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AppMakr has just hit an amazing milestone -- the number of apps created on our platform reached two million. Needless to say, we’re incredibly proud of this achievement, especially as a smaller company working in a space with some of the biggest, most recognizable brands in the world.

As sure as we are of our platform, it takes more than just a great idea to be successful, especially in this competitive industry. It takes innovative, bold business practices, like the ones that AppMakr CEO Jay Shapiro put in place when he decided to make the company 100% cloud-based.

We want to take a moment to thank the companies that make it possible for us to achieve a successful company based entirely in the cloud. With the help of cloud-based collaboration platforms like Trello, Google Hangouts, and oDesk to organize and coordinate work done in multiple locations, AppMakr is able to hire the best people in the world to work with each other, rather than just the best people who coincidentally live within a 50-mile radius of some arbitrary office.

Currently, AppMakr has a staff of over 60 workers on six different continents, and that lean global team has been able to effectively serve over a million customers in one hundred different countries.


More and more today the mobile app industry is being built on Appcelerator's Titanium platform. Mobile apps are fast replacing web applications as the way we buy, share, search, learn and collaborate. The Appcelerator Platform helps developers and enterprises drive great mobile app experiences, quickly and at scale.

 

AppMakr will never gather around a water cooler or hire by geography but rather hire the best people from anywhere in the world. We do this by working with Upwork (formerly oDesk). Our staff of 60 workers are located on six continents and all work through this great platform. If you are an entrepreneur, or running your own small business, you should definitely check out Upwork.

 

While desktop browsers offer protection against malicious websites by warning end-users of a potential threat, there is zero protection inside millions of apps that have the ability to display web content. The MetaCert Security service makes it easy for app publishers to protect end-users from malicious URLs by preventing them from loading inside the app. Publishers can also block content that’s labeled as nsfw.

 

Apps today can’t be just one-way brochures, or websites placed within an app. Apps need to be interactive and one way to do that is with WuFoo's amazingly easy survey/form builder platform that can be accessed and inserted into your mobile app. You can also choose a lead generation form, customer survey or contact form to place in your mobile app with almost no effort. What we love most about WuFoo is that it’s simple and a great way for you to interact with your customers and obtain information that can help you improve and grow your business or organization.

A lot of our publishers want to make a mobile app for their music band fans. The best way we've found to include music tracks within a mobile app is clearly through SoundCloud. No other service has the power for anyone to easily post, host and share their tracks with the world. Whether you are setting up just a mobile app, or an entire social media portfolio SoundCloud can form the heart of them all, but serving up your music across all your mobile and social platforms. It's great.

If you are running a new startup business, and you're looking for ways to get your message out to customers and journalists around the world then PRWeb is a great choice. We know, we've tried almost all of the competitors and we've been blown away by PRWeb. So much more than just a "wire" they actually integrate your social feeds, videos, and mobile app links. Our releases are consistently top ranked in Google. Trust us, it's worth trying.

We've worked with Akamai for years and know of no better way to ensure that your online tools and websites are truly scalable, stable and fast, fast, fast. Their network of servers around the world are super simple to serve through, and they instantly eliminate any latency that you may have, especially in international markets.

We are huge fans of Eric Ries' work on the Lean Startup.One of the key principles of running a lean startup is "validated learning" - constantly checking in with our customers to see how we are doing, and how we could do it better. One of the very best ways to do that is through Qualaroo. Their simple tool for integrating single question qualitative research and validations into key steps within your business is something we rely on. Whenever we rollout a new feature, we ask our customers: "what do you think?" or "How would you make this step better?" The results are insightful, fast and free. It's fantastic.

There are very few businesses anymore where everyone goes to the same office day after day, gather around the water cooler and share with their managers how they are feeling and what's happening within the business. For the modern business - with virtual workers, distributed teams and time-shifted global relationships - we have replaced the water cooler with 15five.com.It allows us to quickly share with our managers and teammates how things are going, and to quickly bubble up any problems that need to be dealt with before they become emergencies. It's a fantastic modern tool for the virtual or international business.