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What I Learned Losing $7,211 in the iPhone Apps Business Audiobook

What I Learned Losing $7,211 in the iPhone Apps Business: 13 Lessons to Stop from Becoming a Mobile App Store Failure

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Publisher's Summary

Warning! This audiobook has no happy ending.

You've listened to all the audiobooks teaching you how to make money in your underwear at home in the iPhone or Android apps business. But you know what those audiobooks are missing? The truth. Reality. That's what I'm giving you in this short audiobook. The reality is you're more likely to be like me. A mobile app business failure. But it doesn't have to be that way. If you follow the simple lessons I learned the hard way you'll be far more likely to be a success than a failure. I can almost guarantee it because my plan calls for not spending any money before you've made money.

  • How can you be sure your app will make money before you've launched? (I lay that out in Lessons #3 and #4)
  • Why is a mentor important and how do you find one for yourself? (Lesson #7)
  • Should you spend money on outsourcing or learn to develop apps yourself? (Lesson #5)
  • How do you fund your app development while learning what makes apps successful? (Lesson #5)
  • Is there one thing successful app creators are doing that you are not? (Lesson #9)
  • What is planning to fail and planning to succeed? (Lessons #11 and #12)
  • Should you create an app unlike anything else in the app store? (Lesson #1 - the most important lesson in the whole audiobook. This one pays for itself.)

Learn all that and more from someone who has learned the hard way. You won't learn app store optimization and marketing (ASO), how to reskin apps, or how to outsource your apps here. These are the lessons nobody else wants you to learn.

This audiobook will take you 40 minutes to listen to and save you immeasurable amounts of time and money.

©2014 Karol Gajda (P)2014 Karol Gajda

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  • francesco mancini
    LAS VEGAS, NV, US
    01/02/15
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    "Worth 40 minutes"

    You should at least be willing to invest this amount of time if you're going into app development. It's a reality check you should be willing to endure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Seattle, WA
    25/01/15
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    "Helpful advice"

    Enjoyable quick and to the point. Right question raised, thoughtful answers offered. Worth my time as I'm considering development of my first app

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    25/01/15
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    "Grounder for those pipe shoot dreams"
    Would you listen to What I Learned Losing $7,211 in the iPhone Apps Business again? Why?

    Yes, because I don't want to make the same mistakes


    What does Karol Gajda bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His tone and personality


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    It's short enough to be read straight through and is very informative.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • squid
    06/01/15
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    "unprofessionally read"

    this guy is just rambling on. It's like he thought upa few random point and just started talking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • HotPuppy
    Houston, TX
    20/03/15
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    "Skip this book and save money"

    I was really hoping that the author would cover his specific lessons learned and mistakes that he made. Instead what the author does is drone on and on and on trying to discourage that listener or reader from entering the app business. While he just mentioned that he wrote for apps and that one of them was mildly successful he doesn't talk at all about what actually went right or what went wrong with his apps.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan
    Eden Prarie, Minnesota, United States
    09/10/14
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    "Repackaged Information"
    What would have made What I Learned Losing $7,211 in the iPhone Apps Business better?

    This book lacks original insight pertaining to the app business. I was hoping for some advice on app development, or different ways to monetize phone apps, or differentiation between successful and unsuccessful apps, or even just advice on how to market your app, but it had none of that. It is essentially a start-up/entrepreneurship refresher that rehashes basic principles found in books like the 4-Hour Work Week and The Lean Start-Up. I did not come away with a single new piece of useful information.


    Any additional comments?

    At one point, the author suggests to charge your customers $3 for your product before you ever build your product, and says that you should have your app paid for before you even start developing it. I understand wanting to gauge consumer interest, but who in their right mind would pay someone for a product that has not yet been built? People buy products because they see it and want it or because their friends tell them to get it. There's also tons of people who say they are going to develop a product, and 90% of the time, that product doesn't get built or doesn't get built well. So again, no one would ever purchase a product from you before it's creation, unless your name is Steve Jobs.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jack Frasier
    29/11/17
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    "great advice for app starters"

    It's important to know what not to do and to get a heads up on possible pitfalls. I'm glad to have heard this audiobook before embarking on creating an app business.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Al Tunnell
    27/11/17
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    "Quick and to the point"

    I'm actually well beyond losing $7,000...that was a speed bump along the way. I'm still hopeful there will be a happy ending, but the information in this book is valuable and would had saved me had I read this 12 months ago.

    I might object some to not outsourcing. As a busy professional and 4 kids, I just don't have time to learn coding. If you have truly validated the market for your idea, I think outsourcing can still be an option. I would also agree that finding a good mentor is gold.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • IRVIN
    08/02/17
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    "Good to hear someone's story on how he failed."

    It worths my 40minutes and a price less than a coffee to listen and learn from someone's failure. Not bad. Will not make me rich, but it's good to know his perspectives and what's not working for him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • randomdude1978
    28/06/15
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    "Useless"

    Includes jewels of wisdom such as suggesting you should learn to program before writing an app. Waste of 40 minutes.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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