Codeless app developer Appdrop wants to help local founders put their ideas into practice
While many prefer to take their time to develop a business and a product, the founder of Georgetown Adrien abrams believes that speed can be a crucial element when it comes to launching a startup.
“This is one of the biggest issues in the mobile app ecosystem,” Abrams told Technical.ly. “It’s so saturated, so competitive that speed is definitely to your advantage. If you wait, the difference between the success of your app can be in one or three months, depending on when you decide to launch it.
Appdrop, founded in 2019 by Abrams and co-founder Kamar mack, is intended as a solution to this synchronization problem. Built using Apache Cordoba, it allows companies to develop a mobile application without needing to hire a developer or create their own code.
Using Appdrop, startups and emerging businesses can build apps using a “drag and drop app builder” that allows founders to choose what they need in an app and produce one. in record time, according to Abrams. The platform can design everything from actual app functionality to graphic design, he added, and users can continue to design the app and make updates as their business grows. developed.
Abrams said the founders wanted to create Appdrop because for many founders the only options right now are to hire a coder or use more complicated or expensive no-code builders. With Appdrop, they wanted to create a “unified solution” powerful enough for some of the most ambitious startup ideas.
“We launched Appdrop just to make sure that when people have really big dreams of starting up or developing apps… [it] was easy enough for anyone to use and it was fast enough to make sure you can compete in the growing digital age, ”Abrams said.
So far, the company has two full-time employees, but it’s been on the rise lately. This week he landed a spot in the first Collective scholarship program of the future. The Independent Platform’s Six-Month Funding and Acceleration Program for Black-Owned Businesses Fifth, strategy firm maestra and DC incubator 1863 Companies offers mentorship as well as an investment of $ 24,000 for the selected startups, which were chosen from applicants nationwide. DC startup Fellow Budget collector also won the scholarship.
“The teams at Fiverr, 1863 and Maestra have all been incredibly impressed with the endeavors that Adrian from Appdrop and Ebonic [Boyd] of Budget Collector’s Build ‘, 1863’s Melissa Bradley says Technical.ly. “They are unique, solve difficult and complex problems, and the two founders have a clear vision for the future direction of the company. We also believe that they are in the developmental stage where they will benefit greatly from both the funding and programming that they will receive as part of Fiverr’s Future Collective.
The company has also caught the attention of DC professionals like Khuram Zaman, CEO of Fifth tribe and 2020 RealLIST connector.
I just finished a great conversation with Kamar Mack and Adrian Abrams from App Drop. They built a code-free cross-platform mobile app in less than 6 months and started generating revenue in the first quarter. These guys build a rocket and gon ‘take off fasthttps://t.co/zNnBEfpCLN
– Khuram Zaman (@zamandigital) May 14, 2021
One of the most crucial aspects of Appdrop, said Abrams, is its ability to build apps in such a fast timeframe. Users can have their application published in the ios and google play app stores in as little as three to four days, if they so choose, although he noted that the average is closer to two weeks for a first blank canvas application.
Still, he said, the quick turnaround can make or break startups, allowing them to strike while the iron is hot with their ideas. The codeless element, he added, is also particularly useful for founders around the world who are new to the development game.
“There are still emerging economies that are new to technology, that are new to mobile application development, that will see different information about the products and mobile applications that will be so valuable for their use case.” , said Abrams. “But if they can’t actually build it, then now their area is going to lose a great solution to a bunch of people problems.”
Along with the scholarship, Appdrop plans to develop some of its marketing strategies and continue working on the product. Currently, Appdrop does not have the ability to enter an existing app into their system, but Abrams said this is in progress as the startup grows.
The key to Appdrop’s business model and future growth, Abrams said, is heavily dependent on the growing need of businesses for a mobile app. Still, he doesn’t expect this to be a problem in the years to come.
“Every business will need a mobile app in the future,” said Abrams. “If this thesis is not true, then we will not be here in a few years. But if our bet is correct, that every business will need a mobile app to stay competitive in the digital age… we are becoming really cool and really valuable technology.