As much as it’s awesome to get up in the morning and walk to your living room and be ready to work, there is a certain level of mental motivation that I personally get from dressing up and actually going to work. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it’s awesome not having to leave the house, especially winter time. But for me, I much rather separate where I work and where I live. Of course being a start up in a competitive industry, means it’s going be awhile before I’m bringing in any cash. So options for office spaces have been non-existent for the past few months. I spent sometime scouting shared spaces or cheap desks around Calgary. They were either completely out of my prices range or required a long term commitment. Also the initial cost of setting it up (furniture, etc) didn’t make sense for someone in my position. Read more
Front Row’s first commercial title is almost done. Majority of its programming ended last week and the game has now moved into quality assurance and testing. As it’s going through its final phases, I have begun researching and finalizing its marketing campaign. This will be a challenging endeavor since I have little to no experiences marketing an app. However at the same time I couldn’t be more excited to see the game take form the way it has. Four months ago I didn’t have the vaguest idea of what cocos2d was, and now I got a full functioning game. I have a feeling the marketing portion of this project will end up being the same experience. Read more
I read somewhere that to achieve something amazing you need a lot of motivation and an unrealistic deadline. It’s been more than a month since my last post, and although the blog has been fairly quiet, I have been busy working non-stop. in5differences is coming to an end and after six weeks of development it feels like I’m 90% done. However, if I’ve learned anything in the past few years, is that when you feel you’re 90% done, you’ve just passed the half way point. Read more
Front Row’s Hafez App, released on August 7th 2012 passed the 500 download mark. The download rate has been a steady 100+ download per day since Tuesday and there doesn’t seem to be much decline in sight. This is of great success for Front Row given the fact the App caters to a very niche market and was released with minimum marketing. Front Row has now started on two new iOS related projects, hoping to have them released before Christmas (Project in5Difference and Project FlagShip)
We are also hard at work with our biggest project (project ProcessPro). These are exciting times and we’re looking forward to how things are shaping up.
What started out as a side project has turned into a passion. After four months of work, it’s truly exciting to see the Hafez App on the App Store. For more information such as feature list and screenshots, visit the App’s information and support page. If you wish to download it from the App Store, click here (it’s free!).
Front Row is now part of Microsoft’s Bizspark program. This is a great achievement for us. As a start-up company we now get to take advantage of the latest technologies offered by Microsoft. With access to a comprehensive MSDN subscription we get to use Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate, SQL server 2008, Office 2013, the new Windows 8 and much much more, all free of charge. On top getting all these amazing software we’re also part of a network that makes it easier to find partners, market our products, find investors and reach our audience. Thank you Microsoft!
Front Row recently applied to Microsoft’s Bizspark program. If you’re a start up this is something you should definitely check out:
Microsoft® BizSpark® is a global program that helps software startups succeed by giving them access to software development tools, connecting them with key industry players, and providing marketing visibility. The program also includes access to Windows Azure, a flexible, comprehensive, and powerful cloud platform for the creation of web applications and services. In addition, BizSpark offers technical support, business training and a network of over 2,000 partners to connect members with incubators, investors, advisors, government agencies and hosters. Since it was established in 2008, more than 45,000 companies in over 100 countries have joined BizSpark.
About a few months ago, my aging laptop started to act up. It’s an old Toshiba laptop I bought during my last semester at University. That was back in 2009. When my laptop’s screen started to flicker, I figured it’s time to buy a new computer. Out of all my friends, I’ve been the last one to succumb to Apple’s marketing machine. Growing up on windows and working at a .NET shop for two years after my graduation, it felt kind of weird getting behind a Mac. it felt like betraying an old friend. But I finally caved in and ended up setting up a Mac station.
I figured since I’ve spend so much money, I’ll turn my expense into an investment. I began teaching myself Objective C. I bought a book and worked through some of its examples. I got myself familiar with xcode and wrote some trivial Apps. I also signed up with Lynda.com and worked through their Essential iOS development courses. After a month of learning and working through samples and playing around I decided to start a real project. I wanted to work on a project that meant something to me. Something I can work on, design and develop and have it up on the App Store by the end. Basically experience the full cycle of App development for iOS.
It’s been two months since then and although I haven’t been able to commit as much as I would have liked, I’m happy to see “Project Mastan” shape up the way it has.
It’s 12:55 am on a Friday morning and I have decided to finally create a web portal for my projects. Not much to say now until I finish the one big one I’ve been working on for the past few months. I haven’t been able to put in as much time as I would like, but the few times that I have, I have been able to get a fair amount done. And now that it’s getting closer to being done, it only seems natural to set up a portal before it goes on the App Store. The first and the last few steps tend to be hardest ones to take.
More info on that, for now I’m off to listen to the new Metric Album.