How do you balance a startup with your personal life?
"Not very good. Startup is like a baby which sucks all your attention. Moved to San Fransisco with my family back in Illinois."
What inspires you to inspire others?
"I’m not much to inspire anyone. I just want people like me to to have a platform where they can actualize their ideas without any hassles I went through. Not everyone is trying to build a company, they just want to validate their idea.
I have a medical background and when I started doing this I was juggling between my day job and trying to build my apps. So, all these people like me who have an Idea since they have worked in their respective fields for so long, the have solutions to a small problem. They want to build an app and see how the rest of the world takes it. Like for example and endocrinologist want to build a better calculator to manage glucose level for their patients. They do not want to go through all the haggling with designers and coders. They (in a lot of cases) even have to money to build and sell it. They just want to see their baby walk.
I just want to take them from start to finish and if needed connect them with investment. "
You play an integral role in your startup. Can you please tell us more about what the startup does? How does it work? Can anyone join?
"Yes, anyone can join."
How long have you been doing that?
About four years now but I’ve been doing it full time about four months ago.
Can you tell us more on how it works?
Say you have an Idea, you submit your Idea. You tell us what it is and what platforms you want it in, like you want iOS and Android app or or you just want a web app. Or both.
We interpret that and we turn it into a Prototype building competition. So, some of the best designs from all around the world start submitting their designs. You can even work with them and and have them modify their designs and get exactly what you need in your prototype.
Bid n Build
So you pick the best prototype… and start the bidding process for you will build your app.
Now you have a good looking prototype which just needs back end coding. Another great thing is. If you have well thought of and well designed prototype it is very easy for developers to measure the extent of work that will go into the app building process and so it becomes very easy for you to get more precise quote on cost and time from the developers who will build the app.
Bid and Market & Sell
At this time we also take it through bidding for sales and marketing companies who will give you a quote on how much it will cost to Market and in some cases sell you app.
This process gives us the exact budget of how much it will cost. So if you have that much in your pocket you can get it done yourself. In some cases you might not have the money you can just take it to investors. Since you have everything already plugged in and you have a good budget, your likelihood of getting funded is much higher.
Finally, we also take them through our network of investors and try to get them funded. Not every idea can get funded or even needs funding but good thing for investors is that they can scope out ideas at a very early stage.
What is the most challenging part about what you do? How do you overcome that challenge?
I think the hardest part is believing in myself, specially the days where everything is going wrong. I think that is the single most important thing you need. If you don’t believe in yourself and what you are doing no one else will and others will smell fear.
I have to constantly remind myself that we can do it even if I’m lying to myself.
Learn more about Romel's startup at appactuator.com
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