It was a good weekend for SellanApp, almost $10.000 in total pledges on our app ideas…
Talk and listen.
Any network, any time - cut the distance between you and your community.
Talk to people! Don’t just rely on social media to get people engaged with your app idea. Everyone prefers a good face to face meeting. Social media always creates a distance, the promoter’s job is to remove that distance, get their idea into the world and make sure it spreads.
An exciting week!
Dear Friends of SellanApp,
It’s has been a really exciting week here at SellanApp.
We’re thrilled that already over $30.000 has been pledged towards App Ideas brought forward by creative people like you. And… we’re excited to see our pipeline filled with many great ideas soon to be published on SellanApp. We think they’ll get their funding, just like StudyPic did.
Five Apps are now in development, and we have 6 crowd funding campaigns running on our platform.
Last but not least, 16 developers are now connected to SellanApp with more developers currently under review.
“Phew… We think that’s just cool being live for just a few months” :-)
Also we recently saw the launch of the Ketel App Idea. This app idea was crafted by a whole team of creative people and not a single individual. We are excited to see SellanApp proves to be a solution for this collective of awe-inspiring people.
Well, we are cooking up some some very cool things here… Watch this space…!
Engage with your social networks. Put your dream and passion on display for all to share.
Crowd funding is about engaging with your social networks and encouraging connections to support your cause. The key is to maintain continuous engagement with your network. Keep them updated on your progress and show them your dream and passion coming to life!
Slava Rubin the co-founder of Indiegogo has some great tips including a full article and video over on Inc. Check it out!
You’re closer to your problem than you think.
Keep your app idea close and your solution even closer. Make it realistic and tangible for you and others.
Your app should only try to help people solve a real life problem. If you have an App Idea, you are probably very close to the problem yourself.
Keep the solution closer. This means keeping it realistic and tangible for you to understand and for you to explain to others. This article explains the importance of not having ideas for apps or startups, but providing solutions to problems!
We hit Euronews!
We are absolutely thrilled with this feature and it reinforces how mainstream crowd funding has now become. We are the first specialising in smartphone apps and let’s face it, the original is always the best!
Our CEO Aernoud Dekker sums up with his 3 key tips to attain crowd funding success.
1. “Keep it simple. A simple story will reach more people.”
2. “More media is more money. So open all media channels you can possibly reach.”
3. “Take the people who pledge on your idea seriously. Because they will be your future ambassadors.”
StudyPic is Live!
The first successfully funded app StudyPic is now live in the app store!
A huge thanks to Sabrina for her great work and to everyone who got behind the idea pledging to make it happen. A further thanks to the developer that brought it to life.
StudyPic will make studying much easier. No longer will you have to fill your backpack with tons of books. StudyPic will help you organise your information by taking photographs. You can add categories and subcategories to create a simple and organized database.
Go and take a look :)
There will be many more to come!
“Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.”
One of the most common enemies of progression is procrastination. We know what we want to do and should do. Nevertheless we still we end up spending hours upon hours doing easier work or escaping via TV, blogs or music.
1. Stop thinking. Start doing.
A bit of planning can certainly help you to achieve what you want to achieve. A lot of planning and thinking tends to have the opposite effect.
You think and think and try to come up with ‘the perfect plan’. A plan where you don’t have to make mistakes, where you will never be rejected, where there will be no pain or difficulties. Such a thing does of course not exist so get started!
2. Don’t blow a task out of proportion.
By over thinking and putting things off you are not only trying to protect yourself from pain. You also make mountains out of molehills. The more hours and days you put something off the worse it grows in your mind.
This makes a little thing a big Godzilla, a horrible beast that is threatening to ruin your life. So plan a little and then take action.
3. Just take the first step.
When you start to look too far into the future any task or project can seem close to impossible. And so you shut down because you become overwhelmed and start surfing the internet aimlessly instead. That is one of the reasons why it is good to plan for the future but then to shift your focus back to today and the present moment.
Then you just focus on taking the first step today. That is all you need to focus on, nothing else.
4. Start with the hardest task of your day.
Maybe you have an important call to make that you also fear might be uncomfortable. Maybe you know you have gotten behind on answering your emails and have big pile to dig into. Maybe you have the last five pages of your paper to finish.
Whatever it may be, get it out of your way the first thing you do. If you start your day this way you will feel relieved. You feel relaxed and good about yourself.
5. Just make a decision. Any decision.
We feel bad when we sit on our hands and don’t take action because it’s unnatural. The natural thing is to be a decisive human and take action.
When you procrastinate you want to do something but you don’t take the action that is in alignment with that thought. You become conflicted within.
What you do always sends signals back to you about who you are. Taking confident action is what really builds your self confidence and a self-image of you being a confident person.
6. Face your fear.
It’s harder to just take action. To risk looking like a fool. To make mistakes, stumble and not avoid that pain. To take responsibility for your own life.
The easier choice can come with a sense of comfort, with a certain level of success, pangs of regret for all the things you never dared to do and a vague sense of being unfulfilled. You wonder about what would have happened if you had taken more action and more chances.
The harder choice gives you, well, who knows? But it will sure make your feel more alive.
7. Finish it.
Not taking the first step to start accomplishing something can make you feel bad. But not finishing what you have started can also leave you in a sort of negative funk. You feel fatigued or stressed and sometimes you don’t even know why. It’s like someone zapped your inner power.
Is there something there you know you want to finish but haven’t yet? Try to get that finished as soon as you can you will start to feel a whole lot better.
Just be careful. Don’t think you have to finish everything you started. If a book sucks, read something else. Using this as an excuse to quit something that feels hard or unfamiliar is not a good idea. But there is no law that says that everything has to be completed.
iSave to the rescue!
Q: How did you come up with your idea for iSave?
Well, it actually started a long time ago. Back in 2003 a good friend of mine told me he wished he could have filmed a weird situation he’d encountered in traffic. We elaborated on this idea but concluded that the technology was not ready. Remember those were the days of camcorders with DV-tapes inside.
So we dropped the idea and in 2009 picked it up again, this time exploring the integration of a tiny camera and a navigation device. Although small car cameras were becoming available, I didn’t think a separate little camera would appeal to the public as much as a camera integrated with the portable navigation device.
I then realized that the smartphone would beat the navigation device in the end. As smartphones became smarter and contained accelerometer and gyroscope hardware, I realized that the smartphone could also implement eCall. This lead to the idea of the iSave app.
Q: So basically your app idea combines two functions: watching the road and calling out in a crash.
Yes, that sums it up pretty good.
Q: Why would people want to buy this app?
Most people don’t like to think of accidents and emergency calls. However we face risks in traffic every day. In a small country like Holland we have around 200 accidents per day on average. So it’s always good to have an extra eye on the road.
Besides, it not only helps yourself if you encounter an accident. It can also help others if you recorded something that happened to them.
And it’s not only about accidents. There is also the fun-factor. You can capture special events you would like to keep.
Q: Can you name some simple examples where people could use the app besides saving their lives?
Showing others how they drove to get to the place they are now (playback function).
Uploading funny or strange situations in traffic to sites (Facebook) and TV-programs. In Holland there is a TV program called ‘Blik op de weg’ (view on the road) which shows strange behavior of car drivers taped by a police camera. iSave users can submit their recordings to such a program.
Helping in Amber alerts. When an amber alert is issued (for a missing child) there a fair chance that the child will be filmed by an iPhone running iSave.
Help the police resolve accidents or crimes on the streets. There are many accidents and other peculiar situations in traffic every day. The serious cases can be resolved using the images recorded by iSave.
Some car insurance companies can lower their insurance fee if car drivers use iSave, in order to attract new clients.
To provide km declarations for business drivers (iSave tracks all routes that have been driven).
Q: How many people you think will download and use it within a year? And how do you think you can promote it?
This is hard to estimate. Once it will become available, it will gradually spread out both by ‘mouth-to-mouth’ marketing by people who use it and by advertising on websites around traffic, traffic research, automotive bloggers, services like ANWB and the governments once iSave has proved to implement eCall better than the dedicated device. I have proposed an estimated 15.000 downloads for the first year.
Q: We read about eCall to be built-in into new cars in Europe from 2015. Why do we need your app for eCall then?
Last september a driver was found dead in his car 3 days after his car spiraled from the highway into the bush at night. It frustrates me that people are losing their lives while carrying a smartphone that could have saved them. We should not have to wait till 2015
Furthermore, the whole idea of getting eCall to Europe is based on the outdated notion that we need to put a separate device in each car to call 112. If there’s one device capable of calling, it’s the smartphone.
Q: So you’re saying that with iSave you don’t need eCall anymore?
Indeed. You only need your smartphone, I believe so much more is possible with a smartphone than calling.
Arthur, thank you for bringing iSave in to the world and thanks for sharing your insights with us and lets hope that we can bring iSave in the app store soon! You’ve already raised more than $ 10.000, good luck with your app idea getting selected by a developer!
SellanApp LIVE was again exciting!
What a day! Thursday we had our second SellanApp LIVE event. Students from the University of Amsterdam were able to push their app ideas forward all day. We invited professionals to help them create an effective concept with our iPad app. This allowed them to quickly and efficiently make a working mock up of their app idea. At the end of the day they could pitch their ideas to a professional jury consisting of people from uber.com, 22tracks, Whizzcraft and Stichting Doen.
Team Localise working on their mockup
Everyone that joined us at SellanApp LIVE is a true winner. The opportunity to conceive your app idea in a creative and inspirational environment with skilled professionals, no wonder everyone was pumped after thursday!
Judges are important for a sense of context and relevance. In the end however, the crowd decides whether an app idea gets funded or not. It’s just an opinion that the judges express.The judges decided that these apps needed to win:
- Workabroad: Lisa en Nadide thought of an app idea for backpackers to easily find work abroad and stay a little bit longer in the country they love.
- Track my Pet: Sarah, Isabel en Roos want to track down their pets when they get lost and have some fun by knowing where their pets go.
- Localise: Maarten en Ismay thought of a unique way of matching travellers with locals to share experiences.
These and other app ideas are coming on the platform shortly, the other producers that joined are also getting the green light to join our platform and get their app ideas funded.
The jury discussing and announcing the winners.
We’re already planning new LIVE events and we eager to invite you on the fun. Do you have a venue or do you or your organization wants to help organize a SellanApp LIVE in your city? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a wonderful update from all of us here at SellanApp….
The first app has been successfully funded and selected for development by one of our trusted developers!
This has been a great first milestone for us and we are already excited to see the finished product. Very soon ‘Studybuddy’ will be available for you to download from the App store. You can add yourself to the waiting list to be notified when it is live by popping over to the site.
Not only that, but we added over a 1000 users since we launched into Public Beta just two weeks ago which is incredible.
Who’s App Idea will be next? Download our free iPad app and get going!
Let’s keep changing the way app ideas get made!