Dave Shah is only 22, but he is already the CEO of an end-to-end software development firm that provides decentralized apps for startups and Fortune 500 companies. His first experience as an entrepreneur was when he built a food-delivery app while in high school. By the time he was 20, he had started Wve Labs that now creates apps for some of the biggest brands in the world.
Dave didn’t know anything about app development when he started his food-delivery app. He hired an experienced app developer to do the work for him. But over the years, he has gained enough experience in this industry. Now that he is an expert in this field, Dave points out various mistakes that newbie app developers often make.
1. Building a suite
It takes years of experience to build apps that come with multiple features like in an entire suite. Amateur app developers may not have that experience. If you have just started your career in app development, you should try to focus on apps that solve one problem at a time. Don’t try to pack everything in one app. If even a few features don’t function well, the app may become useless.
2. Marketing the app
Your target audience may not know about your app unless you tell them. Dave advises app developers to market their apps and ensure that people know when and how they should download them. While promoting your app, make sure you talk about its features, how users will benefit from it, and whom to contact if they face any issues.
3. Releasing updates
Your job doesn’t end once you hand over the app to your client. You need to keep updating the app to ensure that users don’t face any glitches. According to Dave, it is wrong to think that your app will work smoothly as long as you get the code right at launch. Constant improvement should be your motto if you want to become experienced in this field. In addition to app development and monitoring your app’s performance, you also need to improve its features and fix bugs to retain its users.
4. Selecting the appropriate platform
Many new app developers want to monetize their apps right from the first day. They select iOS because it is easier to monetize apps on that platform compared to Windows or Android. While Dave agrees that it is true for a few cases, he also speaks from his experience that there is no specific formula that helps you determine which platform is better to monetize apps.
According to him, it’s the idea of the app that counts. His food-delivery app became an instant hit because it aimed to solve the food-delivery issues of customers that no other app had addressed. This made the app popular in both iOS and Android, with more than 25,000 students using it for quick food delivery.
Dave firmly believes that you should fail as an app developer. Unless you fail, you won’t understand your mistakes. And if you don’t understand your mistakes, you will never have the kind of experience you need to develop apps th