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AppMakr Launch: The Craziest Week Ever + Paul Graham's Famous Graph

As many of you know, PointAbout launched AppMakr this past week.

And it has been the craziest launch I have ever participated in.

I don't have a lot of time to write now, since we're still working until 4am to handle the rush.  I'll write some updated blog posts later dissecting the launch and what we as a team have learned from it.

But suffice it to say that the amazing launch press we've gotten sums it up, including TechCrunch, Mashable, Guy Kawasaki, Seth Godin, Robert Scoble, Geoff Livingston, and many others.  Complete press list below.

These are the points I'll be delving into in more detail later:

As many of you know, PointAbout launched AppMakr this past week. And it has been the craziest launch I have ever participated in. I don't have a lot of time to write now, since we're still working until 4am to handle the rush.  I'll write some updated blog posts later dissecting the launch and what we as a team have learned from it. But suffice it to say that the amazing launch press we've gotten sums it up, including TechCrunch, Mashable, Guy Kawasaki, Seth Godin, Robert Scoble, Geoff Livingston, and many others.  Complete press list below. These are the points I'll be delving into in more detail later: Outsourcing finally pays off for small businesses, including the following ones, which saved us: - posterous - cotweet - zendesk More on the value of Twitter: - cotweet - speed of support Lessons on going with your gut How to be fast & efficient in your work, including: - taking screenshots - keyboard shortcuts - cinch - textexpander - quicksilver Press Mentions: TechCrunch: http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/01/06/appmakr-make-your-own-iphone-apps-for-just-two-bills/ Mashable: http://mashable.com/2010/01/04/appmakr/ MobileCrunch: http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2010/01/03/appmakr-transforms-app-store-landscape-enables-anyone-to-make-their-own-iphone-app/ Seth Godin: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2010/01/now-available-on-an-iphone-app.html Robert Scoble: http://scobleizer.com/2010/01/04/part-i-hot-startups-to-watch-in-2010-2/ Guy Kawasaki: http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2010/01/how-to-make-an-iphone-app.html#axzz0bfyLOMYD Geoff Livingston: http://www.livingstonbuzz.com/2010/01/04/appmakr-makes-iphone-apps-accessible/ TechMeme: http://www.techmeme.com/100104/p72#a100104p72 (2/3 down the page) MediaPost: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=119935&nid=109352 KillerStartups.com: http://www.killerstartups.com/Mobile/appmakr-com-create-mobile-apps-without-being-a-pro AppModo: http://appmodo.com/9308/make-your-own-iphone-app-with-appmakr/ TECH Cocktail: http://techcocktail.com/home/2010/01/06/appmakr-launches-easy-mobile-app-creator/ The Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/06/AR2010010603681.html Mobile Marketing Watch: http://www.mobilemarketingwatch.com/appmakr-aims-to-make-everyone-an-app-maker-4861/ BizReport: http://www.bizreport.com/2010/01/apps_for_everyone_with_pointabouts_appmakr.html Geek.com: http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/make-your-own-iphone-app-for-199-2010015/ iFun.de (German): http://www.iphone-ticker.de/2010/01/05/appmakr-verspricht-schnelle-iphone-apps-fur-jedermann/#more-9205 One last thought is the phase we're entering now, which was referred to by Paul Graham as the "Trough of Sorrow".  A business has a large initial spike in traffic, then it takes awhile to really work the kinks out and get traction.  Here's a screenshot of the graph he drew on a whiteboard, and our traffic below:

Rewriting a Job Posting

On SEBASTIAN MARSHALL

Zachary Burt dropped me a line a few days ago and asked if I'd look at his posting for a cofounder. I said sure, and we worked on it a little bit.

This is normally the kind of thing I'd keep to private correspondence, but Zack told me to put to put it up if I'd like to. Maybe it's useful to learn from -

Here's the original, unedited version -

Headline: Badass technical business-savvy dude looking for fellow programmer and business partner to hack with all day.

Hola,

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