Austin Evers, a Wake Forest University Junior, started Appuous at 15 years old. As high school student from Georgia, Austin taught himself how to code and eventually launched his first app, Shuzzle, a simple puzzle game for iOS. Now more than five years later, Appuous has expanded to a point where Evers and his company are viewed as a upcoming force in the app world. Inc.Plan’s Michael Galardi, sat down with Evers to discuss Appuous and this upcoming entrepreneur’s work.
What was your goal when you started Appuous?
The goal was, and still is, to create applications that enable others to live their life more fully. To me, the profit that comes with a business is a nice bonus, but I enjoy hearing from our customers about how much our products have assisted them. For example, after we released Keycard in 2013, I received an email from a doctor in Germany telling me that Keycard has allowed him to allot more time a day to patients, since he no longer has to spend time logging onto his computer and worrying about safety. Overall that’s what this really is about, creating quality products that make life a little easier and more enjoyable.
What steps have you taken to develop Appuous and expand?
Primarily, the focus has been on building a brand name and continuously developing and publishing software that fits within the brand’s mission. A lot of the expansion also comes through diversifying our product base. When I started out, I was all about games, but I quickly realized we could do a lot more in other spaces, such as music, photography, or utilities. This has been a huge help in terms of getting our name out there, and in terms of growth and expansion.
What does the future hold for Appuous?
Right now, the focus is on continuously developing apps that are beautiful in their simplicity and innovation. We’ve got a new app coming out called Attune, which is a new way to experience your personal music library. We’re also working on some other concepts, many through our consulting service, as well as continuously working to improve our existing product line.
What would you say is the most important advice you could give to a young entrepreneur?
Stay focused, but balanced. It’s hard to get something off of the ground. Whether its an entire company, an app, or really anything. It requires a ton of work in many different areas, like development, marketing, and legal. Personally, I have sometimes found it tough to run a company while being a full-time college student. Sometimes I would give a young entrepreneur the advice to take a step back and realize that running a company is not everything. If you’re passionate about it though, then by all means, make it happen.
We are excited to see what the future holds for Austin Evers and Appuous. His works shows that any young entrepreneur can turn a dream into reality with hard work and perseverance.If you have an idea for an app you can contact Appuous’ consulting services easily at Appuous.com.
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