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  • Learn all tips&tricks of App Promotion on Low Budget from App Experts

    On 29th Jul. Learn all tips&tricks of App Promotion on Low Budget from App Experts. Free event, free drinks, Network with the most happening & cool App Crowd in London. Meet iOS Developers, Android Developers, UX & Marketing Gurus. Here is the URL to RSVP http://www.meetup.com/AppsJunction-Where-Startups-Meet-Developers/events/188675472/

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     Join our awesome http://appsjunction.net - The only 3 in 1 portal offering Dev & Entrepreneurs networking, crowdfunding and revenue-share UX & App development quotes to support App ecosystem in London. It also provides really helpful indepth guides & training material about funding, pitching, app development, investment, growth hacking at http://appsjunction.net/popular-guides.html. Still not convinced? If you have an app and looking for some free promotion then you can list it for free at http://appsjunction.net/startups/browse-startups.html and we will tweet about it to 4700 of our twitter followers and on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/appsjunction for NO COST TO YOU! Its totally free to raise funding or post projects for the whole month of July & Aug 2014.

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    8:00pm-8:15pm - App Demos & Pitches - List TBC

    8:15pm-8:30pm - 30 Sec shoutouts about what you do and what you are looking for

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    About AppsJunction - London's #1 App Meetup:

    There are hundreds of app developers in London and thousands of people with an App Idea in their head. Let’s Make them meet then!

    The intention of the networking event is:

    Entrepreneurs & Speakers share their amazing knowledge & ideas with audience

    Entrepreneurs meet developers, partners and investors

    Developers meet clients, Developers meet developers

    People with app ideas meet developers and app development agencies

    What does this mean for YOU?

    Excellent overview of the market, App stores, App Economy and what all the craze is about.

    Several developers & clients can be reached within on evening at one place.

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  • 20 Things I've Learned From Larry Page - #1 Motivational Guide!

     

    Appsjunction.net -  your favourite networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform, brings to you this amazing motivating article on creation of alphabet inc - sourced from http://jamesaltucher.quora.com/20-Things-Ive-Learned-From-Larry-Page 

    THE ALTUCHER CONFIDENTIAL

     

    20 Things I've Learned From Larry Page


    I visited Google a few weeks ago and, after almost getting arrested, my mind was blown.

    First, Claudia wandered into the garage where they were actually making or fixing the driverless cars. When they finally realized she was wandering around, security had to escort her out.

    We got scared and we thought we were going to get in trouble or thrown out.

    Then we met with a friend high up at Google and learned some of the things Google was working on.

    Nothing was related to search. Everything was related to curing cancer (a bracelet that can make all the cancer cells in your body move towards the bracelet), automating everything (cars just one of those things), Wi-Fi everywhere (Project Loon) and solving other "billion person problems".

    A problem wasn't considered worthy unless it could solve a problem for a billion people.

    So now Alphabet is aligning itself towards this strategy: a holding company that owns and invests in other companies that can solve billion person problems.

    It's not divided up by money. It's divided up by mission.

    I want to do this in my personal life also.

    Just analyzing Larry Page's quotes from the past ten years is a guidebook for "billion person success" and for personal success.

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    Here are some of his quotes (in bold):

    "If you're changing the world, you're working on important things. You're excited to get up in the morning."

    To have well-being in life you need three things: A) a feeling of competence or growth. B) good emotional relationships. C) freedom of choice.

    Being able to wake up excited in the morning is an outcome of well-being.

    Feeling like every day you are working on a billion-person problem will give you those three aspects of well-being.

    At the very least, when I wake up I try to remember to ask: Who can I help today?

    Because I'm a superhero and this is my secret identity.



    "Especially in technology, we need revolutionary change, not incremental change."

    Too often we get stuck in "good enough". If you build a business that supports your family and maybe provides for retirement then that is "good enough".

    If you write a book that sells 1000 copies then that is "good enough."

    You ever wonder why planes have gotten slower since 1965? The Dreamliner 787 is actually slower than the 747.

    That's ok. It's good enough to get people across the world and save on fuel costs.

    It's only the people who push past the "good enough syndrome" that we hear about: Elon Musk building a space ship. Larry Page indexing all knowledge. Elizabeth Holmes potentially diagnosing all diseases with a pin prick.

    Isaac Asimov wrote classic science fiction like "The Foundation Series" but it wasn't good enough for him. He ended up writing 500 more books, writing more books than anyone in history.

    Larry Page keeps pushing so that every day he wakes up knowing he's going to go past "good enough" that day.

    What does your "good enough" day look like. What's one thing that moves you past that?



    "My job as a leader is to make sure everybody in the company has great opportunities, and that they feel they're having a meaningful impact and are contributing to the good of society."

    Whenever I've managed companies and have had the small opportunity to be a leader I've judged my success on only one thing:

    Does the employee at night go home and call his or her parents and say, "guess what I did today!"

    I'm not sure this always worked. But I do think Larry Page lifts all his employees to try to be better versions of themselves, to try to surpass him, to try and change the world.

    If each employee can say, "who did I help today" and have an answer, then that is a good leader.

    Empowering others, empowers you.



    "Lots of companies don't succeed over time. What do they fundamentally do wrong? They usually miss the future."

    The stock market is near all time highs. And yet every company in the original Dow Jones market index (except for GE) has gone out of business.

    Even US Steel, which built every building in the country for an entire century, has gone bankrupt.

    Never let the practical get in the way of the possible.

    It's practical to focus on what you can do right now.

    But give yourself time in your life to wonder what is possible and to make even the slightest moves in that direction.

    We're at maybe 1% of what is possible. Despite the faster change, we're still moving slow relative to the opportunities we have. I think a lot of that is because of the negativity... Every story I read is Google vs someone else. That's boring. We should be focusing on building the things that don't exist.

    Sometimes I want to give up on whatever I'm working on. I'm not working on major billion person problems.

    And sometimes I think I write too much about the same thing. Every day I try to think, "What new thing can I write today" and I actually get depressed when I can't think of something totally new.

    But I am working on things that I think can help people. And if you are out side of people's comfort zones, if you are breaking the normal rules of society, people will try to pull you down.

    Larry Page didn't want to be defined by Google for his entire life. He wants to be defined by what he hasn't yet done. What he might even be afraid to do.

    I wonder what my life would be like if I started doing all the things I was afraid to do. If I started defining my life by all the things I have yet to do.



    "Many leaders of big organizations, I think, don't believe that change is possible. But if you look at history, things do change, and if your business is static, you're likely to have issues."

    Guess which company had the original patent that ultimately Larry Page derived his own patent (that created google) from?

    Go ahead. Think a second. Guess.

    An employee of this company created the patent and tried to get them to use it to catalog information on the web.

    They refused.

    So Robin Li, an employee of The Wall Street Journal, quit the newspaper of capitalism (who owned his patent), moved to China (a communist country), and created Baidu.

    And Larry Page modified the patent, filed his own, and created Google.

    And the Wall Street Journal got swallowed up by Rupert Murdoch and is dying a slow death.



    "I think as technologists we should have some safe places where we can try out new things and figure out the effect on society."

    A friend of mine is writing a novel but is afraid to publish it. "Maybe it will be bad," he told me.

    Fortunately we live in a world where experimentation is easy. You can make a 30 page novel, publish it on Amazon for nothing, use an assumed name, and test to see if people like it.

    Heck, I've done it. And it was fun.

    Mac Lethal is a rapper who has gotten over 200 million views on his YouTube videos. Even Ellen had him on her show to demonstrate his skills.

    I asked him, "do you get nervous if one of your videos gets less views than others?"

    He told me valuable advice: "Nobody remembers your bad stuff. They only remember your good stuff."

    I live by that.



    "If we were motivated by money, we would have sold the company a long time ago and ended up on a beach."

    Larry Page and Sergey Brin wanted to be academics. When they first patented Google, they tried to sell to Yahoo for $1 million (ONE MILLION DOLLARS).

    When Yahoo laughed them out the door, they tried to sell to Excite for $750,000.

    Excite laughed them out the door. Now an ex-employee of Google is the CEO of Yahoo. And the founder of Excite works at Google. Google dominates.

    Money is a side effect of trying to help others. Trying to solve problems. Trying to move beyond the "good enough".

    So many people ask: "how do I get traffic?" That's the wrong question.

    If you ask every day, "How did I help people today?" then you will have more traffic and money than you could have imagined.



    "Invention is not enough. Tesla invented the electric power we use, but he struggled to get it out to people. You have to combine both things: invention and innovation focus, plus the company that can commercialize things and get them to people."

    Everyone quotes the iconic story of Thomas Edison "failing" 10,000 times to get the electric lightbulb working.

    I put failing in quotes because he was doing what any scientist does. He does many experiments until one works.

    But what he did that was truly remarkable was convince New York City a few weeks later to light up their downtown using his lights.

    The first time ever a city was lit up at night with electricity.

    That's innovation. That's how the entire world got lit up.



    "If you say you want to automate cars and save people's lives, the skills you need for that aren't taught in any particular discipline. I know - I was interested in working on automating cars when I was a Ph.D. student in 1995."

    Too often we get labeled by our degree and our job titles. Larry Page and Elon Musk were computer science majors. Now they build cars and space ships.

    David Chang was a competitive golfer as a kid, majored in religious studies in college, and then had random gopher jobs in his 20s.

    The gopher jobs all happened to be in restaurants so he became familiar with how the business was run.

    Then he started probably the most popular restaurant in NYC, momofoku. A dozen or so restaurants later, he is one of the most successful restauranteurs in history.

    Peter Thiel worked as a lawyer in one of the top law firms in NY. When he quit in order to become an entrepreneur, he told me that many of his colleagues came up to him and said, "I can't believe you are escaping".

    Escaping the labels and titles and hopes that everyone else has for us is one of the first steps in Choosing Ourselves for the success we are meant to have.

    We define our lives from our imagination and the things we create with our hands.



    "It really matters whether people are working on generating clean energy or improving transportation or making the Internet work better and all those things. And small groups of people can have a really huge impact."

    What I love about this quote is that he combines big problems with small groups.

    A small group of people created Google. Not Procter & Gamble. Or AT&T.

    Even at Apple, when Steve Jobs wanted to create the Macintosh, he moved his small group to a separate building so they wouldn't get bogged down in the big corporate bureaucracy that Apple was becoming.

    Ultimately, they fired him for being too far from the corporate message.

    Years later, when Apple was failing, they brought him back. What did he do? He cut most of the products and put people into small groups to solve big problems.

    Before his death he revolutionized the movie industry, the computer industry, the music industry, TVs, and now even watches (watch sales have plummeted after the release of the Apple Watch).

    All of this from a guy who finished one semester of studying calligraphy in college before dropping out.

    Studying the history of Apple is like studying a microcosm of the history of how to create big ideas. Larry Page is recreating this with his new corporate structure.



    "We don't have as many managers as we should, but we would rather have too few than too many."

    The 20th century was the century of middle-class corporatism. It even became a "law" called "The Peter Principle" - everyone rises to their level of incompetence.

    One of the problems society is having now is that the entire middle layer of management is being demoted, outsourced, replaced by technology, and fired.

    This is not a bad or a good thing (although it's scary). But it's a return to the role of masters and apprentices without bureaucracy and paperwork in the middle.

    It's how things get done. When ideas go from the head into action with few barriers in the middle.

    To be a successful employee, you have to align your interests with those of the company, come up with ideas that further help the customers, and have the mandate to act on those ideas, whether they work or not.

    That's why the employee who wrote much of the code inside the Google search engine, Craig Silverstein, is now a billionaire.

    Where is he now? He's an employee at online education company, The Khan Academy.



    "If you ask an economist what's driven economic growth, it's been major advances in things that mattered - the mechanization of farming, mass manufacturing, things like that. The problem is, our society is not organized around doing that."

    Google is now making advances in driverless cars, delivery drones, and other methods of automation.

    Everyone gets worried that this will cost jobs. But just look at history. Cars didn't ruin the horse industry. Everyone simply adjusted.

    TV didn't replace books. Everything adjusted. The VCR didn't shut down movies.

    The Internet didn't replace face to face communication (well, the jury is still out).



    "What is the one sentence summary of how you change the world? Always work hard on something uncomfortably exciting!"

    Not everyone wants to create a driverless car. Or clean energy. Or solve a billion person problem.

    But I have a list of things that are uncomfortably exciting to me.

    They are small, stupid things. Like I'd like to write a novel. Or perform standup comedy. Or maybe start another business based on my ideas for helping people.

    Every day I wake up a tiny bit afraid. But I also try to push myself a little closer in those directions. I know then that's how I learn and grow.

    Sometimes I push forward. Sometimes I don't. I want to get more comfortable with being uncomfortable.



    "I do think there is an important artistic component in what we do. As a technology company I’ve tried to really stress that."

    Nobody knows what the definition of Art is.

    How about: something that doesn't exist except in the imagination, that you then bring out into the real world that has some mix of entertainment, enlightenment, and betterment.

    I don't know. Something like that.

    Certainly the iPad is a work of art. And the iPad has created works of art. And when I first saw a driverless car I thought, "that's beautiful".

    I'm going to try and put my fingerprint on something today. And maybe it will be art.



    "The idea that everyone should slavishly work so they do something inefficiently so they keep their job – that just doesn’t make any sense to me. That can’t be the right answer."

    We've been hypnotized into thinking that the "normal life" is a "working life".

    If you don't "go to work" then you must be sick or on the tiny bit of vacation allotted to you each year.

    What if everything you did you can inject a little bit of leisure, a little bit of fun into it.

    I have fun writing, except when I think I have to meet a deadline (work). I have fun making a business that people actually use except when I think about money too much (work).

    When you are at the crossroads and your heart loves one path and doesn't love the other, forget about which path has the money and the work, take the path you love.



    "We want to build technology that everybody loves using, and that affects everyone. We want to create beautiful, intuitive services and technologies that are so incredibly useful that people use them twice a day. Like they use a toothbrush. There aren't that many things people use twice a day."

    What a great idea for a list of the day!

    What are ten things that can be invented that people would use twice a day?



    "You need to invent things and you need to get them to people. You need to commercialize those inventions. Obviously, the best way we've come up with doing that is through companies."

    I was speaking to Naveen Jain, who made his billions on an early search engine, InfoSpace.

    He just started a company to mine rare earth minerals on the Moon.

    But his real goal is extra-planetary colonization.

    Somehow we got around to the question of why have a company in the middle of that. He has billions. He can just go straight for the colonization part.

    He said, "Every idea has to be sustainable. Profitability is proof that an idea is sustainable."



    "You may think using Google's great, but I still think it's terrible."

    K. Anders Ericsson made famous the "10,000 hour rule" popularized later by Malcom Gladwell.

    The rule is: if you practice WITH INTENT for 10,000 hours then you will be world-class.

    He then wondered why typists would often reach a certain speed level and then never improve no matter how many hours.

    After doing  research, its because they forgot the "With intent" part. They were satisfied with "good enough".

    You have to constantly come up with new metrics to measure yourself, to compete against yourself, to better the last plateau you reached.

    Google is great. But it can be better. Having this mindset always forces you to push beyond the comfort zone.

    Once they changed the way typists viewed their skills (by recreating the feeling of "beginner's mind") the typists continued to get faster.



    “We have a mantra: don’t be evil, which is to do the best things we know how for our users, for our customers, for everyone. So I think if we were known for that, it would be a wonderful thing.”

    Many people argue whether or not Google has succeeded at this. That's not the point.

    The point is: Values before Money.

    A business is a group of people with a goal to solve a problem. Values might be: we want to solve a problem, we want the customer to be happy, we want employees to feel like they have upward mobility, etc.

    Once you lose your values, you'll lost the money as well. This why family-run businesses often die by the third generation ("Shirt sleeves to shirt sleeves in three generations).

    The values of the founder got diluted through his descendants until the company failed.

    I spoke to Dick Yuengling about this (CEO of the largest independent beer maker and a fifth generation business).

    His family found an interesting way to solve the problem. The business is not inherited. Each generation has to BUY the business from the generation before it.

    To do that, each generation needs its own values, its new way of doing things that keeps the brand fresh and ongoing.



    "I think it is often easier to make progress on mega-ambitious dreams. Since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition. In fact, there are so few people this crazy that I feel like I know them all by first name."

    Our parents have our best interests at heart and tell us how to be good adults.

    Our schools have our best interests.

    Our friends, colleagues, sometimes our bosses, sometimes government, think they have our best interests.

    But it's only when everyone thinks you are crazy that you know you are going to create something that surprises everyone and really makes your own unique handprint on the world.

    And because you went out of the comfort zone, you're only competing against the few other people as crazy as you are.



    "You know what it's like to wake up in the middle of the night with a vivid dream? And you know that if you don't have a pencil and pad by the bed, it will be completely gone by the next morning. Sometimes it's important to wake up and stop dreaming. When a really great dream shows up, grab it."

    For every article I've ever written, there's at least ten more I left behind in the middle of the night thinking I would remember in the morning.

    I have to beat myself in the head. I . Will. Not. Remember....Must. Write. Down.

    It's hard to wake up. And that's the only thing worth remembering. It's hard to wake up.



    "I have always believed that technology should do the hard work - discovery, organization, communication - so users can do what makes them happiest: living and loving, not messing with annoying computers! That means making our products work together seamlessly."

    This is a deep question - who are you? If you have a mechanical hand, is that "you"?

    Conversely, if you lose a hand, did you lose a part of you. Are you no longer a complete person? The complete you?

    If an implant is put into your brain to access Google, does that effect who you view your self to be?

    When books were invented, memory suffered. We no longer had to remember as much, because we can look things up.

    Does that make our brains less human?

    I bet memory has suffered with the rise of Google. Does this mean our consciousness has suffered?

    When we created fire, we outsourced part of our digestion to this new invention. Did this make our stomachs less human?

    With technology taking care of the basic tasks of our brain and body, it allows us to achieve things we couldn't previously dream possible.

    It allows us to learn and explore and to create past the current comfort zone.  It allows us to find the happiness, freedom, and well-being we deserve.



    "Over time, our emerging high-usage products will likely generate significant new revenue streams for Google as well as for our partners, just as search does today. "

    This is it. This is why Larry Page has re-oriented Google into Alphabet.

    Don't waste your most productive energies solving a problem that now only has incremental improvements.

    Re-focus the best energies on solving harder and harder problems.

    Always keeping the value of "how can I help a billion people" will keep Google from becoming a Borders bookstore (which went out of business after outsourcing all of their sales to Amazon).

    How does this apply to the personal?

    Instead of being a cog in the machine for some corporation, come up with ways to automate greater abundance.

    Always understand that coming up with multiple ways to help people is ultimately the way to create the biggest impact.

    Impact then creates health, friendship, competence, abundance, and freedom.

    Oh my god, this answer is too long. And believe it or not, I cut it in half.

    If I can just wake up every day and remind myself of these quotes by Larry Page I know I will have a better life.

    But this is also why he created Alphabet and put Google underneath it.

    To save the world. To save me.

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  • 20thJune-AppsJunction.net Event – How to go about an App Idea, Cofounder & Crowd Funding

    Looking for an online network to connect with App Ecosystem in London and Abroad? Looking for Freelance Developers for your App Projects? Looking for Commission (fee) free Crowd Funding for your App Idea? Logon at http://appsjunction.net - Find co-founders, get crowd funding & connect with rated freelancer App Developers & UX designers. Its totally free to raise funding or post projects for the whole month of June 2014.

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    Learn how to raise finance from Equity CrowdFunding to Venture capital and everything in between. 
    Simon Dixon Bio 
    Simon Dixon is the CEO & co-founder of BankToTheFuture.com & author of the book 'Bank to the Future'. An active banking reformer and director of the UK Digital Currency Association & UK CrowdFunding Association, who regularly speaks on the future of finance to governments, businesses, investors and financial institutions. An ex-investment banker that left corporate in 2006 to launch his first business, angel funded by billionaire Peter Hargreaves and advocate of CrowdFunding since raising finance for BankToTheFuture.com through Equity CrowdFunding on it's own platform. You will find Simon regularly quoted & appearing in much of the major press & media including BBC, FT, Reuters, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal to mention a few.  

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    About AppsJunction - London's #1 App Meetup:

    There are hundreds of app developers in London and thousands of people with an App Idea in their head. Let’s Make them meet then!

    The intention of the networking event is:

    Entrepreneurs & Speakers share their amazing knowledge & ideas with audience

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    People with app ideas meet developers and app development agencies

    What does this mean for YOU?

    Excellent overview of the market, App stores, App Economy and what all the craze is about.

    Several developers & clients can be reached within on evening at one place.

    Business leads generation and scheduling of business meetings

    Discussions only with key partners, easy way to meet the right ones.

    Pleasant atmosphere for informal discussions and networking.

    Please do follow/join us at:

    Organiser & Founder: @navinarora

    http://uk.linkedin.com/in/founderappsjunction/ 

    https://twitter.com/appsjunction

    http://www.linkedin.com/groups/iPhone-Android-iPad-Tablet-Blackberry-4041444

    http://www.facebook.com/groups/243492302349047/

    Photos from our past events here at our official blog:

    http://AppsJunction.Org - Please do share with your colleagues and friends

  • A Precious List of TOP timesaver tools, websites, software for startups to reach success faster

     

    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.

    Top hard to find & precious tools, websites, software for Entrepreneurs to reach success faster -

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    Wireframing Tools:

    1. https://popapp.in/  - a very popular tool to convert pen n paper sketches into a prototype - we use this
    2. https://www.ux-app.com/  - used by many designers
    3. http://power-story.com/  - powerpoint plugin - very handy and useful
    4. https://proto.io/  - one more highly recommended tool - monthly billing
    5. https://www.fluidui.com/  - costly but reputed one
    6. http://www.uxpin.com/  - pretty good one- paid one
    7. http://www.invisionapp.com/plans  - best one out there - 1 project is free, pay for 3 or more
    8. http://stencils.protoshare.com/  - advanced tool in terms of ux, worth the subscription
    9. https://cacoo.com/lang/en/  - powerful new one
    10. http://www.lumzy.com/  - cheap, only pay for what you use tool
    11. http://ninjamock.com/home/index  - cheap and really good -  we use this
    12. 24 free wireframimg and mockups tools blog

     

    Project Or task management tools:

    1. trello - quite popular
    2. producteev - best out there, free, with iOS & Android apps, can be used as bug tracking tool with clients/team - we use this
    3. http://getsharex.com/ - one of the best desktop screenshot and recording tool  we use this
    4. https://slack.com/ - Chat and project/task management desktop and mobile apps - free to use
    5. http://codecondo.com/10-best-tools-to-take-screenshots/ 
    6. http://codecondo.com/top-10-task-tracking-tools/
    7. http://codecondo.com/5-project-management-tools-for-development-teams/  - we use https://www.meldium.com/
    8. https://www.cloudwards.net/best-screen-capture-software/-
      best screen capture software

    Free Images:

    1. Free Stock Photos
    2. Pixabay - Free Images
    3. Gallery For Cartoon Handshake
    4. Free vector icons - SVG, PSD, PNG, EPS & Icon Font - Thousands of Free Icons
    5. Dollar Photo Club - high quality royalty free stock photos and vectors - Dollar Photo Club - we use this
    6. Beautiful pictures and wallpapers »reWalls.com

     

    Launch Site Makers:

    1. Landing Pages: Build & Test in Minutes - Instapage
    2. How To Make Your Own Website - Best Website Builder | Strikingly
    3. Generator for Startup Framework: Create Landing Page - Designmodo
    4. Free Responsive Mobile Website Templates Designs - w3layouts.com - Best one - we use this

     

    Crowd fund raising tools:

     

    1. http://codecondo.com/online-fundraising-tools/ - popular free or low commission crowd fund raising tools
    2. http://Appsjunction.net  - Leading App Projects Crowd funding website

     

    Social Media Automation Tools:

    1. http://foramention.com/cp/social_transact.php
    2. https://commun.it/ - Twitter Community Management like a Pro - free to try for 14 days then paid
    3. http://www.99dollarsocial.com/ - Manual content creation and posting everyday on 3 channels for $99 pcm
    4. How to automate your Twitter feed: 5 apps to try
    5. Four social media managers for business compared
    6. https://ritetag.com/pricing/ very powerful for using trending tags in your post but no free account - for pros and companies - min $10pcm for 1fb & 1 tw id
    7. http://tweetingmachine.com/public/index 
    8. http://lifehacker.com/twibble-automatically-tweets-blog-posts-or-rss-feeds-on-1609669758 - RSS to Tweets scheduling - free to try then paid
    9. https://twitterfeed.com/ - Best Free auto RSS to tweet + linkedin etc tool - we use this
    10. http://cezarsa.github.com/silver_bird/ - best free chrome app for timeline mgmt (but not the best looking one and no auto tweets)
    11. http://www.unifiedsocial.com/awesm/ - serious ROI measurement tool (till customer acquisition) for pros
    12. http://corp.unfollowers.com/ - 10million + users, one of the cheapest and most popular - we use this
    13. http://janetter.net/desktop.html - best free Desktop tool and mobile Apps for managing multiple twitter accounts (we use this) - some of our peers prefer http://www.digsby.com/features.php (half dead but was king of this space once) and/or https://www.trillian.im - still doing fine.
    14. https://sociota.net/Home/Pricing - new comer and getting popular - up to 10 social profiles in free account and paid plans cheaper than Hootsuit.

     

     Social Media Content and Facebook Campaign Generators:

    1. http://heyo.com/- build facebook campaign pages from readymade templates in minutes and deploy, cultivate emailids and acquire customers 
    2. https://www.shuttlerock.com/ -Outsource content generation to an invisible army, supply only images, comments and UGC given on your website by visitors.
    3. http://sociopal.com/ - creates twitter, facebook account and a website in seconds - plus provides curated content to make daily posts

     

    Marketing CRMs and inbound marketing automation tools for your website:

    1. 10 Free Online Marketing Tools for Small Business Owners blog
    2. http://www.loopfuse.com/ - inbound marketing automation tool - we use this
    3. https://uk.act-on.com/
    4. https://www.sugarcrm.com/uk  a leading CRM software - community edition is free

    Designing & Design Feedback Collaboration Tools:

    1. Canva: Amazingly Simple Graphic Design Software - we use this
    2. 50 Useful Responsive Web Design Tools For Designers
    3. https://redpen.io/ - hugely popular among designers to get live feedback on design images by clients

     

    Cloud based personal storage :

    1. Dropbox or Google Drive - the article supports DB, but we use Gdrive and have 10+ reasons not mentioned there to support Gdrive
    2. https://www.fileapartment.com/ $3.99/month for unlimited storage, world class and business class
    3. Microsoft OneDrive (15gb free, $6.99 pcm for 1TB and Office365 free) is a great option but You will need 1TB space on your lappy as well.

     

    Productivity Android Apps to save your time and do some magic:

    1. Mighty SMS - quite popular 6m+ users, its push bullet (rich desktop notifications from android phone) + desktop sms, call log, remote photo & video access and much more - we use this
    2. AirDroid - even more sophisticated and polished than MightySMS but free version only allows 100mb + lots of adverts - $1.99 pcm for paid version. 
    3. Read about two more here 

     

    Online precision typesetting services:

    1. lucidpress

     

    TOP SEO Tools & Plugins:

    1. WordPress SEO by Yoast - we use this
    2. iJoomla SEO for Joomla - we use this
    3. http://www.analyticsseo.com/basic-account - free - we use this - used by professionals in online marketing
    4. ranksonic- Free keyword generator

     

    Audio/Video/Webinar/Podcast Tools:

    1. By using a program like Audacity (free download) you can now create a sound file that can be uploaded to SoundCloud or possibly made into a podcast.
    2. Google hangout on Air - for live streaming to YouTube.

    last updated: 05/09/2015

    Click here for many more Popular Guides http://appsjunction.net/popular-guides.html 

    1. A Popular Guide: How to go about an App Idea      
    2. Guide: Pitch Advice And Funding Sources for App Startups in London, UK
    3. Guide: Top Tips on growth hacking for App Startups
    4. Appsjunction Exclusive: 48 top tips & tricks of app promotion on small budget 
    5. Looking for CTO/Co-founder Or iOS/Android/Web Developers in London and UK?

     

    We hope you liked the content compiled for you above!  Please do tweet/share it!

    Click here for more Popular Guides

    1. A Popular Guide: How to go about an App Idea! by PhoenixGMN.com
    2. Appsjunction Exclusive: 48 top tips & tricks of app promotion on small budget
    3. Guide: Pitch Advice And Funding Sources for App Startups in London, UK
    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:

    Appsjunction Meetup Annual Sponsor: http://PhoenixGMN.com ­­­­  Twitter: @phoenixcoolapps @appsjunction

    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 

     

  • Apps Junction Meet Up @ #AppsWorld 2013

    We’re very excited to announce that local Meet Up group Apps Junctionare holding a meet up at Apps World as part of our free to attend developer zone. The session will be run from 5-6.30pm on November 29th 2013 and will focus on matchmaking developers and App ideas in a friendly casual atmosphere. The format will consist of demos, pitches and expert speeches from AppsJunction members.

    Mobile Applications are poised to hit the $9billion mark by end of 2011 and only going one way! Juniper Research predicts the market will reach $25billion in 5 years time! From Mobile Search, Browsing, Health monitoring, Money transfer & payments, advertising, instant messaging and location based services the possible areas are endless. Apps Junction sets out to help new application ideas come to fruition, allowing entrepreneurs, companies and agencies to meet developers and vice versa.

    The session will be free to attend, if you wish to join Apps Junction event please visit their sitehere. To gain entrance into the session just register for a free Apps World developer zone and exhibition pass here and have access to all the other developer track sessions.

  • AppsJunction - Developers, Startups - Tips on how to find a good App Developer!

    This slideshare guidewas first presented at Appsjunction meetup in London

    Content of this Article has been moved to our guides section where we will keep it updated: http://appsjunction.net/popular-guides/64-guide-how-to-find-a-good-iphone-or-android-or-winphone-app-developer.html 

    Appsjunction meetup in London Intro: Meet & Network with the coolest Apps Enthusiasts in London City. Form teams and start exciting projects. Meet Co-founders, Startups, Developers, Designers, UX Gurus,  App Marketing Experts, Investors all in one day! When it comes to networking with the crowd which can help you in your Apps Venture, Appsjunction London is the place to be at. 

    Please do follow/join us at:

    https://twitter.com/appsjunction

    http://www.linkedin.com/groups/iPhone-Android-iPad-Tablet-Blackberry-4041444

    http://www.facebook.com/appsjunction

    Photos from our past events here at our official blog:

    http://AppsJunction.Org                                     

  • AppsJunction - Network with Devs & Startups - Supported by Microsoft

     Looking for Developers for your App Projects? - download our App from http://appsjunction.net and connect with them.

    Appsjunction Meetup London Mar 2014 - Supported & Sponsored by Microsoft: 

    We’re proud to be supporting Apps Junction London. At Microsoft, we are passionate about driving advances in devices, services & cloud computing, developing new ways for people to interact with technology at home, at work and on the move. Finally, we’d love to keep you up to date with the latest and greatest around apps, tools and the cloud. Please spend a minute or two to complete this brief survey and you’ll get automatic entry into a prize draw to win the amazing Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone handsets with a 41 megapixel camera, no less.

    Supported By: PhoenixGMN.com - We build MVP for Startups, prepare you for investors & help with App Funding & Promotion! We can help with specs & designs. We can help with funding by our Unique "Order Now - Pay Later" & "Revenue Share" Offers!  Special discount on MVP/Prototype quotes for attending Entrepreneurs. 

    Checkout this helpful How To Go About An App Idea - Guide. 

    Supported By:

    http://londonstudentjobs.co.uk/  twitter: @studentjobsl Its FREE for a LIMITED time to post an internship Job 

    Please NOTE: Venue! - Rainmaking Loft,International House

    1 St Katharine’s Way, London, E1W 1TW

    Meet & Network with the coolest Apps Enthusiasts in London City. Form teams and start exciting projects. Meet Co-founders, Startups, Developers, Designers, UX Gurus,  App Marketing Experts, Investors all in one day! When it comes to networking with the crowd which can help you in your Apps Venture, Appsjunction London is the place to be at. 

    *** Agenda ***

    6:30pm– Greetings & networking

    7:30pm-7:55pm - Microsoft & PhoenixGMN.com Presentations

    7:55pm-8:00pm - Presentation from Mobile App Expert. 

    8:00pm-8:30pm - App Demos & Pitches - List TBC

    8:30pm-8:40pm - 30 Sec shoutouts about what you do and what you are looking for 

    If you want to Sponsor or pitch/demo, get in touch ASAP

    e-mail: appsjunction[at]gmail[dot]com

    08:45pm - 10:00pm More Networking

    About AppsJunction:

    There are hundreds of app developers in London and thousands of people with an App Idea in their head. Let’s Make them meet then!

    The intention of the networking event is:

    Entrepreneurs & Speakers share their amazing knowledge & ideas with audience

    Entrepreneurs meet developers, partners and investors

    Developers meet clients, Developers meet developers

    People with app ideas meet developers and app development agencies

    What does this mean for YOU?

    Excellent overview of the market, App stores, App Economy and what all the craze is about.

    Several developers & clients can be reached within on evening at one place.

    Business leads generation and scheduling of business meetings

    Discussions only with key partners, easy way to meet the right ones.

    Pleasant atmosphere for informal discussions and networking.

    Please do follow/join us at:

    https://twitter.com/appsjunction

    http://www.linkedin.com/groups/iPhone-Android-iPad-Tablet-Blackberry-4041444

    http://www.facebook.com/groups/243492302349047/

    Photos from our past events here at our official blog:

    http://AppsJunction.Org - Please do share with your colleagues and friends

  • BEST INBOUND MARKETING STRATEGIES TO PROMOTE YOUR APP

    4 Best Inbound Marketing Strategies to promote your app

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    In the marketing-focused era, agents are attracting buyers with the help of appealing content. In contrast to conventional advertising tactics, wherein you broadcast your message with an expectation that buyers will buy that particular product, inbound marketing attracts them with content, SEO, and the likes. While inbound marketing is perfectly suitable for websites, it works for apps too.

    1. APP STORE DEVELOPMENT:

    App store optimization which is somewhat similar to SEO also aims at the target audience. The majority of users download apps through the App Store. It’s important to place correct keywords & follow regular rules while creating your App Store page. Developing the app title is significant since users look for an app which saves time and efforts. An app having concise title helps the users to grasp details quickly.

    2. PUSH ALERTS:

    It’s really sad when a buyer gets bugged with your app and stops using it. Since almost all the apps earn profits through advertising or in-app shopping, a bored buyer will shift to another brand, affecting your sales. Nicely written and welcoming buzz alerts are the greatest ways to re-capture people. Inbound marketing is certainly value- based. If your users get irritated or don’t get any benefits through the app, they’ll unsubscribe.

    3. SHARING:

    User-friendly apps always succeed outstandingly. It’s beneficial to add ‘SHARE’ button in the app which would make the app visible to all but won’t irritate them. Keeping connection to apps via social networking is crucial as well because in this way, signed in users can have hassle-free & speedy access. Make an app where sharing is easy to seen to it that it’ll have an integration to all other co-related social media apps as it will make sharing extensive.

    4. APP INDEXING:

    This procedure is quite new, that permits Google to index a part of your app in its search so that, users with installed Google on their phones can Google a term, click and get shifted to what you have made. This is the best way to give accelerated start to your app if your phone has numerous apps installed on it.

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    3. Guide: Pitch Advice And Funding Sources for App Startups in London, UK
    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:

    Appsjunction Meetup Annual Sponsor: http://PhoenixGMN.com ­­­­  Twitter: @phoenixcoolapps @appsjunction

    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 

     

  • Coding for change: hackers gather for charity marathon

     

    Global problems, from disaster relief to #climate change, will be tackled from in front of computer screens worldwide this weekend, as a thousands of #hackers take part in a #codingmarathon for charity.

    Over 2,000 developers across 21 global cities are taking part in the #hack4good marathon, organised by San Francisco based social networking site for developers, Geeklist.

    Charities including Unicef UK, Macmillan, Friends of the Earth and Amnesty International are involved.

    Geeklist founder Reuben Katz said: "Every aspect of our lives is touched somehow by software engineering – whether it’s the media we read or the fruit we eat – and there’s huge potential to work globally to better manage the problems we face. 

    "Solutions have to solve actual problems, be they logistical, communicative or data-oriented. But we plan to unite NGOs, charities and organisations that deal with humanitarian issues, disaster and environmental relief and think there is real scope to affect change."

    Tools that could be developed could be disaster response software, such as Person Finder, the survivor list and message board developed by #Google in response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Google is supporting #hack4good globally.

    It could also include developing cheaper software, to make access to technology easier for a range of charities, or developing new ways to connect charities with supporters.

    Mr Katz also wants to create a permanent community of experts who can be on hand during global disasters to help solve problems in real time. The company is launching The Geeklist Corps of Developers (found at geekli.st/corps) – to be the first responders to humanitarian problems worldwide.

    Cities taking part in #hack4good include New York, London, Kathmandu, Minsk, Toronto, and Tel Aviv. Around 200 hackers were expected to take part in New Delhi, with 160 in San Francisco and 150 in Paris.

    Read more:  Channel 4 news

     

    You can also signup at http://appsjunction.net to hear about our latest Blogs and stay at the top of your game. If you have an app idea yourself, why not post a project here and see freelancers sending you quotes for it. You may find someone to build your dream app for you in 2-3 months. Need funding? Start a crowdfunding campaign here! Checkout our guides section to know all about crowdfunding & building a successful App.

     

  • Cost Break Down of Different Apps

    Cost Break Down of Different Apps

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    You have a killer idea of making your own app. You decide your target audience, potential revenue, benefits, etc. But, when it comes to the cost of bringing your app idea to life, it all looks ordeal. You are not alone.

    When you are planning to build an app, being clear on the costs of building an app is critical.

    WHAT TYPE OF APP DO YOU WANT TO BUILD?

    1. BASIC TABLE FUNCTIONALITY APP:

    This type of app displays only basic static information. Calendars, food recipes, diet planners, etc. fall under this category. Basic table functionality apps cost anywhere from $1000-4000.

    2. APPS WITH A DATABASE:

    These are the apps which rely on data from a website and users can search, produce results, input data, screen GPS and more. Costs can fall between $8,000 – 50,000 as apps linked to databases require more programming and API’s.

    3. GAME APPS: 

    Think Temple Run, Flappy Bird or Candy Crush Saga. Game apps require high-end graphics, remarkable user experience, a scoring system as well as social media integration. Including all the associated costs, game apps can range from $10,000 – 250,000.

    4. BREAKING DOWN THE COSTS:

    Costs for each type of app varies a lot. Also, multiple factors contribute to the overall cost of the app. Some of these factors that will increase the cost of your app are:

    1. Interface
    2. Log in feature
    3. In-app payment
    4. Data sync features across multiple devices
    5. User reviews and ratings
    6. User profiles
    7. Website integration
    8. Custom made logo

    5. HOW TO KEEP THE COSTS DOWN:

    Sketch out the design of your app, and break down all the scenarios of app usage. Having a concrete idea of exactly how your app to work should work helps in cutting down unnecessary developer time and cost.

    Alternatively, you can explore using off the shelf apps which can cost very little to develop. It allows you to create iPhone and Android apps quickly through a simple drag-and-drop tool for free.

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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:

    Appsjunction Meetup Annual Sponsor: http://PhoenixGMN.com ­­­­  Twitter: @phoenixcoolapps @appsjunction

    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 

  • Forget “OK Glass,” MindRDR Is A Google Glass App You Control With Your Thoughts

    Team based out of interactive studio This Place in London, is launching a new app that it hopes will kickstart an even more seamless way of interacting with the device: with the power of your mind.

    Google Glass has made a name for itself (somewhat infamously) as head-mounted hardware that you can control with your voice and a sliding finger. Now, a team based out of interactive studio This Place in London, is launching a new app that it hopes will kickstart an even more seamless way of interacting with the device: with the power of your mind.

    MindRDR, as the app is called, links up Google Glass with another piece of head-mounted hardware, the Neurosky EEG biosensor, to create a communication loop.

    The Neurosky biosensor picks up on brainwaves that correlate to your ability to focus. The app then translates these brainwaves into a meter reading that gets superimposed on the camera view in Google Glass. As you “focus” more with your mind, the meter goes up, and the app takes a photograph of what you are seeing in front of you. Focus some more, and the meter goes up again and the photo gets posted to Twitter.

  • Guide: Do you really need a CTO or Tech Co-founder and what the roles actually mean in a startup?

     

    Appsjunction.net -  your favourite networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform, brings to you this helpful - "Do you really need a CTO or Tech Co-founder and what the roles actually mean in a startup?" guide!   This and more experts insights like this is often shared with audience at popular Appsjunction meetup in LondonAppsjunction.net 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.

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    Very often we are asked by people, how to find a CTO or Tech Co-founder in London and UK?  We have listed following facts and research which we have identified can help you find the right help in London.

    Idea guy asking for funding and co-founder

    http://dilbert.com/strip/2015-09-11

    Following is our analytical take on the subject when someone says you need a Tech Co-founder.

    The MYTH that one Engineer or iOS developer or Andorid Developer (possible co-founder) is all your need today and in future to launch your app startup in a serious way is totally not true. Following diagram shows what are typical components of an App and that for medum to high tech need startups - you would need  a team of people to build it right from scratch so it can scale up in future. If you are not technical yourself then you would need someone to handle technical aspects of your tech startup project and handle its development by the dev teams and that person ideally should be (Please read the article till end and don't forget to bookmark/share as we keep updating it) a Tech Project Manager OR Tech Business Analyst but definitely not a developer for reasons explained below.

    Typical App And Server Architecture

    The first question to ask yourself is how much technical you think you are and how much tech your actually startup needs. For the sake of discussion we will classify tech startups in 3 categories with examples -

    1. less tech - Examples 1) a nanny or plumber booking platform with a call centre - 2) a readymade meal (pre defined menu) ordering and fulfillment business, 3) a property investment and rental management sort of business, 4) AirBnB type of property listings to book 4) daily deals platform - all these can be sorted by readymade wordpress templates + plugins (Typical outsourcing cost for Ver 1.0 between $500 - $1500) as the business is actually more backend - you would need cust support and content admin manpower to manage the listing & booking of people/services, manage refunds etc.  In this case the business actually just needs a simple to make website & app for regional/local services/products. A non-tech entrepreneur doesn't necessarily need a tech co-founder in this case if he/she has the time to deal with 1-2 geeks and get the MVP built. Once the MVP is successful, an advisory CTO/ tech PM can be hired on salary + some equity model for ongoing support/upgrade of the product/service.
    2. medium techExamples 1)  event booking platform, 2) marketplace to buy/sell of products or services, 3) paid online learnig tutorials (vdeos etc), 4) Job portals, 5) crowd funding websites 6) ebay/amazon type eShops selling 1 or more products 7) dating websites and apps - these business are 50% backend operations and 50% tech - moreover the tech here should be implemented in a way from day one so that it can scale up to global level one day. A non-tech entrepreneur would need a tech co-founder (local or outsourced) in this case.
    3. high tech -  Examples 1) transferwise type FX transfer service 2) twitter/facebook/whatsapp type platforms, 3) fintech startups dealing with trading platforms, 4) blockchain and bitcoin exchanges and wallet websites/apps  5)  VR games 6) NFC/iBeacons/POS/Wallet linked products/services. A non-tech entrepreneur would need a CTO level tech co-founder (local) and tech teams (local or outsourced) in this case. 

    If your startup falls in category 1 above then its better to learn a little bit about wordpress and wordpress based eShops etc on your own rather than looking for a tech co-founder to build it for you in return for 20% (forever in your startup) which you could have outsourced to a local/remote developer to build & set it up for you. 

    Why sharing equity with a Tech Co-founder for something seriously simple to build ( 1-2 months) is such a bad idea.

    1. A typical scenario we see at tech meetups that many people's ideas fall in category 1 above. Instead of getting a paid developer to build their low-tech solution pretty cheap they end up giving the label of a Tech Cofounder to a developer in return for 20% equity who sets up the low tech solution for them.  This leads to all sorts of complications & devaluation later. 
    2. Suppose a freelancer could have built your wordpress website or a simple listing, booking and paying app for $/£1000-1500. But you instead got a tech co-founder (developer) on board who built it for free or very low cost for you in return for 20%-40% equity. To an angel investor that would mean that 20% equity in your company was worth $1000 so the whole company is not worth more than $5000 at seed stage (pre-revenue stage).
    3. Once the website/app is setup, since your business was more of fulfillment from backend, your product/website won't see rapid features and functionality changes and even if it does release new features they would be fairly simple tech enhancements. e.g. lets assume it was a readymade meal ordering website/app where people order their meal from pre-set 7-10 menus per day/week. Once built, this website/app can last like this for 1-2 years. Your tech cofounder will not have much to do for 1-2 yrs. A co-founder is for life of startup not for a one time 2 month service. (please read complete article below to get a better understanding.

     

    Three questions you must ask a possible Tech Co-founder:

    1. What is their primary interest in your startup? what is their current focus (engagements & commitments) in life?  what is their track record in your domain or startup's business domain?
    2. What exactly they can and will contribute? write it down to avoid bad & sad outcomes later and to avoid arguments.
    3. Are they for long term with you or just one hit and will be distracted by other shiny new ideas later?  Will they sign an ideally 3 yrs (atleast 1 yr) of commitment contract on whatever their time & effort commitment is towards your startup? Note: It normally takes 3 years to reach the level of success where angels and founding team can think of an Exit from the company.
    4. Note:  it is very difficult to find someone credible enough who can satisfy the 3rd criteria as well.  Tech city london is full of stories where not meeting requirement 3 above killed a startup in long run in its 2nd/3rd year or even later part of 1st year. Many entrepreneurs going for their first startup are Naive and are heading for failed startups hence try to find a co-founder who already has valuable experience of failed or successful startups.  Angel.co and cofounderdating.com are two very helpful platforms in this context.

     

    Understanding the different roles in a startup will save you from a probable disaster and bad conflicts later on:

    • What is a CEO? - CEO of a startup can be just an idea guy with or without money, can be a marketing guy or ideally can be a guy well experienced in his field of startup . Its a position every idea owner founder smart-or-not-smart, rich or not rich, experienced or not experienced can claim and people around him can live with it.  When the startup becomes sucessful, this founder may realise that like Google or other professionally run company, a CEO is a job which requires specific skills and then at that stage founder + VCs/Investors often vote to hire a CEO material guy to run the show and grow the company.
    • What is a CTO? - Unlike CEO, this position can't be obtained just by being the programmer part of the 2 man startup team. A CTO tag has to be earned as it will need years of programming & system architecture experience to become one otherwise this CTO will never be respected by a fellow programmer and this CTO's decisions won't be right. It becomes a joke very soon when a programmer level person (often an iOS developer) starts as a CTO but when a startup is successful and big scalable infrastructre like cloud servers, cache servers, redundancy servers, APIs, firewalls, DMZ web services, SaaS web services, scalable system architecture, database architecture etc is needed, then this so called CTO doesn't have much say or inputs and becomes a tag-along "not much use" person for the company for no fault of his own.  If you need a CTO as co-founder then make sure you will need him for long run and he will be value enough for the long run.
    • What is Tech Co-founder? -  Depending on the technical need of a startup's product/service, this guy can be skilled anywhere between an iOS Developer, Sr. Developer, Full Stack Developer, Tech Lead, Solution Architect, System Architect, CTO.  This guy usually knows all the technical features, limitations, possibilities and technical roadmap of the product.  A technically zero (or less tech knowledge than a hands-on developer) version of this role is a new breed of polished PPT presenters (and good orators) known as Product Owners/Managers who can take care of your product's future features and business model if you yoruself are not smart enough/CEO material. These guys these days often handle a product's tech development using the help of Tech Project Managers/ Project Coordinators/ Tech Leads or tech BAs. However more or less they are a facilitator/project manager sort of person between a CEO and tech teams but not exactly a tech co-founder or CTO (noway). They are an extra cost to a startup in early stages as a startup can live without a product manager but not without a tech lead/tech co-founder or tech teams programming the first version of CEO's product.
    • Advisory CTO -  people won't be jobless and hanging around meetups. Usually they are beyond the pockets of an early stage not yet funded startup unless you get lucky in convincing one with your idea plus your own solid professional background in your startup's domain. Exceptions are always there as in if you are a successful serial entrepreneur and start with good cash situation from day 1 then you can find a dedicated CTO/Sr. Tech BA/ Tech PM kind of person to be your co-founder.
    • Developers (3-5 yrs of development career): might hang around meetups mainly for paid employee positions in established startups. It is usually very hard to find someone to work only for equity share as equity at this "idea" stage doesn't even buy bread and doesn't pay rent. They usually don't consider themselves a tech founder material and ideally would want to work under a senior tech figure. For most App Projects, It is not advisable to take them onboard as tech cofounder as you only need them for development & launch of first full featured product and then onwards for minimal ongoing support (which can/should be outsourced) thereafter. A cofounder is kind of someone for life and since Its majority tech work involved in your App/Web product launch is a one time service you need (in most not all cases), hence once the App is successful and downloads start going up in charts, to add incremental features you won't need a developer disguised as tech cofounder AS a standard developer or development team can do this one time job for you. One should aim to find a Sr. person like an advisory CTO level person as tech co-founder or a Sr Tech BA/PM who can not only get the product built by (local/outsourced) developers but also help you evolve the product as per your business needs in long run. 
    • Most common justifiable need of a tech co-founderis actually the need of a person who can speak tech with geeks, basically a tech project manager who can speak geek language and yet can talk to business oriented people like CEO and Marketing guys in their own language in a simplified & easy to understand ways without technical jargons or API parameters. This guy is usually a Business Analyst or tech project manager or project coordinator. Most startups don't realise that in the rest of the IT projects in rest of the World, every project doesn't require a CTO or tech co-founder. Most IT projects in big enterprises don't have a CTO/Tech Co-founder. e.g. Pingit was an App produced by Barclays. Like any App project in an Enterprise level organisation the structure will be like this:  Non-tech Sr. Business Stake Holders ( equivalent of a Startup's non-tech founder/investors)  explain the business requirements to a Business Analyst/Project Manager/ Project Coordinator who then writes detailed tech requirements (specs & wireframes) and explains the features to Tech PM/Tech Lead/Tech Teams and tests the output when it is delivered to make sure it matches the expectation of business stakeholder(s). Product roadmap/feature list is usually dictated by Sr Business stakeholder.  Hence if an IT role qualifies most for the tech cofounder role, then its the Tech BA/PM role who understands your poduct/service requirements correctly first and then gets your business requirements implemented correctly by tech teams (inhouse or offshore, doesn't matter) in a professional way by documenting spec, wireframes, ROI, MOSCOW priorities and complexity levels. S/he regularly sits with the non-tech Sr. stakeholders (You the CEO-Founder) and translates their high level business requirements to technical requirements specs for tech teams to implement and test. You will have an ongoing need for this role person as a cofounder and hence this role qualifies 100 times more than a developer trying to fit into a co-founder role.
    • A product owner/manager: role is a non-tech extension of a BA (business analyst) role. To make it simple to understand,  a BA can be a product owner but a product owner can't be a BA simply because a Product Owner is not technical enough to make right technical decisions or describe a requirement in technical ways/specs to a development team. In Agile methodology, a BA converts a business/ux/functional requirement into user stories and writes acceptance criteria for them. Aceptance criteria is a modern version of test use cases and its description is fairly technical e.g. a password reset url should be valid for only 2 hours and request for new one should expire the last one + failed attempts at reset url should be logged and more than 5 repeated attempts in 5 minutes should bock the attempting user (by IP or cookie) for next 2 hrs. A product owner or product manager can't write all that hence they are not the perfect translator or bridge between the business stakeholders/CEO and tech teams. A product owner will always need a BA to fill the need of a tech founder kind of person. A product guy should never be mistook as a tech cofounder even if they hard sell themselves these days to you as your ideal co-founder, they are just good in talking business progress and presentations (PPTs) of product roadmap to the  audience and most people in this field are from marketing, PR and advertising kind of background.
    • World is full of startups in their 2nd/3rd year where a CEO/founder is still coming to the office everyday to achieve breakeven or profitable state and seed stage Tech Co-founder goes on long vacation of many months because the website/service is running just fine by support of tech support staff and no new significant features need to be added. e.g. a p2p lending platform (and a corwdfunding platform) the author knew about, needed just a wordpress based site (readymade templates available for that) for users to login and donate money to the fundpool.  90% of the remaining work like due diligence, background checks, legal approvals etc was all background manual (Ops) work. These startups could have paid a developer $1000 to max $5000 directly to come up with a really nice and polished looking website to do the simple job but instead they ended up giving away 15-25% of their equity to their tech cofounder who in-turn further spent similar amount of company's money to get the stuff built by developers. 

     

    How to launch a startup without a tech cofounder and without giving away significant percentage of your equity to someone who fulfils just one time need of a product launch?  There are two recommended ways:

    1. either you hire a team of devs (local if you can pay significantly more or outsourced) represented or managed by a tech PM/BA Or
    2. if you think that you have grasped enough about the simple tech solution you need (many times its just a wordpress site and some plugins/api integrations which does the job)  to launch your product (web/app) then just handle the geeks directly and get it made by geeks/developers (local if you can pay significantly more or outsourced). Note: Most good & recommended mobile & web development outsourcing services providers like PhoenixInfomedia provide a Tech PM/Project Coordinator as well to help you with technical stuff if you yourself are not that technical.  

     

    Note: It is true that investors won't invest in a one-man-show company. But it is not true that, this one man always has to be a tech co-founder. Author thinks that  angel ecosystem should use the help of Technical Advisory level people to evaluate the technical needs (low, medium.high) of a startup to judge whether it needs a tech-founder or not as in many cases an outsourcing provider can do the job of tech co-founder very well. It is high time the eco-system must realise that in this modern age of too much information & promotion to get the customer's eye balls and attention, the need of a CMO in a startup is more paramount. CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) is the key person for a startup's success - someone who knows online marketing, SEO, ASO, Analytics, growth hacking and monetisation and its need in a startup is probably 1000 times more serious and valid than the need of a tech cofounder who may not be needed everyday in office just a few months after post golive. It is far easier to outsource a tech PM or Developer role but it is very hard to find strong CMO level people and you would need them locally even if they outsource the mundane tasks of regular social media updates and SEOs to teams offshore. You would need someone to dig into analyics and data and could find out the best avenue to spend your dollars/pounds for fast growth. A smart CEO and CMO combination is a far bigger guarantee for the success of a startup than just CEO and tech co-founder.

    Note: If you have already done good online marketing and growth hacking yourself, to take your startup to a stage where its fairly successful and you have a good traction, at that stage you don't need a tech founder anyway. You are past that stage and instead you should aim for hiring a CTO on some salary + 1-2% equity deal. Now you need a CTO material person to scale it up and put his 10-20 years of solid experience into the efforts of taking your product global. More informed opinions about this particular scenario here. https://www.quora.com/My-startup-is-growing-to-28K-users-and-I-did-all-of-that-with-outsourcing-agencies-and-still-I-cant-find-a-tech-co-founder-What-should-I-do-next

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  • How do I hire new talent as a Startup?

    Recruitment is a simple concept to understand, but rarely plays out as smoothly as we’d all like. This means that prior experience is crucial, and it’s something start-ups often need to develop too. So, why all the fuss?

    - 50% of digital companies in London are micro firms (less than 10 employees) as of 2013.

    - 95%+ are small to medium size businesses (up to 250 employees) as of 2013.

    Top ten tips

    Considering the rate of growth in other sectors, this is a nice challenge to have though. When it comes to tackling these hiring challenges, there are some key points to keep in mind:

    1. Clearly define the brief and your key criteria.Make sure you’re breaking key criteria into ‘must have’ and ‘nice to have’, and outline what the unique challenges and characteristics of the role are.

    2. Make time to hold more than one interview. You and the candidate both need to be sure that this is the right fit.

    3. Plan the interviews. It’s hard to find out what you need otherwise, and it can be hard to control the interview without some advance planning. A lack of prep also leaves candidates feeling let down and they can easily lose interest, even if they’ve impressed you. Make it personal – the star candidate that catches your attention will have options, and you want to stand out.

    4. Hire on brand. Distinct values & passionate staff reinforce your story.

  • How to find a smashing job with a fancy Startup in London! #TechCitySkills

     

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    Top Must Have Self Motivation Tools for Job Seekers:

    1. motivate2winapp.com - we use this
    2. other motivation apps from superhitapps.com 

     Top websites or social media platforms to find startup jobs in London & UK:

    1. Tech City London Jobs in Startups
    2. http://Gradlancer.co.uk  
    3. https://www.facebook.com/groups/356650711075435/?fref=ts 
    4. http://workinstartups.com
    5. http://escapethecity.org
    6. https://unicornhunt.io/
    7. https://www.siliconmilkroundabout.com/companies
    8. https://angel.co/london/jobs
    9. http://www.ukstartupjobs.com/
    10. http://londonstartupjobs.co.uk/
    11. http://www.techstartupjobs.com/
    12. http://www.studentjob.co.uk/
    13. http://www.techcityjobs.co.uk/
    14. http://f6s.com  

    Meetups & Events to try and meet employers & recruiters:

    1. http://www.meetup.com/London-Tech-Jobs-Fair/ 
    2. http://www.meetup.com/London-Startup-Jobs/ 
    3. http://www.meetup.com/Find-A-tech-Job-In-London/
    4. Silicon Milkroundabout: the twice a year London tech jobs fair 

     

    Some top Tips to get the job you want:

    1. Apply vigorously at all the relevant jobs posted at websites above. 
    2. Startups are all about innovation. Show your innovation streak & challenge loving mind in your CV.  Provide a bullet point summary of your career highlights so far in the top of first page of you CV after your introduction. A great CV is half battle won, it at least gets your foot in the door.
    3. Startups are usually looking for coders, CTO/Architect/Lead Tech/Product Management. There are typically fewer roles the further we move from coding roles. So know your territory beforehand.
    4. At meetups and job fairs, use name labels as skill badges and write your skill set/job role and that you are a job seeker on name label stickers and stick to your shirt/t-shirt
    5. Use vistaprint or any other service to get your business card type cards which should mention your name, contact no, linkedin profile, QRcode and most importantly the job title you are looking for and your primary & secondary skills. At meetups and job fairs, Pass on this card to whoever wants it. This helps a lot in employers and recruiters re-connecting with you after the event.
    6. About 55% of jobs are filled through Friend of A Friend referrals so At meetups and job fairs please do Talk to other attendees - they or you may know of an interesting opportunity, or a good fit for each other somewhere. Use your smartphone and look up the person you are talking to and add them on linkedin. 
    7. Take your linkedin profile seriously. It should be as good as a CV. Some important and well written linkedin advice here
    8. Some great advice here What Interviewers Wish They Could Tell Every Job Candidate 
    9. get some sane feedback about profile pictures. @PhotoFeeler

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    London Startup Funding #1: Where to Raise Money

    Despite the huge figures we see in the media, if your startup is very early-stage, raising in London is challenging and time consuming. The impression from Silicon Valley blogs is that individual angels will cough up $500k for an idea. This won’t happen in London, so below I’m laying out what I see as the state of play in London right now.

    The main sources of funding for early-stage tech startups are:

    1. Bootstrapping and personal savings;
    2. Friends and family;
    3. Angels;
    4. Family offices;
    5. Seed funds (seed VC);
    6. VC funds;
    7. Grants;
    8. Crowdfunding;
    9. Accelerators and incubators.

    Bootstrapping your business using retained earnings and personal savings allows you to retain total control of the business and 100% of the equity. The downsides would be lack of capital for growth and lack of advice/support from investors (which may or may not be worth much).

    Friends and family may be a good source of early capital on friendly terms (up to £100k perhaps), but remember Polonius’ advice to Laertes:

    Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
    For loan oft loses both itself and friend.

    Angels may invest either individually or as organised syndicates or groups. This is likely to be your first money on fully commercial terms. Unlike in Silicon Valley, the average investment size per angel is likely to be in the range 10k-50k, so it becomes unwieldy to raise more than 200k solely from angels, but it can be done. Angels are probably best for smaller rounds between 50k and 300k, or investing alongside a seed fund for rounds up to 600k.

    Family offices are rare but will often come in for larger amounts than individual angels, so you might be able to raise 100k-200k from a single family. They’re pretty much in the middle between angels and seed funds.

    Seed funds (sometimes called seed VCs) are likely to be your first institutional money. They will make individual investments from 50k-750k and are often the lead investor in a round filled out with angels. They also bring the potential for government co-funding, where the London Co-Investment Fund, for example, might match the money invested by the seed fund.

    VC funds are the first full-scale institutional money and usually seek to invest 1m+. Typically the round when these guys come is called the Series A. With increasing numbers of seed funds, there’s no clear separation between seed and VC anymore.

    Grants are more common in life sciences than tech, but there is funding available especially for startups with a social/environmental focus or where university research is being commercialised. (I saw a recipe app that qualified for grant funding since it incorporated PhD research.)

    Equity crowdfunding is something I’m pretty sceptical about, apart from in specific cases. However an increasing number of startups are going this way and it does work if the campaign is correctly planned with 30-40% of the money committed before launching.

    Accelerators & incubators – there are a wide of range of programmes offering funding and support in exchange for equity. They’re all different, so I won’t try to go into detail, but a lot of startups are going through them. [For full disclosure, I’m an investor/mentor in Collider this autumn.]

    London Startup Funding #2: Funding Stages

    We hear a lot about different funding rounds: pre-seed, seed, late seed, second seed, series A, B, C, A2, A3, et cetera.

    As far as I can tell this is completely unhelpful since the terminology is so poorly defined that whenever someone uses these terms they then have to go on to explain what is meant.

    The reality is that two things matter:

    1. the pre-money valuation/amount being raised; and,
    2. who’s investing.

    I’ve listed pre-money and amount together, since for the most part, percentage equity tends to be somewhere around 15% – 25%, and so valuation largely determines the amount of cash, orvice versa.

    To recap:

    post-money valuation = (amount raised) / (percentage of equity)

    pre-money valuation = (post-post money valuation) – (amount raised)

    So for example, if you’re raising 500k for 20% equity:

    post-money valuation = 2.5m = 500k / 20%

    pre-money valuation = 2m = 2.5m – 500k

    Since percentage of equity is fairly constant across rounds, it’s valuation and amount that vary together.

    In practice, if you’re raising significantly less than 1m from family, friends, angels or seed VC funds, then you’re not yet at Series A.

    If you’re raising 1m+ from one or two VC funds for the first time then it’s Series A.

    If you’ve done a Series A and the new round is at a higher valuation then it’s Series B…

    But in reality, it’s easier to just specify amount raised, pre-money and type of investor, then it’ll be clear to anyone what you mean.

    London Startup Funding #3: (S)EIS Tax Breaks

    In the US early-stage funding is often done using convertible notes, but in the UK it’s generally equity. The reason for this is the UK’s generous SEIS and EIS tax breaks for investors.

    Pretty much every early-stage startup will raise using these schemes until they reach VC funding, so you should understand what’s going on because it matters to your potential investors.

    I won’t go into the technical details around the tax schemes, but in practice most early stage UK tech companies that have never raised money (and are less than two years old) will be able to raise £150k under the SEIS scheme. After that, anything you raise before VC funding will probably be covered by EIS.

    SEIS allows investors to reduce their income tax bill by 50% of the amount invested, and not be liable to capital gains tax on a exit. Investors are also able to defer paying CGT on gains from other investments if they reinvest the sale proceeds in (S)EIS eligible companies. In the event of the company going bust, they can reduce their taxable income (not liability to income tax) by the other 50% of the investment amount.

    EIS works the same, except for being 30% rather than 50%.

    If you are looking to raise money your solicitor or accountant can help with filing the paperwork for (S)EIS pre-approval, which the investors will want to see.

    The company raising funds cannot be controlled by another company, but it’s possible for a non-UK company to raise funds under (S)EIS if they have a UK operation. If you’re raising funding from UK investors, you should check the details with a solicitor.

    London Startup Funding #4: Investors vs ‘Investors’

    In an ideal world the word ‘investor’ would be reserved for people who will write a cheque, but in London today it can mean various things.

    There are events described as ‘pitching in front of investors’ but no one on the panel is ever going to give you money. Often consultants/intermediaries describe themselves as ‘investors’ when they mean they will try to find investors for a fee, or that they will perform consulting work for an equity stake in your company.

    There is nothing wrong with this as long as startups are clear on what they are being offered. But it is up to startups to seek clarity on who they are dealing with.

    Ask people precisely what they offer and in exchange for what. If someone says they are looking to invest cash, ask for details on what other startups they’ve funded and for how much. Find out if they took consulting fees or sweat equity and on what terms.

    Honest people will be happy to share details and introduce you to the previous startups so that you can double check. If this is someone’s first deal, then that’s fine too, but they should be open about it.

    If someone is being vague ‘because it’s confidential’, or gives generalities such as ‘my deals are usually…’ then maybe they’re naive, but perhaps being deliberately misleading.

    London Startup Funding #5: Your Investors Control Your Company From Day One

    There’s a myth that 51% equity ownership determines who controls a company, but for startups in London today this is untrue.

    The standard terms under which you raise from angels or VCs will give them a veto on any of the following activities (and many others):

    1. Materially changing the nature of the company’s business;
    2. Issuing securities (ie, raising equity capital from anyone else or giving anyone options);
    3. Taking on material debt (ie, raising loan capital from anyone else);
    4. Altering the articles of the company;
    5. Paying a dividend;
    6. Shutting the company down.

    You can run the company from day to day, but as soon as you want to raise money or make a meaningful change, you need their support. And if they choose to withhold that support, they have you over a barrel.

    Feel free to share horror stories in the comments below.

    London Startup Funding #6: Pitch Deck Essentials

    The first thing investors will likely want to see before a meeting or call is a pitch deck. It needs to be concise but with enough detail to get them interested. Since it’s going to be read in isolation, it needs to contain more detail than a deck for presenting live.

    Try to avoid things like slides that reveal one line at a time or animation. These work when presented live, but are just annoying to read. (Someone once sent me a pdf, where each slide took five pages because in the original powerpoint one line of text appeared per click.)

    Investors are unlikely to commit a large amount of time to a first read of the deck, so aim for a length of 10-15 slides and no more than 4-5 minutes to skim. Try to hook people early, because no one is going to get to the end if they’re bored by the fifth slide.

    The structure of decks varies, but for most companies the following point should be covered:

    • Start with a title page detailing company name, URL, contact name and email address. A tag line for the what the company does is often included.
    • Describe the problem you solve and identify the target audience.
    • How do you solve the problem? Describe your solution without giving away the precise details of your secret sauce.
    • How do you monetize?
    • What is the size of the addressable market? Is it growing?
    • Describe the competitive landscape and how you are different from the competition.
    • Demonstrate product/market fit. For a B2B firm this  will ideally be increasing MRR (monthly recurring revenue). For B2C, growing user numbers if you are pre-revenue.
    • How many users do you have and who are they? For a B2B business these should be recognizable names. For B2C, it will likely be metrics such as subscribers or daily active users. Include some testimonials, if possible.
    • Financials – for early-stage companies three year projections are likely to be garbage, but a lot of UK angel groups will expect to see them. (I’d like to suggest leaving the projections out, but I know at least one London angel group that requires the numbers and includes them in their deal summary sheets for companies that pitch at events.)
    • Who are the team members and what are their backgrounds?
    • How much investment is being sought? Specify the terms and whether it is has SEIS or EIS tax relief.
    • How will  you spend the money? How do you plan to scale the business?

    I covered some practical points about the format of the deck in my previous post on ensuring investors actually read your pitch.

    Please add your comments below.

    With permission from A Blog on London Tech Investment by Andrew Holmes

     

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