TAGP521 Alex Quilici : How I Sold My Startup For $200 Million Just 18 Months After It Was Founded

Alex Quilici, the CEO of YouMail. YouMail is an intelligent call manager that stops robocalls with its highly accurate caller ID and smart blocking technology. They’ve developed a monthly robocall index that tracks the scale and scope of invasive robocalls nationwide that has been frequently cited in national media. YouMail was recently called a superior alternative to iOS 10’s Visual Voicemail and Google Voice in a PCMag software review. 

Resources: Website / Twitter  / Linkedin 

Here are the 3 things I learned from Alex...

  • In the US, the entrepreneurial culture is massive with something like 28 million people having started some form of business

  • Sometimes, the entrepreneur doesn't choose the problem to focus on, but its the problem choosing the entrepreneur
  • Success can often mean working on a problem that lots of consumers agree is also a problem, having a good solution to the problem and having a great team focussed on the problem

TAGP520 David Kingsbury : How Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine Trainer Changed My Life

David Kingsbury is a personal trainer working with A-List actors on films such as Assassins Creed, The Huntsman, The wolverine, X-Men Days Of Future Past and more.  Our mutual friend, Andreas Kambanis introduced us after learning that HEALTH is my theme for 2017. This introduction changed my life forever. I am the healthiest and the fittest I can remember being. I hope this episode inspires you to take all necessary steps toward your healthier future.

Resources: Website / Twitter  / Instagram /  Facebook

 

Here are the Results From 12 Weeks On David's Program

TAGP519 Dave Schools : I Am Fun Employed And Live In A Different City Every Three Months

Dave Schools, founder, writer and creator of the fun app called PartyQ's. Originally from New York, worked in NYC, Dave has been inspired by the Netflix movie called the Minimalists. He now lives in a different US city every three months.

 

Resources: Twitter  / Linkedin 

Mentioned: Write About My StartupParty Qs homepage (On Apple App Store / Google Play Store)

Here are the 3 things I learned from Dave... 

  • Phubbing is the new term for snubbing people with your phone
  • Headlines is the most important aspect when trying to get page views to your articles
  • The content marketing game is about volume, volume, volume

TAGP518 Josiah Humphrey : 19 Yr School Drop Out Builds Multi-Million Startup With $3,000

Josiah Humphrey Co-Founder and co-CEO at Appster started at the young age of 19. He's taken $3,000 and turned it into a global company with over 350 employees. Learn how Josiah built a sustainable business and pick up some genuine tips to succeed yourself.

 

Resources: Website / Twitter  / Linkedin 

Here are the 3 things I learned from Josiah...

  • Your product is the marketing, so make an awesome app
  • Find a core problem
  • Seek feedback, validate by being smart, build a prototype and talk to clients

TAGP517 Rob Caraway : An Appreneur Making Apps That Actually Sell

Rob Caraway is an appreneur who makes apps that sell. He's an indie app developer, growth hacker, entrepreneur & product guy who's worked on over 20 app projects since 2011. Rob has built and sold an app portfolio of 725,000 downloads which has netted him over $240,000 in only 2 years. We can all learn something from Rob's app journey.

 

Resources: Website / Twitter  / Linkedin 

Here are the 3 things I learned from Rob...

  • Start with other peoples problem first. In Rob’s case, he spoke to people in various online communities and discovered a massive frustration sharing GIF’s via smartphones

  • Want to sell an app? Rob Google’d people who buy apps and approached them directly. SIMPLE YET GENIUS!

  • If you get bored with the apps you’ve built and the communities they appeal to, sell your app portfolio and start creating new things you’re more passionate about

TAGP516 David James : Why I Quit Investment Banking And Built A #2 Grossing App

David James, Founder of https://TotalCarCheck.co.uk quit his career in Investment banking to build a #2 top grossing app in the utilities section of the iOS app charts. We talk about how David made technology choices, how he engages users, how he optimises for conversions and the psychology of persuading someone to buy an inApp purchase.

 

Resources: Website / Twitter  / Linkedin 

Mentioned: How To Be Creative Getting Real

Here are the 3 things I learned from David... 

  • Improve user onboarding by not forcing users to create an account
  • Entice users to perform a desired action by offering a reward (maybe offering additional useful data for an action taken within the app) 
  • Success can mean different things and not just the size of your bank balance

TAGP515 Louise Doherty : Lesson Learned Working As A Solopreneur Accepted Into Techstars

plansnap founder

Louise Doherty CEO & founder - PlanSnap talks about how to give a great elevator pitch, what it's like working for an accelerator like Techstars and how to cope in the startup world working for yourself as an app solopreneur.

Resources: Website / Twitter  / Linkedin 

Here are the 3 things I learned from Louise:

  • Techstars look for startups that demonstrate Team, Team, Team, Market, Traction, Idea
  • If you're working as a Solopreneur, it's best to find a good co-working space to surround yourself with other entrepreneurs
  • Really focus on the problem you are trying to solve. In this case, it's the problem of using multiple apps and websites to plan an event with your friends

TAGP514 Jo Overline : The Press Fabricated Fake News About This #1 App

Jo Overline Ugly Mug Founder

Jo Overline has been a successful iOS app creator for over ten years.  He’s built over 30 apps in various categories, and over 30 million downloads under his belt holding the #1 spot in 94 countries.

The “Ugly Meter” app was one of his most successful. He created the controversial app and it propelled him into app stardom where everyone on the planet seemed to be downloading the app. It reached #1 instantly.

Nevertheless, it wasn't all plain sailing because the main stream media made up fake news about Ugly Meter to stir up the controversy and Jo had to deal with the good and the 'ugly' side of the press. 

Get inspired how Jo turned all the press attention into a viable business which meant he now follows his passion for app development with the unique SwingDev.io

Resources: Website / Twitter  / Linkedin / IMDB pageUgly Meter: The iPhone app that rates your attractiveness”

Overline gives Wii owners “The Shaft”

By the way, Ugly Meter appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Daily Mail UK, Huffington Post, Tonight Show w/Jay Leno, NY Post, NY Times
and Hundreds of morning radio/news shows

Here are the 3 things I learned from Jo Overline

  • The easiest way to get free press is to give them a story
  • We often read about app entrepreneurs getting millions of downloads. Maybe we think we can copy the successful formula. Despite our best efforts, sometimes these success stories are just down to good old fashioned luck which cannot be repeated
  • Successful people can be genuinely motivated to help others succeed which is so wonderful about the startup and entrepreneurial world

TAGP513 From Corporate Cubicle Friends To Co-Founders Representing 100 Billion App Launches Per Month

Andrew Levy, Co-Founder & CSO and Rob Kwok, Co-Founder and CTO at Apteligent

Apteligent helps monitor performance issues in mobile apps that impact customer experience. Delivering real-time insights across popular devices, OS's, and networks, Apteligent's data spans the entire app lifecycle. Today Apteligent is baked into over 23,000 apps resulting in 100B app launches per month for users across 120 countries, spanning multiple industries and use cases. We’re trusted by 3 of the top 5 credit card issuers, 3 of the top 5 media companies, 3 of the top 5 retailers, and 2 of the top 3 hotel chains with the success of their strategic mobile app initiatives."

Resources: Website / Twitter Rob + Andrew  / Linkedin Rob + Andrew

Here are the 3 things I learned from Robert and Andrew...

  • Even though you are stuck in a Corporate cubicle farm, you could be working alongside your future co-founder
  • You can use a tool from Apteligent to discover more about your users experience such as when the user gets frustrated by the app, when the app is draining battery or killing their data plan
  • Interesting benchmarks from https://data.apteligent.com such as under 4% crash rate for the latest iOS yet Android has over 7%

TAGP512 Prabhjot Singh : Solves The Biggest Problem App Developers Face

Prabhjot Singh Co-Founder and President Of Pyze. Prabhjot helps mobile app publishers solve their biggest challenge - engaging and retaining users.

 

 

Find Prabhjot: Website  / Linkedin / Twitter

Here are the 3 things I learned from Prabhjot

    •    The biggest problem app entrepreneurs face is that people download a lot of apps to their device, but end up using only a handful of apps
    •    The deck is stacked against the Indie App Developer. Over the last few years, we’ve seen the corporatization of the App Store by the big players. It’s very hard now for the indie developer to break in. The big issue is data. The big companies can build these data platforms that track all kinds of information to personalise the app experience for the average person. Indie developers don’t have the same capabilities
    •    Nevertheless, App Stores are still the best way to get distribution of product. You get access to billions of devices with just a couple of places to upload.