidelines, stay in regular touch with your developer and when launched, use our Appsjunction Exclusive: 48 top tips & tricks of app promotion on small budget guide to promote it.
    6. We have provided some really useful guides in our Popular Guides section to help you all along the way.

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    4. Guide: Top Tips on growth hacking for App Startups
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  • A Popular Guide: Million Dollar Startup Advice for free to lead you to success

     

    Appsjunction.net -  your favourite networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform, brings to you this really helpful - "A Popular Guide: Million Dollar Startup Advice for free to lead you to success".  This and more experts insights like this is often shared with audience at popular Appsjunction meetup in London.

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    In a real world, you will need to first learn a lot about how to go about an app idea, how to form a startup, legal contracts, how to find team, costs and finance management, startup loans, co-sharing offices and A-Z of startup ecosystem before you could present a pipe dream as a solid venture on paper & in action. So we have compiled a list of very high rated articles to help you find & navigate your was to success.

    1. 10 golden business rules from Anya Hindmarch - http://startups.co.uk/question-time-with-anya-hindmarch-mbe/ 
    2. Don't keep investing in a pipedream without having proved that there is a market for the product to be sold in http://startups.co.uk/the-entrepreneur-ross-marshall-your-golf-travel/ 
    3. 7 ways to scale your small business to £1m http://startups.co.uk/7-ways-to-scale-your-small-business-to-1m/ 
    4. Deloitte Fast 50 winners 2014 announced - learn from their business models http://startups.co.uk/deloitte-fast-50-winners-announced/ 
    5. Why a mentor is crucial to startup success - http://startups.co.uk/why-a-mentor-is-crucial-to-start-up-success/ 
    6. Start-up finance: How to get your business funded, Insider tips from investors and investees on business angels, the ‘sweet spot’ for crowdfunding, and tax incentives such as SEIS and EIS. http://startups.co.uk/how-to-get-your-business-funded/ 
    7. The best clubs, hubs and co-work spaces for entrepreneurs http://startups.co.uk/the-best-clubs-hubs-and-co-work-spaces-for-entrepreneurs/ 
    8. Learn from the top 8 fintech startups 2014 in UK - http://news.efinancialcareers.com/uk-en/175564/eight-hottest-fintech-start-ups-london/ 
    9. 27 Easy productivity tips that work - https://medium.com/@krisryanwhite/27-easy-productivity-tips-e18406e7da61 

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    4. Guide: Top Tips on growth hacking for App Startups
    5. How to find a good iOS or Android or Win Phone Developer

    You may signup at http://appsjunction.net to hear about our latest Blogs & Guides, and stay at the top of your game. If you have an app idea , why not post a project here and see freelancers sending you quotes (including revenue share quotes) for it. You may also be able to raise funds for it via our crowdfunding platform. List your apps in our App showcase for Free Promotion or if have an existing App/Game and want to sell it, then you are most welcome to sell it in our marketplace.

     

    Our Sponsors:

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    Content Editors/Sponsors:PhoenixGMN.com is a full stackmobile app & web development services provider with project management offices in London & Singapore andWeb Development Centre in New Delhi, India. We can be your tech co-founder depending on the technology needs of your startup. We are the technology provider forglobal crowdfunding and networking/marketplace web portals likeAppsjunction.net andHighly Recommended App development partner for 80+ apps showcased atSuperHitApps.com. We also provide App explainer videos, launch sites andonline marketing + SEO packages. *Depending on specs MVP can cost from £1500-£10000 

     

  • Hall of Fame: Some of the best incubators and accelerators in London & UK

     

    Appsjunction.net -  your favourite business networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform, brings to you a list of some of the best incubators and accelerators in London & UK. We will keep it updated as and when new ones arrive on the horizon. Following list is not in any order of rating or reputation. They all are good for specific kind of startups. 

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    Incubators:

    1. http://camdencollective.co.uk/hubs/ - free desks long Q, pre seed or first 6 months of trading - one minute london startup was born here
    2. http://www.launch22.co.uk/ - Launch22 helps early stage entrepreneurs grow their enterprise by providing co-working space for productivity, collaboration, events and mentoring
    3. incubusLondon - have spaces in We-Work locations and an incubation program with good content
    4. http://www.rockstarhubs.com/ - Our clients are either those who we have already invested in and whom we are committed to make succeed, or they are our mentees who are growing with our support to achieve private funding once they have properly developed their “proof of concept”
    5. http://www.warneryard.com/-  A co-working space for technology entrepreneurs, investors, and Techstars London
    6. http://cinnamonbridge.com/- A popular food & beverage accelerator
    7. http://www.virginmediabusiness.co.uk/accelerator/ - We’re not searching for ideas,we’re searching for everyday simple ideas.Ideas that are based on connectivity and networks – but reach into the everyday lives of millions and make good things happen.

    Popular Hot desking - co-sharing office locations for startups in London:

    1. https://www.campus.co/london/en - #1 choice for startups - hot desking available for free in cafe - free wifi
    2. http://camdencollective.co.uk/hubs/ - free desks long Q, pre seed or first 6 months of trading - one minute london startup was born here
    3. http://wework.com - its locations getting quite popular with startups - provides free beer on the tap all day
    4. http://spare-desks.com/,https://hubblehq.com/ , http://www.officegenie.co.uk/sharedoffices , https://www.sharemyoffice.co.uk/

    Leading Accelerators In London

     

    1. TechStars London

    Techstars is a renowned startup accelerator from the US which merged with Springboard in UK to expand their own operations in UK & Europe. Entry criteria is strict but they have a lot of success stories to support their reputation. 

    Find them here: http://www.techstars.com/program/locations/london/  also checkout their Accelerator dedicated to fintech http://www.barclaysaccelerator.com/ 

    2. Rainmaking Loft

    Rainmaking Loft is a 10,000 sqft startup hub in the iconic St Katharine Docks - in the heart of London (also in Berlin and coming soon in Copenhagen). Open plan workspace with 180 desks and a 150 person event venue. 

    Home of Startupbootcamp Global, Startupbootcamp FinTech accelerators & other highly ambitious tech startups.

    Find them here: http://www.rainmakingloft.co.uk/ 

    3. Wayra UK and Wayra unltd- social enterprise incubator

    Very well known among London digital startups is O2 Wayra Academy.  They are in 8 countries and UK hub called for first batch in 2013. They usually call around dec/jan for new applications and a day in Feb is usually the last day to apply.  

    You can find them here: http://uk.wayra.org/en/academia 

    4. Microsoft Ventures

    Microsoft Ventures is a strategic partner for promising startups around the world focused on business growth & development, industrial strength technology and beautiful usable products. Build locally, scale globally. We help smart companies take flight. Every startup is unique. Microsoft Ventures has programs to help, no matter what stage of development your startup is in. London Application ends on 30th Jun.  Here is an interesting blog about life at Microsoft Ventures Incubator https://www.microsoftventures.com/blog/tabid/233/ID/66/Startup-Stories-A-Day-in-the-Life-of-Buying-Butler.aspx 

    Find them here: https://www.microsoftventures.com/ 

    5. Seedcamp 

    Seedcamp is a pan-European London based accelerator launched in May 2007 by a group of 30 European investors that provides startups with seed money, mentorship, office space and support over a yearlong program. 

    Find them here: http://seedcamp.com/events/seedcamp-week-london-apply-now/ . They usually have a seedcamp week in Sep to which you can apply at http://apply.seedcamp.com 

    6. Oxygen

    What is Oxygen Accelerator?

    Oxygen Accelerator is a technology accelerator. It is a full-time 13-week bootcamp that combines investment with intensive mentoring and training. We also offer a further 13-weeks of less intensive incubation to allow teams to complete their investment rounds.

    13-Week Accelerator + 13- Week Incubator

    Find them here: http://www.oxygenaccelerator.com/accelerator/faqs/ 

    7. Forward partners

    How we help

    We believe that at the heart of every great company is a great entrepreneur. We provide entrepreneurs a unique combination of investment, people, robust methodologies and office space. Our team can help find product-market fit, the first customers and the first hires.

    We invest from inception of a company (early seed) to post launch (late seed).

    Find them here: http://www.forwardpartners.com/blog/the-second-forward-partners-open-day/ and this is how funding works with them: http://www.forwardpartners.com/blog/explaining-tranched-investments/ 

    8. Springboard

    Springboard combines investment capital with an intensive 13 week mentor-led accelerator programme.  Whilst the Springboard program is based at Google Campus in London and ideaSpace in Cambridge, it is aimed at ambitious and scalable early stage businesses from both UK and overseas.In addition to fantastic office space, Springboard also provides seed capital, over $150k of free services, and most importantly on site, one to one support from over 100 high calibre experienced entrepreneurs and investors throughout the programme plus access to a wider network of mentors and partners.  Springboard ends with an Investor Day where the teams present their propositions to an audience of Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists.

    Annually, Springboard invests in over 30 companies with founder friendly investment terms for between 3-6% equity stake in the business.  Historically, over half of the companies that participate in the programme raise additional investment funding, with alumni teams around the world. 

    Find them here: http://springboard.com/programme  and this blog is worth reading about experience at Springboard programme: http://thenextweb.com/uk/2012/07/09/springboard-accelerator-11-startups-talk-about-their-incubation-experiences/ 

    9. Entrepreneurial Spark

    Entrepreneurial Spark is a FREE business startup accelerator program designed to help enable new companies throughout Glasgow, Edinburgh and Ayrshire.The Accelerator gives free office space, IT and meeting rooms, the opportunity to work alongside like-minded individuals in a collaborative environment. With structured support for up to 18 months within a deep dive programme developed and delivered by the Espark Team to shape, accelerate and grow your business. The focus will always be on the entrepreneur, developing mindsets and behaviours, leadership qualities and the mantra to #GoDo in a safe yet challenging environment.

    Find them here: http://www.entrepreneurial-spark.com/the-accelerator.aspx 

    10. Innovation warehouse

    Innovation Warehouse is a coworking space with a business incubator programme led by an Angel Investor syndicate.

    Innovation Warehouse was founded in 2010, by a group of entrepreneurs, investors and the City of London Corporation to support early stage, high growth, technology start-ups.More than 50 start-ups are based at Innovation Warehouse.

    The Innovation Warehouse community includes Business Angels, Venture Capitalists and other investors, London Universities and Business Schools, R&D bodies and Technology Transfer Departments. Mentors advise and manage a micro-lending fund for startup companies.

    find them here: http://www.innovationwarehouse.org/ and their accelerator programme can be reached here: http://acceleratoracademy.com/ 

    11. BBC Worldwide's Labs 

    BBC Worldwide's Labs is a comprehensive six month programme for emerging digital media companies in the UK. Labs aims to help selected start-ups gain traction and scale by working closely with them with the objective of helping them strike a commercial partnership with BBC Worldwide. We don't take equity but rather focus on promoting innovation through mentorship and access to the varied resources of BBC Worldwide.

    http://www.bbcworldwide.com/digital/labs.aspx 

    12. Ignite100

    Do more, go further, burn brighter.

    Accelerator and incubator programmes, educational events and tech meetups, co-working space, consultancy services and much more - we’re Ignite, and we’re here to help entrepreneurs, developers and designers grow, make a difference, change the world. Ignite is all new for 2014 - three world-class accelerator programmes (Summer, Autumn, Winter), each up to 18 weeks long, backed by an amazing group of investors and an unrivalled alumni network. It's a great deal in terms of cash and equity - a straight £18,000 ($30,000) per team in return for 6% to 9% in equity. We'll provide you with workspace for up to six months, and you can take advantage of our ongoing incubator programme. Applications for our Summer programme are open now. Find out more or apply now.

    find them here: http://ignite100.com/ 

    13. FastForward London - pre-accelerator programme

    The “world’s first” pre-accelerator programme has launched to support the growth of fast-growth start-ups across Europe, backed by the European Regional Development Fund and the Capital Accelerator Programme. Unveiled by co-founders City University London and the Accelerator Academy, pre-accelerator FastForward (FFWD) London intends to help shape early-stage start-ups and prepare them for seed funding whilst offering a “fast track” to leading UK accelerators.

    The initiative, which is designed as a blueprint to be rolled out across Europe in 2015, is tasked with creating 44 start-ups, of which 35 will be funded, and 172 new jobs over the next two years. It will select “ambitious” tech start-ups over a six week part-time “sprint” programme starting with an induction day for the initial 25 selected start-ups on June 19, with each participant receiving access to workspace, business training, and workshops covering key tops such as marketing and finance.

    Leading firms such as New Entrepreneur First, HealthBox, BBC Labs, TrueStart, TechStars, The Bakery, and UK Trade & Investment’s (UKTI) Sirius Programme, will be providing advice and mentoring as part of the programme.The scheme will culminate in September where member companies will each pitch their ideas to a panel of London’s “best” accelerators, early stage funders, and grant providers. 

    find them here: http://ffwdlondon.com/ 

    14. Appsjunction London pre-accelerator & accelerator programme

    A favourite among App startups,  http://appsjunction.net - a business networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform & London's biggest monthly App meetup @appsjunction, have joined hands to launch an App ecosystem focussed pre-accelerator & accelerator programme initially for App startups in UK & Europe. The details & launch date are still being finalised but you can register your interest in the Startups section of  http://appsjunction.net 

    find them here: Apply for Appsjunction Pre-Accelerator Programme

    15. The Accelerator Group (TAG)

    Based in London, TAG has been an advisor and investor in early stage and start-up companies since 1995. They focus on the Internet services, eCommerce and multi-channel retail sectors, investing primarily in the US and Europe. TAG portfolio consists of 50 internet service, e-commerce and digital media busineses, among whom are the well-known Graze, LoveFilm, Mashery, MindCandy, MoshiMonsters, SeedCamp, Tweetdeck and others.

    find them here:  http://the-accelerator.blogspot.co.uk/

    16. Student Upstarts

    Student Upstarts is a seed accelerator aimed exclusively at EU students. Our specialities lie within the technology, media and telecomm industries, however we are open to all fields and accept applications year round. We invest up to £15,000 for up to 8% of the company and invest in businesses even if they are still at the idea stage. To apply one member of your team must be a student or have graduated in the last 12 months from a UK higher education institute.

    Find them here:  www.studentupstarts.com and follow us on twitter @studentupstarts

     17. Collider

    Collider is an accelerator dedicated to marketing and advertising startups, who help brands and agencies identify, understand, engage with and sell to their consumers. We invest capital in these startups, we coach them through a highly structured programme and we connect them to potential corporate customers and investors. The aim of the game is to help these startups become sustainable, rapidly growing businesses..

    Find them here:  http://collider.io/about/

     

    New Incubators

    There is always one or another news going around in the grapevine of Tech City (London, UK) about an upcoming incubator. We will update this space when one is announced.  Or you can try this link to checkout if there is any new listing http://techcitynews.com/category/directory/incubators/

    If you are interested to know more about European Incubators like http://launchub.com/about-us/ and US/Asian Incubators then http://www.f6s.com/startupboard might be a good place to start as you will be in touch with news like the one mentioned below!

    Tech All Stars - for the best EU startups?

    Once again, Tech All Stars connects twelve of the best startups from accelerators and web camp competitions across Europe with top EU funding sources, successful entrepreneurs and networking opportunities. Tech All Stars is sponsored by the European Commission Information Society and Media and will take you to Europe's hottest startup events this summer. If you missed this year then make sure you keep in touch to hear about their next year programme.

     Find them here: http://www.f6s.com/techallstars 

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  • Hall of Fame: The most Active Investors in London Tech City

     

    Appsjunction.net brings to you a list of some of the angel, VC and Govt. Grant investors in London & UK. We will keep it updated as and when new ones arrive on the horizon. Following list is not in any order of rating or reputation. They all are good for specific kind of Startups

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    Venture Capital Houses

    ·        MMC Ventures

    ·        Dawn Capital

    ·        Eden Ventures

    ·        Spark Ventures

    ·        YFM Group

    ·        Solon Ventures

    ·        Pro-Founder Capital

    ·        Bridge Ventures

    ·        Albion Ventures

    ·        Passion Capital

    ·        Index Ventures

    ·        Accel

    ·        DN Capital

    ·        Balderton

    ·        Wellington Partners

    ·        Advent Ventures

    ·        Pentech Ventures

    ·        Greylock Europe

    ·        Piton Capital

     

    Angel Networks/Angel Funds

    Other Funding Sources/Grants :

    ·        The Technology Strategy Board

    ·        European Framework Grants

    ·        PERA

    ·        Big Venture Challenge

             www.bvca.co.uk 

     

    Donations based crowd funding platforms:

    1.  Indiegogo.com
    2.  Appsjunction.net - Leading for App Startups
    3. Kickstarter.com - the first one in this segment

    Freelancer Platforms:

    1. Elance
    2. oDesk 
    3. Freelancer
    4. Appsjunction.net - Leading for App Startups

     

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    4. Guide: Top Tips on growth hacking for App Startups
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  • Take-off your App Idea/Startup and launch like an expert - A powerful capsule course!

     

    Appsjunction.net -  your favourite networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform, brings to you an opportunity to attend the following course "Take-off your App Idea/Startup and launch like an expert - A powerful capsule course!" which is anchored by a well known app expert and founder of Appsjunction Meetup London. Just drop us a mail if you are interested. Course is delivered 2-4 times a year depending on expert's availability.  This and more experts insights like this is often shared with audience at popular Appsjunction meetup in London.

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    In a real world, you will need to first learn a lot about how to go about an app idea, how to form a startup, legal contracts, how to find team, costs and finance management, startup loans, co-sharing offices and A-Z of startup ecosystem before you could present a pipe dream as a solid venture on paper & in action. So a credible app development & launch expert has compiled this hard to find crash course to share the knowledge you need

    Four powerful 30 min sessions delivered by PhoenixGMN'sChief Apps Consultant Navin Arora @navinarora :-

    About the Instructor:

    1. Navin has worked with corporates like Argos, Barclays bank, Lloyds bank, Nectar for their Apps as consultant
    2. Navin is founder of London's Popular Apps Meetup http://Appsjunction.co.uk and is a known speaker on various app related subjects.
    3. Navin is founder & co-founder of various other Apps & Web Portals like http://startuphomes.net, http://appsjunction.net & http://checksocialreputation.com 
    4. Navin is an Equity based Mentor to 2 exciting startups. Learn why a mentor is crucial to startup success - http://startups.co.uk/why-a-mentor-is-crucial-to-start-up-success/  
    5. Navin is partner in a Reputed Apps Development Agency http://phoenixgmn.com  specialising in building apps for startups and offers various financial models to build and launch startup apps. http://phoenixgmn.com  also offers assistance to App startups with their specs, business plans, explainer videos, Press release submissions and App Promotion efforts. Check their complete portfolio here http://superhitapps.com
    6. Mr Navin normally charges between £100-£150 / hr for his consultancy when sought by mid to big size clients like eCommerce retailers and banks.
    7. Course fee is roughly £50 per participant and is delivered in London around 2-4 times a year.

     

    Agenda:

    1. Arrive at 6:30 and warm up to the Startup Atmosphere by talking to each other for 15 mins till 6:45pm
    2. 6:45pm - 7:15pm - how to go about an app idea & validate it
    3. 10 mins discussion break
    4. 7:25pm - 7:55pm - how to make App specs for an App idea from audience
    5. 10 mins discussion break
    6. 8:05pm - 8:35pm - how to find devs & launch it
    7. 10 mins discussion break
    8. 8:45pm - 9:15pm - how to promote your app on low budget - top tips
    9. 9:15pm - 9:30pm discussion & drinks break
    10. Notes, Questions and Answers

     

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  • The Hitchhiker's Guide: how to start from ground zero and be a successful startup in Tech City, London, UK

     

    Appsjunction.net brings to you this awesome guide which can help you start from ground Zero as a novice in London Tech City, and become a seasoned & successful entrepreneur in the town.

    Caution 1: Entrepreneurship is injurious to a normal 9-5 routine (aka dead) life. It sparks passion "to do something new or better" in its victims and makes them feel alive again!

    Caution 2: Information in here could make you lose sleep & some casual friends as well, which is normal collateral damage on the path of success, but we do sincerely hope you will arrive there smiling and will find a satisfaction for your Passion for Startups, which will compensate more than enough for the small sacrifices on the path. 

    Caution 3:to be very practical, the following program of "ground zero to riches!", for an above average person, would be at least 12-16 months long. So if you, have a demanding GF/BF, or expecting baby or marriage or expecting any major life event during that time, think twice, because all that distraction will hamper your plan to be successful-at-it a lot. The path of entrepreneurship needs lots of dedication, hardwork and working till late in nights!

    Following are the questions, the author have faced repeatedly, from serious & promising Entrepreneurs (not wannabes) - hope these insights help you on your path from Ground Zero to Riches, while making something useful for audience, and they turn out a confidence boost for you! :)

    Before reading any further, lets do a sanity check:

    (The check itself and answers provided immediately after the check, are up for debate but we feel that answers are pretty useful and fairly correct at the moment)

    1. how important is creativity (as in business ideas solving a problem for masses/, not in painting)
    2. How important is sound belief in their success?
    3. how important is having a really good previous knowledge about something which can become a new good business? or an appealing improvement on existing business model?
    4. What is more important between the two; passion & hard-work?
    5. the eternal conflict for a bit mature mind people (mid-life crisis or not): to chase dreams OR to stick to a sensible OR a sort-of "complete" married life, with spouse and kids to tend to?
    6. How soon I want success => most people don't bother about its answer, until they get tired. :) But you really need to be really sure about that and how long "duration" makes you loose interest in it? for example you or other person jumped into a startup, where crew is doing fine for a reason of novelty and later loose their momentum and passion. Just like justice, Success delayed is success denied!

    FAQ 1: What are the must ingredients for a person to be successful in Startup ecosystem, in order of importance?

    1. Passion
    2. Talent aka intelligence (not to be mistaken with intellect or IQ, consider it more like +ve form of street-smartness)
    3. Hard work (Seriously guys, there is no replacement of this and passion, everything else you can work on, but these two, are the must-have ingeredients)
    4. Connections (moving upwards in society or environment you grew up in, as you may call it)
    5. Luck or Destiny (OK! some may find this one difficult to agree with, then please ignore it)

    A debate for some other day, but factors above are really in order of their importance in the eyes of the author of this guide.

    FAQ 2: Where do I start if I just woke up today with an idea and feel that I can be an entrepreneur?

    1. if you have talent aka intelligence + conviction then you would find resources like this article via Google search or by following the right people on twitter/LinkedIn.
    2. Everytime you come across some useful information, you would start taking or making notes in a paper based diary but ideally in some kind of note taking software like Google keep, docs or Evernote. In worst lethargic case, take notes in notepad app on PC/Mac and keep them on free in Google/Sky drive. 
    3. Hard work - has no substitute like passion. But passion drives hardwork. And passion also means that you will leave the comfort zone of life, to fight your way in and climb your way up to the stardom in Entrepreneur ecosystem. Unfortunately it also means leaving some "pulling you down" connections behind and embracing "pushing you up" connections more. 
    4. You may or may not have the right Connections  but this guide will take care of both scenarios.
    5. Luck or Destiny (Sorry! We can't do anything about it but please ignore it at the moment for the sake of moving forward with the task on hand with "optimism")

    FAQ 3: Can you save me some time by listing some good resources to read like a crash course? 

    hell yeah, why not? you just sounded so intelligent and up to the task. And inspired us to deliver :)

    1. read all you can find interesting at following resources
      1. http://www.businesszone.co.uk/ - good useful articles to help you with day to day running of startup when you are not dozing off in dreamland
      2. http://www.ukbusinessforums.co.uk/ - lots of FAQs already answered there and a good resource of Q&A from peers
      3. http://www.f6s.com/ - a very good site to connect with Startup ecosystem across Europe
      4. http://www.dreamstake.net/ - community of startups in UK
      5. http://www.smallbusiness.co.uk/starting-a-business/success-stories/ 
      6. http://startups.co.uk/success-stories/ 
      7. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11629784 - BBC's startup stories section
      8. This list is ever growing, we will add more resources in next edition of this article

    FAQ 4: Okay! I have read online enough I think and I am ready to take the next step? What to do next with my tech startup idea?

    hell yeah, we like your spirit! but if you have spent anywhere less than 1 month ( 4 - 6 hrs/week day) to absorb atleast 70% of what we want YOU to absorb from above resources, then please give yourself some more time. There is no short-cut to learning & absorbing. This guide will deal mainly with app startups, since more than 50% of tech startups these days are app startups or mobile is more than 50% centre stage at their roadmap. Having said that, the learnings here are equally useful for you, if you have a web based or other digital startup. 

    You have two options from now onwards:

    First is, if you want to speed things up and see the outcome to your startup adventure sooner & also if you get lucky (you see, the destiny element kicks in anyway) then, try getting into one of the top accelerators programme listed here http://appsjunction.net/popular-guides/59-hall-of-fame-some-of-the-best-incubators-and-accelerators-in-london-uk.html . They don't only groom you for the serious business stuff which awaits you when you walk out of dreamland and are actually running day to day operations of a startup business, but they are also the best connectors to the angels/VCs who can provide investment. Consider them as the best "screening + scrutinising + connector"  launchpad for your startup! They will get you there, where the most important thing is your skills to convince the investors, about investing in your business because you are already a hand picked one by those accelerators. :).   We are going to write a guide soon about making your best preparations for accelerator selection. By all means you should consider them as your best seed stage investor.

    1. Option 1: You were selected by an Accelerator:  in that case, they will take care of you like a brother from another mother :) still,  just read what comes next as another chapter in grooming but your success now doesn't depend on it. :)
    2. Option 2: Either you didn't want to go the accelerator path (and loose some equity) or you are confident and groomed enough that you think You can make it eventually anyway. So, You are on that path of carving your own destiny with a little more of perseverance, hardwork and will power. But what matters most is the "genius inside" :). So here is the game plan, you need to read some more stuff and take some steps to prep your idea for execution and then actually execute it to MVP level in a "lean startup"(read the book with this title) mode in next FAQ section
      1. http://www.slideshare.net/phoenixgmn/phoenixgmn-how-to-go-about-an-app-idea-guide- as the name says, its a practical guide about how to go about an app idea. Must read if you are a beginner entrepreneur and new to building and launching apps
      2. May be this one will have a bit more information: http://www.slideshare.net/phoenixgmn/phoenixgmn-all-about-apps-idea-to-launch 
      3. http://www.slideshare.net/phoenixgmn/phoenixgmn-funding-for-app-entrepreneurs-practical-advice - Must read if you want to Pitch as a Mature App Entrepreneur to audiences after the launch of your MVP or startup product/service.
      4. Read about App Promotion, Press releases, Explainer videos. Viral Videos, Social media marketing and what not (an informative article to be inserted here soon), to prepare yourself to promote your App/product, after it is launched.  Read anything from Google searches that can help you prepare for the digital marketing world as you would need those skills badly after launch.
      5. We will soon add here a link to an awesome guide we are currently preparing - "How to promote your app on low budget?".  Keep checking this space as we hope to add it here by Jul 2014.

    FAQ 5: Okay! its execution time now. What do I do now?

    Hell yeah, that's a spirit to admire. We assume that by growing to this level of self-groomed entrepreneurial stage, you have absorbed all the knowledge shared with you above. I won't lie to you and won't even be poetic about it, if you have really read the stuff shared with you so far and then reading the following section, you have won 50% of the battle already. :) Next section after this is showcasing what you have achieved/implemented already and fighting for the coveted prize among the best of passionate people like you. 

    1. first you need to find devs & co-founder, if you don't already have one. Also try for a good, reputed mentor with connections if you can find one. You may need to offer some equity - 5-8% to serous mentors but make sure you background check their portfolio & reputation first.
      1. Please note, an app developer is not a co-founder. Any good app will need a iOS/Android/WinPhone Programmer, a PHP web services programmer, a DB/SQL expert guy. A developer/programmer is not a co-founder usually in the mature sense of the word. A co-founder is usually a marketing & sales savvy guy who is well experienced in business matters and comes with good connections. You can always hire freelancers to program your MVP App (between 2K-5K) as you can find hundreds or thousands of them at platforms like elance.com, freelancers.com and Appsjunction.net. Same goes with UX designers. You can get awesome UX designed by freelancers for just £300-400, hence it doesn't make business sense to look for a co-founder in a UX designer.
      2. to find the right team, attend good meetups in town like 5-6 top meetups. If you are in London and you are an App Entrepreneur then the best meetups to make connections would be AppsJunction-Where-Startups-Meet-Developers , minibarsilicondrinkabout.com/london & many more listed here campuslondon.com/events/calendar.
      3. You can also try the http://techcitynews.com/directory/tech-city-tours/ to get to know the power centres in tech city London and also make some useful connections.  For all your tech city directory & info lookup needs the best portal would be http://techcitynews.com/
      4. Once you have found the right partners and/or mentors make sure you have agreements well negotiated and in place to share the equity of your to-be-registered company. Always make sure that everyone involved is clear about their time, money and hardwork commitments in the ongoing operations of your startup.
      5. Once you have found and formed a team of cofounders, UX & App Dev freelancers etc, its time now to execute the idea.
    2. execute your startup idea by following simple steps below.
      1. Register a company in UK
        1. You need to finalise a name of your startup, secure a domain name first (website name) via providers like (godaddy.com, 1and1) and then follow the next step.
        2. You can register via company house directly or via company formation agents (better choice and electronic) like companiesmadesimple.com.
        3. Make sure you have assigned the right no. of shares to all cofounders. To keep it simple you can register a company with 100 ordinary shares and allocate the shares to you and other co-founders/mentors. Make sure anyone who has got 10%+ shares will be needed to be IDed by the Bank to open business account.
        4. You will also need a cheap virtual address to be used as registered address for your company so your home address don't become a public record on company house website. You can try following sites for that http://www.britishmonomarks.co.uk/, http://www.registeredaddress.co.uk/ (10% discount code: 125313) http://www.londonpresence.com/ 
        5. You will need a business account now. Try metro bank, Barclays and HSBC which are more tech startups friendly banks.
        6. If your startup is going to accept payments from customers via App then may need to register with payment service providers like paypal, sagepay etc
        7. You will also need to register with App Stores like Apple App Store (itunes), Google Play and Windows Phone App Store to be able to upload your apps there. These are all time consuming processes and can take weeks. So better start them sooner than later.
        8. You will ideally try to find a space in some incubator area as that kind of environment provides help from community and connections. If you can't then work from home or from the cafeterias of popular incubators which are free to visit.
        9. You will probably need a contact no. for your business website - try getting a free 0844 number from a reliable service provider. e.g. 08direct.co.uk etc and redirect that to your Landline no. at home.  If you are mostly out and about then, get a VOIP UK landline number from skype or vonage and redirect your 0844 number to that. 
        10. you will need a cheap accountant, business cards, expense tracker apps, book keeping apps, a good spec laptop/macbook, a good spec smartphone, facebook pages, twitter & linkedin accounts for your company/business.
      2. company/business all setup? now work on your idea day in day out.
        1. Make wireframes,
        2. write proper requirements specs,
        3. analyse about the core features of your app/product and prioritise them for phase 1
        4. make a rough calculation of ROI rating of every feature and prioritise less complex features with bigger ROI rating first for phase 1
        5. When all requirement docs ready, get quotes from freelance UX designers & developers at http://appsjunction.net or elance.com, freelancer.com etc
        6. Once you have the rough idea that how much its going to cost, then you and co-founders pool their funds to develop it or get some funds from running a crowd funding campaign at http://appsjunction.net
        7. You can also try some pitching and seed funding events where a startup can get up to 5k-15K of funding. But don't rely on them and don't delay your execution anymore.
        8. Make sure you have analysed your funding needs properly. Always keep budget for app launch sites, explainer videos, app promotions, small budget advertisements, marketing and post launch recurring costs e.g. web services and DB hosting costs, however small they may be.
        9. Once you have the right funds with you to commence the app idea, hire UX designers and App Developers to commence its execution. Guide: How to find a good iPhone or Android or WinPhone App Developer
        10. While the development of version 1 is going on, make sure one of the co-founders is spreading the word about it, attending events and collecting early feedback on the features and functionalities of app and what other things you should add in there like analytics, rich push notifications, tap-for-tap ad networks' SDKs. Best event  to get that kind of knowledge would be AppsJunction-Where-Startups-Meet-Developers .
        11. You should also setup a simple 1-2 page mobile responsive app launch sites using cheap wordpress themes from http://themeforest.com or popular services like https://www.strikingly.com/ . Start becoming active in the right groups on linkedin, join the right forums on web, get active on twitter, follow the right people and keep your facebook page active to acquire some fan audience who would love to see your app launched and downloaded into their smartphones.
        12. use the time to make right connections & read about app promotion.  Polish up your online marketing skills as you will be going to need that a lot post launch.
    3. Near the launch - activities
      1. gain initial momentum on your app by connecting with early adopters as beta testers. Send them the app using app/software like testflight. Incorporate their valuable feedback in APP.
      2. gain initial traction and proof of adoption and growth
    4. At Launch - all co-founders should now kiss each other and party :)
    5. Post launch activities 
      1. Keep a keen eye on app store reviews to collect feedback for version 1.1 which most apps need to put out there as version 1 will always have big issues for masses and masses will tell you the features they find missing and would love to find them in the app.
      2. prepare this feedback into requirement specs and merge it with your previous version 1.1 spec.
      3. Spend your days and evenings and nights in promoting the app. Learn & execute app promotion strategies - PPT you know

    FAQ 6: Okay! its funding time now. What do I do now?

     Hell yeah, time to open a champagne!  You now feel all mentally ready to face off with potential investors. 

    1. Now you need to attend meetups to find investors or message your linkedin contacts to intro you for this purpose.
      1. Attend meetups around legal advice, funding advice, SEIS etc
      2. read material around investment advice
      3. link to top incubators/accelerators in UK
      4. Link to VS/Angels List
      5. why not try crowd funding if it suits you.  link to appsjunction.net/crowd funding faq
      6. attend L3 meetups where you can talk about your product and convince people to refer/recommend you to investors

    FAQ 7: Okay! I have got funded? what to do now?

    Wohoooo!, time to open a tab at a bar :) haha !  need we tell you anything now?  if you have got funded by proper angels/VCs/grants then we assume you won't need the advice written next, however, to complete this article, its hugely important to tell you what lies on your table the next morning from 6am after you last night "got funded" party! :)

    focus on making it atleast a 10X bigger valuation company, than what your seed funders invested in...

    1. focus on expansion, scalability
    2. focus on marketing , sales and growth of revenue - Growth Hacking
    3. focus on trying to be the leader in your domain, if not try to be more innovative than the leader, find your niche
    4. focus on exit
    5. reach next levels of funding and make good profits for early stage funders
    6. Expand Expand Expand and Exit unless you feel like a Google/facebook founder :)

    Good Luck Tiger!  If you have it in you, Your "WILL" will find its WAY Anyway!

    Here is a one-liner to motivate you: "I persist, luck doesn't, Its loss!" :)

    last updated: 17/06/2014

     

  • What is Appsjunction London Meetup?

     

    Appsjunction.net -  your favourite networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform, brings to you this useful collection of growth hacking tools, websites & software. Appsjunction is a networking platform which brings together iOS Developers, Android Developers, Win Phone developers to find each other and build apps for each other and startups. Soon to be launched a market place for buy & sell of App Code.  Appsjunction meetup in London is A real world monthly event in London to connect App startups with Developers, Investors, UX & Mktg Gurus. 

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    1. What is Appsjunction London Meetup - the basics

    1. Appsjunction.co.uk is London & Europe's fastest growing mobile apps & games monthly meetup focusing on matchmaking of entrepreneurs, start-ups, developers, UX experts, marketing gurus & angel investors. Founded by @navinarora in May 2011, follow us at @Appsjunction
    2. We have been sponsored by Intel, Microsoft, Nokia in the past and have been media & hackathon partners of reputed events like apps-world.net & londonmobileweek, App Promotion Summit, Design Awards.
    3. Nov 2015 stats: Total 3750 members & growing,  Member Segments: 60% Entrepreneurs, 30% tech/dev, 10% consist of Marketing, UX, Investors
    4. Attendance: 150-200 Members/event. 30-40% repeat audience, 60-70% new audience every time.
    5. Currently growing at rate of 70-120 new members every month.
    6. Supported by Appsjunction.net – crowdfunding, freelancers & networking platform for App Developers & clients across UK & Europe.

    2. Usual event format

    1. Greetings, colour coded name labels and 1 hr pre-networking with Free Drinks & Snacks. There will be at least 4 coloured pens. So please use right colour pen to write your name on the name label if you are a 1) Startup/Entrepreneur 2) Tech/Developer, 3) UX & Video Experts 4) Marketing Gurus, Journalists & Investors. e.g. John, iOS developer
    2. 10-15 mins Sponsor's presentation slot, 5 mins App Demos with Q&A & sometimes voting for best pitch
    3. 30 sec shout-out/short-pitch slots which are free for everyone and no booking needed, just Queue up near the stage when the round is announced. Anyone can grab the mic for 30 secs and introduce themselves to the audience as well as announce what they are looking for. e.g. "I have an app idea which will solve this market gap/need and I am looking for iOS Developer/Technical Co-founder. Contact me at email or on mobile nnnnnn"
    4. Late networking with free drinks, knowledge sharing, team forming and contacts building.

    3. The intention of the networking event is

    1. Entrepreneurs & Speakers share their amazing knowledge & ideas with audience
    2. Entrepreneurs meet developers, partners and investors
    3. Developers meet clients, Developers meet developers
    4. People with app ideas meet developers and app development agencies.

    4. What does this mean for YOU?

    1. Excellent overview of the market, App stores, App Economy and what all the craze is about.
    2. Several developers & clients can be reached within on evening at one place.
    3. Business leads generation and scheduling of business meetings
    4. Discussions only with key partners, easy way to meet the right ones.
    5. Pleasant atmosphere for informal discussions and networking.

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