Name Founder: Ivan Dimitrov
Name Company: App Lighthouse LTD
Name App: Lighthouse
Category App: Travel
Is the App created for a certain country/area or worldwide: Zoned app, launch will cover Bulgaria area.
Q & A:
As Founder of this fantastic App, what was your motivation to create such an App?
“To connect the real world with the virtual one and help close the distance between the traveler and the business in the right way, the modern way.”
Why should Users download this App?
“Lighthouse app is made by travelers for travelers. We know what a pain is it to go in an unknown city and get completely overwelmed by information, sometimes false and sometimes hidden. We always stay true to our motives. And our motive is to give value.”
What are the advantages compared to other similar App’s?
“We use beacon tech, wich makes our app proximity based app. Even if you are near a site and you don’t know it, the app will send you message and give you the usefull info. We have included hidden, not known places too, that are not in any tripadvisor or any other guide out there.”
Can you tell something about the process, challenges, hurdles and time spent from the moment you start (The Idea) till the moment you launched the App at the AppStore / GooglePlay?
“From Idea to creation we’ve spent aproximately 1 year and half. We build everything from scratch, not a single code is not done bu us. We’ve had many issues. But mostly fuguring out how to pay the rent of the office and have something to eat J Monetizing an app is not an easy job. Since the beginning we wanted our app to be free and not a single google ad will show in it. We have fugured out a different approach that gives the app for free, but we charge a small maitenance tax to the businesses that would like to be closer to the travelers, by providing the end user with relevant info when passing by their businesses.”
Once you launched the App in the Appstore / GooglePlay, what did you do to promote this App to your target audience (user group)? Do you think Applepies (as worldwide rating and reviewing Online App Magazine) can have a certain role in this?
“Yes we think that there should be more sites like Applepies to distribute quality apps. We launch on april 1st and this is no joke.”
You as a visionair, what is your view on the new technologies of the digital smartphone (App) world. Do you think that within 1 to 5 years App’s will be indispensable?
“Yes, Apps are here to stay. They will even, in time, replace the internet site as the main digital information portal. Since we are building a bridge between the digital and the real world, we think that there will be a boom in the IOT industry in the next 5 years. We hope to have a place in it. Fingers crossed.”
Last but not least is there anything you want to recommend other creators/founders?
“Do not give up and work you ass off until you see your dream achieved. No one will remember your failures, but maybe the whole world will remember your victories.”