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
As I begin my journey into discovering and defining a new application opportunity, I mentioned last week that I stopped creating business plans and just use PowerPoint to create my plan. This week I’m beginning the process of creating some application mockups. I know how to use Photoshop and Illustrator, but again, I fall back to my favorite mockup tool, PowerPoint!
As I begin this journey, I mention that I’m going to build my new app using the new Windows Universal app design language. Desktop/web is a very import productivity piece to my application with mobile as an extension of information consumption. Microsoft provide a great wealth of information over at https://dev.windows.com/en-US/windows-apps for you to read and download. One of the assets they provide are these templates and storyboard assets for PowerPoint. It save a TON of time inserting, resizing and moving elements around.
I use the Slide Master pages in PowerPoint to put in my Windows 10 shell. I do this because it is nice to have the desktop appear as I create new screen mockups. Then you can either turn it on or off. Pretty slick.
Now the Windows 10 window frame I just create with a series of shapes and change the background colors giving me the look and feel of Windows 10! Simple! Now you are off and running creating your app elements using the storyboard feature or just importing your images directly.
Try it when you are mocking up your next app.
I’ve had this software idea in my head for the past 10+ years. A week doesn’t go by where it just bugs me that the software that is out there is tired and old. Well, I guess it is time to see if there is really an opportunity out there to solve this problem. I’ll continue to blog on this new software opportunity as I move along. I hope you enjoy the updates.
Do you just create your software and see if someone buys it? Nope. That is a bad idea if that is the way you start. You can see it in the multi-million dollars failures that occur every week. I actually like to build software that actually makes money and not give it away for FREE. What kind of business is that?
First you have to get your thoughts organized and I always go back to Microsoft PowerPoint. Sure, there are probably a hundred other apps that are good for this, but PowerPoint just makes it easy. Click Click Click and I’m off and running capturing, organizing and communicating my ideas.
I blurred my workbook above for a reason, but PowerPoint allows me to quickly capture and organize my thoughts on the idea I am working on. I do this because I have probably about 50 web links I have captured and I need them organized so it follows a certain flow. I clip the pages, think competitors slides, and list them in PowerPoint in a certain order. Allows me to work through my competitors in a logical fashion from strongest to weakest.
I never write a business plan because my PowerPoint becomes my business plan without all the silly fluff. I’ve got my positioning, my competitors, my technology, my branding and my marketing plans all in this document creating a minimal viable product that I can go to market quickly and being winning over new customers and friends.
So I have had a few of my friends ask me what ME FIRST is and what problem it solves. Simple answer. We all like how quick we can message a thought with Twitter and take a picture and share it on Facebook. Why is that? Because the ability to do it quickly is the focus of their apps.
Well, what if you wanted to have those same features but NOT post your data. ME FIRST is kind of like a layer in front of Twitter and Facebook that gives you all those great features, but keep the data private!
Perfect! Now you can document your life story without having to be forced to share it with the world!
Download it at http://mefirstapp.com, it is FREE!
Join Splunk and SiSense for a “Power Hour” on Startup Success Lessons! These two Big Data companies have experienced incredible growth and we’ve asked Paul and Bruno to provide a balanced perspective on growth and success.
Paul came through the technical ranks and Bruno is a business guy. Each will provide a different view on the space and what they’ve learned. Event is meant to be participative so bring your questions!
Hosted by Extended Results. We start Networking at 5:30pm. Panel: 6-7pm.
More information and to register for this event can be found at http://startupgrowth.eventbrite.com/
Hope to see you there.