AppFutura: How to outsource mobile development

You need a mobile app but you have no resources ... who ya goin' to call?

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If you’re a small company without developers or maybe a group within a large organization that can’t get any love from the corporate development team and you need a mobile app, where are you going to go? The whole process of connecting with third party developers, getting non-disclosure agreements signed, getting bids, correlating bids, and selecting which developers to work with is a daunting and non-trivial workload.

Should you be in this particular boat, a service that launched late last year, AppFutura, can help you. AppFutura connects project owners and developers in a systematic way making the mobile app development process potentially less complicated and much more organized.

As a project owner your job is to create your app specification to as detailed level as possible and submit it to AppFutura which will, if required, help you polish your specs. Once the spec is ready, you submit your proposal and AppFutura routes it to qualified developers who are required to sign NDAs. The AppFutura reviews the developer responses and forwards the top four for your review.

If you accept a developer’s response you escrow funds through AppFutura and if there’s any dispute over the project, AppFutura will act as mediator and resolve any issues.

Signing up as a project owner or developer is free although developers can opt for Pro accounts (starting at $7 per month) that makes you a “Verified Developer”, gives direct contact information on your profile, features your company in searches, alerts you instantly of new projects, and removes all site advertising. Pro accounts also get dinged for 15% of project payments (this drops 12% for the top tier of Pro accounts priced at $36 per month).

AppFutura claims a long list of happy project owners with currently 1,270 active projects in the system and 13,395 registered developers. AppFutura also provides a showplace for developers’ mobile apps with, at present, 7,303 titles available.

AppFutura is a great idea with, apparently, a lot of enthusiastic developers signed up and a lot of happy project owners who now have mobile apps. If you’re in an small business or a corporate group that needs to outsource or in any operation that doesn’t have the resources or technical chops needed to tackle mobile app development this could well be the answer to your prayers.

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