There many emotions that you experience when building an app. Finalizing a logo and brand is dreadful because there is no going back. Sometimes picking colors and fonts for the UI/UX is the most painful and time consuming. But coding the features and functions is easy and gives you a great feeling as it comes together. http://www.EquestrianApp.com #watchthejourney #horse #startup
One of the first apps I created was right after I graduated from college when I created “Assistant Basketball Coach”, which allowed coaches to capture the statistics of the game into a database for analysis and reporting during and after the game. It was probably one of the most fun applications that I ever created because it was a niche app that focused on a primary passion I enjoyed. The software was used by thousands of coaches around the world at its peak, until I sold that business in 1998. After that, I was onto creating and selling enterprise software for years which was a lot of fun, but can also be quite unfulfilling.
Now, fast forward several years. I’ve had an opportunity to “go back to the farm” if you will, and added a few horses to my property. In learning and working with these horses, I’ve found that the community of equestrians out there, do not have a system or app that allows them to connect everyone in the care and enjoyment of these wonderful equine animals. After several months of research and visiting a lot of horse owners, boarders, leaser’s, trainers, vets and more, I believe I found my next app adventure. I hope you tag along with the adventure.
I will blog on the design, development and beta testing through this medium and also at http://EquestrianApp.com
This opportunity doesn’t come along often in your career. I’m selling the IP and business of Atlas Insights (www.AtlasBI.com). I’ve already received a couple offers several months ago, but I wasn’t ready yet as I was just getting started. I love creating software and am beginning to design my next app and I think the opportunity to put the Atlas Insights business and IP into the right hands is now.
That’s right, I’m selling all the IP associated and customer database with it as I’m looking for the right business/persons to take it to the next level. Do you have a business intelligence solution and no mobilebi option, now you do. Have an AI platform and need to distribute data out to thousands of people, now you do. Have a line of business application that needs to get data out to a lot of people, now you do.
PS: Nothing is FREE, so don’t even bother asking. :o)
How many if you arrived at work today and the first thing you did was open your browser to browse to an intranet site to see your company dashboards? Probably less than 1% of you did. And then, you drilled and sliced and filtered to find your data. How long did that take you? Probably more than 15 to 30 minutes. After a while you probably gave up. Am I correct?
It is time to throw out the old paradigm of looking at dashboards for company insights and just pull out your phone and quickly, and we mean within seconds, get to the most important data that you and your company cares about.
Atlas Insights is the most effective way to get your most important company metrics out to your employees anywhere they might be in this busy world.
In my years of software development, FREE software has always been kind of a misnomer. How can you make money on FREE software that doesn’t have ads in it? I just hate ads in apps. Well, I’m giving my Plus One Social software away for FREE! There are no ads and no limits. Enjoy the software and be amazed at the social insights you’ll discover using this app.
Why do it? Well, I found that most users just want the software for free but they are happy to pay for the enhanced work books for Excel and Tableau. There are some great reports right within the app, but if you want to download the data and see deeper insights in Excel and Tableau, we can get you there quickly and painlessly.
Download at www.PlusOneSocial.com
I just finished up and got my Amazon Echo skill for Atlas Insights certified. If you’re like me, when you are wondering around your home is when you think about a metric you wish you knew right now and you don’t want to have to take the time to find your phone or start your computer. Just ask Alexa! You can use your Amazon Echo to ask for any important economic metric you would like to know about. Try it.
Back in 2007, a friend of mine from Microsoft recommended me to read the book “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss. He mentions that he was trying to figure out how to build some software so that he could just work 4-hours a week, the software makes money for him and then he could go enjoy life a little more. I guess because he was working 70 hour weeks at Microsoft and getting paid only for 40.
I purchased the book and the audio format right away and listen right away and enjoyed every minute of it. When I got done, I tried to apply it to my business, but it was nearly impossible because I had a consulting services business, Extended Results, which is human capital heavy business. I felt like I bought into another infomercial and I bought the product. But this idea stuck into the back of my head for 10 years like all good ideas do because they need to be solved and applied.
In modeling and building my current company Atlas Insights, I really wanted to apply this concept to it. But again, it is nearly impossible because when you are building and enjoying a company, you just don’t want to work 4-hours. BUT, I have discovered that it should actually be called the “4-Hour Workday” instead! With the whole Software-as-a-Service model, you can actually model a business that customers find, subscribe and use themselves. Using all the different social networking platforms, you can model a marketing program that also runs on cruise-control. Customer contact can easily be managed through software like LiveChat and development can utilize both onshore and offshore to maximize programming expertise.
In my company, I’m basically doing all roles from designer to developer to marketer. Now that the software has been fully released for Apple iOS and OSX, Google Android and Microsoft Windows, I’ve moved more to Marketing and Customer Relationship in my 4-hour workday. I spend my time working with my customers onboarding and answering questions which always seems to happen at a certain time of day Monday through Thursday. Friday’s are basically off days because I have found that not many customer decisions or questions are made on Friday’s. I think most people in technology sector are checked-out after lunch.
“The 4-Hour Workday”
Achieve a better work-life balance with a method that is actually achievable
I challenge you to re-think how you are actually working. In your 8-hour day, are you actually spending time doing something productive compared to not-productive? I think we all know the actually answer to this. Because of all the social distractions we have today, if you actually focused, I bet you could finish your day in the first 4-hours and then spend the rest doing something you enjoy or being better at your job.
Let me know your thoughts.