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Johann Dowa

Do you have a great app idea really?

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Since putting the word out that I am looking to do contract iPhone development work, and looking for others to work with I have gotten numerous e-mails from people with great app ideas, and I love hearing them. I’ve done a fair amount of research into what’s already out there, and the types of ideas that seem to be succeeding now that there are already so many great apps out there, and there seems to be one thing that many people are forgetting.

This is the idea that great products are generally created by those that understand, and are involved in the market that product will be sold to.

What I mean is that you should have a good understanding of the person who will be buying your product before you think up a product to sell to that person.

I’ll give an example, the creator of the Gratitude Journal who I mentioned in an earlier post came up with her idea because she was a member of the “tribe” (as she calls it) of people interested in self-help. In her ebooks she even talks about how she communicated in online communities with this market during the development of her product, and had many of these people puling for her, ultimately even Oprah stated she can’t spend the day without her app. She understood this market well before she began development on her app.

I don’t want to deter anyone from sending me ideas or asking for help, please keep them coming to [email protected] (if you are really serious about your idea, please be sure to send it with an NDA, e-mail for my fax number if you prefer).   If you’d like work done for you on a revenue sharing basis, I am willing to consider it, but please also tell me what makes you a member of the community that your app is being designed for, and if you have a related website or product be sure to mention it.

Also any developers/artists looking to get started in iPhone development please contact me also at [email protected] I’d love to hear from you.  Together we will be able to put together a great portfolio more quickly.

PS.

This site finally finished moving over so I can get back to using the database and creating posts.
Sorry about any missed e-mails that occured during that time.


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