New Company, 52apps, Turns User Ideas Into an App a Week
Student-founded company pays royalties for iPhone and iPad app ideas
Columbia, S.C. (PRWEB) June 21, 2012
Anyone can turn an idea for a great iPhone or iPad app into income, thanks to a new South Carolina-based company. Founded by two undergraduate engineering students, 52apps (named for the 52 new apps it plans to launch each year) uses a proprietary framework to create high-quality iPhone and iPad apps in less than a week. It bases its apps on ideas from the general public, with whom it shares royalties.
“Some of the best ideas for apps come from people who don’t have a technical background,” said company co-founder and lead server architect Christopher Thibault. “That’s why we actively solicit app ideas from the user community. We’re happy to share app revenues with those people.”
52apps solicits ideas via its website and at regularly scheduled “App Idea Day” events, the first of which it held June 15 in Columbia, S.C. The company received 60 ideas from 25 people at that event.
Thibault and co-founder Brendan Lee began creating mobile device apps together during their senior year at an Arkansas high school. Along the way, they generated enough income to fund their college educations. But that’s not all: They also designed a proprietary module framework that allows them to create and test high-quality apps in less than a week – far less time than is usually required.
“There’s a lot of grunt work in creating apps. For example, it can take three to five hours to fully implement all features in a device’s GPS system,” explained Lee, who serves as the company’s lead developer. “So we developed a bunch of reusable modules that we can plug into any app we write, making the backend work easier and faster.”
Lee and Thibault are both college seniors. Lee is a computer science student at the University of South Carolina (USC). Thibault is a mechanical engineering student at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith and is completing his coursework online from his family’s Columbia home.
52apps is a USC/Columbia Technology Incubator company. The incubator is a nonprofit corporation that focuses on helping fast-growing, high-paying technology companies in the Midlands region of South Carolina. It’s sponsored by USC, the City of Columbia and area governments.
Three technology business veterans helped Lee and Thibault launch 52apps. Stephen A. Leicht, Mark Murphy and William Kirkland all held executive positions at Collexis, a developer of knowledge management and discovery software, which was acquired by Reed Elsevier in July 2010. Leicht was executive vice president and chief operating officer, Murphy was chief financial officer and Kirkland was CEO. At 52apps, Leicht is CEO and Murphy is CFO. Kirkland is entrepreneur in residence at the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator.
More information about the company, its apps and how people can submit app ideas is available on the company’s website, http://www.52apps.com.
Every week, 52apps turns an idea from the public into an iPhone or iPad app and launches it. 52apps – based in Columbia, S.C. – developed a proprietary framework to create, test and launch high-quality apps quickly. The company hosts "App Idea Days" as public forums where anyone can submit ideas. 52Apps shares revenue from apps with the idea generators. The company’s apps have received as many as 500,000 downloads. For more information, visit http://www.52apps.com. Connect with 52 apps on Facebook and follow the company on Twitter: @52appsTeam.
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