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A non-technical look at mobile app development

22: App Development Lifecycle Series - Deploy
Feb 22 • 17 min
In Part 4 of our App Development Lifecycle Series, Tim breaks down the final stage of development: deployment. We share our process for shipping production-ready code to the App and Play Stores, what to expect during the review process, and how this…
21: App Development Lifecycle Series - Develop and Test
Feb 8 • 18 min
In Part 3 of our App Development Lifecycle Series, Tim breaks down the Development and Testing Phases. We share how we work with our clients to develop custom mobile app systems, as well as how we test them to make sure they work how you (and your…
20: App Development Lifecycle Series - Design
Jan 25 • 19 min
In Part 2 of our App Development Lifecycle Series, Tim breaks down the Design Phase. Design is not only how your app looks, but also how it works. In this episode, we share how we work with our clients to design a valuable and easy-to-use mobile app…
19: App Development Lifecycle Series - Strategy
Jan 11 • 17 min
In Part 1 of our App Development Lifecycle Series, Tim breaks down the Strategy Phase. A well-considered strategy is critically important to the success of any project, especially a complex mobile app project. In this episode, we share how we work…
18: Trinity Wiles - WatchPitch, Tipster, and Thinking Globally
Oct 19, 2018 • 37 min
Tim chats with Trinity Wiles, an entrepreneur and Global Coordinator at WatchPitch, about how to use your resources to your advantage when creating a mobile app.
17: Amanda Brooks - FASTZach
Sep 10, 2018 • 54 min
Tim sits down with Amanda Brooks, creator of the FASTZach routing app, to discuss the lessons she learned in building a mobile app from the ground up.
16: Kurt Schmidt - Project Management and Mobile App Strategy
Aug 10, 2018 • 65 min
Tim interviews Kurt Schmidt, President of Foundry and former Director of Project Management at The Nerdery, who takes him to school on how to effectively strategize and manage the development of a mobile app. In this episode, you will learn: The…
15: Chris Ruff - Location Tracking in On-Demand Mobile Apps
Jun 8, 2018 • 30 min
Tim interviews Chris Ruff of Glympse who explains how location-tracking works in a mobile app and how you can securely & accurately provide a service provider’s location to your customers.
14: “Hot Lou” Abramowski - Using Facebook to Build Your Business
May 25, 2018 • 72 min
Tim interviews “Hot Lou” Abramowski of Evergreen, who gives practical advice for both running a business on Facebook and marketing your mobile app with Facebook Ads.
13: Kindu - Getting Hundreds of Thousands of Users with Zero Marketing
May 11, 2018 • 51 min
Tim interviews Tom of Kindu, who shares how he developed a mobile app which attracted hundreds of thousands of users with no previous development or marketing experience.
12: Jonathan Richter - Practical Tips for App Development
Apr 27, 2018 • 52 min
Tim interviews Jonathan Richter of Winnona Partners, a mobile app consultancy, who shares the lessons he’s learned around the business of app development which you can apply to your own iOS and Android projects.
11: Kwikly - Starting a Mobile App Without Technical Experience
Apr 13, 2018 • 29 min
Tim interviews Pedram Nastaean and Yomiyu Hirpa of Kwikly, an on-demand dental staffing agency, who share how they were able to launch a mobile-based company with minimal previous technical experience.
10: Explaining Common Mobile App Terms
Mar 30, 2018 • 24 min
Mobile app developers throw around a lot of jargon and buzzwords, but you don’t need to fear them! In this episode, Tim and Rob explain several common acronyms and terms you’ll hear when working with a development team.
9: Is Your App Idea Good or Bad?
Mar 16, 2018 • 13 min
Validating an app idea requires objectivity, introspection, and a bit of blind faith. Tim and Rob discuss three metrics they use when approached to determine whether or not it would make a good mobile app. In this episode, you will learn: Why you…
8: Lessons Learned While Releasing Our Own App
Mar 2, 2018 • 17 min
Even though we get paid to release apps for our clients, it has been a while since we’ve built and released one of our own. In this episode, Tim and Rob discuss the recent release of, a new Minnesota brewery tracking app. In this episode,…
7: The Server
Feb 16, 2018 • 15 min
Most mobile applications (especially on-demand apps) require a server to keep everything running smoothly. In this episode, Tim and Rob explain what a server is and the role it plays in your mobile software system. In this episode, you will learn: …
6: Solving the Chicken and Egg Problem with On-Demand Mobile Apps
Feb 2, 2018 • 12 min
When building an on-demand app, who do you try to get on your platform first: customers or service providers? In this episode, Tim and Rob suggest 7 techniques you can use to sustainably grow your on-demand app. In this episode, you will learn: How…
5: What Goes into an On-Demand App Tech Stack?
Jan 19, 2018 • 21 min
On-demand apps like Uber and Postmates are among the more technically complex apps you can build. In this episode, Tim and Rob explain how these apps work in an easy-to-understand way. In this episode, you will learn: How your mobile apps allow users…
4: Should you Build your Mobile App for iOS or Android?
Jan 6, 2018 • 14 min
A common way to cut down on mobile app development costs is to only build out one platform at a time. Tim and Rob explain the advantages to building on either iOS or Android, and provide tips for choosing which platform is right for your product. In…
3: Revenue Models for Mobile Apps
Dec 22, 2017 • 22 min
Tim and Rob discuss the pros and cons of 5 popular revenue models for mobile apps. In this episode, you will learn: The true cost of a “free” app The reason why the traditional “paid” app model doesn’t work well for mobile apps Why “freemium” apps…
2: 10 Technologies To Watch Out For In 2018
Dec 6, 2017 • 37 min
Tim and Rob discuss how 10 mobile-related technologies will evolve in the year 2018. In this episode, you will learn: How artificial intelligence isn’t exactly Skynet What on-demand apps will deliver to our doors Why 2018 may be the year our parents…
1: How Long Does It Take to Build an On-Demand App?
Dec 6, 2017 • 30 min
Tim and Rob take a shot at answering the oldest question in software development: how long does it take to get an app shipped from scratch? In this episode, you’ll learn: What exactly is an “on-demand app”? The actual time in months that it takes on…