My name is Charles Trent and I help people build their ideas.
What is Live Typing and how are you positioned in the market?
Live Typing is a web and mobile application development agency. We are focused on start ups, enterprises, and non profits. We work with startups to validate their proof of concepts, Enterprises to scale their enterprise management resources and non profits to cross different mediums with their cause.
What types of clients do you work with?
Start ups, enterprises, and non profits.
What geographies are you focused on and where are you seeing the most growth?
There is a lot of growth in the US market for app developers as well as europe and even Asia is starting to become more prominent in the freelance developer space. We like to focus on the US and Canada market as it is more developed and prepared for this type of work.
What are your main tips for successful mobile app development?
Communication, a clear plan, and a strong sense of how the product will evolve.
Having eCommerce app development experience under your belt, can you talk about some of the challenges businesses have with going mobile?
You have to create an entire new user experience over again. Web replaced brick and mortar and now apps are creating a new distribution channel for customers. Some business have not even expanded to the web yet! So the question isn’t what challenges business have with going mobile it’s how can business benefit from going digital. Business need to ask whether or not going digital whether app or website will improve or better their business in the longterm.
Do you see the bulk of your clients requesting you to build both iOS and Android version of an app? Is there any bias toward one or the other?
Yes, clients like to have both usually to expand market reach I prefer a solid native application then once you know what works you duplicate that to another platform.
What business vertical do you see benefiting from IoT the most? Do you have any experience on this frontier?
Home Appliance Manufactures products like stoves, refrigerators and microwaves need to be updated to make things more convenient for people on the go. Imagine if you could instacart your shopping list on your refrigerator once it detects your out of milk.
What do you think the big themes for mobile app development are going to be in 2017?
Augmented Reality and Mapping. People are going to want more ways to connect their phones to their world instead of peoples lives and their digital lives being separate. Pokemon GO set the trend for a way you could do that and experience your world a tiny bit better but I believe it will become more evident that those types of apps are the future.
What kind of people work with you in the team at Live Typing?
All amazing and hardworking people. We have people on our team that are naturally creative and in that sense the job becomes more about how do you get out of their way and let them create while still assuring that the clients vision is executed.
What mobile devices do you use personally?
I am a die hard Apple fan boy.
What are your favorite apps?
Instacart, Spotify, and Slack.
What are your thoughts about the home robots market? Do you have any in your home?
I am afraid with all this talk about spying microwaves to have robots in my home so no. But I can imagine a day once we figure out personal cyber security where the benefits out weigh the potential cost.