About App Developer Startup

Chris PunkeI’m Chris Punke, the founder of App Developer Startup — a resource for app developers.

Do you ever ask yourself:

  • How do I get more people to download my apps?
  • How can I replace my income so I can spend more time doing what I love?
  • Where do I find more time to tackle the things on my to-do list?
  • How can I code better, design better, and create an overall better experience for my apps?

Sound familiar?

…Then you’re in the right place!

Whether you’re just starting out or have been creating apps for a while, you’ll learn the things that have worked for me and what things haven’t. I share my successes and my failures.

I’m glad you’re here, and I sincerely hope you’ll find this site helpful!

I’m trying new things all the time to find the answers to these, and many other questions. I invite you along for the ride!

I don’t consider myself some sort of Guru. I’m not here to offer you “get rich quick” advice. I simply want to share what I learn — as I go along.

I’m just like you.

I have questions. And I’m looking for answers.

Here are just a few:

  • “How can I create more apps in my spare time… while working a full time job?”
  • “How can I tweak my apps to generate more revenue?
  • “How can I attract more users and get more downloads?”
  • “What tools should I use to boost my productivity and to help me create better apps?”

I do my best to seek out answers to these questions and report back what I discover.

Why the app developer startup blog?

Whether you’re already developing and creating mobile apps or just getting started, I sincerely hope that the information, success stories and even the failures I share — can help you reach your goals.

Instead of searching online, digging through countless books, slogging through forums, or falling prey to so-called “experts”…

…subscribe to my App Developer Startup email list (it’s free), and you’ll get USEFUL tactics, strategies and tools that work for me — plus failures and pitfalls to avoid — to help you and your app development business.

The thing is, I’m just a developer like you, who is looking to make a full-time living online developing apps people enjoy and use.

What I share works for me, or has that potential — so I’m not going to waste your time with fluff or other useless junk.

I also want to mention that this is all about you too! If you have thoughts or questions, I want to hear about them. I’ll do my best to find an answer or point you in the right direction.

To take a quote from Red Green, “Remember, I’m pulling for you. We’re all in this together.”

What do I use for App Development?

For the past several years I’ve been using Corona SDK. It’s simple to use and I find it to be one of the easiest platforms to use to get started building AWESOME APPS.

I started out with Xcode and Objective C, but found it very frustrating and confusing. Since I come from a web developer background, the Lua programming language that Corona uses for its APIs under the hood is simple to understand and quick to learn.

In full disclosure, I’m currently a Corona SDK Ambassador, which gives me a few perks (not monetary compensation) in return for sharing the platform with others. But even if I wasn’t an ambassador, I’d still use and blog about Corona. I volunteered for the role because I love it and love sharing it with people!

My story

I have an 8-5 job that I really enjoy, but I’m not convinced it has the potential to provide for my long-term financial goals or the personal freedom I desire.

So I work evenings, weekends and holidays in hopes of building a business that will help me achieve my goals.

It can be rather grueling and emotionally challenging at times to maintain this lifestyle. At best it eats into having any sort of hobbies and severely limits my available free time. Family life can be a bit of a challenge as well, so it’s nice to have an understanding wife and two patient kids (who seem to be showing an interest in game development, even at five and eight years old!)

So, what about you?

Have you wished you could hang out with people like you who understand why you put in long hours and work your butt off when you already have a full time job?

Are you looking to see what works for someone else and maybe avoid some of the challenges and failures they’ve had to face?

Then follow along and I’ll occasionally send you tactics, strategies and tools that work for me — and let you know where things have gone wrong to help you avoid my mistakes.

Just sign up below!

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope to see you around!