Sasha, a user on the site, posted the following question (I'm re-posting here so it has its own thread):
"Hi Daniel, I am looking to develop a real estate app which I think is different and unique from what already exists in the market (a tall order!). I was wondering if you might have any recommendations for an app development company that works with individuals. This app will deal with the aggregation of data - it's not a game or anything fancy like that. Anyone in DC or San Francisco come to mind? I'll also be going to India later this year to meet with contacts there. Thanks! Sasha"
Being in the mobile app space, I get this question often. For some background on posts I've written before about mobile, watch my MobileX keynote, my post on the evolving definition of the word "app", and my thoughts about whether or not apps are just a fad.
If you're interested in making an app, here's what to consider:
1) The very first thing to do is to really understand the mobile space, and analyze your goals. I see way too many people jump to the conclusion that they "want to make an app" without knowing what that really means, what it'll cost to do it, and why they are choosing an "app" as the vehicle to accomplish the goal. A poorly defined goal will invariably lead to a poor outcome.