Gizmodo’s Developers Cubed series offers a behind the scenes look into Australia’s up and coming dev scene. This week: we talk to the developer of a new relationships app released just in time for Valentine's Day that helps couples work on their relationship. Inside he gives us great advice about the next big thing, turns out that it doesn't have to be for everyone to be a success.
Who are you and where do you work? I am an iOS developer and mobile enthusiast. I work as an iOS Team Lead at a big B2B consulting firm in Sydney, and also run a start-up called WeSync.
Why do we know you? What have you created? I am the founder and developer of WeSync app. The app helps couples create positive change in their relationship in a fun and engaging way by allowing people to set rewards for each other (yes, people will can get "creative" here).
Each partner then registers meaningful moments in the relationship and gives "brownie points" according to how he/she felt as a result of what the other person said or did. You can also share your mood in the app, and your partner will be notified. Finally a tool to see what is going on in his or her mind!
We did an extensive market research and know we launched a very unique app, so it can bring a lot of innovation/disruption to the market. We also have receive very positive feedback from our users. It must be noticed that the app is a tool to open channels of real communication, and not to substitute real life communication. It's technology in service to the couple.
What platforms do you develop for? iOS. But WeSync for Android will start being developed soon. Perhaps in the future we will do a web app version or Windows Phone 8, depending on the needs of our users
What are you working on right now? Working on adding features to WeSync, such as wish lists, and also on bringing the app to Google Play. We are continuously improving the product according to user feedback.
What do you think about the rise and rise of App Stores? How has it influenced your titles? I believe the rise and popularity of app stores changed the role software plays in people's lives. Software became a much more private experience, more intimate, and everybody can find several apps that can help out in whatever task that he is involved, or produce entertainment at any time.
What’s your favourite app that you didn’t create? As to utility, the most useful apps for me include: Chrome, Dropbox, LinkedIn, Swacket, Pocket, Lift, Catch, 1Password, Trello, Skype. As you see, I love apps!
What phone do you use? Why? iPhone 5. I`m a fan of Apple products, and as an iOS developer I give myself the excuse that "I must always have the latest iPhone so I can test stuff".
What advice do you have for budding Aussie developers out there? Go out and build something meaningful. The app store is saturated with apps that are just gimmicks, or "one more of a kind". Focus on solving real life problems, human problems — think how technology can help with problems you have in your life or that you see in other people's lives, or build something really useful for a niche market.
If you go any of these two ways, you will find people along the way that believe in the same thing you do, and wish to participate and join forces. And what you build with their help will be much more meaningful than anything you could build alone. You will also have more fun along the way, and build great friendships. That is what is happening with WeSync.