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

     

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    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. 
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    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!

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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? 

    Appsjunction Meetup London – 29th Sep 2014

    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
    5. How to find a good iOS or Android or Win Phone Developer

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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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    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:

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    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.

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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/ 

     

    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

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    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?

     

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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.

     

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  • Activities you should do after running a successful crowd funding campaign

     

    Make your audience happy with strong follow-through.

    1. Fulfill perks/givebacks and promises

    You must fulfill your perks/givebacks if:

    You chose Flexible Funding and you received one or more contributions in exchange for perks;

    You chose Fixed Funding and you met your funding goal.

    You do not have to fulfill your perks if:

    You chose Fixed Funding and you did not meet your funding goal.

    Working on fulfilling your perks? 

    If you need specific information from a contributor to fulfill their perks (a size or color preference, for example), reach out to them directly.

     

    2. Collect your money

    When your campaign is over, we can disburse your funds through one of the following methods: PayPal 

    When and how your funds are disbursed depends on how your campaign receives contributions.

    All contributions received through PayPal will be sent to your PayPal account.

    All contributions you receive via credit card on paypal will be sent to your paypal account.

    3. Continue marketing

    Your campaign page is a great marketing tool after your campaign has ended, as it will likely continue receiving visitors. New people will discover your page through web searches or the Explore pages of appsjunction. If you’ve received press attention, news articles will still link to your page.

    Think about what you’d like these newcomers to do and edit your campaign page to encourage this behavior. Do you want them to continue on to your new webpage? Add a big button that links to the new page.

    4. Continue updating

    Promote a sense of community and keep your contributors happy by continuing to send updates regularly. If there have been changes to your project or your ability to fulfill your perks, communicate with your contributors immediately. People tend to be forgiving when they are kept in the loop.

    For campaigns with many contributors:

    Prepare a CSV file (comma separated list) of your contributors’ information and set up a “Mail Merge” to quickly send emails to all of your contributors.

    5. Continue campaigning

    Now that you’ve finished your campaign, consider running another. We’ve seen a number of very successful repeat crowdfunders. The contributors from your original campaign are a fantastic audience to reach out to when you’re starting your next.

    Think creatively about how you can encourage your previous campaign’s contributors to support another project. Special perks or other incentives are a nice way to acknowledge them and continue to strengthen your relationship.

    You can also show your gratitude to the appsjunction community by paying it forward. Contribute to other campaigns to help out fellow crowdfunders. Use Meetup groups or Appsjunction comments to connect with new campaigners. Give feedback and share what you’ve learned. Write blog posts or articles with your own pro tips and advice.

    We love having skilled crowdfunders as active members of our Appsjunction community.

    Wishing you all the best, and happy funding!

     

  • All about crowdfunding, types of crowd funding, how to be successful at raising funds from crowd

     

    Appsjunction.net brings to you all you need to know about crowd funding.

    1. What is crowd funding?

    As suggested by its name, crowd funding means raising funding for your business or projects, outside of stock market, by receiving lots of small investments/donations from masses instead of a few investors like banks/angels/VCs/institutions.

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    2. Is it legal?

    In some parts of world (mainly western capitalist countries), authorities have published guidelines on how to go about it, till their law makers catchup with this new phenomenon and  make proper regulations around it.

    3. Types of crowd funding

    Equity Crowd funding:

    Usually an already trading SME business with some profits/revenue/turnover to show on its books goes for this type of funding. Investors get proper legal shares in the business/company raising the funds. Since it involves legal paperwork & guidelines to be followed, hence it mostly suits to seasoned  entrepreneurs and seasoned investors. Donations can be as small as $50 to as big as $10000.  People who invest, usually have to sign a declaration that they know all about investments in volatile businesses and may loose money as an outcome. Upon successful funding, legal paper work is drawn to allocate shares to investors. Platform's cut and legal work fees are a significant deduction in this method.

    Some popular platforms out there are:

    Donations & Perks based crowd funding:

    Just like plain old donations page on web for freeware software, in this type of crowd funding, people list their ideas/prototypes as projects or campaigns and ask for funds from the public to complete their project or deliver the idea into real world. Campaigners normally offer perks/givebacks to encourage donations from the visitors to their campaign page.  Campaigners usually get to choose between Fixed Funding and flexible funding models.

    Some popular platforms out there are:

    3.Stages of Donation based Crowd funding

    3.1. Planning for your crowd funding campaign

    We highly recommend that you take planning of your crowd funding campaign very seriously and read as much as possible on net about it. Here we have compiled a good article to help you start the planning phase: http://appsjunction.net/crowd-funding/crowd-funding-faq/53-planning-for-your-crowd-funding-campaign.html 

    3.2. Creating your crowd funding campaign

    Much more than your university project or thesis, a crowd funding campaign is a real world test of your convincing and marketing abilities to get people to donate you their hard earned money. A lot of creativity goes into creating one like graphics, youtube videos, creative perks etc. here we have compiled a good article to help you create an awesome crowd funding campaign: http://appsjunction.net/crowd-funding/crowd-funding-faq/54-creating-your-crowd-funding-campaign.html 

    3.3. Running and promoting your crowd funding campaign

    Planning and creating a crowd funding campaign is only 30% of the total task in hands. The real test comes how good you are at promoting it. Thanks to internet, email and social media, all it takes these days to promote a campaign is genuine creativity, low cost online marketing which you can probably do yourself and keeping your campaign page updated with lots of creative posts every other day. Keep the excitement level up and respond to every Question asked of you on your campaign page. Find a lot more tips and tricks at a beautiful guide we have compiled here http://appsjunction.net/crowd-funding/crowd-funding-faq/52-running-and-promoting-your-crowd-funding-campaign.html 

    3.4. Activities you should do after running a successful crowd funding campaign

    Now that you’ve finished your campaign, and celebrated its success with your closes ones, its time to deliver on promised you made. Focus on delivering the givebacks you promised during the campaign and more important than that execute your project/idea for which you campaigned. However, don't just forget about your campaign page as it will still be receiving lots of hits as a result of your social media campaign. What to do with your campaign page then?  find out answers to this and many other questions in this guide here http://appsjunction.net/crowd-funding/crowd-funding-faq/55-activities-you-should-do-after-running-a-successful-crowd-funding-campaign.html 

    Wishing you all the best, and successful funding! Go tiger, follow your dreams! :)

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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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  • 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                                     

  • Creating Your Crowd Funding Campaign

    Strengthen your campaign by focusing your idea, establishing a feasible timeline, and creating a great pitch with compelling perks.

    1. Focus your idea

    What you are trying to achieve by running a campaign? Successful campaigners take their big idea and break it down into meaningful chunks that they can share as concrete objectives with their audience.

    2. Think beyond the money

    Before creating your campaign, you started growing your community. Think about how those people can help you achieve your big idea in the long term, even after your campaign is over.

    For example, your community can:

    • Establish the foundation of your new company’s user base.
    • Become beta testers or evangelists.
    • Share excitement for your campaign and attract media attention.
    • Validate your product with the market.

    Aside from money, determine other needs your community may be able help you with. Prioritize those needs and communicate them during your campaign.

    3. Establish a timeline

    When should your campaign begin?

    The best date for your campaign to start is when you are completely prepared and ready to start. Don’t rush it.

    Once you’re ready, consider launching on a Monday or Tuesday to help you gain momentum through the week. On average, campaigns launched on a Monday or Tuesday raise 14% more in the first week than campaigns launched on all other days of the week.

    Avoid launching during a major holiday. People are more likely to contribute when at their computers during a regular workweek.

    How long should your campaign be?

    • We encourage campaigners to set a campaign length of 40 or fewer days for the following reasons:
    • Momentum: Your campaign should be long enough that you have time to build interest and reach your audience, but not so long that it becomes background noise.
    • Engagement: The longer the campaign, the harder it is to continue to keep your audience engaged, excited, and contributing.
    • Urgency: Seeing that a campaign has just a few days remaining creates a sense of urgency for potential contributors, motivating them to act now, rather than later.
    • Resources: Take into account that you’ll be closely managing the campaign through its duration; you may not want to dedicate 60 days to it.

    4. Pitch your idea

    Your pitch is your first impression with your audience, and the single most important part of your campaign.

    When putting together your pitch materials, make them easy for contributors to digest. Instead of explaining your campaign in huge blocks of text, visualize as much of your information as possible. Use charts, infographics, and timelines to present your budget, schedule, or a product comparison.

    If at all possible, use a video for your pitch. Campaigns that use video raise 115% more money than campaigns that do not, so use a video to more effectively deliver your pitch.

    In a pitch video, you should:

    1. Introduce yourself.
    2. Who are you?
    3. What are you trying to do?
    4. Include shots of yourself and your team speaking to the camera. Let people see your face and hear you explain your project in your own words.
    5. Pitch to contributors.
    6. Why are you crowdfunding?
    7. Why do you need that specific amount of money?
    8. Showcase your progress and experience.
    9. What have you already done to work toward your objective?
    10. What are your qualifications?
    11. Honor short attention spans.
    12. Your video should be no more than 2-3 minutes long.

    Ready to start pitching?

    5. Create perks

    Perks are incentives offered to contributors in exchange for their support.

    We’ve found that campaigns offering perks raise 143% more money than those that do not. Perks help you attract a larger audience, make people feel more valued for their contributions, and help you spread the word about your campaign.

    Here are examples of different kinds of perks:

    • Material: The product you’re crowdfunding to manufacture, or other physical items like t-shirts.
    • Personal: An acknowledgement for contributing, a social media conversation, a handwritten thank-you note or another kind of interaction between you and a contributor.
    • Experiential: A unique experience, like tickets to the premiere of your film or an hour with you and your band in the recording studio.

    Be creative and frame your perks in a way that will appeal to your audience. Look around at other campaigns for inspiration and great perk ideas.

    Strategically price your perks:

    $25 perks are the most frequently claimed.

    $100 perks raise the most money and often make up nearly 30% of total funds raised.

    Do the math and make sure you’re not losing money. (Factor in shipping costs, manufacturing, and time.)

    Consider fulfillment. If 10 people choose the same perk, fulfilling those 10 orders might be easy. But what about fulfilling 1,000 of that same perk? Think of the challenges of scaling, and cap the number of contributions for that perk with the number that feels achievable.Remember to make sure that your perks abide by our Terms of Use

    6. Set a goal & funding type

    Flexibility is one of the things that make us special, and it’s especially important when it comes to funding.

    You can choose between two types of funding—Fixed (all or nothing) and Flexible, an option that lets you keep whatever amount of money you earn during your campaign.

    Choose flexible funding if any amount of money will help you reach your campaign objective and you’ll still be able to fulfill your perks. Flexible funding is suitable for almost all the campaigns on our portal.

    Choose fixed funding only if your campaign objective requires a minimum amount of money to be accomplished, and if you cannot fulfill your perks without raising the full goal amount.

    There is no secret formula for calculating your goal, but here are a few things to keep in mind:

    The minimum amount that will let you accomplish your objective is good place to start.

    You can always exceed your funding goal and on average, campaigns that hit their goals exceed them by 42%. So it is in your interest to set a lower goal than you might have expected at first.

    Your funding goal should be based on the size of your network. You should be able to raise about 30% of your goal just from your immediate network.

    Fees will absorb a percentage of your earnings.

    The cost of perk fulfillment is almost always higher than you think. Remember to think about shipping costs.

    7. Set up to receive funds

    Contributions given via PayPal to Flexible Funding campaigns can be accessed immediately by campaign owners. Contributions given via PayPal to Fixed Funding campaigns can be accessed by campaign owners once the campaign goal has been met. Learn how to prep your PayPal account to receive funds.

    8. Plan for early momentum

    Most campaigns that meet their goals raise about 30% of their funds from their immediate network. It’s best to raise this money right away, because early momentum can be leveraged for marketing and press. When people outside your network see that others trust you with their money, they gain the confidence to contribute, too.

    Achieve early momentum by “soft launching” your campaign:

    Before it goes live, ask everyone you know to contribute in the first few days of the campaign

    Make a list of the people who committed to helping out, and ask them to make their contributions within the first 1-3 days of your launch.

    If you don’t think that your own network will be able to provide roughly 30% of the funds for your campaign, scale back. Try aiming for a lower funding goal to complement a more manageable objective.

     

  • Guide: How to find a good iPhone or Android or WinPhone App Developer

     

    Appsjunction.net -  your favourite networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform, brings to you this really helpful Guide: How to find a good iPhone or Android or WinPhone App Developer. Thanks to PhoenixGMN.com for allowing us to publish the contents of their original guide here: http://www.slideshare.net/phoenixgmn/how-to-find-a-good-iphone-or-android-app-developer  This and more experts insights like this is often shared with audience at popular Appsjunction meetup in London. We highly recommend going through "How to go about an App idea guide" in our guides section.

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    Often people are confused about how & where to find a good Mobile App/Game Developer. Here is some help. We have Prepared this impartial and quite useful guide for people with an App Idea who want to learn what to do about it and where to find a good mobile App/Game Developer.

    1. Hiring an App Developer - What you need to know beforehand

    1. Decide which OS platform first, iPhone, Android, WinPhone, Blackberry according to your target audience market.
    2. Decide - Single iOS/Android developer or company with multi OS skillset?  If you go with a small company, your 2nd OS App could be developer very fast & cheaper. 
    3. Decide who’ll provide the actual design graphics used in app – You, Your designer (from Appsjunction.netor odesk.com or  99designs.com) or App developer/Agency? 
    4. 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 (iOS/Android) or One 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.
    5. if you start with a developer first time, there can be mis-communications or mis-understandings at first. Give it some time for things to settle down and you will see that you both have finally understood how to work with each other. Always give due importance to cultural differences if your developer is offshore. Coming to think about it there are huge working culture differences between Europe itself, or between north and south America, it just takes some time initially to get adjusted to each other's wavelength.

    2. how and where to find good App Developers

    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 world, with skype/google hangout and various free screen sharing tools its not difficult to work with remote developers.  All big companies do that.  You can use free screen sharing tools like skype, join.net, teamviewer to see the progress of App in Simulator at developer's end. You can click on various parts of App and see it in action.
    2. You can find rated and reviewed freelance local developers at Appsjunction.net . Note: Offshore devs are just as good as devs local to you but might be less costly and more willing & hard working. 
    3. Check Apps you like on Appstores -  Contact their App Developers
    4. Attend Events like Appsjunction meetup in London.Meet developers face to face.
    5. Go to iOS, Android, Win Phone Online forums, ask members for recommendations.

    3. What to Look for in An App Developer 

    1. Experience & Portfolio - ask for their past work samples, urls, links to see if their work matches your taste
    2. Recommendations, References - ask for their testimonials or rating and reviews on freelancers sites like elance, appsjunction.net
    3. Cost, Speed, Communication - During the screening stage itself, check how fast & well worded is their communication and compare their quotes with other
    4. Sign NDA, Share Specs, Get Advice & Quote - Share your specs with them and find out their Quotes or if they have any recommendations for your app
    5. Discount for Startups/SMEs - Check if they offer any discount for Startups.  e.g. PhoenixGMN.com offers discounts to entrepreneurs who attend Appsjunction meetup.
    6. Check for Free Hosting, Free Upload etc benefits? - check if the developer provided free hosting for some time or free upload of app to app store
    7. Depending on your requirements, check for post launch operational support like free bug fixing period, help with funding & social media promotions
    8. 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 Actual Specs, an MVP can cost from £1500-£10000. 

    4. Post selection - the basics

    1. Agree on development milestones for payment to provider.
    2. Maintain regular communication with Devs and test app every week. Provide written feedback. Keep a trail.
    3. Ask for availability of any bug tracking tool where you and developer can track the bugs and provide each other feedback.
    4. Upon completion, ask for support for uploading to app store. 

     

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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

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  • Guide: Pitch Advice, Legal Advice And Funding Sources for App Startups in London, UK

     

    Appsjunction.net -  your favourite networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform, brings to you this extremely valuable and practical pitch advice and funding sources.

    Lets be frank, without funding at seed or post launch stage, there won't be a Startup ecosystem anywhere in the world.  At Appsjunction Meetup In London, we invite startups for demos and pitches and often mentor them pre and post meetup session about how to pitch, what to pitch and which ones are the best sources for applying for funding at different stages of a startup. Here is a culmination of 3 yrs of our coaching into one slideshare slide.

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    Following is the best slideshare guide we have ever seen on Practical Funding & Pitching Advice. 

    The content/commentary of the slides in text form here:

    1. If you walk around with just an idea, for funding, this is how it sounds to others
      1. If someone says I have an idea and a painting (equivalent to wireframe) of a chicken farm in scottish highlands. I need someone to buy me the land (investor) and someone to farm it (developer) for me. Would you invest in it? Of-course NOT!
      2. The truth is - Wireframes and MVP usually only get funding if you have been a millioniare entrepreneur before and commiting your own money in idea. Just like buying a new farm on mortgage. Your only option with just an idea is  join an incubator, polish it up, launch and show traction
    2. Startup Facts  Just an ”idea” is worth nothing. Just An Idea means nothing - grow up, get real
      1. Equity in an idea is no good for investors or app developers.
      2. 99.99% App Developers don’t work for free.
      3. MVP rarely gets funding (explained later)
      4. 300000+ apps on itunes appstore. All started with a great idea Very few make decent recurring enough profit to present to Angels. 
    3. What do Investors look for?
      1. Experienced team
      2. Traction & IP protection
      3. Real market problem solved
      4. Founder’s own money in it
      5. Numbers should match
      6. Competition research done
      7. Entrepreneurs who are not at beginner level – don’t need much schooling.
    4. Got an Idea, what next?
      1. Make App Requirements document with user journey steps – its your responsibility not the geek’s. Spend good time on this Key document
      2. Prepare Wireframes & Graphic Designs – Google free tools like ”Justinmind”, ”Axure”, ”Balsamiq”, ”Moqups” etc !
      3. Get quotes from iPhone/Android Freelancer + Web Services Freelancer to build an MVP - an iOS Dev is not a tech cofounder or CTO.
      4. Arrange for initial funds from savings, friends Or family, crowd funding sites, cheap bank loans etc
      5. Sort out at least a VPS Linux Apache Server for Web Services & DB server . No server = No emails from App, no push notifications, no signup details storage
      6. Create a company with legal help, then Register it with app stores
      7. Launch MVP as beta launch – use launching site- use SMM- get feedback. Examples of App Launch sites given below
        1. http://uinterestme.com/   
        2. http://PoshCrowd.com 
        3. Get cheap themes from http://themeforest.com or make a site at https://www.strikingly.com/ 
        4. Make a responsive (any device) website and do some basic organic SEO (analytics, meta data, keywords, blogs, social media)
      8. Fix feedback –> launch public –> market well -> wait for some traction
      9. find experienced co-founder who knows business execution & investment
      10. make business plans
      11. then finally join incubators or approach angels.
      12. Need more guidance on this? Have you checked out A Popular Guide: How to go about an App Idea yet?
    5. Need Legal Help for your App Startup in London or UK, try the following law firms which are more active in Startup landscape
      1. http://buckworthsolicitors.co.uk  - a very supportive law firm for SMEs 
      2. http://bit.ly/NDA_article  - Download a free NDA via this link.
      3. http://keystonelaw.co.uk  - Affordable for SMEs
      4. http://www.bootlaw.com/  - Lawyers for Startups, helping with legal issues and possibly investments etc managed by http://winston.com
      5. http://www.taylorwessing.com/twtechfocus / - Free Legal Documents
      6. http://www.lawbit.co.uk/legal-documents  - documents and legal advice
    6. Top Investor Questions after seeing your Pitch/Business Plan. 
      1. • What makes you different?
      2. • Who is the competition?
      3. • How will you make money?
      4. • What do you want?
      5. • Why should we believe you?
      6. N.B. If you are asked one of these questions you have not got your message across!
    7. So what should you put in? key areas Business Plans & Pitches.. You will have 3 minutes for a pitch! We recommend 5 key themes
      1. •Identified market gap, problem i.e. what is the opportunity
      2. •Your solution
      3. •How you’ll make money – Running Cost, CPAs etc
      4. •Why anyone should work with you / reassurance
      5. •What you want
    8. How to Put the pitch together
      1. Step 1 = Brainstorm
      2. Step 2 = Select and reject
      3. Step 3 = Structure Step
      4. Step 4 = Produce visual aids and support
      5. Start with the brainstorm not PowerPoint!
    9.  Pitch - Brain Storm - 1, For each theme / key area, brainstorm everything you could include
      1. •Identified gap, problem or opportunity – Research?
      2. Market definition?
      3. Competition?
      4. Target market?
      5. What is the problem / need?
      6. •Your solution – What are you selling?
      7. Why does it work?
      8. What makes you different / unique?
      9. How do you win Vs competition?
    10. Pitch - Brain Storm - 2
      1. How you’ll make money – Income streams, business model
      2. Why anyone should work with you – Your research? PHD? Serial entrepreneur? Case histories? Recognisable clients? Track record? Proof of concept?
      3. What you want – what is your objective?
      4. What are you looking for? Call to action?
    11. Structure The Pitch.  Every pitch should have
      1. •An introduction
      2. •A main body covering the 5 themes
      3. •A summary
    12. Elaborate on 5 themes. For each of the following 5 key themes, what are the 2 or 3 key points?
      1. Market Gap?
      2. Your Solution?
      3. Make Money?
      4. Why You?
      5. What do You Want?
    13. Pitch - Introduction 
      1.  Over your title slide – name and company. Do
        1. Introduce yourself
        2. Tell them what you want and what you will talk about
        3. Make your presence felt
      2. Don’t
        1. Crack a joke,
        2. ask a question
        3. Never apologise
    14. Pitch - Summary 1-  Over the summary and action slide Summarise your key messages
      1. Stress what you are looking for
      2. Thank them for listening
      3. Take any questions
    15. Pitch - Summary 2-
      1. •Everyone is nervous – practice it before
      2. •You have 3 minutes
        1. •To make an impact
        2. •To get your message across
        3. •and make them want to talk further!
        4. •Restrict your content to short, motivating messages!
        5. •You should always have a 1 page teaser/executive summary ready in networking meets and to participate in pitching competition
        6. •Should have a serious 4 page business plan ready for serious mailing to Angels.
    16. A Good Executive Summary Content  
      1. 1. Punch line – 1 line USP
      2. 2. Company/Concept Introduction
      3. 3. The Opportunity – market size, competitive advantage, business model
      4. 4. Company Milestones – previous funding, orders, MOUs
      5. 5. Marketing/Execution Plan, SWOT analyses.
      6. 6. Management Team – short but smart into
      7. 7. Financials – Amount Sought, Exit plan, Objectives of financing & Revenue forecast for current + 5 years
    17. Google about fundraising and prepare better More Resources..
      1. Blog post A fundraising Survival Guidefrom Paul Graham as its quite relevant
      2. Mark Suster makes some sound observations around building relationships and continuing a dialogue with investors in his blog “Lines not Dots” found here - http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/
      3. How to Pitch to an Investor by Simon Devonshire
      4. 10 must Business Plan Questions that need answering
      5. Apply for Funding here - http://www.potential.co.uk/funding.php

    Now that you know A-Z of pitching and how to seek funding, Once you are all prepared for it, have a look at our two other relevant guides for you

    1. Hall of Fame: The most Active Investors in London Tech City
    2. Hall of Fame: Some of the best incubators and accelerators in London & UK
    3. All about crowdfunding, types of crowd funding, how to be successful at raising funds from crowd

     

    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 

     

  • 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 

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

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    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 

     

     

  • 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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  • London Startup Funding - A Highly Recommended Guide

     

    Appsjunction.net -  your favourite networking, #crowdfunding (raise money or your app idea) & freelancers platform, brings to you this helpful - "London Startup Funding - a highly recommended overview Guide by Andrew HolmesThis 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 hundreds of 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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    Idea guy asking for funding and co-founder

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

    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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  • Planning for your Crowd Funding Campaign

    It’s never too early to start planning ahead for a successful campaign.

    1. Learn what to expect

    Crowdfunding can be a pretty amazing experience.

    It’s an opportunity to raise money and do what you love, and it’s also an unparalleled chance to build and connect with a community that shares your passion.

    For optimum visibility and more contribution dollars, you’ll need to market your campaign, spread the word, and engage current and potential contributors.

    It can be hard work, but you can make incredible things happen with the right knowledge and tools, which you can find right here in our portal's guide section.

    2. Think long-term

    Your campaign can be used to support the greater ambitions of your project today and into the future.

    Think about how you can advance other long-term objectives in addition to your immediate need for funding. For example, if your campaign relies on volunteers or users, think about how you can raise awareness of your project and find people who will be interested in later involvement. Maybe your perks could feature events that draw people into your community. Releasing a product? Your campaign is a great chance to get feedback from future customers and even test your pricing models.

    3. Get inspired

    Explore and see what fellow campaigners are doing.

    Find campaigns you’d be interested in contributing to and ask:

    How and why did this campaign draw you in?

    What do you like about the campaign page?

    What could the campaigner have done to make it more appealing?

    You’ll learn a lot by seeing how other campaigns are executed, what kind of funding goals are attainable, and which perks are most appealing to contributors.

    4. Brainstorm the basics

    Got a campaign in mind? Awesome! Now is a good time to start figuring out the fundamentals:

    Who is your target audience?

    What resources and time do you currently have to run this campaign?

    Who can you invite to be part of your campaign team?

    Fundraising aside, what objective are you hoping to achieve?

    What would success look like a year after the campaign ends?

    5. Assemble a team

    Here’s an amazing fact: campaigns run by two or more team members raise 94% more money than campaigns run by single individuals.

    With a team, you’ll benefit from the diverse skills of teammates and from sharing the workload. Together you’ll tackle everything from press and media inquiries, customer support, campaign updates and strategy, marketing network outreach, and more.

    Teams also tend to have better crowdfunding results because the size of their combined personal networks is greater. The more people who have a direct and personal interest in your campaign’s success, the more funds you will raise.

    Thinking about how to pull together your team? Running a campaign can take a lot of work, so look in your network for people that share your passion and commitment to the campaign.

    6. Collect campaign media

    Sharable media that illustrates the evolution of your campaign is incredibly valuable.

    A growing collection of media ensures you’ll have plenty of content for raising awareness around your campaign. It will come in handy when you’re creating blog posts, updating social media, or putting together a video for your pitch. The content will continue to be valuable to your project as a marketing tool long after your campaign comes to a close.

    Examples of campaign media include:

    Behind-the-scenes video clips or a complete promotional video

    Photos of your project, team, or product

    User testimonials

    Prototypes of your product

    Audio samples

    Statistics that support your goals

    Plan on creating a pitch video as you gather media. Campaigns that use a pitch video raise 115% more money than campaigns that use a pitch image.

    If you have friends with writing, design, or video production skills, get in touch with them early so they can find the time to get involved.

    7. Gauge & grow your community

    Start by roughly quantifying how many people you and your teammates personally know (email, social media, offline, etc.) and who you can count on to contribute. The people you know will help pool the initial funds and give your campaign the momentum it needs. Think about how you will get in touch and interest them in your campaign.

    We’ve found that personalized email is the most effective channel of online communication for your campaign and in fact, the average contributions amount through email is about 20% higher than for contributions through other sources.

    Social media platforms will also be among your best marketing tools. On average, about 22% of the funds raised by a campaign come from people clicking on social media posts. Plan and create content for Facebook and Twitter to keep your audience engaged and growing before you launch. Consider creating a special Facebook page and/or Twitter account just for your campaign.

     

  • Running and Promoting your Crowd Funding Campaign

    Stay connected with your audience throughout your campaign.

    1. Launch

    Remember all that work you did planning for early momentum? Now is the time to ask everyone in your immediate network to contribute so your campaign enjoys strong early momentum. Once your campaign is about 30% funded, publicize your campaign fully by reaching out to everyone in your target audience, including people you don’t know personally.

    2. Promote

    Reach out to your immediate network and then beyond through promotional efforts.

    Expand your reach with email.

    Contributors who visit a campaign page from a link in an email tend to give 20% more on average than contributors sent by any other referral source. Maximize the potential of email:

    Make a community outreach schedule

    Use a template to keep it simple

    Maintain a friendly, personal tone

    Build an email tree: ask friends to email 5-10 of their friends on behalf of your campaign

    Maximize Social Media:

    Use the share tools to get the word out

    Put effort into promoting your campaign in a personal way

    Respond promptly to messages, tweets, and comments

    Avoid spamming your followers with repetitive content

    Use Twitter to connect with journalists and bloggers who may be interested in writing about your campaign

    3. Engage Contributors

    Talk with contributors and keep them in the loop. Try to find new ways to involve your community and renew their curiosity. Here’s how:

    Update contributors:

    Update your contributors through the Updates Tab on your campaign page. Campaigns that send out at least 3 updates raise about 239% more money than those that post two or fewer.

    Send an update at least once every 5 days. Typically, the more updates a campaign sends, the more money it raises. Send an update when there is news or new information to share about your campaign – think of it as bringing your contributors along for the ride.

    Share your latest campaign achievements.

    Review comments on your campaign page to see if there are any questions or issues you need to address in an update.

    Let contributors know about any changes or delays regarding perk fulfillment.

    Contact contributors individually.

    Use video in your updates to keep things interesting for your audience.

    Say thank you:

    Write a general thank-you message in advance, and use it to send a personalized thank-you message to each contributors.

    Listen to your contributors:

    List a contact email address on your campaign page so contributors can share feedback, make requests, and ask questions. Value their input and try to find ways to incorporate their ideas.

    4.Work your perks

    We’ve already covered perk basics, but there’s still more to do even after you’ve launched.

    Introduce new perks at any point during your campaign to get the conversation started again.

    Feature one of your best or latest perks to bump it to the top of the campaign page. People will be more likely to contribute at that perk level.

    Poll contributors to find out more about their perk preferences halfway through your campaign. Ask what they liked best and least, and what they found too expensive or insubstantial. Use their feedback to brainstorm additional perks to add.

    If possible, start fulfilling your perks before the end of your campaign. Contributors are likely to share perks with friends, which is great publicity while your campaign is still running.

    5. Set a stretch goal

    A stretch goal is an additional funding goal that will finance another specific piece of your project once the initial goal has been met.

    A stretch goal should be concrete and reasonable, and should give contributors a little extra motivation to get involved. A really great stretch goal can even motivate contributors to give a second time.

  • Take-off your App Idea/Startup and launch like an expert - A powerful capsule course!

     

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    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/  
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    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

     

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