InspiringApps’ Core Values

2 years ago
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Our five core values shape who we are in and out of our office. Join us for a deep dive into our core values—how we demonstrate them, what they mean to us, and how they help us create beautiful and engaging digital products for others. 

Empathy

Understanding and perspective that shapes the process and the product

Empathy comes naturally to our team members, and it’s easy for us to find the right questions that get to the heart of our client’s intent. We have a deep capacity for understanding a problem from a business, development, and user perspective, which holistically frames our entire software development process in the key areas that make a product successful.

Respect

Consideration and appreciation for client, team, and individual

Diverse backgrounds, skills, hobbies, and perspectives make us a stronger team. We appreciate and embrace each other’s differences. We respect our clients and their ideas, and we work hard to approach problem solving from a positive perspective as equal partners.

Inclusivity

A mandate kept top of mind for the InspiringApps team

We seek equality for both our team and our products. Inclusivity best practices are made throughout our software development process, and inclusive recruiting initiatives remain top of mind for our team.

Commitment

Approaching tasks and team with passion and intention

Easy to use is often hard to design, so we sweat the details, treating your app development project like our own. Clients repeatedly convey they love working with us, because we passionately dig into projects alongside them. Our team is committed to the work and to each other. Small but mighty, the culture has a cohesive atmosphere that never skips a beat.

Integrity

Approaching all with heart and authenticity

Integrity is at the core of all we do at InspiringApps and is exhibited throughout our hiring, training, and development practices. Honesty, excellence, and authenticity are as important to us as they are to our clients.

Do our values align?

We’re passionate. Determined. Crazy talented, yet humble. The mix of people that make up the InspiringApps team truly represents the values that influence our work most—empathy, respect, inclusivity, commitment, and integrity. These foundational commonalities contribute to both our great company culture and the beautiful and engaging apps we create.

We thrive on creating strong partnerships with innovative clients who want to make a difference. Let’s get started.

Working with the right people makes all the difference

Passionate. Determined. Crazy talented, yet humble. All words that describe the mix of people that make up the team at InspiringApps. We’re an inclusive group of employees who care deeply about what we do. Our team is the not-so-hidden treasure behind our success.
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Business & Strategy

From Frustration to Funding: Your Guide to Launching Your Dream App

Originally published: February 2018. Updated: April 2024. You’re scrolling through your phone, desperately searching for an app that solves a nagging problem. Maybe it’s finding a reliable babysitter at the last minute, splitting a restaurant bill with friends seamlessly, or finally organizing your ever-growing to-do list. But every app you find falls short. “There has to be a better way,” you think. That’s the spark of a brilliant app idea! But then reality sets in: how do you turn that spark into a reality, especially when funding feels like a major hurdle? Entrepreneurs take note: Hold on to your fantastic app idea! This comprehensive guide equips you with the knowledge and resources to navigate the app funding landscape and turn your app dream into a thriving mobile application.  Before We Dive In: Building a Strong Foundation Two key elements, the minimum viable product (MVP) and business plan, will be your cornerstones for attracting investors and securing the capital to launch your dream app. Before we delve into the various funding options, let’s solidify the foundation of your app’s success. The MVP Advantage Many successful apps started as an MVP. This basic version focuses on core functionalities that solve your target user’s problem. The MVP allows you to test your concept with real users early and often. This valuable feedback helps you refine your app and ensure you’re building something people actually want before sinking a ton of money into development. Business Planning: Craft a Compelling Roadmap Having a solid business plan is crucial for attracting potential investors and securing app funding. It demonstrates your understanding of the market, your competitive advantage, and how you plan to turn your app into a sustainable business. Essential sections include: Executive Summary Market Analysis Competitive Analysis Product Description Marketing & Sales Strategy Management Team Financial Projections Many online resources are specifically designed to help entrepreneurs write business plans. Check out SCORE (https://www.score.org/) or the Small Business Administration (https://www.sba.gov/) for free templates and guidance. App Funding Options for Aspiring Entrepreneurs Having a brilliant app idea is just the first step. Transforming that idea into a reality requires funding. This section will equip you with a clear roadmap to navigate the diverse financing landscape for app development. We’ll explore various options, from bootstrapping with your own resources to attracting external investment. By understanding the pros, cons, and ideal scenarios for each approach, you can make informed decisions to secure the capital needed to launch your app successfully. 1. Bootstrapping: Building Your App on Your Own Terms This is where you use your own resources to fund development. It might involve dipping into your savings, taking on a side hustle, or bartering your skills for services you need. Bootstrapping offers complete control over your business but requires careful budgeting, resourcefulness, and a willingness to wear many hats. Here are some tips for successful bootstrapping: Prioritize ruthlessly. Focus on developing the core functionalities that deliver the most value to users and postpone fancy features for later. Embrace open-source tools. Many free and open-source development tools and libraries are available to help you build your app without breaking the bank. Consider a side hustle. If your budget is tight, a side hustle can provide additional income to accelerate development. 2. Friends & Family: Your First Cheerleaders (and Maybe Investors) Your friends and family can be a fantastic source of early-stage app funding, especially if they believe in your vision. However, it’s crucial to approach them professionally. Communicate your vision and investment goals. Create formal agreements outlining the terms of the investment,  including the amount of funding, repayment terms, and ownership stake. This protects everyone involved and avoids misunderstandings down the road. 3. Crowdfunding Platforms: Unleashing the Power of the Crowd Sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo allow you to raise capital from a large pool of online contributors. These platforms offer a unique opportunity to gauge market interest in your app before launch and potentially secure app funding from early adopters who are excited about your idea. Here are some key considerations for crowdfunding success: Craft a compelling campaign. Hook potential backers with a captivating video and story that showcases your app’s value proposition and potential impact. Be transparent about how you’ll use the funds raised. Offer enticing rewards. Incentivize backers with tiered rewards that offer early access to the app, exclusive features, or branded merchandise. Be a marketing machine. Use social media, online communities, and relevant blogs to spread the word about your campaign. The more people who know about your app, the higher your chances of reaching your funding goal. Remember: There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to app funding. Consider the stage of your idea, your comfort level with risk, and the amount of funding needed when deciding which option is best for you. App Funding: Setting Realistic Expectations Be prepared! Launching a successful startup requires hard work, perseverance, and a bit of luck. Unfortunately, many app ideas don’t make it to market. Here’s a reality check: Market Research Is Key Don’t just assume your app idea is brilliant. Conduct thorough market research to understand your target audience, existing competitors, and potential challenges. Focus on Value What unique value proposition does your app offer? Why should users choose yours over the competition? Define Your Target Audience Who are you building this app for? Understanding your target market demographics, needs, and behaviors is crucial for success. Success Rates & Challenges  While success stories abound, it’s important to acknowledge the competitive nature of the app market. Statistics show that only 10% of startups succeed [insert source here (optional)]. This emphasizes the importance of a solid foundation, a well-defined target audience, and a clear understanding of your challenges. Each funding option comes with its own set of challenges: Bootstrapping: Requires financial discipline and may limit the scope and functionality of your initial app. Friends & Family: Potential for strained relationships if things go south. Ensure clear communication and have ironclad legal agreements in place. Crowdfunding: Reaching your funding goal can be difficult and requires effective marketing. Beyond the Basics: Exploring Additional App Funding Options As your app evolves and gains traction, you can explore additional app funding avenues: Angel Investors These are high-net-worth individuals who invest their own money in promising startups. They often provide valuable mentorship alongside funding but expect a significant ownership stake in your company. Venture Capitalists Venture capitalist (VC) firms invest larger sums of money in startups with high growth potential. Securing VC funding is a significant accomplishment but often requires a more developed business plan and a proven track record. App Funding: The Path Forward Each funding option has its pros and cons. Carefully consider your needs and priorities before pursuing a specific type of app funding. By incorporating these actionable tips and realistic expectations, you’ll be well on your way to transforming your app dream into a reality.

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InspiringApps News

InspiringApps CEO Brad Weber Joins the Exclusive Fast Company Impact Council

BOULDER, CO—InspiringApps, a leading innovator in app development, today announced that their CEO, Brad Weber, has been invited to join the elite Fast Company Impact Council. A Leap Forward in Tech Leadership & Digital Innovation The Fast Company Impact Council is an invitation-only collective comprised of the world’s most creative and inventive individuals in the business arena. This prestigious group convenes several times yearly for live events, virtual sessions, and roundtables to discuss pressing challenges and the most promising futuristic opportunities. Innovation & Leadership: InspiringApps on the Forefront “This remarkable recognition illustrates our strong commitment and influence in shaping the future of technological advancements,” remarked Stephanie Mikuls, Marketing Director at InspiringApps. “As a top-tier company, we understand large enterprises’ challenges in bridging the gap between their business objectives and capacity. We are here to be the reliable, innovative partner to fulfill your objectives.” By joining the Impact Council, Weber is slated to be a key contributor to discussions that will help shape the future of various industries. His wisdom and insights will be shared with the other council members on fastcompany.com and in a special edition print issue of Fast Company. The Future of Digital Innovation & Business Growth Brad’s invitation to this prestigious collective signifies his recognized capacity to motivate change, foresee future tech trends, and drive revolutionary business strategies in the digital landscape. Weber brings extensive experience and unique perspectives to this council. Under his leadership, InspiringApps has become a trusted partner to numerous startups and enterprises, helping them drive innovation and turn updated business ideas into reality. “Being invited to join the Fast Company Impact Council is a great honor, and I am excited to work alongside the other members, who are leaders at the forefront of their industries, to bring about positive impacts,” says Weber. About InspiringApps InspiringApps is an app development company with a robust track record of helping companies ideate, innovate, and succeed. Whether helping enterprises fulfill their untapped potential or advising startups on disrupting the market, InspiringApps uses the latest technologies alongside their rich experience to deliver tangible success to clients and stakeholders with a 100% onshore, US-based team. Finish line, every time. It’s the InspiringApps guarantee. Get in touch at hello@InspiringApps.com.

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