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NEW FEATURE: E-COMMERCE

Guess what. We’ve finally caught a leprechaun! And we’ll rent it to you jolly cheap! Yup, it’s all true. Because everything hiding endless riches qualifies as a leprechaun, right? Even the most cutting edge native e-commerce functionality ever bestowed upon appkind.

Remember we promised you guys that 2k17 would start off with something big? Well, that was an understatement. What we’re about to serve you is nothing short of the biggest update in AppSpotr history. Broes and broettes, brace yourselves for our new love child, E-Commerce! Inspired name, we know. But don’t let it fool you. This baby is the ultimate shopifier, an entire system built around native webshop functionality for your app.

Add your supposedly million-dollar jewellery, pickup artistry books, dirty laundry or whatever else it is you’re selling. Choose your layout, tinker a bit with the finer details and you’re good to go. Once your shop is online, business will be smoother than ever thanks to integrated payment options, automated customer emails and other game-changing features.

E-Commerce can be activated through the main menu or from the Marketplace for $20 a month. Your subscription doesn’t start until you’ve published the app, so go ahead and try it out.

Expect a more thorough rundown of how E-Commerce works before long. Until then, here’s a little sample:

 

E-COMMERCE FEATURES:

  • Add an unlimited number of products
  • Add product categories for filtering
  • Choose between list, grid and feed layout
  • Customize VAT rate, shipping cost, translations and other settings
  • Receive payments straight through the app
  • Set up automated emails for your buyers

A RECAP OF 2K16

Another year draws to an end. And not just any year, but the most appic one in AppSpotr history. So far. Here’s a summary of stuff that went down (and up – mostly up) in the last twelve months.

2k16 is the year AppSpotr went public and had our stocks oversubscribed sixteen times in the process. Shoutouts to everyone wanting to be a part of AppSpotr. You’re all awesome, but unfortunately we just couldn’t take everyone in. The one-thousand-something peeps who managed to get their hands on shares are welcome as owners of the world’s best app builder. And, as a little bonus, of stocks that went up 50% over their first mere month on the market.

Our userbase grew. A lot. 2k16 is the year that AppSpotr gained 253,817 new users. Together you guys started 177,604 new projects built on 1,175,538 pages. Many fantastic creations first saw the light of day and gave a glimpse of what is possible on our platform.

2k16 is the year when we produced 33 brilliant blog posts. Oh, make that 31. The other two were mediocre and kind of shitty respectively. We talked AppSpotr, obviously. But we also talked Star Wars and Pokémon Go. We even managed to make a completely unrelated App of the Month post be all about Game of Thrones. Because, why not? We felt like it. Unfortunately we didn’t get to use those Pac-Man like Canadian faces from South Park in a blog post or newsletter. Definitely maybe next year.

Here at the headquarters, 2k16 is the year when 13 new people joined our team and office dog Douglas gained seven years while losing five teeth. Canine guy’s getting old, really old. Most importantly, together we caught 126,210 pokémon. Or rather would’ve if the rest of the crew were as devoted to the #winstinct cause as yours truly.

2k16 meant the biggest upgrade to our platform so far. Four new modules were released. We introduced Templates to make things a whole lot more convenient. And we finally rolled out publishing to your own account on both Google Play and App Store. Support for ads was implemented to increase your cash money dollar flow. And speaking of $$$, our platform took its first steps into e-commerce with a magic PayPal button.

Yeah, no doubt 2k16 has been fine as hell. But enough about the past already. A new year is coming up, and we’re going to bust our asses off to make it an even greater one. With the release of our two flashiest modules just around the corner, 2k17 is in for one hell of a start. Then we’ll just keep going from there.

That’s it for now. Time to pour the champagne and wrap up this year. Appy New Year from all of us at AppSpotr!

 

 

 

POPULAR, HUNGOVER AND FINALLY TRADABLE

Some posts ago our CEO took the opportunity to tell you his entire life story while smoothtalking you guys into buying shares for our upcoming stock listing. Remember? He finished his essay (that chapter of it, anyway) promising plenty of opportunities to brag about AppSpotr in the future. Apparently, the future is here already. And so are our stocks.

When asking for a shy 2-ish million bucks, obviously we were expecting to break that number by quite a decent margin. We believe in ourselves. And we know you do too. But nothing could have prepared us for the unspeakable success that followed.

The demand for AppSpotr shares has been huge, to say the least. O n e – t h o u s a n d – s i x – h u n d r e d – p e r c e n t huge. Seriously, that’s not too damn far from the Swedish record. We’re not sure exactly how this happened, but it probably doesn’t hurt that we have a kick-ass product. And that we’re totally amazing all around. Not to mention humble.

But enough about our landslide victory. Now we’re just so damn excited for the opportunities this brings. Finally we can roll up our sleeves and start working on a portal where third-party developers – that means you – can help us expand our platform by building and selling their own modules on our Marketplace. First things first, though. We’ll start off by giving you our two biggest module releases ever. Keep an eye out for number one in the coming weeks.

As of yesterday, our stocks are live on Swedish AktieTorget and eligible for trading. And yes, we’re adequately hungover from last night’s party. A gigantic brofist to all you who have supported us, used our tool and bought our shares. We’d be nothing without you guys.

APP OF THE MONTH: WESTEROS CITY

Planning a trip to the mystical realm of Westeros? Let’s face it, with psychotic would-be kings, putrid ice zombies and “muh dwagons” lurking around every corner, the place doesn’t have the best reputation at the moment. Something November’s App of the Month hopes to change.

Westeros, Land of the Seven Kingdoms, known for its wondrous magic, political power struggles and character assassination (Stannis Baratheon, we’re looking at you). With the death of the rightful king and the impending threat of an ice-zombie army drawing closer, Westeros might not seem like the place to be at the moment. To make the land prosper once again and become more attractive to residents and visitors alike, its leaders put their faith in an app.

 

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Awesome design and creative, useful functions. The app is in “Common Tongue”, the most widely spoken language in Westeros. What, you thought they spoke English because they do in the show? It’s dubbed, dummy.

 

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Stamp cards are just annoying as **** to deal with. Unless you have them all in one place on your phone. Brilliant!

 

The Westeros City app is packed with sweet offers and content pertaining to the infamous realm. With the Shopping page, finding that shiny new chainmail or lovely whorehouse is a breeze. Then there’s Food & Drink to make sure you never have to explore the land on an empty stomach. The app is also full of exclusive offers and built-in stamp cards that truly make for bargain bonanza. The developers keep the content fresh with regular updates, and with winter coming there’s even a digital Advent calendar, where every box hides a new special offer. Let’s pray for some dragon glass or Valyrian steel for Christmas, right?

 

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Advent calendar with unique offers inside every box. “Meet-and-greet with Night King 90% off”? Perfect, just what we wanted…

 

Westeros City is one of the most well designed apps we’ve seen so far. But what we really love about it is the creative functions that just fit perfectly with the app format’s accessible nature. No more clogging your man purse (or woman purse, or whatever purse) with stamp cards and coupons. No more losing them. They’re all on your phone. Plus a freakin’ Advent calendar. How cool? This elegant app is a must-have for anyone destined to set foot in the Land of the Seven. Five out of five Iron Thrones from the AppSpotr team.

Oh, by the way. To find this app in your app store, search for “Västerås City”. We took the liberty to translate the name.

APP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: PER BERNHULT

In App Close and Personal we get to know people somehow related to AppSpotr through an arbitrary number of reasonable and less reasonable questions. With our upcoming stock listing just around the corner, this time we talk to one of our investors, stock-market analyst Per Bernhult.


What exactly is it you do for a living?

– If I only knew myself, huh? No, seriously. I come from a background as a Chief Financial Analyst and Fund Manager. After working in the business since the 90s, I left some years ago to be able to focus on my own investments. As an angel investor I always try to give the best of my knowledge, experience, ideas and feedback to the companies I’ve invested in. To make a safe living I also act as a consultant and offer analyses on demand for companies I haven’t invested in myself. I also have a long-term goal of finishing books that I’ve already started writing (books for children and youth, grown-up ficton, poetry and also some songs). Writing on multiple titles is very time consuming if you aim at something new and different, and doesn’t pay off until the titles have been published – if ever. More rarely, I write columns too.


So, are you like ridiculously rich?

– I wish, since it would make it possible to do more for good causes. But no. I made my first investments as a 9-year-old. 33 years later, I’ve accumulated a really good investment capital, enough to make big investments when extraordinary opportunities arise. I have to say, though, that my investment in AppSpotr is by far my biggest ever in a not yet publicly traded company. Monetary wealth really isn’t a specific goal for me, other than in the sense that it makes it possible to do more good things for others. To me, investing is more of a basal need. I can’t help it, but it’s crucial for me to always learn more about everything interesting and to use that newfound knowledge along with previous experience to realize things to come before the masses. I simply must stay ahead. It’s exciting and enriches my life tremendously to always have insight in what’s going on in the world and in all kinds of different areas.


What made you invest in AppSpotr?

– A number of crucial reasons. But there were a few that stood out. Frankly, to begin with I’ve been really impressed with what AppSpotr has accomplished in such a short time.  It amazes me how the company has been able to keep up the pace. Moreover, I think the strategy and business plan so far, not to mention going forward, is genius yet simple and achievable.To see AppSpotr grow extremely fast and leave competitor after competitor behind is just the icing on the cake. And of course, the scalability of the service in itself and its immense market potential. It’s something I’ve always dreamed of finding in combination with the other things I mentioned. With the position AppSpotr has accomplished this year, its growth rate and its business plan going forward, I have hopes that my investment will pay off well. I’m very well aware of and used to actively managing the high risks associated with investing in younger tech companies building a new business. Of course I´m looking for a return in accordance with this. Otherwise I wouldn’t have invested.


If we didn’t exist, what would you rather have invested in instead: toothpaste and caviar

flavored ice cream or a genetics programme aimed at breeding actual Pokémon?

– Ha, ha, ha… Well, I’m not too fond of messing with Mother Nature, or of artificial ingredients in food. Can I just say toothpaste? It might seem like a really, really boring business area, but I actually think it has room for new and revolutionizing inventions that could very well emerge from new and small companies. Oops, now I’ll drown in a not-so-thought-through business ideas on toothpaste glowing in the dark and smelling garlic.


What previous investment makes you the most proud in retrospect?

– Among others, I’d say my investments in Enator in the early 90s, when I got in just as they started a great turnaround. And G5 Entertainment a couple of years ago, when I acknowledged the emerging extreme growth of casual gaming and was quick to spot the transformation of G5’s business. In recent years I’m very happy with the return on, for example Insplorion and Raybased.


And what’s your worst one?

– Probably Fermenta back in the early 80s. But at the same time it was a great investment for me as a young boy. Back in those days adequate information was a hell lot harder to obtain, and stock prices had to be found in the newspapers. The rise and fall of Fermenta taught me many things. Firstly, to be humble about your investments. In school I proudly announced during a lesson that my stocks in Fermenta had risen from a value of around 1,000 SEK to more than 2,000 SEK in a short time. Only to shortly thereafter see the value vanish in thin air. Secondly, it sparked an insatiable lust to seek more and more information on every thinkable aspect and to analyze its impact.


Where do you hope to see AppSpotr in three years?

– Hopefully everywhere! That means, through apps built with AppSpotr in every other smart phone, tablet and so on. AppSpotr may not yet be so well known to the masses, but with the position it has built, its current growth rate and now with its business plan going forward, I have high hopes for the company.


What’s the biggest challenge we’ll have to face on our way there?

– To never stop developing, keeping your eyes and ears open, caring about even the smallest details and staying in close touch with your customers. And also, never to stop believing in new opportunities or slowing down in execution if you reach big financial success. In other words, it’s very important never to be satisfied, lean back and just manage earlier achievements. AppSpotr immediately struck me as a company that has these important insights in mind all the time.

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