With the mobile app market growing at breakneck speed, it can be daunting for start-up entrepreneurs to come up with ideas that might shake up the industry. To make it big in the app market, it’s no longer enough to be the first developer to turn a smartphone into a flashlight. Still, as the following stories will attest, creativity, innovation, and inspiration continue to reap the rewards, both tangible and intangible, that they have since the dawn of human history.
Most of us who follow trends in the mobile app industry remember well the story of Ethan Nicholas, a programmer at Sun Microsystems who learned the iOS programming language in his spare time and developed the hit game iShoot. Nicholas’s first version of the game was sold for $2.99, but he soon availed himself of the considerable benefits of the freemium monetization model and launched a “lite” version of iShoot. iShoot Lite did precisely what it was designed to do and, less than ten days later, the paid version boasted over sixteen thousand downloads in a single day, netting its developer over $600,000 in a remarkably short period of time.
In contrast to Nicholas and iShoot, you may not heard of Fahma Waluya Rosmansyah, a twelve year-old Indonesian wunderkind who develops English language-learning like ENRICH, and math applications, you know, for fun. Fahma works closely with his younger sister Hania, who inspires him, provides his sound content, and serves as his beta tester. Fahma himself boasts that he can develop an app from start to finish in about twelve hours, and given his track record so far, we see no reason to doubt him.
Of course, if you believe only improbable whiz-kids can make waves in the mobile app development market, consider the story of George Weiss, the 84 year-old tinkerer who developed his first mobile app, Dabble, fifty-three years after registering his first patent. Weiss says that he’d been “waiting for this day since 1958”, which just goes to show that even in the world of mobile app development, very old dreams can still come true.
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