MiKandi is thankful… for you!

What a difference a year makes

MiKandi celebrated our one year anniversary over the four day weekend. And my oh my, what a year has it been! When we launched quietly to developers only last year, we thought we’d be lucky if a tech blog or two wrote us up and hopefully we’d get a handful of developers signed up. Thankfully, things didn’t turn out as planned as they rarely do. The launch of MiKandi the world’s first app store for adults really struck a chord. On Thanksgiving weekend 2009, we were on back to back phone, Skype, and email interviews; lighting up Twitter; featured on more than 200 articles; rising downloads.. all with just 1 live app, Dildroid, in the app store.

A new breed of app store

From the onset, we sought to be an app store that treats you as an adult. That meant providing developers the space to publish and share apps without censorship, giving consumers the ability to get the apps that they want, and treating everyone with personal respect.

We faced some obstacles along the way that are unique to adult companies, some that are unique to mobile companies. We’re a young company and we’re learning new lessons as we go.  After all, we are the first of our kind.  ;)

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Our supporters understand that what we represent is more than just adult apps and their continued patience helped us move forward towards our goals.  Thanks to that patience and support, on our one year anniversary we launched the NEW MiKandi App Store.  The New MiKandi features completely new design and navigation, MiKandi’s virtual currency called MiKandi Gold, and payment support for premium adult apps.

Thank you!

In the spirit of the recent holiday we celebrated here in the US, we’d like to say that we’re thankful for all of you in the MiKandi community- fans, developers, users, and press-who have supported us over the past year.  We’ve got lots more in store for 2011!

Cheers!

MiKandi Team

Devs: What makes a great entrepreneur?

Do you ask yourself this question?  You should.  If you have an app on MiKandi, or any market for that matter, you’re a entrepreneur.  But are you a great one?

Investor Brad Feld of Foundry Group shares his insight on his blog, in which he says the following:

I get asked similar questions, including the inevitable “what makes a great entrepreneur?”  When I’m on a VC panel, I’m always amused by the answers from my co-panelists as they are usually the same set of “VC cliches” which makes it even more fun when I blurt out my answer.

A complete and total obsession with the product.”

Makes sense, doesn’t it?  You supplied your Product to meet a demand and serve a need.  You had the foresight and ability to create another stream of distribution and revenue for yourself.  Do you have the right attitude to make your business stand out?

We get it.  We’re in the same boat as you.  MiKandi is a small group of entrepreneurs, the first of our kind in the mobile app industry.  And while being first-to-market has definitely given us amazing exposure, we wouldn’t have been able to sustain the momentum without “a complete and total obsession with the product.”  Want to know what we see when we close our eyes?  This.  Day in, day out, we continue to build upon our product, take in feedback from our developer community, personally answer emails, fix bugs (thank you for your patience!), and launch, launch, launch.

Continues Feld,

Not interested, not aware of, not familiar with, but obsessed.  Every discussion trends back toward the product.  All of the conversations about customer are really about how the customer uses the product and the value the product brings the customer.  The majority of the early teams are focused entirely on the product, including the non-engineering people.  Product, product, product.

What is your product and what makes it great?  As your MiKandi Team works on the launch of our brand new User Web Portal, we ask you to log into the Dev Portal, and spend some time to obsess over your app.  Make sure your descriptions are succinct and interesting, upload beautiful app icons and clear screenshots.

If you’re in the process of developing an app, think about how your product adds value to the consumer.  A quick poll of our readers reveal that they are looking for Games, Entertainment, and Comic apps.  Need ideas?  Holla atcha team!  We’re constantly kicking around app ideas, and would love to share them with you!  Email us at developer@mikandi.com, or check out our blog post entitled Give the People What They Want for tips on.. giving the people what they want.

AVN Photos

It’s been a couple of days since the team has put foot on familiar (and drenched) soil (Seattle, wuddya expect?).  We thought we’d share some of our experiences at AVN with you, but first pictures of porn stars!  We get a little starstruck, after all.

Some photos have been omitted to protect the not-so-innocent.

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