This is my first post to iDevBlogADay and as such, I should probably introduce myself.
My name is Andrew Kozlik and I am a mobile applications developer based in Orlando, FL. I’ve partnered with my friend Dave Younker to build fun and useful applications for people to use on their iPhones and Android devices. I handle all of the iOS development, so it’s mainly my voice that you’ll hear on these posts. Hopefully Younk will chime in once in a while and we can try to compare and contrast iPhone and Android development.
For our first post, we decided to share a few people and companies who inspire us to do what we do. Hopefully you can find something inspiring from these people as well.
If you’ve done anything in the online business world, you’ve heard of Pat Flynn. He was the first person who truly showed me that you can build a viable business on your own ideas and hard work, and it’s thanks to him that I stay motivated to build a business of my own. Though the majority of his income does not come from iPhone development, I’ve found his blog posts and podcast to be incredibly inspiring and motivational. If you are interested at all in building passive income streams, his blog is a must read.
Be sure to check out his article where he interviews Benny Hsu, the creator of the popular Photo 365 iPhone application.
Most of you probably know Noel Llopis since he’s been blogging on idevblogaday for quite a while. I found the idevblogaday community through a post of his about a year ago, and I’ve been a lurker ever since. Noel’s blog taught me to look outside the box for ways to make money through your iPhone apps. His post, Finding the Loose Change made me think about the potential of cross app marketing and iTunes affiliate links, and showed me that there are more opportunities to make money on the app store than just iAds and paid apps. He’s also written some very insightful articles about game design and the amount of work it actually takes to develop a high quality iPad game.
I’m sure you’re reading his blog already, but if not, be sure to check it out.
While I’ve been following my previous two inspirations for quite a while, FIPLAB is a company that is new to me. They recently wrapped their 4 part bootstrapping series and I’ve been blown away by the amount of success these guys have had. Though we’re still in the beginning phases of launching our company, I’ll be looking to FIPLAB in the future for inspiration. I’d be stoked if we had a fraction of the success they have had, and hearing about how they build a $30K per month company helps push me to start building.
Well, there you have it! Three great websites chock full of inspiration and ideas to keep you moving on your iPhone development projects. Hopefully you find those sites as useful and motivational as I have. I’d love to hear what inspires you, so be sure to leave a comment with the people and companies who inspire you to do what you do.
Thanks for reading, and I’m really looking forward to becoming part of the idevblogaday community!