It has been a busy week. I’ve been on a coding marathon for the past few days and have managed to get a lot done. Most of the changes are now in production and seem to be working correctly. Here is a short list of what’s new on JobTorch:
Well it’s been almost a year since our last update, however I can assure you my silence is not synonymous with being idle. In fact it’s been the exact opposite. Following the release of “Around the world in 5 differences” I started to think about the future and what Front Row should do next. Front Row’s Apps reaching the 75,000 download mark all with positive reviews demanded a more ambitious project. I also wanted to work on something completely different. Having BizSpark and Microsoft’s MSDN subscription provided a wide scope of opportunities, and I wanted to make sure Front Row took full advantage of it. Read more
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
Four months ago I started researching for my first title. As I was browsing through the App Store I came up with a set of requirements that formed my overall framework going forward. Some of these requirements were based on the fact that I had a limited budget and other were based on what I had seen on the App Store and what I believed would be recipe for a successful title:
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.