— It’s always amazing how many people complain how their work week seemingly drags on forever. People get excited for Wednesday (especially after that ridiculous commercial with the camel), and it seems like the weekend can’t come fast enough for a lot of people in the nine-to-five grind.
But for people in the app industry, we rarely hear about never-ending weeks or the dreaded “Case of the Mondays.” That’s probably because working in mobile apps offers so many different types of challenges, experiences and opportunities to meet new people. Our weeks are often filled with tech meetups, social events and exciting launches that make us wonder where the time went once Friday comes along.
This is especially true at Appular, where we have to constantly keep our collective finger on the pulse of the latest debuting apps and NYC meetups. Luckily, it’s a labor of love for us, and there’s nothing we’d rather be doing than meeting app developers and helping them brand their product. It also helps that the meetups we attend our always full of great people who know how to have fun. Before we look ahead at some great upcoming events, let’s reflect on what we enjoyed last week.
Using Analytics to Optimize Your App and Business
Analytics are the new scouting reports. Whether it’s in business or professional sports, people are always finding new ways to measure the efficiency, reach and breadth of their operation and their competition. This meetup covered how mobile app developers can use analytics to their advantage, and we have a feeling there will be plenty more of these to come, as analytics are going to continue to advance.
A Look Ahead
The Top Reasons You Need to Learn About Data in Your Windows Phone App
One of the best things about New York is there’s something for everybody. You can find any kind of food, recreational sport or meetup group you can imagine. So, while most people talk about iOS and Android, there is still love out here for developers in the Windows Phone space. Chris Woodruff has been working with Microsoft software for more than a decade, and he’ll be talking about developing apps for Windows Phone at the Microsoft office downtown. If you’re looking for a real industry veteran, look no further than this event.
Back to School! with Joe Burgess, Julie Yaunches, & Tapestry
This event will feature the best of both sides of the meetup culture. Not only will you get to hear some insights into the mobile tech landscape from industry pros Joe Burgess and Julie Yaunches, but you’ll get a demo from the leadership at Tapestry, an app that facilitates storytelling by tapping the iPhone or iPad screen. The Brooklyn iOS Developer Meetup group is putting on this event that’s primed to be fun and informative. So, hop on the F train and get down to Brooklyn for a night of tech insights and great demos.
Making Mobile Apps Using Higher Level Authoring Tools
Speaking of industry veterans, this event will feature Colin Holgate. He started with Apple in the early 1990s before transitioning to the CD-Rom publishing company Voyager. Holgate’s resume gets more impressive after that, but we’ll let you read about him on your own. Just know that he’ll be showing off some app-making tools and demo-ing the final products at this event. If you’re an advanced programmer who’s diving into app development, this is the meetup you’ve been waiting for. You can thank the awesome people at New York Mobile App Developer Meetup for the chance to watch Holgate do his thing.
NYESN: Startup Pitch & Raising Capital through Rockethub.com with COO Jed Cohen
Observers of the meetup scene have started to see these types of events more frequently. Basically, a panel of venture capitalists and accomplished investors get in a room, and entrepreneurs — many of whom are mobile app developers — have the opportunity to pitch their idea and get feedback. These events are great because not only do you get to hear the awesome ideas people are pitching, but you gain an insight into how VCs think when they are pitched an idea. A fun twist around this event is that people will only have 60 seconds to pitch their idea. This event, organized by the New York Entrepreneurs & Startup Network meetup group, will be easy to find, as it will be held on the 60th floor of the Empire State Building.