54: Hybrid vs. Native Apps

Published December 1, 2020

One of the first development decisions you’ll make when building an app is whether to build on a native platform or a hybrid platform. In this episode, Tim gets into best use cases for hybrid and native apps, along with each platform’s limitations, so you can decide the best approach for your project.

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53: Vetting a Tech Partner’s Posture with George Brooks of Crema

Published November 24, 2020

Founder & CEO George Brooks of digital product agency Crema joins the show to discuss how to find the passion and posture of a digital agency, the no-win situation that is RFPs, and how his digital agency vets clients in return.

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52: How Apps Use Data

Published November 17, 2020

Apps collect, store, and use data in ways that are both purposeful and nefarious. In this episode, Rob and Tim chat about why apps collect data, how that data is used, how app owners can be intentional with user data, and how app users can protect their information.

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51: How Ideas Turn into Apps with the Team Behind the MFIP Connect App

Published November 10, 2020

Building an app isn’t just about the technology but about the lives it makes easier. Ashley Bennett, Sook Jin Ong, and Pamela McCauley share the inspiring story behind the development of the Minnesota Family Investment Program’s pilot app, its powerful role as a communication tool, along with the unexpected questions around social equity it brought to the table.

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50: Implementing “Easy” Features

Published November 3, 2020

Rob and Tim chat about the nuances of seemingly easy features like data sync, search, push notifications, in-app purchasing, and messaging to help you understand where to get the most value with the least amount of effort when building your product.

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49: Delivering a Fluid User Experience in a Restaurant’s Online Ordering App

Published October 27, 2020

Rob and Tim chat about their experience building a delivery app for a Midwest pizza chain, and how a stellar user experience when ordering from a restaurant’s app can be a differentiator in this competitive industry.

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48: Embracing an Innovative Culture with Stephanie Hammes-Betti of US Bank

Published October 20, 2020

When we put humans first, we can learn a lot. Stephanie Hammes-Betti, Senior Vice President of Innovation Design at US Bank, joins the show to chat about how innovation happens within a large organization, how to go about listening to customers, and the benefits of teaching an innovative mindset to employees.

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47: Apple vs. Developers

Published October 13, 2020

Tim and Rob discuss the ongoing controversies surrounding Apple and the App Store and their thoughts on how it might play out.

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46: Building an App-Based Startup the “Right” Way with Tim Steele of Parrot.MD

Published September 29, 2020

Parrot.MD’s CEO and co-founder Tim Steele joins the show to talk about the creation of the Parrot.MD app, the role social equity plays in fundraising, and the essentiality of focus groups.

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45: Driving Digital Transformation with People and Processes with Digital Consultant Jen Swanson

Published September 15, 2020

Digital consultant Jen Swanson breaks down how digital transformation is not just a technology integration, but a people and process integration, that ultimately delivers a more valuable customer and employee experience in every part of a business.

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44: Tips for Building Android Apps

Published September 1, 2020

Tim and Rob share their tips for building Android apps so you can successfully navigate Google’s unique requirements.

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43: Tips for Building iOS Apps

Published August 18, 2020

Tim and Rob share their tricks of the trade for building apps specifically for iOS, so you can learn from our mistakes and successfully navigate Apple’s unique roadblocks.

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42: Hand-Curating Your User Interface with Jeremy Sinon and William White of PodMN.

Published August 4, 2020

Minnesotans love to talk about Minnesota, and nothing proves that more than PodMN’s collection of over 760 Minnesota-focused shows. Jeremy Sinon and William White of PodMN join the show to discuss the custom podcast platform they built to help Minnesotans discover all the great audio entertainment Minnesota has to offer.

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41: Fundamental Marketing Strategies for Increasing Downloads with Sean Casto of PreApps

Published July 21, 2020

Sean Casto of app marketing agency PreApps joins the show to discuss how your app’s initial success doesn’t rely on its unique features, but on how you market it and present it.

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40: Human Centered Design for Simple Products with Amber Christian of Wonderly Software Solutions

Published July 7, 2020

Amber Christian of Wonderly Software Solutions joins the show to discuss a design process few people are talking about and even less are doing: Human Centered Design.

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39: From Legos to Dopamine Rewards-Based Learning Games with Adam Gordon of Andamio Games

Published June 23, 2020

Adam Gordon of Andamio Games joins the show to discuss the unique infrastructure challenges educational game developers face, from funding to design to feedback.

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38: The DRY Approach to Workflow Processes with Susan Boles of ScaleSpark

Published June 9, 2020

Spoiler alert: automating workflow processes doesn't start with software. Virtual CFO and software expert Susan Boles joins Tim to discuss the evolution of standardizing workflow processes and how virtual C-level persons can help you along the way.

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37: Merging Art and Science in App Development with Brad Ash of Fruitful

Published May 26, 2020

Building a successful app requires both art and science work in harmony. CTO Brad Ash joins the podcast to discuss the development of Fruitful, a fertility mentorship service he co-founded with his wife. Brad chats with Tim about the personal story that led to the creation of Fruitful, how difficult it is to supervise yourself when you’re building out the software, the importance of user feedback and focusing heavily on the user’s experience, and how to give users a reason to be excited to use your app.

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36: Is an Accelerator Program Right for Your Business with Kate Evinger of gener8tor Minnesota

Published May 12, 2020

Accelerator programs can have measurable impact on your business’s growth, but when is your business ready to join one? Tim interviews Kate Evinger of gener8tor Minnesota, and she breaks down what accelerator programs can do for your business and your community, along with how to vet the right program for your business.

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35: Disrupting Your Business for Growth with Stephanie Scheller of Grow Disrupt

Published April 28, 2020

Business owners often wear multiple hats, but to scale a business, you need to take off some hats, so to speak, in order to focus on growth. Tim chats with Stephanie Scheller of Grow Disrupt on the first steps to take when thinking about growing your business, how to decide what parts of the business to focus on, and how to properly use outsourcing to scale.

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34: How to Protect Yourself (and Your Business) Against Social Engineering

Published April 14, 2020

Social engineering is a catch-all phrase to describe the various ways criminals trick you into giving them access to your system or confidential information. Because humans are prone to relying on their cognitive biases when making decisions, social engineering can be very effective.

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33: Fueling Your Passion (and Fighting your Impostor Syndrome) with Clare Stead of Oliiki

Published March 31, 2020

Clare's history and passion for education led her on an unexpected app development and entrepreneurial journey. In this episode, Clare shares why you're doing yourself a disservice by not getting out there, and why you should start building your audience before building your app.

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32: Automating Business Processes with Rhamy Alejeal of People Processes

Published March 17, 2020

Automating your business processes can save you a ton of time and money in the long run. Rhamy Alejeal joins us on this episode to discuss how you can get started with automation in your company (specifically around your HR process).

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31: User Privacy as a Differentiator with Adam Stone of Secure Digital Solutions

Published March 3, 2020

In this episode, we chat with Adam Stone of Secure Digital Solutions. Adam is a Data Privacy and Security Executive with more than 20 years of experience implementing and developing data privacy and security innovations. We talk about the California Consumer Privacy Act and why you should care about user privacy, the principles behind the Privacy by Design framework and how you can incorporate that into your app, managing third party dependencies within your mobile app, and the battle between the FBI and Apple around end-to-end encryption.

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30: Savon Sampson - McKesson Sales App

Published February 18, 2020

Tim chats with Savon Sampson, former senior marketing director for McKesson, to find out how one of the largest companies in the world built their mobile app. She shares how the idea for the app came about, the steps she took to find a technology partner, the struggles the organization faced in getting the software adopted, and the things she would change if she had to do it all over again.

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29: Jonathan Hassell - Hassell Inclusion

Published February 4, 2020

Tim talks about all things accessibility with Jonathan Hassell of Hassell Inclusion. They discuss the importance of inclusive design, how to shift your organization’s mindset to think about accessibility in everything you do, and what you can do to make your app usable by the 20% of the world with a disability.

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28: Dr. Courtney Hill and Adam Choe - Yonder

Published January 21, 2020

Tim chats with Dr. Courtney Hill and Adam Choe of Yonder, an app for helping young children prepare to visit the dentist. They discuss the history of Yonder, how important it is to find the right fit for a development team, the brutally honest feedback that comes from having a target audience of 3-5 year olds, the joys of bootstrapping a business, and some tips for working together as a team.

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27: Questions to Ask Your Development Team

Published January 7, 2020

How can you, as a budding app owner, decide which app development team to hire? Tim provides a list of questions you can use to interview potential developers, as well as what answers you should be looking for.

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26: 2020 Mobile Predictions

Published December 24, 2019

Predicting what will change in technology in the coming year is always a fruitless experiment... but let’s do it anyway! Tim and Rob chat about 9 technology trends and where they see the industry moving in the new year.

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25: What Does an MVP Look Like?

Published December 10, 2019

Tim and Jenny take popular apps and break down what they would look like as a Mininum Viable Product (MVP), along with the pros and cons to releasing an MVP.

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24: How to Keep My Mobile App Secure

Published November 26, 2019

Security is a never ending game of cat and mouse, and it is important to do the fundamentals correctly to reduce your chances of a breach. Tim chats about all things related to making sure your mobile app system is secure.

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23: How to Hire a Mobile App Developer

Published November 12, 2019

There are many different types of teams you can choose to build out your mobile app. Tim goes over 5 possible setups, complete with the pros and cons for each setup.

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22: App Development Lifecycle Series - Deploy

Published February 22, 2019

In Part 4 of our App Development Lifecycle Series, Tim breaks down the final stage of development: deployment. We share our process for shipping production-ready code to the App and Play Stores, what to expect during the review process, and how this phase loops back to the strategy phase.

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21: App Development Lifecycle Series - Develop and Test

Published February 8, 2019

In Part 3 of our App Development Lifecycle Series, Tim breaks down the Development and Testing Phases. We share how we work with our clients to develop custom mobile app systems, as well as how we test them to make sure they work how you (and your customers) expect it.

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20: App Development Lifecycle Series - Design

Published January 25, 2019

In Part 2 of our App Development Lifecycle Series, Tim breaks down the Design phase. Design is not only how your app looks, but also how it works. In this episode, we share how we work with our clients to design a valuable and easy-to-use mobile app experience for their users.

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19: App Development Lifecycle Series - Strategy

Published January 11, 2019

In Part 1 of our App Development Lifecycle Series, Tim breaks down the Strategy Phase. A well-considered strategy is critically important to the success of any project, especially a complex mobile app project. In this episode, we share how we work with our clients to build a plan for delivering an app that meets their business goals and provides value to their users.

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18: Trinity Wiles - WatchPitch, Tipster, and Thinking Globally

Published October 19, 2018

Tim chats with Trinity Wiles, an entrepreneur and Global Coordinator at WatchPitch, about how to use your resources to your advantage when creating a mobile app.

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17: Amanda Brooks - FASTZach

Published September 10, 2018

Tim sits down with Amanda Brooks, creator of the FASTZach routing app, to discuss the lessons she learned in building a mobile app from the ground up.

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16: Kurt Schmidt - Project Management and Mobile App Strategy

Published August 10, 2018

Tim interviews Kurt Schmidt, President of Foundry and former Director of Project Management at The Nerdery, who takes him to school on how to effectively strategize and manage the development of a mobile app.

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15: Chris Ruff - Location Tracking in On-Demand Mobile Apps

Published June 8, 2018

Tim interviews Chris Ruff of Glympse who explains how location-tracking works in a mobile app and how you can securely & accurately provide a service provider's location to your customers.

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14: Hot Lou - Finding Your "True Fans" Through Facebook

Published May 25, 2018

Tim interviews "Hot Lou" Abramowski of Evergreen, who gives practical advice for both running a business on Facebook and marketing your mobile app with Facebook Ads.

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13: Kindu - Getting Hundreds of Thousands of Users with Zero Marketing

Published May 11, 2018

Tim interviews Tom of Kindu, who shares how he was able to build a mobile app which attracted hundreds of thousands of users with no previous development or marketing experience.

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12: Jonathan Richter - Practical Tips for Starting an App Company

Published April 28, 2018

Tim interviews Jonathan Richter of Winnona Partners, a mobile app consultancy, who shares the lessons he's learned around the business of app development which you can apply to your own iOS and Android projects.

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11: Kwikly - Launching a Mobile App Without Technical Experience

Published April 13, 2018

Tim interviews Pedram Nastaean and Yomiyu Hirpa of Kwikly, an on-demand dental staffing agency, who share how they were able to launch a mobile-based company with minimal technical experience.

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10: Explaining Common Mobile App Terms

Published March 30, 2018

Mobile app developers throw around a lot of jargon and buzzwords, but you don't need to fear them! In this episode, Tim and Rob explain several common acronyms and terms you'll hear when working with a development team.

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9: Is Your App Idea Good or Bad?

Published March 16, 2018

Validating an app idea requires objectivity, introspection, and a bit of blind faith. Tim and Rob discuss three metrics they use when approached to determine whether or not it would make a good mobile app.

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8: Lessons Learned While Releasing Our Own App

Published March 2, 2018

Even though we get paid to release apps for our clients, it has been a while since we've built and released one of our own. In this episode, Tim and Rob discuss the recent release of mncraft.beer.

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7: The Server

Published February 16, 2018

Most mobile applications (especially on-demand apps) require a server to keep everything running smoothly. In this episode, Tim and Rob explain what a server is and the role it plays in your mobile software system.

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6: Solving the Chicken and Egg Problem with On-Demand Mobile Apps

Published February 2, 2018

When building an on-demand app, who do you try to get on your platform first: customers or service providers? In this episode, Tim and Rob suggest 7 techniques you can use to sustainably grow your on-demand app.

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5: What Goes into an On-Demand App Tech Stack?

Published January 19, 2018

On-demand apps like Uber and Postmates are among the more technically complex apps you can build. In this episode, Tim and Rob explain how these apps work in an easy-to-understand way.

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4: Should you Build your Mobile App for iOS or Android?

Published January 5, 2018

A common way to cut down on mobile app development costs is to only build out one platform at a time. Tim and Rob explain the advantages to building on either iOS or Android, and provide tips for choosing which platform is right for your product.

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3: Revenue Models for Mobile Apps

Published December 22, 2017

Tim and Rob discuss the pros and cons of 5 popular revenue models for mobile apps.

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2: 10 Technologies To Watch Out For In 2018

Published December 8, 2017

Tim and Rob discuss how 10 mobile-related technologies will evolve in the year 2018.

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1: How Long Does It Take to Build an On-Demand App?

Published December 8, 2017

Tim and Rob take a shot at answering the oldest question in software development: how long does it take to get an app shipped from scratch?

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