Outsourcing App Development to Overseas – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Outsourcing app development to overseas companies is getting a lot of attention these days. Because of the easy access, the availability of free communication methods such as Skype, Whatsapp and Viber, sometimes you may think outsourcing software projects to overseas companies is a good approach. But let’s look at the good, the bad and the ugly sides of outsourcing app development to offshore companies.

The Good

The main benefit that you get from outsourcing a project to an overseas company is the apparent initial cost savings. Outsourcing development to an offshore company could be a good solution if you already have an in-depth technical understanding of the project and its underlying architecture. If you have already managed technical Projects successfully in the past, worked remotely across multiple time zones, have an existing relationship with a genuine overseas company, understands the cultural, communication and timezone barriers, you may be able to get these cost savings.

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17 Australian Female Entrepreneurs Who Are Crushing It

Entrepreneurship was once considered the domain of men. But as in other fields, women have broken the glass ceiling in this area as well and have climbed the corporate ladder to beat the men at their own game.

Although even today the total percentage of women entrepreneurs is still less than 35% as compared to the men, there has been a rise in women leaders worldwide. In Australia itself, there are many female entrepreneurs who are inspiring young women world over with their dedication towards work and knowledge of the industry as they hold influential positions in the corporate world.

  • Katie Page

With a long 17 year career as Chief Executive of Harvey Norman Holdings, Katie Page has also been referred to as the mastermind behind the success of her company’s empire. She manages a network of 200 stores while also acting as the director of the Retail Council.

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Top 12 Venture Capital Firms in Australia

Venture Capital (VC) firms are the lifeblood of start-ups and early business firms. These firms basically raise capital and provide start-up funding.

In this article, we will have a closer look at the top 12 Australian venture capital firms.

  1. Telstra Ventures

Telstra Ventures, a strategic venture capital firm, is very active in start-up funding. The firm majorly focuses on technology start-ups with high growth potential. It has invested in forty-one start-ups since its facilitation in 2011.

Telstra Ventures has nearly 250M dollar funds under management. The investments are backed up by Harbour Vest which is one of the largest global private equity firm and Telstra, a leading technology company.

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Shark Tank App Success Stories: 15 App Ideas that Got Funded by Shark Tank Investors

In the world of start-ups and mobile applications, Shark Tank has been a bright and positive spot for the potential entrepreneurs. Here are some of the most famous Shark Tank apps and Shark Tank success stories to keep you inspired!

How often do we enjoy the selfies clicked on our smartphones? But don’t we all wish to store our pictures in conventional albums?

With the help of Groovebook, people could click pictures on their smartphones and upload them on the app to be printed into an album and delivered at their doorstep. The founders, Julie and Brian Whiteman, got quite the deal with this app idea on Shark Tank. Continue reading “Shark Tank App Success Stories: 15 App Ideas that Got Funded by Shark Tank Investors”

Top 12 Government Grants for Australian Startups

For anyone who has ever worked on a startup business knows the value of getting appropriate funding. This is possibly one of the hardest tasks in this process.

But all thanks to the Australian government, the startups in the land down under are well-funded by a number of Australian government grants. This starts right from the idea development and research aspects to the ideal development and marketing.

  1. Research and Development Tax Initiative

This grant, as the name suggests, caters to the research end of the startup. This can provide you tax relief for up to 45%. The main aim of this grant is to promote the thinking and innovative mind into coming up with well-researched startup ideas. Continue reading “Top 12 Government Grants for Australian Startups”

GDPR Australia – How Does GDPR Affect Australian Apps, Software and Services?

The scope of the (General Data Protection Regulation) GDPR is broad and Australian businesses can be caught by surprise. Here’s what it means for the Australian businesses how you can prepare for it.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation introduced in the European Union (EU) and has become enforceable since 25 May 2018. GDPR mainly addresses how companies should capture, process and store user information, and gives more rights to users to safeguard the use of their personal data. Though this is an EU law, it does have a global impact.

This new law is a replacement for a set of guidelines previously set in 1995. That was the Data Protection Directive. Unlike the previous directive, which was a set of guidelines, which companies may or may not follow – the new regulation is a law, which companies must follow. Failure to abide by the new law can enforce significant fines for the companies.

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Benefits of Having a Conference Mobile App

Many conferences are organised and held throughout a given year. These can range from small-scale local business leaders’ events, large-scale industry-specific exhibitions to global conferences that witnesses a gathering of a large number of delegates from many parts of the world.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) recently concluded a global conference. Held in Perth, Australia it was a large scale global event that registered attendees from numerous parts of the world. We at Elegant Media had the privilege to take part in this event as the app developer for the official Conference Mobile App.

Here are some of the benefits and features that you can implement in your own Conference App:

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50 Free App Ideas that Work in 2018 – Pick One and Execute

If you have been thinking of having your own mobile app, but don’t have a good idea, this article is for you.

Here we will have a closer look at some really fresh and amazing mobile app ideas you can execute straight away. Instead of trying to create something completely new, you can take an existing idea, and put your own spin on it to make it unique.

Let’s get started.

Shopping App Ideas

isolated woman hands holding touch phone and make online shopping
  1. Scan and shop: One of the most exciting app ideas for 2018. As a user, you could take a picture of any product you find and scan it online to find the best match.
  2. Famous in U.S.: Most latest fashion trends start in the USA. Create a service that shops and delivers new outfits to Australia (or your country) with overnight shipping.
  3. Latest brand information: An app that will provide regular and fresh information regarding the deals/offers regarding the brand of the user’s choice.
  4. Consumer guide: Such an app would provide unbiased guidance on which brands are best for a certain product.

Fashion and Beauty App Ideas

  1. Personal fashion adviser: An app which helps the user pick the right pair of shoes that goes with a particular outfit.
  2. Tattoo preview: How cool would it be if you could figure out how a tattoo would look on your hand before you even visit the parlour
  3. Beauty assistant: There are many beauty and makeup tutorials on YouTube. Make it easy to use by taking your photo, and suggesting related makeup tutorials. Also, suggest top-brand products to purchase from the app to increase revenue.
  4. Hair colouring assistance: Colouring your hair is always confusing, but this app would help you in analysing colour with the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

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7 Step Guide on How to Pick a Kickass App Name

The world of mobile apps now has millions of apps. Choosing the right name for it can be a challenge just as much as the actual development. According to Statista, in the first quarter of 2018, the five most popular application stores had over 7 million apps, out of which Play Store and Apple App Store had almost 6 million combined, while Windows Store, Amazon Appstore and Blackberry World had a little over 1 million.

Getting the right name for your app doesn’t mean that you need to use the first name that comes off the top of your head and hope that the actual app is good enough so that people will love it and use it. Though the name is only one part of the overall brand around the app that you will be building, it pays to take a moment to pick the right name for your app.

I’ll give you few steps that you should take to get the name of your app just right. One thing is for sure: the name may not be perfect, it can be good or bad, so we are going to give you a few tips on how to make it useful.

Before you start coming up with a name for your app, you first need to think about what will influence your target audience to download your app. Since there are so many apps in the App Store, the only way you can stand-out is by creating a unique angle to position your app to your target audience.

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23 Software Tools You Can Use to Get User Feedback on Your App

Needless to say, getting user feedback is important to create amazing mobile apps. Thankfully, there are various software tools available today that can be used for collecting user feedback and understanding their needs.

Let’s look at a comparison of a look at a range of tools which you can use for collecting user feedback on your app.

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