Thursday, November 19, 2015

New Zip App Pacing 3x’s Twitter Initial Engagement

The app that launched less than two months ago has user engagement levels that rival the social networking site’s initial growth and is on pace to be a billion dollar brand. 

Zip, the Question Answer App, a social media tool that lets users ask and answer questions and see results from other users, is on pace with Twitter’s initial users back in 2007. The average Zip interactions per day, based on span from 9/29/15 to 11/12/15, are 4,613, compared to Twitter’s 2007 Internet LiveStats’ reported 5,000.
Based on an average over the entirety of the year which also allowed for considerable ongoing exponential growth, Twitter had a 6-month ramp up period in 2006 not accounted for. In turn, Zip’s comparison numbers are based on just six weeks of its launch to the public.
“We are humbly overwhelmed with the levels of engagement we are seeing to date,” says Ric Militi, Founder of Zip, the Question Answer App. “But we are not comparing ourselves to the social media giant in any other way than engagement based on similar downloads at the same historical point in time. In our opinion, there are no other apps that have the same functionality as Zip, which is why it is patent pending.”
Tracking backwards from the 2007 figure of 5,000 daily interactions, the end result is Zip, the Question Answer App, is conservatively pacing at over three times the engagement level of Twitter.
Already implemented on iHeart Radio stations throughout Los Angeles and used to engage viewers on Fox 5 San Diego, the app was created by the self-funded Crazy Raccoons, a private company that did not use an angel investor.
"I've had the opportunity to work with several start ups, and its absolutely amazing that Crazy Raccoons has been able to accomplish everything to date without outside investment," shared Adam C. Aparicio, Principal Attorney at APARICIO LAW. "As I discuss the company with my colleagues in the legal community, they are all simply astonished that we are completely self-funded. It should go without saying, being self-funded in this day and age is unheard of. Most companies do not have the freedom that comes with not being beholden to venture capitalists."
The original idea behind Zip, the Question Answer App, was to settle arguments, and now, it’s also introducing a whole new, simple and proprietary way to communicate with media outlets (i.e. TV, radio, print, digital, etc.) The rapidly growing interactive app is revolutionizing everyday conversation and mass polling. 
Zip, the Question Answer App, is available for Download for free at the App Store for iOS and the Google Play Store for Android.
For additional information and to download, please visit http://www.thezipapp.com

Friday, November 13, 2015

Great Books on Startups for the Holidays

Holiday shopping has already started, and the time for you to start is now. Might as well get it over with, so that you can go back to starting on your startup.

Here is a selection of books related to startups. By the way, you might want to pick up one of these books as a gift for yourself.

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters

Startup: Essential Startup Guide - Entrepreneur, Small Business & Online Business by Bill Robb

The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz

Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Steven Kotler

How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It by Mark Cuban

Small Time Operator: How to Start Your Own Business, Keep Your Books, Pay Your Taxes, and Stay Out of Trouble by Bernard B. Kamoroff

How to Make $1,000 Per Day Clear Profit on Amazon with One Single $35 Product You Choose by Bradford Sullivan

The Startup Owner's Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company by Steve Blank

The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime. by MJ DeMarco

Crossing the Chasm, 3rd Edition: Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products to Mainstream Customers by Geoffrey A. Moore

The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success (Touchstone Books) by Nicholas Lore

Hopefully a few of these books will be useful to you and your business. Read on!