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Old 09-10-2015, 06:33 PM
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I have a few ideas for an app. I don't know where to go with them. Does anyone have any clue? Computer company, app company, I have no idea. I know thousands of people say this on a daily basis probably, but I really think I have a good idea that I've bounced off of a handful of close friends who love it. Not that I think it makes any difference, but I'm well educated, but computers are not my field, at least in this capacity.

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I am an app developer (iOS only, that's where the $$ is). What I'd suggest is to look for any best-in-class apps that are similar to your idea, or that use similar technologies, and then lookup the developer that made the apps and see if they do client projects. Look for a US-based developer. Offshore developers are cheap, but you get what you pay for.

There is a saying in the developer community that ideas are a dime a dozen and developers are $200 an hour. Apps can cost anywhere from $5K to $150K or more to develop and bring to market, so make sure your idea is realistic and you are prepared to fund the development. And realize that developing the app is just the first step. You also need to market it and get it noticed among the millions of other apps out there. Even with the best idea and a nicely developed app, you're still at the mercy of the market for success. It's tougher than ever to bring a new app to market, and I feel lucky I got a foothold in the early days when it was a gold rush.

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Odesk.com
Freelancer.com
Craigslist

Depends on what you are looking for and how much IP you want to protect with NDA and such.
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S219 is spot on. "Build it and they will come" days are over for the web and apps. You have to be able to market the crap out of it whether it is good or whether it sucks. Marketing wins in the end.
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Old 09-11-2015, 06:18 AM
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I have a few ideas for an app. I don't know where to go with them. Does anyone have any clue? Computer company, app company, I have no idea. I know thousands of people say this on a daily basis probably, but I really think I have a good idea that I've bounced off of a handful of close friends who love it. Not that I think it makes any difference, but I'm well educated, but computers are not my field, at least in this capacity.

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Be realistic in your expectations. Technology aside, from a business perspective the app market is as cut throat as it gets. Customer acquisition costs are high, user conversion ratios (free to paying) are low, and the life cycle is very short.

I have invested in two apps, and neither went very well from a business perspective.

Good luck, but be realistic in your business plan.
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