Developer Interview with Altai Zeinalov of Diveo Media



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Today’s interview is with Altai Zeinalov of Diveo Media.

Thank you for participating our interview. Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Altai Zeinalov, I am 26 years old and I live in Estonia. I am founder of Diveo Media. When I was a child I always dreamed about creating my own cartoons. I love everything which is connected to filming, editing and animation. That is why I am author of fairy tales which you can find in our app Little Stories.

I like to be very creative and I hate to be like everyone else. Sending to my friends on their Birthday message like “”Wish you all the best”” is not for me. I am always trying to write something unique and make friends say “”wow, best wish ever!”” And to make your readers surprised I want to add that I love drumming.

How did the idea for your app come about?

Lets start from the beginning. I grew in a big family and this is the reason why I love kids so much. I have the younger brother who is 7 years old. His name is Rafael and he is the best brother in the world. When he was 4 I noticed that he watches my movies and cartoons very attentively (I think this is because he heard my voice). Then I decided to make cartoons where my brother was a main character. I told about that idea to my friend and he said that I could make an app. Then I thought inside myself: “”Why not?! This is great!”

And how long was the process from the original idea to the release of the app?

You can count. My brother was 4 years old and we launched our app when he was 7. So, it took almost 3 years to release an app, however, the development took only 11 months. The hardest thing was to start doing something. I waited for something for a year and then it took another year to realize in which way I should move. I decided to stop searching inside Estonia and went outside.

Did you hire a developer or do it yourself?

“We have 8 people in our team: 3 artists, 2 developers, 1 composer, 1 translator and 1 author (who is me). I found all these guys on the Internet. They are all from different cities but from one country – Russia. We have never met in real world, we work remotely and Skype helps us a lot. I am happy that each member of our team believes in Diveo Media’s success and does his work with passion. We made very warm relationships to each other and that improves our motivation. Everyone are talented and really nice persons.

What has been the hardest obstacle you have had to overcome in the development process?

That might sounds funny, but the hardest thing was to determine the period of development and it is still hard. We thought we could release our app in four months when in reality, it took almost a year. When you work remotely, there are so much stuff which can derail your plans. Now it is a little easier to us to make right forecasts, statistics helps.

Have you had much support during the development process (from family, peers, Apple Inc.)?

Well, my mom believed in success, but my dad was very skeptical but he invested his money in this project. I am very thankful for that support! Yes, it could be better if my parents knew how to motivate people but I am glad that I know how to do that now.

What are your plans for the future? Will you be developing any more apps?

We want to be the number one developer for kids in Russia in 2018 year and to be the best in the world in 2021. In 2016 we are planning to release 3 new apps, one of them is colorings which help children to instill the good taste of art.

And finally, what advice would you give to anyone considering creating their own app?

Enthusiasm is the first thing you should care about. Enthusiasm energizes your team and makes development much more interesting. Start your project with passion and you will find great results, I promise!

Thank you so much for talking with us today and sharing a bit about your company.  We really appreciated the chance to get to know you!



Little Stories. Bedtime books Little Stories. Bedtime books by Diveo Media

Price: $FREE

Best app for kids in Golden App 2016!

The “Little Stories” series present fairy tales, in which your kid plays the main part. It's quite simple – just enter your kid's name and gender in .


Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

Interview with Nancy Smith, Co-founder and CMO of Bevy

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Today’s interview is with Nancy Smith,Co-Founder and CMO of Bevy.  Please visit their website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Thank you Nancy for participating our interview. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I have long had a love of technology that makes a difference in our lives. I was the head of Marketing for iRobot (the makers of Roomba) for over a decade and developed a great appreciation for making complex technology simple. I am married with a 5 year old daughter and my family is a huge reason why I decided to co-found Lineage Labs and help create Bevy. I love sports (pretty much all of them), being outside on a sunny brisk day, playing dress up with my daughter and I struggle daily with the elusive work/life balance.

Can you tell me a little bit about how your idea for the product came about?

My Co-founder and I come at it from different angles so I think that really helped us come to a great solution for a family. In his house, he’s the tech guy- his wife wants to use the photos and his son is the best photo taker in house while his other daughters contribute and consumer the photos in their own way. The one constant was that they were always going to him to handle/fix/manage it all and it drove him nuts. For me, I was more concerned about how on earth I was going to find all these amazing photos I was taking in years to come. How would my daughter ever find these if they’re locked away on some old phone? Together we look at the problem that families have with photos and we created what we believe to be the best solution for families.

I know I have lots of pictures on all my devices, can you tell me how this device would make my life easier?

Bevy pulls in photos from your mobile devices (either automatically or manually—you choose), it has multiple USB 3.0 drives so you can plug in old media to it, we also have a built in SD card reader to make it easy to pull in pictures from your DSLR cameras. We also have apps for your computers (both Mac and Windows) that will allow you to bring in all your old photos so they’re in one place, then you can access them all from anywhere you are through the app on your smart phone.

Bevy connects via wireless, how do I ensure my photos are protected and safe?

The first time you connect to Bevy from your device in your home we create a secure 256 bit encrypted connection between the two, this creates an incredibly secure connection and also allows Bevy to know who’s adding what photos to Bevy to make it easier to search more later. Also because all your photos are stored locally on Bevy in your home, you don’t have to worry about anyone having access to them in the cloud.

How has the market feedback been?
The feedback has been incredibly positive. People have become accustomed to technology that’s difficult, so they’re initially nervous or intimidated about bringing new ‘tech’ into the home, we focused on making the tech intuitive so all you have to worry about is actually enjoying your photos. You can see some testimonials on our website.

Tell me about how people are using Bevy in the home? Is it a good way to share photos with family and grandparents?
Bevy is designed for the family experience. For people to add and share their photos. When you think of a typical family weekend; Dad is with Johnny at the baseball game and Mom is with little Liv at the lacrosse game both are taking pictures, with Bevy Mom can see all those pictures that Dad is taking and vice versa. Johnny comes off the field, looks at Bevy and sees a great pic Dad took of him at the plate and instantly posts it on his social channels, Liv can do the same without ever bugging Mom or Dad for the photos. When they come home the photos are playing on the TV screen in the living room. It’s that easy. We have also seen grandparent really getting into it. They want to see photos but in the past it’s been tough to share with them either because they don’t have a lot of tech in the house or it’s tough to share more than a few photos. With Bevy, whether they have their own their house that you and other family members contribute to, or if they have access to your Bevy they’re more involved and able to see the pictures without having to ask for them.

Is there anything you want to share with our readers?
If you’re interested in a Bevy, we would like to share the code: iMum50 this will give you $50 off of Bevy!!
Thank you so much for talking with us today and sharing a bit about your company.  We really appreciated the chance to get to know you!

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

Interview with Henning Overgaard of Poly-Control

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Today’s interview is with Henning Overgaard of Danalock.  Please visit their website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Henning_Overgaard_2015Thank you for participating our interview. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I founded Poly-Control over ten years ago after I found that I was constantly giving out keys to my home to various people from dog walkers to my children and I was concerned about having so many keys out in public. As time has gone on, we have moved from a keypad model to a bluetooth enabled Danalock which can be opened from your phone, Bluetooth keyfob, virtual key or a physical key.  This means that you can set specific times that individuals can access your house (great for cleaners and dog walkers) as well as the ability to create virtual keys which can be one time use.

How did the idea for the Danalock  come about?

We created the Bridge App which you can install on your iPhone that allows you to unlock and lock your house door remotely.  The Danalock uses wi-fi and bluetooth to unlock the door remotely.  Using the app, you can lock and unlock your door and one of the new features is that you can turn off your home alarm as well when you unlock the door.  That means that if you are a parent and juggling groceries, a child or more, you can unlock the door without having to worry about shutting off the alarm.

 

danalockAs a mom that sounds like a great feature!  One thing I worry about though is forgetting to lock the door.

When you unlock the door via the app, you can deactivate your alarm.  Even better, if your home alarm is compatible with the app you can also set the alarm to re-lock and arm the alarm directly from your device instead of using the keypad.

Tell me more about the Danalock?

We created it to be used by everyone.  It’s simple to install in your home – even if you are renting.  You can retrofit your existing hardware by simply removing the back of your current deadbolt and then putting in a small retrofit kit which will allow you to install the Danalock without having to change out hardware or make larger holes in your door.  We have a video below, which shows you a bit more about the retrofit required, but it’s simple and straightforward for anyone to do.  The video shows a mom changing out the lock and installing the Danalock.

One of the other nice features of the Danalock is the ability for it to integrate with other #connectedhome devices including home automation, the Nest or Harmony thermostats.  You will be able to adjust heating and cooling, turn on and off lights as well as set or disarm your alarm system.

Can you share the pricing on the Danalock V2?

Sure, the Danalock V2 comes with two options.  The first is $179 which will have the Bluetooth only feature meaning you can unlock and lock your door using your device and the Bridge app.  You can also use a keyfob which is perfect for kids to enter and exit the home or perhaps a contractor.
The second Danalock is a dual version which includes Bluetooth and either Z-Wave or Zigbee compatability.  This means that you will be able to disable your home alarm system when you unlock your door and re-arm it when leaving your home without ever having to physically touch the keypad.  This version will be sold for $199.

We will be selling the Danalock V2 via Polycontrol, Amazon and other retailers by the end of November.

Henning, this product sounds like a great one for parents, those with young children or even older individuals who might have trouble opening the door.  I know that it would be great if I didn’t always have to pull out my keys to open the door and instead could do it via my iPhone.  I can’t wait to learn more about it!

 

 

Thank you so much for talking with us today and sharing a bit about your company.  We really appreciated the chance to get to know you!

 

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

Interview with Caroline Ingeborn COO of Toca Boca to Celebrate100 mIllion Downloads

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Toca Boca Celebrates 100M DownloadsToday’s interview is with Caroline Ingeborn, COO of Toca Boca

Thank you for participating our interview Caroline. Toca Boca announced this week that it had hit 100 million downloads- congratulations! That is quite a milestone.

 

Toca Boca is one of the world’s most popular kids app brands, what do you think has contributed most to its success?

At Toca Boca all our digital toys are open-ended play experiences made from the kids’ perspective. Our digital toys do not have levels or high scores, you can’t win or lose, it’s all about play. Our apps are also free of in-app purchases and third-party ads, so not only do kids love them, but parents can also trust them. I think another component is the commitment to gender neutrality — we don’t make apps for girls or boys, we make them for kids, all kids.

 

I understand that Toca Boca apps have been downloaded in over 200 countries – what gives them such global appeal ?

Our digital toys are all based on universal play patterns which enables kids everywhere to play with them. They are also free of text and dialogue, which helps remove languages barriers.

 

Do you find that the same apps are most popular the world over, or are there regional differences in which apps are most popular?

Most of our apps resonate globally. We find it tends to be parents who react to the apps differently based on cultural experiences most kids simply find them fun!

 

Tell us a little about how you test your apps- I understand you have quite a large team of kid testers!

Our play designers who are based in Sweden play test all of the apps. Each play designer has slightly different methods of testing, but all of the apps go through several rounds of testing and iterating based on the kids’ feedback.
Toca Boca’s apps have evolved a lot over the last few years – the earliest apps such as Toca Tea Party are much simpler than the Toca Life apps. With the newer apps are you aiming for an older target audience, or do you feel the younger children are demanding more complex apps now?

We are starting to create apps for a slightly wider audience, previously we focused on kids age 3-6 years and we’ve now broadened that to 3-9 years. I think in many ways we are growing with our users.

 

What do you envision for the future of kids apps in general and for Toca Boca specifically ?

Apps for kids are becoming more and more sophisticated and increasing in quality, which is great for kids. It is an interesting time to be in this industry.In terms of Toca Boca, we are looking forward to what is next. In addition to digital toys, we are exploring opportunities in consumer products and video. All of our future offerings will be uniquely designed from the kids’ perspective just as our digital toys are.

 

Thank you so much for talking with us today and sharing a bit about Toca Boca.  We really appreciated the chance to get to know you!

The iMums have reviewed many of Toca Boca’s apps read you read our review of their latest app Toca Life:City.

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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