Editor's note: This is a guest post by Luis-Daniel Alegria of Vamos.
It’s 1 year since Vamos first released and raised €100.000. The price of being a first time entrepreneur in an early stage tech startup got the team into a canyon of problems. Today they are sharing some of their biggest learnings with you from the inside.
1. Killing Android
Everyone knows Samsung’s smartphone share has grown 7-fold since 2 years back making Android the largest OS by far the largest, even surpassing iOS worldwide. However moving forward with Android required their dedicated team to spend more time finding and killing bugs than innovating the event discovery space. They simply couldn’t afford to spend any more time and money to develop natively for another platform than iOS. To the anguish of the Android community they painfully took themselves down from Google Play after just being live 3 months, to go full throttle solely on iOS.
Event app Vamos is adding more functionality than crowdsourced Facebook events, plugging into services like Eventbrite, Ticketmaster, and Ticketfly. The reasoning is pretty straightforward - there are more events out there than what's on Facebook, and plugging into paid events can generate some revenue.
I find Vamos to be one of the stickier apps out of all the apps I've reviewed, but it's likely because I fall squarely into their demographic of bored 20-somethings. Their app provides an easy way to see what's going on at the moment, and the Facebook integration gives you an easy way to see what your friends are up to.
Vamos has released a new Android app to complement their iOS event discovery app. Vamos CEO Luis-Daniel Alegria tells us that one reason they built the Android app was to target the growing Android userbase, but another reason was to follow the needs of their users.
"We're starting to see extreme growth from South America. In Chile [on Monday] we had a big boom and saw 750 downloads in one day, and that put us in the top 3 in social networks, and 11th overall. Now we're targeting the majority that are Android users, as well as the high end users that have an iPhone."
Vamos, the event app, has secured an "undisclosed €6-digit friends and family round" to hire more freelance developers and continue their expansion. We covered the Berlin-based startup created by a team of Swedes last August, when they announced their public launch. But if you missed that coverage, the concept is pretty simple and handy.
Vamos aggregates public Facebook events through an iPhone app - meaning when you connect your Facebook account to Vamos it shares your public events in a list or map view. As a result, on a given night you can see gallery openings, music at restaurants, and other events that might interest you, even though you aren't connected to the event on Facebook. The app also offers a few other features, like directions to the events and pictures of the people who have publicly said they are attending, giving you a better impression of the vibe at the event.
When you and your friends are bored, how do you find out something to do? Maybe I'm just bad at knowing what websites or services to check, but if nothing is on Facebook I pick up one of those free magazines or newspapers found in the entrances of shops and restaurants, and flip through what's happening there. But still, it's 2012. There's got to be a better solution considering the amount of processing power in everyone's pockets.
A team of Swedes in Berlin think they've created the answer with Vamos, a beautifully designed mobile app that crowdsources public events from people's Facebook accounts. This is more than just a frontend for your Facebook events; with every new person that connects their Facebook account to Vamos, the event listing gets better as Vamos pulls in and shares the public events every user has been invited to.
I attended Software Sales Camp seminar organized by Tekes (the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology) earlier this week. The event was a two-day "bootcamp" aimed for improving Finnish software firms' business-to-business sales and marketing skills. Going forward, I will summarize a few interesting tips and experiences shared by the seasoned speakers at the event. One main theme throughout the event was also the U.S. market entry and issues related - I will get back to that later.