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Bringing Ideas to Life in Okla.: Website Helps Launch Apps from Concept to Creation

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Bringing Ideas to Life in Okla.: Website Helps Launch Apps from Concept to Creation

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Editor's note: This is part of a series of stories on creativity in business, education and the arts in Oklahoma. Oklahoma City will host the 2010 Creativity World Forum in November.

Entrepreneur Kayvon Olomi struggled to find application developers in the Tulsa market.

Then, a little more than a year ago, the Tulsa man decided to take the plunge and develop an app concept that he had.

"After thoroughly reviewing the Internet and asking people if they knew of any good developers, I soon realized that the app market was controlled by developers and that the majority of the apps on the market today were the concepts and creations of developers," Olomi said. "Being able to find a developer to bring my app idea to life was hard to come across. If I did come across a developer, there was no way to review their work or price them out."

So, Olomi took all his issues and combined them into one site - AppTank.

AppTank is catering to one of the world's fastest-growing industries. According to a recent Gartner report, the $6 billion mobile app industry is expected to quadruple by 2013.

Olomi realized that if he was having problems, others would be, too.

"I thought, if I created a marketplace where people with app concepts they wanted to develop could come review and bid out their projects to talented developers, it would change the app development scene," Olomi said. "It would no longer be a hassle to find and hire developers; instead it would be easy and a lot less confusing."

Olomi knew of pre-existing sites that had accomplished the same thing with Web development and other projects.

"Knowing that the app market is the current gold rush of technology, why not provide a site where people without the skills to develop apps can bring their concepts to life and cash in," Olomi said.

AppTank sets itself apart by being a site purely devoted to app development. Posting ideas to AppTank is free for users, while developers pay a small fee to purchase pre-qualified leads.

"We pre-screen all of the projects that are submitted to ensure that they are credible projects that developers are bidding on," Olomi said. "We have also created an environment where clients can know in confidence that the most talented developers are bidding on their projects and that they are not simply kicking their tires, since they have already made an investment in them by purchasing their lead. …

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