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4 Ways To Monetize Your App

4 Ways To Monetize Your App

When it comes to monetizing your apps, either your consumer pays or the advertiser. A consumer can increase your revenue by including paid downloads, in-app purchases, merchandising or subscriptions. Banners, cross-promotion, and offer walls are involved when an advertiser pays. Either way, it is always going to be a fine line that requires some experimentation. If it’s your first app, charges must be based mainly on how users engage with the app. For example, if people use your app just a few times, an ad-supported model probably doesn’t make sense. In that case, use an adaptive monetization strategy per user, depending on user “maturity”(by using analytical tools). Thinking critically about logical places and transition times for advertising will not cause the user to ignore the ad. But, whenever advertising makes sure you are not compromising on user experience. Opting for ingenious strategy instead of a monotonous one will divert more users and also convert freemium users to premium leading to a substantial increase in the revenue.

1. Create a database now –

database creation

Start-ups need to create a database of the target audience. Thus, they can reach out to them on launch or for a marketing campaign. Collect emails from your website by requesting site visitors to drop in their email id or asking them to subscribe for updates. A test invite for beta testers can also help to collect ids. Social media sites fan page can be other ways to reach out to your target users.

2. Watch your ratings and reviews –

customer ratings

While it’s important to pay attention to user ratings, don’t let a minor percentage of people who complain about your app influence it. If you change things based solely on that number you may actually lose your satisfied majority of customers.

3. App Analytics –

app analytics

After you launch the app in the market, it should be your utmost priority to check the customer engagement with the app. By analyzing the app, you can measure the value of acquired users and hence improve the engagement, retention, and monetization. An app is most likely to be a monetary success if it passes the 4-5-4 test which follows that if a user can realistically be expected to use it at least 4 times a day, for at least 5 minutes per use, and will keep the app for at least 4 months.

AVAILABLE TOOLS a. Flurry helps to understand the consumer’s interaction

b. Custora focuses on customer analytic tools

c. Mixpanel tracks individual users

d. Kontagent is the only one which covers the K-factor

4. Turning Consumers To Brand Ambassadors –

turning consumers to brand ambassadors

a. Reward influencers

A small number of fans are responsible for a substantial percentage of your traffic. These are your influencers and should be recognized and rewarded for every time they talk about your brand on any of the social networking sites.

b. Turn usage into a game

People love to compete, and they love to win. That competitive, gaming instinct can drive consumers to share your content and bring lots of new folks back to you.

c. Provide incentives

Every customer wants to feel special, and one way to make them feel special is to give them something exclusive. Bonus levels and reward points will act beneficial in this strategy.

d. Let them co-create value

Giving fans the ability to choose which version of a product should be offered, or to vote for the discounts or special offers they want to receive, helps ensure they’ll share it.

Conclusion – I am pretty sure you got the basic gist of how powerful an app can be. You can easily monetize your app and get rich :p. Moreover, by marketing and distributing your app, you can create relation and connection with a pool of customers. To know more about monetizing your app or want to hire top Marketing and Sales personnel contact RemotePanda.

Adding Transparent Section to Your View – Android

Adding Transparent Section to Your View – Android

In today’s lesson, we will create a view which has a transparent section(s). This view can be used in many ways, you can use it as an overlay to other views or in any other way. The idea for this demo is to create a view, which has transparent areas which are in different shapes. By combining many areas together you can give a beautiful look to a view. For e.g. you can see the following image.

Transparent Section Card

In the above image, you can see the background has a beautiful photo of coconut trees & above that we have a layer of custom view. BTW I captured that beautiful photo from my phone. In the custom view, I have used rectangles & circles. One rectangle & one circle set as transparent so it can get the above look it has. You can create your own shapes for transparent areas. You can see the full source code at Github repo TrasparentSectionCard.

Now let’s see the code for the same custom view.

Coding for create your own shapes for transparent areas

For this custom view I have extended View class & in its onDraw() method I am creating my own Bitmap & setting it on view’s canvas. The bitmap is created in bitmapDraw() method, which actually has all the important drawing part. To draw the view we need the parameters like width & height of the view, center & radius of the circle to be created, top margin, color etc. For this demo, I have calculated all these parameters in method defaultAttributes(). Which actually takes the parent’s width & height as a base & then calculate other parameters accordingly. For these parameters, I have also created custom attributes. You can use these attributes to pass the values in layout XML or can set dynamically as well. For creating custom attributes one has to create attrs.xml, following is mine.

creating custom attributes

You can use these attributes in layout XML like below.

layout xml

These attribute’s values are extracted in method init(). You can check that, but for this demo, I have used defaultAttributes() method. Now, let’s look at the important drawing part, which is bitmapDraw()method.

bitmapDraw() Method

It creates a Bitmap by provided width & height values (for this demo the values are calculated in defaultAttributes() method). It occupies a rectangular area with a specified width & height. Next, the important one is to set the erase color to the created bitmap, which actually fills the bitmap’s pixels with the specified color. Then the bitmap object is used for creating a Canvas. This canvas will be used for drawing actual shapes. First, we are filling it with color & then a paint object is created, which is actually used for drawing shapes. In shapes, first, we are drawing a circle on the canvas, which is set as transparent by using.

coding

Then we draw a transparent rectangle using the same paint object. Now, in the same paint object, we are setting color, stroke & Xfermode to draw solid circle shape. Once the bitmap canvas is drawn, we return the created Bitmap object. This bitmap object is used in onDraw() method & drawn on the main View’s canvas. I have also created an interface, which tells when the view’s layout is done. Its callback method notifies the user (Activity) when the view is actually drawn. You can use this for your own use cases, in my cases I needed width & height of the custom view, so the onLayout() method notifies me then I get width & height values.

onLayout() method

This tutorial gives you an idea to create a view with transparent sections. You can create any shape with any size for such views. You can tell your ideas & implementations in the comments. I hope you learned something useful from here. You can check the full source code at Github repo TrasparentSectionCard.

Happy Coding

Remote Work Trends In 2019

Remote Work Trends In 2019

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First things first, Let me begin with saying developing a survey report is a lot of effort. Phew! Trust me, the process is hectic – You have to find people to talk to you; then you have to look at what they said, analyze it, compose it & then put together all the information in an easy to read format. So, Kudos to all those who make reports. As for us, we were set on preparing a comprehensive survey report on remote work. The number of work from home jobs are constantly on rising, it’s no shocker that more and more millennial are inclined toward working as and working with remote workers because of the flexibility it provides. The report itself is a guide for entrepreneurs who are looking to jump into remote working space in 2019.

Here are a few major takeaways from the Report:
1) A shift in work culture
2) A shift in reasons to work with remote teams
3) Difficulties faced in working with remote teams
4) The current average cost of outsourcing

Let’s look into each one of those points in detail

1) A Shift In Work Culture –

It was observed that 86% of CXOs said that they had or are currently working with Remote Teams. This goes to say that there is a shift in work culture from the traditional culture wherein you come in at Nine work till Five and then leave. Now companies want more accountability and responsibility on the employees part. Thus, when somebody is working remotely, they get the freedom they are looking for but with it comes accountability to finish work within a given time.

2) A Shift In Reason To Work With Remote Teams –

Cost is the most obvious reason that companies go for outsourcing their work, but it was found that flexibility seems to be almost as popular a reason as cost. It is definitely a welcome change in the industry, and companies now want employees to work the hours they want, where they want and how they want. The best example of this would be world industry leaders like Facebook, Google & Microsoft who give their employees unheard freedom to do their work.

3) Difficulties Faced In Working With Remote Teams –

If you’ve never had an experience in working with remote teams, you’d wonder how difficult would it be to tell someone what to do. It wouldn’t be until you actually hire a remote worker, that you’d realize it is night, IF NOT DONE CORRECTLY.

How to outsource correctly is a blog for another time, until then let me tell you the difficulties faced majorly in a remote environment

a) Communication

Communication tops the chart in problems in working with a remote team. Your remote team might be based out of a different country, having a different culture & language. All of these pose a difficulty in communication. You might not sometimes understand what they mean and vice versa. Cultural references are misunderstood on both sides. Sometimes you and your team might be on a different page altogether; it isn’t until you see the result, that you release what they were understanding and what you were trying to explain.

b) Timezone Difference

This can be a boon or a bane. As a matter of fact, I’ve written a complete blog about timezone difference difficulties which you can read here.

There are a lot of more difficulties but these two make up for most of them, if you can overcome these you can win the outsourcing war.

4)Current Average Cost Of Outsourcing –

According to our survey, it was found that you can get the same job done in south-Asia for almost 50% of the cost in united states. Not to misconstrue that outsourcing doesn’t come with its own set of challenges, there’s more than a few. But if you learn how to deal with them, you can definitely will this outsourcing battle and save yourself a tonne of money to buy a boat maybe. HAHA!

Cropping Videos In Different Shapes In Android

Cropping Videos In Different Shapes In Android

Just before I start, I want you to check the following shapes.

Many times in your app you deal with images, you might be showing in a list or on a profile page or anywhere else. Normally the image is in rectangular shape only.
But what if you apply these shapes to a profile picture. That will definitely make your view look good. For examples check the following picture.

There are many libraries available to give shapes to your images. For example, the above pic is taken from the library CustomShapeImageView.
But what if I have to take it one step further & apply these shapes on a video. Wouldn’t that be more exciting?
To crop a video in any shape, it can be done in many ways for e.g. you can mask a VideoView with shape(.xml) resource. You can create shapes & apply over your VideoView.
But in my method I am not using any default VideoView, instead, I want to create a custom view that can be used to play a video on it.
So let’s start with my approach. As mentioned I will be creating a custom view, for that, I am extending SurfaceView class.

Here is the code.

As you can see I have extended the class SurfaceView class with all the required constructors. Now that we have created a surface, it’s time to draw on it, for that I am overriding dispatchDraw() method of SurfaceView.

In the above method, I have used a flag inOtherShape for checking whether we need a different shape or not. If set it uses clipPath() method which uses a Path object shapePath, which actually clips the canvas to give a specified shape.
Now let’s move to other methods cropCircle(), cropOval(), cropRect() & setOtherShape(). You can see the crop methods actually initializing the shapePath object & adding shapes like circle, oval & rectangle to the path. These methods take coordinates, radius or width & height parameters for positioning & size of the shape.
The last method setOtherShape() actually updates the flag & uses invalidate(), which actually means redraw the view & in result calls dispatchDraw() method. The dispatchDraw() again checks the flag & clips the canvas in set path.
Now we are done with our surface. It’s time to use it & play our video on it. Following is the layout file, which uses the VideoSurfaceView & some buttons for different shapes. You can find the full source code here.

Now, let’s create an activity VideoCropActivity.

In above activity, you can see I have inflated all the required views & initialized the MediaPlayer object player, which is created by video file placed under raw resource. You can see from VideoSurfaceView object I am getting a SurfaceHolder & adding a callback on that, which makes me implement the following three methods.

Whenever the surfaceCreated() callback method is called, I take that surfaceHolder object set on player object as display & then starts the player by start() method.
By doing just this much you will be able to play the video on your custom VideoSurfaceView & also you can use methods cropCircle(), cropOval(), cropRect() & setOtherShape() to give shapes to video.
Although you have done enough to crop a video in a specified shape. But there may be one issue in that, the videos full or cropped may not maintain the aspect ratio of your video. The video may look creepy, which of course you don’t want. To solve that issue other parameters are used.

fullLayoutWidth & fullLayoutHeight, these will be the dimensions of the video in full size, which will maintain the aspect ratio of the video. To maintain the aspect ratio on the device of any size, I first get the width & height of the device’s screen, which is screenWidth & screenHeight respectively. I am using the following method to calculate the width & height which will maintain the aspect ratio of the video.

In this method, I pass the MediaPlayer object, width & height for which you want to calculate the dimensions which will maintain the aspect ratio.
Initially, I used this method for full screen & calculates the fullLayoutWidth & fullLayoutHeight. Once calculated, I call setVideoLayout() method, by passing values FULL, fullLayoutWidth & fullLayoutHeight. The method resets the LayoutParams of VideoSurfaceView object along with the shape parameters.
It checks Shape enum, calls the crop shape method accordingly & setOtherShape() to draw view in a specified shape.
The following methods calls the setVideoLayout() method but with different shapes & parameters. Here I am using screenWidth & screenHeight for creating shapes, you can pass your own values there.

You can change any parameters like center coordinates & radius for circle shape or left, top positions for other shapes.

In my case, the results look like below images.

You can also update the VideoSurfaceView class to create more shapes. You can find the full source code at VideoInShape.
I hope you like this & you learned something useful from here.

Happy Coding

6 Essential Elements Of An App Marketing Strategy

6 Essential Elements Of An App Marketing Strategy

Contrary to popular belief, the core of the success of the applies in marketing rather than the design or development of the app. A very simple (but well made) app that is cheap to make, but well marketed, could provide a better return on investment than a more extensive (and expensive) app that has just been added to the Market.

App marketing requires a multi-faceted approach that is coordinated and coherent. You have to create a great app and consistently promote it through as many channels as possible for a shot at success in the app store ecosystem.

App marketing is an activity that starts even before the real marketing for the app could start. Right from the planning stage, one needs to get in the shoes of a marketer.

Here, we are going to cover the various opportunities for marketing that app developers can use and increase their ROI.

Pre-Development Stage

The pre-development stage is the base from where you start your journey. It is said that well begun is half done.

1. IDEA

Idea

The first step we need is an idea that inspires us. If you yourself don’t have a strong belief of the idea, how would you spread the enthusiasm to others?

Think Novel and Think differently. When one idea has already become successful, there is minimal chance that a clone too will repeat the success. Nobility, innovativeness, and solutions to an existing problem have the best chances to succeed. Hence you should make sure that your app either solves an existing problem or if the problem has already been solved then provide an intuitive or unique solution.

2. RIGHT ECOSYSTEM

Right Ecosystem

Each actor who is part of your app development process- developer, designer, and even the sales team need to be chosen with due diligence.

Don’t wait until the last minute to find a developer. Start early and take your time to find the right person or firm. Otherwise, it will cost you, both figuratively and literally.

3. DESIGN

Design

Create a wow app! Everything else will fall into place. The war of apps is fought on user experience. Make sure that you are well prepared. Develop a small but solid app and launch it. Gather feedback. Once you know what the audience liked and yearn for, plan for phase 2 accordingly. When you focus on excellent design, your product becomes your marketing.

Bonus Tips
Tip 1 – Don’t go with the crowd
Tip 2 – Your idea should solve an existing problem
Tip 3 – Software development requires an odd mix of attention to detail, creativity, and tenacity. It is mentally challenging, and an experienced developer is worth paying a Premium

Post-Development Phase

App Marketing is considered incomplete without online Marketing. Online marketing can help you reach to a worldwide audience. With up to 100% of your target audience spending most of the time surfing the internet, an online presence and availability become crucial.

4. WEBSITE

Website

The main reason to have a website is to provide an easy way for the users to find you, learn about you and research about you.
There is ample chance that people will hear your app name and then Google it. Here they need to land on a page that makes them feel comfortable and create confidence to download and try the app.
Remember you don’t need a giant website for your business, just a simple site that tells about you, your plans and how the app works.

GET STARTED
a. Get professional help
b. Keep it simple
c. Use it for market research
d. Get feedback

5. VIRAL VIDEOS

Viral Videos

A successful viral video can help brands engage with consumers on a much larger scale than a TV ad and is much cheaper to produce. Once the video is shared among hundreds and thousands of people, it becomes “viral.”
Viral videos are a great way of getting away from the interruption of pushing messages at people and instead using entertainment and an emotional connection to encourage consumers to pull your message to them.

CHECKPOINTS
a. The video must be entertaining for the viewers
b. Get apt metatag descriptions to go with the video
c. Encourage people to enjoy and share your content
d. Analyze the metrics

6. BLOGGING

Blogging

Blogging about your app is an efficient and effective way to enhance your profile. The blog should usually describe the overall experience behind creating the app and the enhancements you wish to do. It’s a way to communicate your ideas to your customers and engage them in your business. The followers on your blog are the ready market to reach out.
SEO can be potentially increased by sharing the blog on various social media sites.

QUICK FACTS
a. Pinterest is the fastest growing social media network and diverts the maximum traffic
b. Facebook gets 83 percent of the target audience for most apps
c. LinkedIn and Quora also contribute to generating leads

Conclusion: App Marketing can be a tough hurdle to overcome. When dealing with app marketing, every detail counts. In order to succeed it is advised that one should focus on what users want from your app and develop an app which would provide a feeling of satisfaction to users. By following the points mentioned in the post you can overcome this hurdle. If you are interested in app marketing and really eager to build a product which could be the game changer, try hiring top curated resources from RemotePanda. To know more contact us HERE.

RemotePanda at Techday

While RemotePanda had a gala-time at TechDay here are the 10 really great businesses the Panda could spot on

1) JADE INSIGHTS

Jade Insights strives to facilitate the revolutionary growth of the US Cannabis business and to spread that growth and wealth to those who historically have not had access to it. The aim is to create groundbreaking data tools for the cannabis industry that will allow business owners to run their business smooth and successfully.
Jade Insights provides a comprehensive view of all major departments of a cannabis company. With easy-to-use dashboards, users can understand their Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), then compare their operations to industry benchmarks. Users are also able to set up regularly scheduled alerts, emails, and reports to manage by exception.

2) HOTELS BY DAY

HotelsByDay is a startup based in New York City and made up of a team of hospitality industry veterans, technology experts and entrepreneurs who decided that there should be a better way for hotels to leverage their unused inventory during the day and for guests to be granted flexibility of check-in & check-out of a hotel room outside the conventional hours. It is observed that travelers need more dynamic options when they shop for hotel rooms. Hotelsbyday provides intra-day hotel spaces: offering travelers flexibility, comfort, and a space of their own.

3) MAZ

MAZ products empower leaders in media industries to become pioneers in OTT and mobile technology. MAZ aims to provide tools that aid in building and maintaining apps across all platforms without any technical expertise. By using these tools and services, one can eliminate additional hiring of editorial, marketing, and design teams.MAZ was named one of Entrepreneur’s “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” as well as one of Inc.’s “30 Under 30 World’s Coolest Entrepreneurs”.

 

4) BESTEST

 

Bestest brings “polling to the people” through a dedicated mobile app that gives everyone the power to collect usable insights, answers and feedback on the issues of the day through real-time opinion research. Bestest assists users in making better decisions. Using the dedicated application users can ask friends, teammates, classmates, co-workers or constituents to weigh in on picture and text polls that they create.

5) INVENTAPRINT 

Inventaprint’s goal is simple: help ideas come to life. Inventaprint is working diligently to connect inventors and businesses with vetted local or large manufacturers to simplify the creative process and achieve lower manufacturing costs. Inventaprint believes that the process of creating products should be smooth and accessible for everyone, Inventaprint cuts out the hassle of vetting manufacturers. To ensure that the businesses get top of the line manufacturers, Inventaprints carry out multiple assessments and screening processes. This approach aids in making smarter decisions.

 

6) FIXIONAL

Fixional began as a publisher trying to organize the world of online fiction onto one site. In the process, they came to an understanding that they could best serve the world of writing by offering software to other authors, editors, agents, and publishers. Fixional provides state of the art software that reviews writing and offers advanced manuscript editing. The software helps authors edit and think about their work; it allows editors to find the manuscripts that best match their publication. Additionally, it acts as a recruitment platform for agents to find authors to represent. Fixional helps review and explore thousands of manuscripts within moments, providing new insights and possibilities which assists in maintaining high standards.

7) VACAYO

Vacayo leverages technology to help people obtain financial freedom through real estate. Vacayo is a platform which allows individuals to rent their home for a year or more. Vacayo provides high monthly rent and management of cleaning, maintenance, and insurance. Vacayo aims at revolutionizing vacation rental management by offering homeowners high profits, total coverage, and better options.

8) SWOOGO 

Swoogo created an event management software that helps a planner execute an event with minimum hassle. Swoogo believes that event planners are always juggling multiple tasks, in order to provide them the element of relaxation the tool was developed. Swoogo combines heavy-weight event creation, management, and marketing features with easy-to-use, easy-to-understand reporting. To conclude it is safe to say that Swoogo is the best choice that anyone can have when concerning event management.

9) SPECTRONN 

Spectronn is an innovative and creative company focused on providing WiFi for transportation. The company is driven to provide transformatively, AI-driven, cloud managed cognitive radio networking and mobile edge computing technologies.Spectronn’s SiFi — an AI-driven cognitive wireless technology that provides resilient and high-speed WiFi in buses, cars, trains, trucks and other forms of transportation by dynamically connecting to multiple wireless networks (3G, 4G/LTE, satellite, etc.) simultaneously. Smart mobile edge computing supports video streaming, gaming, and other applications even if no mobile Internet.

10) AIRPORT SHERPA 

Airport Sherpa was founded by two frequent travelers ready to transform the airport experience. Airport Sherpa enables travelers to discover new and existing retail and dining options across all airports. Airport Sherpa is focused on delivering an improved traveling experience. Airport Sherpa allows travelers to grab orders as they walk through the airport. Travelers can check real-time updates for the orders and flight status.

Conclusion:

The time spent by RemotePanda at TechDay was phenomenal. RemotePanda experienced a truly blissful day full of opportunities to gain and absorb knowledge and information. The whole environment was encompassed with the entrepreneurial excellence. To sum it up in a few words it was just a truly amazing experience.

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Why StartupFest Montreal Is Poised To Grow?

Being at the StartupFest for the last 4 days have been no less than an exhilarating experience. I have been to many fests but there are some things that StartupFest did differently and that’s the reason Phil can be relied on with the promise he made – StartupFest is going to get bigger and better next year.

Here are 4 things that I appreciate the team for:

A. Seamlessness:

Having a fest with 500+ speakers and 8 stages running in parallel is not an easy task. Well, the fest not only adheres to timelines every time, the switch from one focus to another was really seamless.

B. Multiple tracks:

There was something for everyone – AI, Blockchain, Cannabis Tech, startups, anything that you could be thinking, there was a related stage. You had multiple accelerators, investor zone, 4 major startup pitch competition with the 100K prize won by InVivo AI.

C. Great Food:

No fest is complete without great food and drinks. Got to see great food trucks with varieties of all types. For 2 days of the fest, the drinks were on the house as well. The breakfast options were laid out well.

D. BrainDate:

One of the reasons to love the fest was BrainDate, a dedicated lounge area which could be accessed for meeting with fellow participants. BrainDate helped find the right people to meet one-on-one to share knowledge and learn from the right participants. You could share out topics of your interest and fellow interested participants could book a time with you.

All along, great fest with fun people. Love Montreal!!

10 Mind-Blowing Squads/Startups Spotted at StartupFest, Montreal

10 Mind-Blowing Squads/Startups Spotted at StartupFest, Montreal

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Intro

RemotePanda had an amazing time engaging and interacting with entrepreneurs at StartupFest, here are ten great squads spotted at the fest.

Atek Monitoring and Control Solutions

Atek is a Canadian company highly specialized in Remote Monitoring & Control Solutions. Atek brings forth complete, integrated and turn-key solutions for a critical business process. Atek provides everything from the sensors to the online management platform including, installation and after-sales services. Atek has deployed thousands of sensors in Canada, which records millions of data points each day. Every day, thousands of users log in to the platform online to monitor their equipment and products.

Mortgauge

Mortgauge provide users the lowest rate in the market and deliver a seamless online mortgage experience. Mortguage is comprised of a hybrid team having experience in real estate and cutting-edge technology. With expertise in brokering deals, underwriting, finance, strategy and audit Mortguage have sufficient knowledge of the industry to build a rich customer experience. With the vision of being Canada’s most insightful, convenient and economical real estate platform Mortguage provides powerful tools to enhance customer experience.

EZ-Probate

 

EZ Probate helps user probate for a will without needing legal help. Through our easy-to-follow probate process online, a user can accomplish all the necessary paperwork for submission to the court—with minimal costs. EZ Probate provides comprehensive resources to help users achieve success when dealing with asset transfers and legal affairs of the deceased. EZ Probate provides a user with precise information on assets that qualify for probate, the probate process and the costs, and other relevant information. The platform also identifies situations when you’ll need to consult with a lawyer and name which states do require legal representation for probate.

MeetScribe

 

MeetScribe revolutionizes the way meeting are conducted in organizations. It is a smart meeting assistant that transcribes and summarizes meeting notes and integrates them in office 365 productivity applications. MeetScribe also automates post-meeting logistics by scheduling meetings, creating smart reminders and follow up tasks for users.

AKA-ETH Innovation

 

For any entrepreneur finding the right expertise and being able to afford it, is always challenging. For any professional, working for any startup company means they get excitement what they bargained for. The key to a collaboration between the two is trust. Trust can be either build along time between individuals or bought by paying a third party which provides a form of guarantee on the transaction. To allow a much larger number of entrepreneurs and professionals to work together and thus leverage each other’s available resources. AKA ETH Innovation aims to lower the cost of this acquisition of trust.

Greenline POS

Greenline POS is passionate about helping society onboard into a cannabis-friendly environment. This is why they built a web-platform that provides cannabis retailers a way to automate their inventory, sales, employees, and compliance needs so they can focus on educating society on the wonderful solutions that cannabis provides. The process of the building industry is a long one and providing information and secure solutions allow retailers to focus on their customers rather than worrying about convoluted systems. The Greenline group is a team of technologists, cannabis consultants, and marketers who have put their heads together to find the best ways to help cannabis entrepreneurs succeed.

MediSeen

 

MediSeen is reviving the house call as the primary point of care by enabling healthcare providers to deliver care in their community. This is achieved via a secure, cloud-based digital platform, which enables patients to easily access quality health care at their home or office, instead of visiting overwhelmed doctor’s offices, walk-in clinics, or hospital emergency rooms.

Classo

Find the best digital teaching resources in just a few clicks. Classo is developing a platform to help teachers and schools quickly find the best resources for their needs. Classo wants to help the user quickly find the best resources they need. In addition to educational resources, users can also find professional development content to help them make better use of the tools at their disposal and to keep up with new trends in education.

Airbrowz

Airbrowz is a mobile shopping platform and app that engages, acquires, retains your ideal customers. With total design control to targeted push notification, Airbrowz provides the retail, hospitality and event industries the tools to go mobile without the need for any coding. Using airbrowz, business owners can easily, affordably and quickly make a move to an effective state-of-the-art mobile software solution.

UpField

Enter the digital air today with UpField. UpField is a mobile application that allows you to quickly and easily create your job site reports.

Benefits of using UpField:

– Realize the report from the building site using your mobile

– Access and collaborate with others on creating a real-time report

– Improve the quality of your reports

Conclusion

Meeting great entrepreneurs and startups is always amazing, you get to learn a lot. RemotePanda had an opportunity to get exposed to the entrepreneurial excellence at StartupFest, Montreal. Learned a lot, shared a lot – all in all, it was time spent well.

Out of 19,000 US Cities, Which US Cities Were Chosen For Remote work Survey

When we decided to take a road trip to interview people (link it to the previous blog) for the #MakeRemoteWork survey the first question was where to go?

To choose what cities to cover, we started with a simple exercise.

We picked up all the silicon centers from a map like the one below and sent over a trench of 20 emails in each city mentioned

Since there was no way to find which city will have more people willing to participate in the survey, we thought to do experimental emails to get some stats.

Here is the copy of the email we sent out

And here is the order of responses received

Cities Visited Open Rates Positive Negative
Montreal 25% 4 1
Atlanta 30% 6 3
Charleston 35% 7 2
Raleigh- Durham 25% 3 1
Winston-Salem 15% 3 0
Charlotte 40% 8 1
San Antonio 15% 2 1
Austin 15% 2 1
Dallas 22% 9 1
Cities Visited Open Rates Positive Negative
New York 25% 2 3
Baltimore 25% 2 3
DC- Arlington/ Alexandria 30% 3 3
Denver/ Boulder/ Colorado Spring 25% 1 3

As you could see Charleston and Charlotte were some of the clear winners followed with Atlanta and Dallas. In fact, surprisingly New York and SF do not really score that high – The reason I could think of was that they get too many emails which create a lot of noise for the founders.

Anyways we had our list ready with the 10 cities that provided us a better response rate. Apart from the stats we checked out event dates in each shortlisted city and also tried to map a direction for the journey.

The journey had to be in one direction

North to south or south to north/ east to west or west to east

Another filter was using my startupgrind directors network.  SG has a chapter in most US cities and I reached out to the chapter directors for the inside scoops of each city.

10 cities meant around 50 days on the road at a stretch but then cuteness stuck 🙂

Well, I have a 2 and a half-year-old so leaving her for more than a month was not possible…

So we decided to do the road trip in 2 phases

The first in May covering- NYC (Well can’t ignore the Big Apple and we found Techday happening as well), Baltimore, DC, Denver and the second stage covering Montreal (where we attended the startup fest ), Atlanta, North and South Charlotte and Texas.

In the last 3 months, I got to interview 250+ CXOs for the #makeremotework survey

How all of it was possible is accounted here

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The alternative to Upwork with better service do exist!

The alternative to Upwork with better service do exist!

We exist because people look for alternatives to Upwork. A lot of people find us when they are searching for phrases like ‘managed remote workers’, ‘guarantee on remote workers’ or even ‘need help to sue a remote worker’.

That’s how our company came into being. We were ourselves looking to find remote workers who can get our work done and we do not have to manage them. We wanted to make sure that the relationship between us and our remote workers leads to efficiency in our work. What we found though was having to run behind the remote workers, getting half done to code and really no control on the working style of remote workers.

RemotePanda is built for CXOs who want a managed service for their remote workers. CXOs who want to transition to having a remote workforce but do not want the hassles that come with managing a remote team. CXOs who need a helping hand from experts to help set up their remote team with a measurable ROI and clear accountability.

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We believe that CXOs are firefighters. Every day is chaos and there is a lot of work to be put at every end to keep things under control. When CXOs take up any initiative, they are looking for lesser work for them and how they can make their time free. CXOs look for efficiency and ways to make things better than they are both in terms of time and money.

RemotePanda is built for those people and companies that want to mitigate their risk and take no chance that comes associated with outsourcing. We have developed a marketplace with unique features that are like a concierge service to outsourcing, and where a successful manager is assigned to you to help you throughout the journey from matchmaking, setting of the process, building the KPIs and reporting.

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We continually speak with CXOs on what they need and how we can impact their ideas — while still keeping things simple.

Here are the major things that we have built under RemotePanda:

Close Network Invite Only– Every one of the resources that you’ll see on our platform represents a closed network connection. These resources are composed of both freelancers and agency (service provider) employees. The access to showcasing one’s profile on our platform is by invitation only. Once an invitation has been accepted, that resource will then go through a stringent vetting process in order to determine and verify qualification(s).

RemotePanda close network connection

Success Facilitator- We have tweaked and therefore upgraded the traditional hiring process through the addition of a facilitator layer that we term “Success Panda”. The success Panda will function as your personal assistant that is designed to assist you in achieving the specific goal which involves your hired resource. This assistance will entail; help from the time of hire all the way through receiving your deliverables. In essence, it functions as your team member. The best part is that it is a no-charge option that we provide for free!

RemotePanda Success Facilitator

Quality Watch Panda: We care for both you and your success since your business success represents our success as well. We ensure this by going far beyond just providing an introduction to your new resource. We endeavor to ensure that your high-quality work is successfully delivered to you. This entails that your deliverable is carefully scrutinized by our quality assurance team. There, we check for quality, plagiarism and any other applicable issues. Again, it’s complementary with no hidden fees involved.

RemotePanda Quality Watch Panda

Learning and Education: In addition, we increase the value of your hired resource by investing in their skill development. If, after hiring, you feel that your resource would benefit through training in additional skills, then you may request that your resource is enrolled in a relevant online coaching program.

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Team Visit: We understand that stronger bonds are created between hired personnel and employers when a physical meeting is introduced. Therefore, for any engagement that lasts longer than 8 months, we will sponsor a visit between you and your Remote Panda team.

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Zero Risk: We adhere to an effective escrow billing system. This means that all payments will go through our own platform and released to your resource only upon completion and verification that you have received your expected quality deliverable. If for some reason, you are not satisfied with the work you receive, we will investigate and if verified, we guarantee that you will receive a 100% refund for that month.

RemotePanda Zero Risk

RemotePanda understands that outsourcing your product development or any other service as well can only be successful with dedicated efforts required to build it out. Outsourcing requires your own champion running the show on the ground. The way companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft have been successful with their offshore teams is by owning them- having their own people run the show. For small to medium companies and even for larger companies to an extent that is not possible. We fill this gap. We are your guys to help build your team and help you succeed at it.

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