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SOME WORDS FROM THE BIG GUY

Surely, you haven’t missed that we’re going public. And what better way to celebrate this than with a few words (brace yourself for a wall of text) from His Excellency himself? Well, except for the old run around in bunny suits and grope the most criminal looking guys you find, of course. Since our bunny suits are at the dry cleaner’s, give it up for our CEO, Patric Bottne!

What a journey. From exploding servers and instant noodles in air starved basements to fancy coffee and meetings with global heavy-hitters. From la vida locash to money rain from investors and our upcoming listing on the stock market. Yes, what a journey it’s been. From sleepless nights to even more sleepless nights. You would think I’m tired by now. But no, not at all. I’m just damn proud. So now I’m going to brag a bit, because I think we’re worth it.

When AppSpotr was founded we had a clear vision. We wanted to democratize the app market. Do for apps what WordPress has done for websites and Photoshop for image editing. Obviously we still have a long way to go before reaching that goal, but we’re moving forward at full throttle. Despite AppSpotr’s shy age we’ve already managed to innovate the app business a number of times. Like when we introduced our built-in graphics editor and real-time previewer. Now neither of these features is AppSpotr exclusive anymore. Go figure.

The road has been ridden with challenges and setbacks, but we never gave up. Determined to finish what we started, we kept our eyes set on the horizon. And really, in retrospect it feels like we would never have gotten to where we are today if it weren’t for all those hardships. What I’m trying to say is we didn’t succeed despite them, but because of them. The competence and belief in both our vision and each other that we’ve gained from this are absolutely priceless.

Today AppSpotr has over 200,000 users in more than 180 different countries. And we’re growing faster than any of our competitors. In short, we’re on a roll. But this journey is far from over. Really, it’s only just begun.

Along with our planned listing on the stock market, we’re getting another ten million from investors. This money will help us develop new premium features, recruit even more users and boost our sales. And even more importantly, pave the way for our biggest and most groundbreaking upgrade ever: a marketplace where coders and designers can sell their creations and help take our tool to the next level. The day noncoders, coders and designers all meet around AppSpotr, nothing is holding us back from becoming the world’s biggest platform for app building.

So join* us and tag along on the journey to a full-fledged “WordPress for apps”. I’m looking forward to serving you plenty of more bragathons on our way there.

Peace the **** out!
/ Patric Bottne

 

* Sorry, peeps and companies in Australia, Hong Kong, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Japan and the United States. You may not be eligible to buy AppSpotr shares.

ON THE NUMBER 200

A Polish square, a euro bill, your mom and NASCAR driver Richard Petty. What do they have in common? Hopefully nothing. But take out the fair lady and replace her with AppSpotr and… Tadaa! The number 200. Our very favorite one at the moment.

200 is the smallest base 10 unprimeable number, meaning it can’t be turned into a prime number by changing just one of its digits to any other digit. The number appears in the Padovan sequence, preceded by 86, 114, 151 (it’s the sum of the first two of these).

Incredible as this may sound, it gets even better. Because 200 is also:

  • A common ISO-standard film speed for photographic films. However, 200 speed film is being phased out in consumer films in favor of faster films.
  • A denomination of the euro note. The 200 euro note was designed by Robert Kalina.
  • The size of one side of the main square in Kraków, Poland.
  • The temperature (in MeV) of quark-gluon plasma phase transition.
  • An HTTP status code indicating a successful connection.
  • The sum of pounds (or dollars) given in the classical Monopoly game to a player passing “Go”.
  • The highest cholesterol level considered “Desirable level corresponding to lower risk for heart disease”.
  • The number of NASCAR Cup Series races won by Richard Petty.
  • A year when some stuff happened.
  • The North West 200, a motorcycle race held in Northern Ireland.
  • The number of users reached by the world’s best app builder on November 20th of 2016, divided by a thousand.

Hooray! Thanks to all of you for supporting us and creating appic stuff on our platform. And thanks to Wikipedia for the immensely interesting copy/paste trivia. We’re already looking forward to 300.

APP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: DEAD BY APRIL

In App Close and Personal we get to know people somehow related to AppSpotr through an arbitrary number of reasonable and less reasonable questions. First out is Swedish metal band Dead by April, whose worldwide musical success is almost as impressive as the app they’ve built with our tool.


Hey guys! So, how come you decided to get an app?

– Hey! Well, we noticed that every artist and band app out there was based on a game or similar. We saw great potential in the platform and thought there were much better ways to use it. What we wanted was an app more intimately tied to us and our music. Also, we get loads of questions about our lyrics, and we simply can’t respond to all of them. Some people ask because they want to get a tattoo with a line from one of our songs. Better get it right then, huh? We figured it would be great if we could just direct them to our app, where they’d find the lyrics along with a truckload of other content!


Being a metal band and all, what’s your favorite animal blood for use in sacrificial rites?

– Haha! Nah, that’s not for us…


How long did it take to build your app?

– You could say it took a couple of weeks to build the framework, so to speak. But we’re constantly updating with new content and functions, so it’s really an ongoing process.


How has your app been received?

– First of all, our fans have really appreciated reading about us band members. Who we are when we’re not on stage or touring. Also, the hype surrounding our app has helped us reach out to more people and get more fans. It’s awesome to see that the app has grown to be so popular!


Which section of your app do you think is the most popular among your fans?

– Based on the feedback we receive, we know that the “Lyrics” section is definitely number one. Runner up is probably the web shop, where fans can get their hands on our merchandise.


What’s your advice to other bands looking to build an app?

– Don’t hesitate, just do it! An app filled with exclusive content is a great gift to the fans!


What’s your greatest achievement as a band, apart from winning our App of the Month?

– So many, it’s hard to choose… But I would say that opening up for the biggest rock band on earth, Linking Park. It was insanely surreal!


If you could wish for a new module for Christmas, what would it do?

– It would be some sort of in-app purchase function. That would be a natural next step in developing our app.


APP OF THE MONTH: TPC YOUTH

October’s App of the Month is there to help your kids tap into the rhythm of their soul. Literally. And while looking pretty gangsta in the process. An impossible feat, skeptics might say, but The Pulse Collective disagrees. 

TPC Youth is a training program designed to give young dancers tap training in the spirit of UK’s number one tap team, The Pulse Collective. With a more experimental approach and a bigger focus on expression, they deliver moves with even more swag than conventional tap dancing. How is that even possible?

 

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In case you’re wondering what happened to the 90s boy bands, they’re modelling for these guys now.

 

Now The Pulse Collective turns to the biggest platform for communication to promote their program. Their app is simple and to the point, with light content spread over few key functions. There’s the About TPC Youth section where you can read up on the program and sign up for tryouts. There’s directions guiding you to their place and there’s a page for getting in touch with them. No minds blown here, obviously.

While the design is really, really ridiculously good looking, the content is still very standard and strictly informative. Which means the reason for the prestigious title App of the Month is found elsewhere. And that elsewhere is their web shop, where TPC’s own clothing line of tank tops, T-shirts, sweatpants and so on is only a couple of clicks away.

 

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Get your crew outfit straight from the app.

 

It’s just awesome to see someone taking advantage of our platform for e-commerce, and we hope to see it in more apps in the future. In TPC Youth, the module Web Page has been used to integrate an already existing shop into the app. But you don’t have to set up a web page to sell stuff in your AppSpotr app. The nifty PayPal button in Content+ provides you with a lighter alternative from scratch.

 

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Sure, we’ll be there in a jiffy. Just let us go get the tandem bike.

 

Different solutions for different needs. Sometimes you want an app stacked with subpage upon subpage. Other times, keeping it simple will do the trick. TPC Youth delivers all the necessary components in a few easy-on-the-eye pages. Plus, come one, they teach kids that tap dancing is cool. That on its own deserves a prize.

 

 

 

 

APPSPOTR GOES PUBLIC

Whoa, do we have a bomb to drop? DO WE?! Actually, no. We’ve got two. Before reading on, put on your safety goggles and ear muffs and find yourself some cover. How about that hippo over there?

Okay, brace yourself for bomb number one. AppSpotr has just managed to land a new issue. You know, that thing when people throw shitloads of cash at you because they’re sure you’re going to succeed. This means a couple of mills going straight into developing our platform, starting with a release of two new modules within short. And not just any modules. Two that will revolutionise our tool and unlock whole new possibilities. Long term, we’re opening up for you guys to build your own modules and templates and sell them on our Marketplace. This will spark a creative explosion on AppSpotr as well as give coders an opportunity to benefit from their skills. A complete game changer, in other words.

But guess what. It gets even boomier with bomb number two. Well, since we need to grow into our new role as a big bad corporation, we’re going to start wearing suits to work. Just kidding, that’s not it. We’re going on the stock market! Because nothing screams “respect our authoritah” more. Do you realize what this means? Before long, you* can own us. You can own one of the fastest growing tech startups in Scandinavia. Bits of it, anyway.

Unfortunately, our aspiration to become a respectable company also means we have to cut the edgy jargon. No more weird-ass references. Actually, no “ass” at all. No slang or cussing. No more leprechauns, definitely no leprechauns. From now on, expect nothing but lawyer-proofread corporate bullshit from us.

* Provided you’re a Swedish citizen. Just move here and become one, already. No biggie

10 NEW TEMPLATES

They come in all shapes and sizes. Big, small, perky, soft, natural, enhanced – we love them all equally! We’re talking apps of course. And to celebrate our warm and fuzzy feelings for them, we’re now releasing ten additional templates.

A while ago AppSpotr introduced one of the best things since primordial soup: the Templates feature! With Templates building apps got even easier. Just pick a template that fits your app’s niche, fill it with content, make the adjustments you want and boom – your app’s done!

This little gem became an instant favorite among you users, even with the limited number available from the get go. Now we’re rolling out the second batch of templates to complement the already existing ones.

Among our newcomers is event-based Festival. A vibrant template with lots of color and all of the functions to kick-start your music happening. Want to show off your creative achievements? Crisp Web Portfolio does the trick.

 

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Get your users into the groove with a colorful Festival app.

 

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Beef up your career with a Web Portfolio.

 

The are nine new templates in total (sorry, ten sounded better in the title), each covering a different niche. Here’s the entire bunch: Band, Festival, Hotel, Interior Design, Law Firm, Lotus Spa, Pastel Bakery, Photo Portfolio, Web Portfolio.

 

 

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