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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian Online
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Get your app out there
It has only been six years since Apple released the first iPhone but, in that time, the device and its applications have transformed how we interact with the world and each other. Those changes are still under way: the app business is growing at a phenomenal pace, with more than 50 billion apps downloaded from Apple’s App Store by May 2013, at a rate of over 2 billion apps per month; a similar number are being installed on Android phones via Google Play. Apple has paid $10 billion to developers since the iPhone’s launch.
I don’t usually include a lot of statistics in this column, this isn’t about money, but how you can start your own business with a great idea and a better attitude. My point is that at its core, the app business is no different from any other type of enterprise: entrepreneurs are creating apps out of frustration at a lack of service.
One young entrepreneur who made headlines with the sale of his app this year was Nick D’Aloisio, 17, a British high school student who created the news aggregator Summly.
When he was preparing for his exams, he found the repetition of information annoying and so he built Trimit, an early version of his service that was downloaded more than 200,000 times. In March, Yahoo purchased his invention for a price estimated in the tens of millions of dollars.
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