Identifying the Pain Point in your Startup

If you are a startup founder or being around the startup community, you must have heard of the term 'pain point'. But what exactly is a pain point and how do you go about identifying one? You've got an idea - either because you're trying to solve a problem for yourself or because you've heard other people and what they think they need or want fixed. When this happens, the important question to ask yourself is: "What is this pain point I am trying to solve?", and most importantly, "Is this really a pain point that I need solved right…

$10,000 QLD Small Business Digital Grants Program

If you are based in Queensland and need app development services, the good news is grants are now available to assist you fund your project. The Queensland Small Business Digital Grants Program round 4 will soon be open to assist small businesses with the costs involved in purchasing digital technologies and software services for their Queensland business.   How much funding could I get? Successful applicants will receive matched funding of up to $10,000 (ex GST) to use in hardware, software (including app development and design, websites) and digital services (consultancy, coaching).   How do I know if I am…

What are the costs of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) Blockchain for Business Apps?

We are now at a technology tipping point where the application of blockchain technology is feasible for businesses and startups. The cost of implementing Blockchain applications has reduced through vendor support in the form of Blockchain as a Service (Baas) and open source libraries.  However, care should be taken before diving into implementing a project using Blockchain, as a number of hidden costs and variables must be carefully examined. What is Blockchain? You can read the comprehensive definition of Blockchain on Wikipedia; however, Dr Mark Staples (Data61) eloquently distills the essence of a Blockchain to simply, "A distributed database and…

Myriad in Brisbane – Connecting the dot connectors

Last week I attended Myriad, a three day technology and innovation festival in Brisbane. According to their site, some of the highlights of this event were: * 50+ local and international speakers * Next generation technology & Interactive experiences * Workshops & Fireside chats * Global Investment and insights * Powerful and inspiring stories * Connections * Investor matchmaking * Sweet, sweet Queensland sunshine. It sounds great, right? However, personally the biggest highlight was the alluring atmosphere where community members, local & international speakers and investors gathered together to discuss inspiration, innovation and impact through a common theme: the use of…

DayNinja app recognised for innovation

The DayNinja app has been featured on More Gold Coast publication as one out of six most innovative apps designed and developed on the Gold Coast, Australia. The free-to-download app is based on the revolutionary Pomodoro Technique by Italian Francisco Cirillo, one of the all-time favourite methods to effectively manage time and increase productivity. Innovation results from the combination of mindfulness and To Do lists to help the user find flow, block interruptions and maintain focus during the working day. "The app allows you to name and prioritise tasks for the day, creates a calendar, and uses a timer to break up the workday…

The power of psychology in User Experience & app design

Have you ever wondered what makes good app design? Why some apps are more popular than others? What exactly makes an app so addictive that finds millions of people willing to interact time and time again? In this article from Smashing Magazine, Nadine Kintscher gives a powerful analysis of how User Experience (UX) and psychology go hand in hand when designing an app that solves the right problem in an efficient and enjoyable manner. When an app design is based on good UX customers/users will intuitively seek to return to the app over and over again because is self-explanatory, clear to navigate, fast to load and…

Why we don’t usually sign NDAs? And you shouldn’t worry about it

Client: "Hi, I would like a quote to get an app developed." Envisage apps: "Sure thing. Please tell me what you have in mind?" Client: "Do you sign non-disclosure or confidentiality agreements? You see, I would like to be able to talk freely about my app to ensure my idea is safe. Otherwise, how do I know you won't steal my idea?" Does this sound familiar to you? It certainly does to us. Well, here is the deal: There is not much new under the sun, and your idea may not be as novel as you think. Over the years we have…

Apps within apps – End of apps as we know them?

I wondered how long it would take for apps to start integrating with other apps.  The first app I noticed this occurrence was Uber - integrating Password1 to retrieve a filed Uber password.  Upon reflecting this really was nothing new in that Stripe and Braintree payments have been in apps for a long time via SDKs. With the arrival of the Apple Watch early 2015 users are likely to expect more than ever a consistent experience across all devices (smartphone, smartwatch, desktop and tablet).  The components in the fabric of the OSs are already supporting this concept through notifications across…

“Millions more needed for startups” – Dave McClure

Dave McClure, founder of leading US start-up tech accelerator program 500startups, recently spoke to Rose Powell of the Australia Financial Review. Full Article here Extract: ...it is the smaller end of the scale, the early seed stage capital investors, that Mr McClure said needs to shed their timidity and take more risks, for the sake of the ecosystem and their own wallets. Mr McClure said there should be less investments in the hundreds of thousands range, and more of millions of dollars. He warned that in a global game less daring players would soon be left behind. “Our biggest winners…

Uber set for ‘Uber valuation’ that would eclipse Twitter & Hertz

The 5 year-old startup Uber is shaking up the taxicab and black car markets with a predicted 'Uber valuation' set to disrupt some of the long established giants.  The booking app that quickly managed to disrupt the space is currently operating in 53 countries, and locally in Brisbane and Gold Coast. According to Uber Brisbane manager, Mr Mike Abbott, "Uber has been successful because our technology is pro-consumer, pro-driver and pro-community.” (source: Gold Coast Bulletin). Despite the attacks, Uber is taking the controversy and regulatory challenges in its' stride, and more so to its' financial success. "If Uber completes the funding, the valuation…