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

     

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

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

    Basic ASO – DIY guide

    What is ASO?

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

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    As an App Developer

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

     

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

    Promoting an App - the basics

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

    last updated: 14/06/2014

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  • Appsjunction Exclusive: 48 top tips & tricks of app promotion on small budget

     

    Appsjunction.net -  your favourite networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform, brings to you this useful collection of  48 top tips & tricks of app promotion on small budget for Lean Startups & SMEs guide. This presentation was first presented at appsjunction.co.uk 29th Jul Meetup by our App Guru Navin Arora @navinarora . 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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    Don't we all know that without App Promotion an App is like a needle in a haystack. Perhaps even smaller & harder to find in the ocean of millions of app. Often an App Entrepreneur wonders how to make his/her app noticed and bring it in-front of the crowd. The thing is, as of 2014, there are roughly 2.5 – 3 Million Apps out there. Yours could be a great app but how many people know about it? Don’t have big budgets like big companies? You can still make a huge difference on low budget if you are not a lazy bum :) Read On…. 

    Following is the List of not 5 not 10 not even 20 but 48 Awesome Top Tips on App Promotion on Low Budget (assuming £/$500 - £/$1000)

    1. Print few tshirts, mugs, pens - Keep it Funny & Quirky (roughly £/$100) from instantprint or vistaprint, your team should wear those t-shirts at meetups/demos, give mugs to bloggers/journalists types, give pens to beta testers if you can
    2. Leaflets, Stickers & Brochures - Carry leaflets about your app to events & festivals   (roughly £/$100) from instantprint or vistaprint
    3. Use QR code & Discount codes - Print QR code, Discount code On Promo material  
    4. Try Hacker Radios & Local newspapers - not expensive, sometimes free coverage 
    5. Carry Plenty of Business Cards - With discount codes and QR codes to download the App  (roughly £/$20)  from instantprint or vistaprint
    6. Grab every demo opportunity At Meetups , demo & pitch events, find early adopters  
    7. Local Pizza Shop & takeaways-  Pay & tempt them to put your leaflets with orders (free or £/$25)
    8. Paper mail to lots of right addresses - It works ;) depending on the audience of your apps  (£/$50)
    9. Charity & Community events - Offer your time, share news, offer in-App credits free  
    10. App launch site - Prepare a great looking mobile responsive launch site (DIY or £/$100)
    11. Online Blog on Launch Site - Share your story, talk in-depth about your market 
    12. ASO & Organic SEO – DIY, its easy - Appear in Google searches, DIY guides available  (DIY or basic SEO from £/$100)
    13. App Explainer Video – Must Keep it funny or impressive, try to make it viral (DIY or from £/$200)
    14. Press releases are must - Buy PR submission packages, No DIY, outsource bulk submissions (DIY or from £/$100)
    15. Social bookmark all Content - Digg, Reddit, Stumbleupon, Delicious, Tumblr and so on  
    16. Facebook page – best platform Invite all friends, run quizzes, share news, photos 
    17. Twitter – be heard and ask for feedback - Follow the right people, follow competition, retweets 
    18. LinkedIn – get influencer mentions - Impress them, ask to mention App in their stories  
    19. Pinterest, foursquare & others - Create account everywhere, share content, follow 
    20. Event Walls & Comments - If comments allowed, always spread the word 
    21. Tech or Industry Discussion forums - Participate in them, use signatures wisely, spread word  
    22. Google, facebook, Twitter Ads - Buy ad space, use it wisely, run multiple campaign text (£/$50 + free £/$75 credits offers with new website)
    23. Implement Tap 4 Tap SDKs -  Many popular platforms, free cross promotion of apps 
    24. Work on App Store Optimisation - Choose tags carefully, write killer description  (DIY or basic ASO from £/$100)
    25. Reward users for referrals -  Be hugely generous like Uber, reward heavily 
    26. Submit to App Blogs & review sites - Text & video should be compelling  (DIY or £/$100)
    27. Find individuals behind free apps you like - Barter ad space with them, record impressions  
    28. Start your own Meetup group-  Keep it contextual to app subject, offer in-App rewards 
    29. Offer unlogged in flow in App - Provide sneak peek to one time users, show cool stuff 
    30. Ask in-app quizzes, ratings & reviews - Offer in-App rewards for helpful users, nudge for review  
    31. Give reasons to share/brag Scores, Wins, Crowns – many ways to ego boost users 
    32. Unlock features if friends invited - Most commonly use trick of the trade, social invites 
    33. Push Messages to Notify Users of Bonuses - Keep users engaged, offer reward bonuses for sharing  (e.g. urban airship)
    34. Implement Mailshots - Announce new features, pull dormant users (pay as you go - cheap options sendgrid/mailchimp)
    35. Rich Push Notifications SDK Provide a richer experience (e.g. urban airship)
    36. Gamify your app Offer hidden treasures in App, implement seek friend’s help  
    37. Learn growth hacking - do it everyday Announce new features, pull back dormant users 
    38. Add more value to repeat users - Provide bigger discounts to loyal users e.g. credits for login 
    39. Email signatures & Voicemails - Just tell the word about the App you are proud of creating  
    40. Try to get VIP endorsement - Get him/her drunk, ask for favor, remind in morning :) (Free or £/$50)
    41. Take Part in App Contests Like Appsters Awards & Mobileys 
    42. Upgrade your App Regularly - Great way to bring it back to notice for everyone inc Appstore  
    43. Always react to –ve reviews - Its an art, always start with sorry, you wasted their time
    44. Try to answer Qs on App Related Forums - Hardwork, slow but more long lasting benefits than other tips  
    45. Reward your happy customers, not new ones - Find out who is happy, read +ve feedback, get in touch :) 
    46. Make a timely routine to do all above promotion - Don't be lazy, If you hangout with Bums, you will end up like a Bum :( 
    47. Dedicate 30 mins everyday on reading tips from App Marketing Gurus on Twitter
    48. Subscribe to RSS feed of top tips-sources like http://appsjunction.net/popular-guides.html, stay updated on ASO, Social media marketing & trends

     

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  • Appsjunction Exclusive: Outsourcing vs Local Devs, Secrets, Facts, Myths, Dos, Don’t - how to do it right?

     

    Appsjunction.net -  your favourite networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform, brings to you this "Appsjunction Exclusive: Outsourcing vs Local Devs, Secrets, Facts, Myths, Dos, Don’t - how to do it right?" guide. This presentation was first presented at appsjunction.co.uk 28th Aug 2014 Meetup by App Expert Navin Arora @navinarora

    Don't we all know that outsourcing could be  a pain in the neck? Time zone issues, communication issues, ethics issues, cultural issues etc. But some still have mastered the art and are launching their projects one by one with the help of freelancers across the world. So what is that they know but you don't know. Read On….

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    Outsourcing Debate

    Facts, Myths, Dos, Don’t

    http://Appsjunction.co.uk  Meetup London

    28 Aug 2014

    Presented by: Navin Arora

    Chief Apps Consultant

    www.PhoenixGMN.com 

    Myths about Outsourcing

    • 1) Its very cheap always

    • 2) local devs are better than outsourced devs

    • 3) someone can do my weight lifting without me holding their hand

    • 4) I can just communicate what I want over call and it will be done like I want

    • 5) I can send my App concept in 10 lines and they will get the rest by telepathy.

    • 6) I can get unlimited hours from them in fixed cost project. 

    • 5) XYZ country has bad devs 

    Facts about Outsourcing

    • 1) Its not cheap, if its very cheap then you are probably hiring a headache

    • 2) Outsourced devs are as good as local devs - human brain is same genetically, in fact usually they are more hard-working & less boozing types

    • 3) You will need to prepare a pre-agreed process of working together, call schedules, use project & task management software like Producteev (mobile app too)

    • 4) have sensible expectations, written frozen detailed specs & documents - its like house building contract - if you haven't asked for it, it won't be delivered, changes later will be costly. Change requests - CRs are often relationship spoilers

    • 5) Your first experience with any xyz country will be bad - like first love - heart broken - mis-matched expectations. Work on it.

    • 6) Outsourcing portal has all kind of devs as anyone can join. very fresher or low intelligent to highly intelligent and experienced – interview more & hire intelligently - be almost as sensible as deciding about a life partner

    Dos & Don't - Part 1

    • If you can't draw a picture (hand made wireframes) or write your requirements clearly in a document – STOP. Don't go for outsourcing as you only have a recipe for disaster, nothing more. Put some hardwork yourself and write down your requirements and make hand made wireframes using paintbrush or free tools like Balsamiq, Creately.com, justinmind, Sketchy for iPad, Flinto etc. 

    • don't engage any geeks  without written spec ready,

    • don't be a mystery woman meaning don't assume they will ask you questions and find out about the spec in your brain, 

    • geeks are not lovers ;) meaning they won't run around you, call you to make sure you are happy today, 

    • they won't have time to figure you out – telepathy doesn’t work here

    • Without detailed spec you will end up with arguments & issues on scope

    • Even Local Sr. Devs would want detailed spec

    • If you asked for a round button in spec/wireframe, you will get round not rectangle even if rectangle makes more sense UK wise – Devs consume information Objectively in Binary 0/1– not subjectively. They are not anthropologists. They don't know what us subtle or offensive color in your country. Specify everything, including colour codes.

    Dos & Don't - Part 2

    • Local or remote, if its your first time, there will be some learning required at your end too, to work with the geeks you are interested in - e.g. 

    • culture adjustments, learn how to speak to them, grasp what offends them - devs in some cultures are sensitive and get offended easily on small comments. The most common mistake a first time outsourcing client does is he/she starts feeling like a boss and treats outsourced manpower as SHIT. Most often your first hires will leave your project after heated arguments. So don't do the same mistakes others have made before you.

    • learn how to communicate changes and bugs. Don't sound too disappointed with bugs. That will show your immaturity in the whole process. Devs are not new to bugs. They live comfortably with bugs. Always remember that even Apple, Microsoft, Google etc also release security patches and fixes to world's most trustable softwares. No single software on planet is bug free. When you can't scold Microsoft Employees for a bug in your Windows then don't do that with your hires too. Learn to live with it. Report objectively with screenshots, steps to produce the bug and wait for the fixes.

    • learn about timezone affects, local holidays 

    Use screen sharing calls (free tools: join.me, teamviewer, skype) more and email less - this one tip can save your relationship with devs and can fix 9/10 mis-understanding issues.

    • Use screenshots (e.g. awesomescreenshots.com) more to highlight changes and use written word less. Words often lead to confusion. Point to issues on screenshots using softwares like paintbrush and correct spell/font/height/width mistakes - this one tip can save your relationship with devs and can fix 9/10 mis-understanding issues.

    Dos & Don't - Part 3

     How to choose the right devs: 

    • Read Rating, reviews – never go for cheapest quote – You will get what you pay for.  Avoid more costs to fix the shit later.. Whenever someone around you complains about his/her outsourcing experience, in 99% of case the person would have gone for the cheapest quote.

    • Do interview calls, Prepare Qs beforehand. 

    • Give a test task first – something to check their delivery – and pay for it. Treat it like a house building contract. You can't get a window made free as a sample for your house.

    • Ask for previous clients info - to double check 

    • Finally give them a small first chunk of project with agreed deadlines and cost. See how it works out between you and them.

    Most Apps need more than just 1 iOS guy. If you can afford, don’t engage a single iOS developer, if you need quality and peace of mind – engage a dev agency with a dedicated project coordinator who can understand your business requirements well and translate them into technical requirements, dedicated iOS devs, Web services devs, DB devs, QA & testing support, hosting support. 

    Go for the ones which can offer some App Store Optimisation & post launch basic promotion support as well. Ones who can guide you in these matters. e.g. http://phoenixinfomedia.in who built this awesome http://appsjunction.net  portal.

    Dos & Don't - Part 4

    Point to note - this is most critical advice that despite of following all advice shared so far, there is no 100% guarantee that you will be happy – 

    • Outsourcing is irrelevant here, its like going to a highly rated & reviewed restaurant, they cooked something which was standard for everyone everyday, but which was not as per your tastes. Point to understand - others weren't wrong, no one can please everyone, they just couldn't please you unfortunately.

    • Just part ways decently and find someone else. 

    Top Issues with 99% cases of bad outsourcing experiences  

    • It was client’s first experience – remember first love theory – first love in 99% cases is immature love and leads to heart break but it makes you mature and wiser

    • Poor written Spec. Always a pain point. Spoils relations even with good devs

    • Bad hiring procedure or went for cheapest one – got crappy work done – then cribbed about the whole country (India, Russia, Ukraine, Philippines anyone, all are same)

    • First experience – no process – didn’t know tools to correctly report bugs issues

    • Used offending comms – treated outsourced devs like cheap labour, without respect

    • No patience with inevitable missed deadlines and bugs in delivery. Anyone who has been through a house building or software building experience before would know that deadlines are just estimated delivery dates. Software building is not like a train on tracks or popcorns in microwave which will be ready in set time. There can be lots of technical issues and unexpected tech problems with new stuff as well as old stuff devs have built before because 3rd party APIs like facebook/twitter/paypal, SDKs keep changing/upgrading and new versions break things, deprecate old software calls and don't always work perfectly because they themselves have bugs. So grow some patience with missed deadlines and bugs. It is not uncommon for 1 month project to be finished in 3 months because of unforeseen tech issues. Sometimes during the development itself, Apple releases new iOS or new iPhone and hence suddenly things start crashing or more dev work is needed. As a client, you only lose patience & time but its the dev who has to bear the financial losses as they will have to somehow manage their 3 months of bread and butter in 1 month's worth of payment in a fixed cost project. That is why many devs are moving away from fixed cost model and would only signup a project on hourly billing basis. Which is exactly how big companies pay their own employees when they set out to build a new product. In technology space, most (99%) projects never complete on time and even big corporations like Apple/Microsoft have delayed their releases many times by months but their devs (employees) still get paid for every month they work on fixes, CRs and new functionality.

    • When you outsource to a single dev or even to a small dev agency they are not like Microsoft or Oracle with an army of testers. In a typical enterprise level IT project, there are roughly same number of testers as there are developers. If you can't pay for a team of testers then please don't expect a bullet proof software. Every big app out there has bugs and get routine upgrades. Its better to accept this fact and live with few bugs in your app and constantly improve it.

    • Treated developer like a bottom less coke – when he gave up doing it in fixed cost quote, called him “BAD”.

    • Expecting an army like daily reporting. Expecting reporting even when there is no significant progress to report. 

    • Most common reason is mis-matched expectations. Paying peanuts for the cheapest car in market and expecting Mercedes Benz sports model. Most often Freelancer's skills and QA are few grades below the Techies from Top/Good Institutions employed by big IT companies for a much higher salary. If you have budgets of 150K to 1 Million then sure go for bigger IT outsourcing companies with Quality Assurance and other procedures.  So please be sensible with your expectations. Rule of thumb, if you are paying anyone less than £10($15) / hr then he/she is not going to be the average freelancer. This rate is the basic minimum to get your stuff done at reasonably quality level. Expecting someone to build a whatsapp or facebook in $1200 is like assuming the freelancer dev lives on just water & air.  Agencies with better qualities of Devs & Project Managers cost more. A decent iOS guy in UK works on £500/day even if he is an immigrant skilled manpower from a country like India. So adjust your expectations when you get App/Web dev work done by Computer Science Grads/Post Grads in other countries on £80/day which is the basic minimum wage (equals to £8/hr + VAT) even a cleaner/sweeper gets paid in London. So please respect your devs. Don't demoralize them by cribbing about their work most of the time as mobile app devs are in high demand these days and they won't think twice to leave your assignment/employment.

    Learnings from Outsourcing Experts:

    • You will get better at hiring with 2nd/3rd attempt, so start with small projects – learn the art. Like buying a cheap car to practice driving. When gained confidence and experience, go for bigger money spend. If your first project's cost is significant then divide the project into 3-4 modules and pay for 1 module first.

    • Hiring a dev is like arranged marriage – there is no courtship period to understand each other – expect lot of issues – increase tolerance and patience. First few weeks with be a critical period as first few code deliveries may lead to arguments, mis-understandings but will help you in learning. Eventually the troubles will fade away and both sides will get adjusted to each other's style of working and commenting/reporting. 

    • You will develop a process which suits you, you will get better with docs and tools to make the comms correct and objective. You will report bugs and issues more politely, promptly and correcting using tools mentioned above for screenshots. You can also request the devs to use a free bugs & task reporting tool like "producteev" which comes with its own apps as well.

    • Always remember that beginning of a project is very slow. There is nothing much to report while devs are just setting up things and progress will be slow initially as the backend coding takes time and only later devs can build some front end which can be shown to clients. Expect a weekly reporting and demo deliveries by Friday/Saturday. Expect more frequent comms later and get involved more via conf calls and screen sharing calls.

    • In context of iOS Apps, always do remember that devs can only build the app for app store submission. After UAT (user acceptance test) from your end and upload to iTunes appstore, that is when they would usually expect their final payment. iTunes guys are notorious for their stupid, silly and highly irrational stubborn objections to features in your app. iTunes guys may ask for more information, or to add/remove features in app, or to re-do some functionality in some way. You can't blame devs if you asked them to build an app for selling animal skin rugs and your app doesn't get approved or if you forgot to add user reporting of bad content in your app. Please do your own research about your app's features, regional and legal approvals. If iTunes guys ask you to work on your app to fix something then expect to pay developers to implement that. Their job was done when you approved the app to be submitted to app stores. Any more work after that should be paid for. Many good App developers like http://phoenixinfomedia.in  offer 1 month of post go-live bug fixing support FREE & included in their fixed cost quote. 

    • U.S., Canada, Australia are top countries to have higher compatibility & tolerance with offshore manpower. Businesses and Entrepreneurs there are winning & moving ahead. They have learned to ignore small issues, learned cultural sensitivities, increased their tolerance and patience and learned the learnings mentioned here. If you always encounter problems with outsourcing then may be you are a product of your environment. Its time for introspection.

    • Devs are same people for every client – if they have 2-5 yrs of ratings and 90%+ happy clients but you are unhappy – its time for introspection.

    • Next time you hear someone cribbing about outsourcing – remember there are always 2 sides of every coin. In almost all cribbing cases it would be their first outsourcing experience and they would have gone for the cheapest quote which in most cases will be a school/college kid from India with no reliable ratings and reviews on freelancers, elance.com kind of portals. We recommend hiring a trusted App development agency like http://phoenixinfomedia.in which can provide experienced English speaking Project Coordinators who can correctly translate your concerns/issues and functionality suggestions to devs and geeks in their team. A good agency should provide multi OS apps (iOS, Android, Windows Phone) for different screen sizes using the same backend code, good quality code with minimum bugs and do their best to deliver your expectations.

    @navinarora @phoenixgmn @appsjunction

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    4. Guide: Top Tips on growth hacking for App Startups
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  • 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: Do you really need a CTO or Tech Co-founder and what the roles actually mean in a startup?

     

    Appsjunction.net -  your favourite networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform, brings to you this helpful - "Do you really need a CTO or Tech Co-founder and what the roles actually mean in a startup?" guide!   This and more experts insights like this is often shared with audience at popular Appsjunction meetup in LondonAppsjunction.net is a networking platform which brings together iOS Developers, Android Developers, Win Phone developers to find each other and build apps for each other and startups. Soon to be launched a market place for buy & sell of App Code.

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

    Idea guy asking for funding and co-founder

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

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

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

    Typical App And Server Architecture

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

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  • 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

     

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    3. Guide: Pitch Advice And Funding Sources for App Startups in London, UK
    4. Guide: Top Tips on growth hacking for App Startups
    5. How to find a good iOS or Android or Win Phone Developer

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

     

    Our Sponsors:

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

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

     

  • Guide: Things to do before you begin development/coding of your Startup or App Idea!

     

    Appsjunction.net -  your favourite networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform, brings to you this really helpful -  How to go about an App Idea Guide. Thanks to PhoenixGMN.com for allowing us to publish the contents of their original guide here: http://www.slideshare.net/phoenixgmn/phoenixgmn-how-to-go-about-an-app-idea-guide. This and more experts insights like this is often shared with audience at popular Appsjunction meetup in London.

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    • There is a ton that can be done pre-development, off the top of my head:
    • User research. Talk to potential users. Ask to watch them do the thing you want to bring change to.
    • Draw user journeys of how people get things done now
    • Draw a user joinery of how they will get things done using your product
    • Business Model Canvas.
    • Market sizing, which will help better identify your market and users
    • Build personas based on your research
    • Write user stories to help guide what functionality is needed for your MVP and prioritize
    • Sketch and wireframe the UI.
    • Sketch user flows to show the workflow within your product
     
    You will be able to use these to paper prototype your product for testing as well as to show engineers when it is time. You definitely need to make wireframes of 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. This can help you raise some funds as well as serve as a visual guide about what is in your mind - for app developers.
     
    If your startup idea is an App Idea then we highly recommend you to go through : A Popular Guide: How to go about an App Idea! by PhoenixGMN.com

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    3. Guide: Pitch Advice And Funding Sources for App Startups in London, UK
    4. Guide: Top Tips on growth hacking for App Startups
    5. How to find a good iOS or Android or Win Phone Developer

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

     

    Our Sponsors:

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

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

     

  • Guide: Top 10 Tips on Social Media And Internet Marketing for App Startups & SMEs

     

    Appsjunction.net -  your favourite networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform, brings to you this useful collection of Top Tips on Social Media And Internet Marketing for Startups & SMEs guide.

    Don't we all know that without App Promotion an App is like a needle in a haystack. Perhaps even smaller & harder to find in the ocean of millions of app. Often an App Entrepreneur wonders how to make his/her app noticed and bring it in-front of the crowd. Here is some help. Online marketing is a great free tool which an entrepreneur /startup/SME can use themselves to promote their brand/service via online channels. And we have asked our experts to give is gems of top tips to train an Entrepreneur in Online Marketing.

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    Following is the List of Top Tips on Social Media And Internet Marketing for Startups & SMEs. You can find many on Google Searches and  especially on SocialMediaToday.com however the following few, in our opinion, are enough to get your boat rocking with visitors :)

    1. 7 Shameless Marketing Tactics That Guarantee More Social Shares: If your current social media marketing strategy is failing you may be looking for some ways to ramp up your likes, comments and retweets. You may look at some of your competitors and cringe at what they are doing but guess what, those cute fluffy animals do work and sex really does sell!  The infographic below from HubSpot gives you 7 of the most shameless tactics that you’ll see online today. 
    2. 5 Tricks to Get More Retweets on Twitter: So you’ve crafted the most amazing blog post, it can help every small business owner on the planet, now you just need some Twitter love to help spread the word.  Getting your content retweeted not only introduces your company to a new audience, every retweet counts as a link back to your site. It is one of the key factors Google uses when deciding where to place a website or page.  So how do you get more retweets? The infographic below from QuickSprout delves into some retweet science and then finishes off with 5 “tricks” you can use get more of them.
    3. How to Build 100,000 Twitter Followers
    4. 40 SEO Tools Guaranteed to Make Your Website Famous
    5. Free ebook HubSpot: The Essential Guide to Internet Marketing
    6. 10 Essential PR Tips for Startups - from Mashable tech Journalist 
    7. 14 top PR and marketing tips for 2014
    8. Guide to Mobile Social Media: Phone and Tablet Strategies for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+
    9. Marketing Strategy for bloggers with no money

     

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    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 

     

  • Guide: Top Tips on growth hacking for App Startups by PhoenixGMN.com

     

    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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    Don't we all know that without App Promotion an App is like a needle in a haystack. Perhaps even smaller & harder to find in the ocean of millions of app. Often an App Entrepreneur wonders how to make his/her app noticed and bring it in-front of the crowd. Here is some help. We have prepared this impartial and quite useful collection of information to help App Startups who are on shoe-string budget.

    Following is the best slideshare guide we have ever seen on #GrowthHacking 

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

    1. Top 7 Most Disruptive Mobile Startups
      • Square $16 billion in mobile transactions
      • Snapchat beat Facebook’s Poke
      • August 2013 Uber raised $360 million Valuation $3,5 billion
      • 3 years 24 countries 10M downloads
      • Whatsapp 900M users
      • Instagram 36B Photos Shared
    2. What do they have in common?
    3. They are Growth Hackers They hack the business They create new ways They disrupt the system
    4. Success is not just having a Good Idea
    5. Thousands of startups with Good Ideas fail every year
    6. Some will see traction
    7. And even cool press hits!
    8. But after few months… nothing
    9. They reach the trough of sorrow and they run out of money
    10. Acquire the Growth Hacking Spirit
    11. The 3 P’s of user acquisition by @AntoninCohen > 7 years growing users and sales for startups in Europe and the US
    12. What is Growth Hacking?
    13. Aaron Ginn @Aginnt, Head of Growth, Stumbleupon “A growth hacker lives at the intersection of data, product, and marketing." 
    14. @DanMartell Founder, Clarity "Growth Hacking is the process and mindset of searching for ways that your product to grow."
    15. @RyanHoliday Author of "Growth Hacker Marketing" "A growth hacker is someone who has thrown out the playbook of traditional marketing and replaced it with only what is testable, trackable, and scalable." 
    16. @SeanEllis CEO, Qualaroo and GrowthHackers.com "A growth hacker is a person whose true north is growth."
    17. Sean Ellis coined the term Growth Hacker in 2010
    18. Sean Ellis was First Growth Marketer   * worth $4 billion today *  
    19. Growth Hacking made Dropbox successful in a busy market without any advertising. Their strategy was based on
      1. Neat & Clean Dropbox Home Page
      2. Referral Program
      3. Social Media
    20. How to Growth Hack Your App?
    21. Let's start by the foundation
    22. Read The Startup Pyramid from Sean Ellis 
    23. Paul Graham @Paulg Founder of Y Combinator “Make stuff that people want.” This highlighted the popular term Product Market Fit
    24. @SeanEllis CEO, Qualaroo and GrowthHackers.com “The achievement of product/market fit can be measured according to a specific metric: e.g. when, in a survey, at least 40% of users say they would be “very disappointed” without your product or service.” 
    25. Strong foundation of Product/Market Fit is the 1st step Don't think about growth without the right balance
    26. Distribute your beta app to a limited audience as soon as possible
      1. 1 Get feedback
      2. 2 Improve the app
      3. 3 Validate Product/Market Fit
      4. 4 Transition to growth!
    27. Get ready for growth
      1. 1 Implement User Analytics
      2. 2 Identify Actionable Goals
      3. 3 Focus message on Must Have-Benefit
      4. 4 Optimize business model & conversions
      5. 6 Get a growth team Designer, copywriter, data analyst and ideally a developer
    28. Growth Hacking It's all about testing and optimizing at every step of the Product Lifecycle
    29. The Growth Hacker Funnel Defined by Dave McClure is => Acquisition, Activation, Retention, Revenue, Referral.
    30. Measure & Test response to twist and changed in you app. A/B split testing
    31. The 3 P’s of user acquisition
      1. 1 Push Advertising, Promo Swap, Affiliation => You coerce users to come to you
      2. 2 Pull Content Marketing  => You entice users to come to you
      3. 3 Product Referral program  => You use your product itself to bring them to you 3 ways to get users Defined by Neil Patel
    32. Push => Promo Swap Find companies to promote each other Swap newsletter, tweets, Facebook post, contest…
    33. Pull  =>  
      1. App Store Optimization - Content Optimize the first 3 lines, keywords, icon, screenshots, social proof
      2. Reviews - Track every day and ask your friends to contribute! 
      3. Velocity - Push natural downloads with paid downloads on a short period of times to get at the top of the App Store.
      4. Get featured Build a Great App “Make stuff that people want.”
      5.  Follow the Guidelines Design, Name of the app, Users Acquisition…
      6.  Utilize New Platform Features iCloud, Passbook…
      7.  Make it Universal iPhone, iPad, EN/FR/ES/DE/IT
      8.  Get in touch with Apple / Google
      9. Content Marketing Blog and podcast Ebooks, whitepapers and guides Infographics
      10. Social Media Key points
        • •  Social media is useful if you have time to produce great content related to your product.
        • •  Social media is a marathon.
        • •  Social media is customer service.
      11. Platforms •  Facebook, Twitter •  Slideshare, Quora, LinkedIn •  Reddit •  Hacker News •  Craiglist •  Meetup
      12. Press Relations -  Be  persistent, Get involved,Build relationships, Create Press Kit, Develop Story & Angles, 
      13. Research The right contact
        1. 1. Define what publications your target audience consumes
        2. 2. Focus on the journalists who write on your topic.
        3. The pattern to guess an email fiThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
        4. Gmail plugin Rapportive 1. Start with a list of possible email addresses. 2. Paste those into a new Gmail message. 3. Rapportive will scour the web to pull up social media profiles for accounts linked to that email.
      14. Prepare Story angles & Press Kit
      15. Prepare Right message to right media
      16. Create Press Release dedicated to your target media: high tech, consumer, your niche market…
      17. Inside your Press Kit Press release,include icon, screenshots, promocode, links to your social media, video, press page.
      18. Old fashioned mail still works Send your press kit with cool goodies to the top journalists & influencers in your target audience.
    34. Build & Get Involved
      1. Do your PR - Spend some times to reach out and create relationships with top journalists.
      2. You are the expert: Share content about your company, competitors and market.
      3. Follow reporters on Twitter Engage journalists with relevant messages on Twitter.
      4. Be visible Write articles and speak at events as much as possible. Journalists are there to cover it, so it is a good opportunity to get noticed!
    35. Be persistent Use Gmail plugin Yesware Find out who opens your emails. Create the news Plan a PR push related to your product every quarter. If you don’t have any big news, create informative content for your audience (i.e. survey, statistics). Be current. Follow up when the journalist has the highest chance to be interested by your topic (i.e. before holidays for travel app).
    36. Product Referral program  
      1. Give away your product Credits, storage, discount, feature, bonus, sample… 
      2. Win/Win incentive User shares his user code and get credits when it’s used
      3. Promote your referral program
      4. Engage your audience and implement social APIs
      5. UBER Referral Program - is a classic case study of a successful referral program
    37. Product Network Invitations: use invitations via
      1.  Phone contacts
      2. Email contacts
      3. Social contacts
    38. Product Social Sharing - Give the power to spread the love easily - implement all social sharing APIs
    39. Product Incentivise - Give away your product Credits, storage, discount, feature, bonus, sample… 
    40. Product API Integration -  
      1. Don’t force your user to login - They are already connected. Why ask again?
      2. Get activity from social media - What my friends are doing on the app?
      3. Send activity to social media - What I’m doing on the app?
      4. Don’t forget to update! APIs evolve often
    41. Twitter Growth Hack
      1. 1.  RSS top 10 blogs
      2. 2.  Republish
      3. 3.  Follow back
      4. 4.  Auto favorite
    42. Cool tool for launch - https://www.strikingly.com 
    43. Facebook Events Hacks - participate, spread word, offer rewards and prizes
    44. Be curious,
      1. Read as much as possible,
      2. Growth Hacking is a big community with and a lot of tactics you will use tomorrow don’t exist today.
      3. Connect and exchange This is why you’re here.
      4. Test and try, even if it sounds dirty at first Bad buzz is still a buzz.
      5. Optimize all the way Never stop to analyze, optimize and test! 

     Recommended Reading:

    50 Mobile App Development Tips For Acquisition, Retention, and Everything in Between: https://blog.optimizely.com/2015/08/31/mobile-app-development/

    Rapidly Grow Your Startup Using 3 Digital Marketing Tactics:  http://www.ronsela.com/grow-your-startup-digital-marketing/

    Chamath Palihapitiya, How we put Facebook on path to 1B users: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=raIUQP71SBU#!

    What is Growth Hacking, Josh Elman, Greylock Partners: https://medium.com/what-i-learned-building/f445b04cbd20

    Quora, Facebook Growth: http://www.quora.com/Facebook-Growth-and-Traction/What-are-some-decisions-taken-by-the-Growth-team-at-Facebook-that-helped-Facebook-reach-500-million-users   

    Quora, Conversion optimization: http://www.quora.com/What-are-some-top-strategies-for-conversion-optimization

    Kissmetrics, Growth hacking examples: http://blog.kissmetrics.com/the-6-best-growth-hacks/

    Startup Metrics by 500 startups, Dave McClure: http://www.slideshare.net/dmc500hats/startup-metrics-for-pirates-nov-2012

    Hacker news for Marketers: http://inbound.org/

    Kinvey, Mobile marketing: http://www.kinvey.com/blog/121/the-backend-as-a-service-ecosystem-map-update-amp-new-trends-migration-toward-the-middle 

    E-commerce conversion optimization: http://www.cueblocks.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Board-4-02.png

    Hubspot, Inbound marketing http://blog.hubspot.com/

    Andrew Chen, Growth Hacking http://andrewchen.co/2012/09/17/you-dont-need-a-growth-hacker/

    Andrew Chen, AirBnB Growth Hacking http://andrewchen.co/2012/04/27/how-to-be-a-growth-hacker-an-airbnbcraigslist-case-study/

    Truecaller: http://www.truecaller.com/blog/engineering-the-word-of-mouth  

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

     

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    Incubators:

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

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

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

    Leading Accelerators In London

     

    1. TechStars London

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

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

    2. Rainmaking Loft

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

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

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

    3. Wayra UK and Wayra unltd- social enterprise incubator

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

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

    4. Microsoft Ventures

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

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

    5. Seedcamp 

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

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

    6. Oxygen

    What is Oxygen Accelerator?

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

    13-Week Accelerator + 13- Week Incubator

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

    7. Forward partners

    How we help

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

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

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

    8. Springboard

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

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

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

    9. Entrepreneurial Spark

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

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

    10. Innovation warehouse

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

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

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

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

    11. BBC Worldwide's Labs 

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

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

    12. Ignite100

    Do more, go further, burn brighter.

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

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

    13. FastForward London - pre-accelerator programme

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

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

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

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

    14. Appsjunction London pre-accelerator & accelerator programme

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

    find them here: Apply for Appsjunction Pre-Accelerator Programme

    15. The Accelerator Group (TAG)

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

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

    16. Student Upstarts

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

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

     17. Collider

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

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

     

    New Incubators

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

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

    Tech All Stars - for the best EU startups?

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

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

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

     

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

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    Venture Capital Houses

    ·        MMC Ventures

    ·        Dawn Capital

    ·        Eden Ventures

    ·        Spark Ventures

    ·        YFM Group

    ·        Solon Ventures

    ·        Pro-Founder Capital

    ·        Bridge Ventures

    ·        Albion Ventures

    ·        Passion Capital

    ·        Index Ventures

    ·        Accel

    ·        DN Capital

    ·        Balderton

    ·        Wellington Partners

    ·        Advent Ventures

    ·        Pentech Ventures

    ·        Greylock Europe

    ·        Piton Capital

     

    Angel Networks/Angel Funds

    Other Funding Sources/Grants :

    ·        The Technology Strategy Board

    ·        European Framework Grants

    ·        PERA

    ·        Big Venture Challenge

             www.bvca.co.uk 

     

    Donations based crowd funding platforms:

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

    Freelancer Platforms:

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

     

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  • 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

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    London Startup Funding #1: Where to Raise Money

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    London Startup Funding #2: Funding Stages

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

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

    The reality is that two things matter:

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

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

    To recap:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    London Startup Funding #4: Investors vs ‘Investors’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Feel free to share horror stories in the comments below.

    London Startup Funding #6: Pitch Deck Essentials

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Please add your comments below.

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

     

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  • Need of Patience with App Development - Some Facts!

     

    Don't we all know that outsourcing could be  a pain in the neck? Time zone issues, communication issues, ethics issues, cultural issues etc. But some still have mastered the art and are launching their projects one by one with the help of freelancers across the world. So what is that they know but you don't know. Read On…. 

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    Outsourcing Debate - Part 2 follows

    Whether its local devs or outsourced environment devs, following issues are same and apply to any app development project. We have had almost same conversations with so many of our clients that at http://phoenixinfomedia.in we decided to make a blog out of it to share our experience once and use it as a reference link to explain App development clients about bugs and bugs resolution process. We would like to share with you certain readymade app development facts we have collected & explained in various different discussions with different clients:-
    1. Multiple Device and OS reality - Issues/bugs - In reality Apple's development software and simulator also has lots of bugs and doesn't work as expected.  So basically you shouldn't be  too unhappy with An App developer if an App works fine in simulator but shows tantrums in iPhone, as it is Apple's fault to not give the App developer a bug free simulator which is a 100% correct simulation of Phone. Even if the App developer had with him at his desk, almost every iPhone ever released, there is only 50% chance that he will see the same annoying bug which a small percentage of your audience is facing on a certain iPhone model. Simply because no smartphone or its OS ( and simulator) on planet is bug free and depending on available RAM, other apps, and phone configuration - apps can mis-behave in say Nov14 batch of iPhone 6 and may not mis-behave in Feb15 batch of iPhone 6. These kind of bugs are the most difficult to iron out.
    2. Missing Delivery Date Issues - Whatsapp had 1.6 billion in their pocket but they took not less than 9 months to introduce in-app call features whereas it takes just 2-3 months for us to build a simple Viber/Skype type Voip calling app. Some readymade code libraries available. So what took them so long? Ans: Technical implementation issues. You can't speed up the bug solving process. There are unknown technical challenges and tech forums like stackoverflow.com are full of those un-resolved threads. For these unforeseen tech problems, an App developer has to read lots of forums, try 10s of suggested workarounds, tinker this , change that, raise Qs and Issues on forums, wait for their answers, submit Qs to Apple support to which they reply to in 5-10 days time. And all this while this App developer has a family to feed and works on a salary. Client usually has accepted a fixed quote for app development and all hence its actually the App development company which gets screwed by all the delays, because it has to pay salary and other ongoing bills. It is in their best interest only to deliver App on time otherwise delays means loss to them. Client's impatience can only sour relations in these matters. 
    3. Money Can't buy Speed of development and bug fixes - Apple had recently forced everyone to submit only 64 bit version of their app from 1 Jun 2015. Now guess what, even a big financial dinosaur like Paypal were not able to convert their adaptive payment SDK to 64 bit before this date. A lot of apps (1000s) use Paypal adaptive SDK and 2 of our clients were also using it. Now their app's next upgrade got blocked due to no fault of App Development Company, and because of Paypal SDK not being 64 bit. But one of the clients in this case was from Non-IT background and takes out his disappointment at App Developers, failing to appreciate that even big companies with teams of hundreds people and budgets in millions can't solve their own bugs or tech upgrades intime. Whenever you get an iOS/Android/Gmail App update, it fixes bugs and issues in previous update. Meaning your current update will also have bugs and issues. Do you shout at Google/Apple then?  Can Google/Apple give you a definite date of next update? no they can't.  Its better to understand these IT related issues, develop patience rather than cribbing and expressing disappointment at App Developer team. Negativity shared doesn't do any help, only spoils relations and App Developers often quit their job because even though they are the ones who are putting in hours and hours of headache causing time & efforts in coding, clients and PM only shout and crib and make them feel inferior (not good for job) instead of appreciating their hardwork or understanding teething technical issues. Their job is not easy as laying brick on brick and completing a wall in an accurately predicted time.
    4. Technologies and SDK - Conclusion - its a wild wild west out there and we suggest that please find out some extra patience at your end while App developers like us resolve the bugs, because that is the only option at the moment. No other developer can do it fast.Many of our past clients have done full round-robin circle of checking out various developers and have come back to us. Simply because there is no way to microwave cook things here in minutes. All technical issues will take their own sweet time to get resolved just like Apple's tech or warranty support (5-30 days, try them).   
    5. Did you know that Barclays Bank's Hugely popular Pingit App was first released with 13 known and many unknown bugs. If they had waited to iron out all small small bugs on 100s of devices out there, it would never have been released simply because it is impossible to have a bug free software like app because the OS and Smartphones it runs on - is also never bug free. It is recommended to release an app with critical bugs fixed and keep fixing less critical ones as part of ongoing support/upgrade process. When thousands of people install it in their phones and run it, you are bound to receive more bug reports than what a small team of 2-5 testers can find and report.

    We guess patience is our & your only option with these irritating bugs. 

    BTW, It might rain in London today! :) Another issue we can only crib about but can't resolve. Just wait for a better day, as that's the only option :)

    Time to remind again why 2nd App development provider always feels/works better,  first love, first car and first job is always a learning experience and leave you unhappy in 90% of cases but makes you wiser and helps you improve your own understading of these matters and grow more pateince & tolerance. Next time you hear someone cribbing about outsourcing – remember there are always 2 sides of every coin. In almost all cribbing cases it would be their first outsourcing experience and they would have gone for the cheapest quote which in most cases will be a school/college kid from India/ukraine/russia with no reliable ratings and reviews on freelancers, elance kind of portals. We recommend hiring a trusted & recommeded App development agency like http://phoenixinfomedia.in which not only can guide you about App Development process but can provide experienced English speaking Project Coordinators who can correctly translate your concerns/issues and functionality suggestions to devs and geeks in their team. A good agency should provide multi OS apps (iOS, Android, Windows Phone) for different screen sizes using the same backend code, good quality code with minimum bugs and will do their best to deliver on your expectations.

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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.

     

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