COLLECTION OF YOUR INFORMATION
We may collect information about you in a variety of ways, such as in the App, Mailchimp, Apple Pay, Square, etc. The information we may collect via the Application depends on the content and materials you use, and includes:
Demographic and other personally identifiable information (such as your name and email address) that you voluntarily give to us when choosing to participate in various activities related to the Application, such as chat, posting messages in comment sections or in our forums, liking posts, sending feedback, and responding to surveys. If you choose to share data about yourself via your profile, online chat, or other interactive areas of the Application, please be advised that all data you disclose in these areas is public and your data will be accessible to anyone who accesses the Application.
Information our servers automatically collect when you access the Application, such as your native actions that are integral to the Application, including liking, re-blogging, or replying to a post, as well as other interactions with the Application and other users via server log files.
The Application may by default access your Facebook basic account information, including your name, email, gender, birthday, current city, and profile picture URL, as well as other information that you choose to make public. We may also request access to other permissions related to your account, such as friends, checkins, and likes, and you may choose to grant or deny us access to each individual permission. For more information regarding Facebook permissions, refer to the Facebook Permissions Reference page.
Data from Social Networks
User information from social networking sites, such as [social media sites that your mobile app connects to], including your name, your social network username, location, gender, birth date, email address, profile picture, and public data for contacts, if you connect your account to such social networks. This information may also include the contact information of anyone you invite to use and/or join the Application.
We may request access or permission to and track location-based information from your mobile device, either continuously or while you are using the Application, to provide location-based services. If you wish to change our access or permissions, you may do so in your device’s settings.
Mobile Device Access
We may request access or permission to certain features from your mobile device, including your mobile device’s [list all features that your app can connect to (eg. bluetooth)]. If you wish to change our access or permissions, you may do so in your device’s settings.
Mobile Device Data
Device information such as your mobile device ID number, model, and manufacturer, version of your operating system, phone number, country, location, and any other data you choose to provide.
We may request to send you push notifications regarding your account or the Application. If you wish to opt-out from receiving these types of communications, you may turn them off in your device’s settings.
Information from third parties, such as personal information or network friends, if you connect your account to the third party and grant the Application permission to access this information.
Data From Contests, Giveaways, and Surveys
Personal and other information you may provide when entering contests or giveaways and/or responding to surveys.
USE OF YOUR INFORMATION
Having accurate information about you permits us to provide you with a smooth, efficient, and customized experience. Specifically, we may use information collected about you via the Application to: [Choose from the options below, or add your own]
Administer sweepstakes, promotions, and contests.
Assist law enforcement and respond to subpoena.
Compile anonymous statistical data and analysis for use internally or with third parties.
Create and manage your account.
Deliver targeted advertising, coupons, newsletters, and other information regarding promotions and the Application to you.
Email you regarding your account or order.
Enable user-to-user communications.
Fulfill and manage purchases, orders, payments, and other transactions related to the Application.
Generate a personal profile about you to make future visits to the Application more personalized.
Increase the efficiency and operation of the Application.
Monitor and analyze usage and trends to improve your experience with the Application.
Notify you of updates to the Application.
Offer new products, services, mobile applications, and/or recommendations to you.
Perform other business activities as needed.
Prevent fraudulent transactions, monitor against theft, and protect against criminal activity.
Process payments and refunds.
Request feedback and contact you about your use of the Application.
Resolve disputes and troubleshoot problems.
Respond to product and customer service requests.
Send you a newsletter.
Solicit support for the Application.
DISCLOSURE OF YOUR INFORMATION
We may share information we have collected about you in certain situations. Your information may be disclosed as follows:
By Law or to Protect Rights
If we believe the release of information about you is necessary to respond to legal process, to investigate or remedy potential violations of our policies, or to protect the rights, property, and safety of others, we may share your information as permitted or required by any applicable law, rule, or regulation. This includes exchanging information with other entities for fraud protection and credit risk reduction.
Third-Party Service Providers
We may share your information with third parties that perform services for us or on our behalf, including payment processing, data analysis, email delivery, hosting services, customer service, and marketing assistance.
With your consent, or with an opportunity for you to withdraw consent, we may share your information with third parties for marketing purposes, as permitted by law.
Interactions with Other Users
If you interact with other users of the Application, those users may see your name, profile photo, and descriptions of your activity, including sending invitations to other users, chatting with other users, liking posts, following blogs.
When you post comments, contributions or other content to the Applications, your posts may be viewed by all users and may be publicly distributed outside the Application in perpetuity
We may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit the Application. These companies may use information about your visits to the Application and other websites that are contained in web cookies in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.
We may share your information with our business partners to offer you certain products, services or promotions.
The Application may display a third-party-hosted “offer wall.” Such an offer wall allows third-party advertisers to offer virtual currency, gifts, or other items to users in return for acceptance and completion of an advertisement offer. Such an offer wall may appear in the Application and be displayed to you based on certain data, such as your geographic area or demographic information. When you click on an offer wall, you will leave the Application. A unique identifier, such as your user ID, will be shared with the offer wall provider in order to prevent fraud and properly credit your account.
Social Media Contacts
If you connect to the Application through a social network, your contacts on the social network will see your name, profile photo, and descriptions of your activity.
Other Third Parties
We may share your information with advertisers and investors for the purpose of conducting general business analysis. We may also share your information with such third parties for marketing purposes, as permitted by law.
Sale or Bankruptcy
We are not responsible for the actions of third parties with whom you share personal or sensitive data, and we have no authority to manage or control third-party solicitations. If you no longer wish to receive correspondence, emails or other communications from third parties, you are responsible for contacting the third party directly.
Cookies and Web Beacons
You should be aware that getting a new computer, installing a new browser, upgrading an existing browser, or erasing or otherwise altering your browser’s cookies files may also clear certain opt-out cookies, plug-ins, or settings.
SECURITY OF YOUR INFORMATION
We use administrative, technical, and physical security measures to help protect your personal information. While we have taken reasonable steps to secure the personal information you provide to us, please be aware that despite our efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable, and no method of data transmission can be guaranteed against any interception or other type of misuse. Any information disclosed online is vulnerable to interception and misuse by unauthorized parties. Therefore, we cannot guarantee complete security if you provide personal information.
POLICY FOR CHILDREN
We do not knowingly solicit information from or market to children under the age of 13. If you become aware of any data we have collected from children under age 13, please contact us using the contact information provided below.
CONTROLS FOR DO-NOT-TRACK FEATURES
OPTIONS REGARDING YOUR INFORMATION
You may at any time review or change the information in your account or terminate your account by: [Choose from the options below, or add your own]
Logging into your account settings and updating your account
Contacting us using the contact information provided below
Emails and Communications
If you no longer wish to receive correspondence, emails, or other communications from us, you may opt-out by: [Choose from the options below, or add your own]
Noting your preferences at the time you register your account with the Application
Logging into your account settings and updating your preferences.
Contacting us using the contact information provided below
If you no longer wish to receive correspondence, emails, or other communications from third parties, you are responsible for contacting the third party directly.
We make it a point to know all of our competition, as well as the various global technology markets
very well. That means Agencies all the way down to 3rd world countries where people hire lower
cost developers. We also understand all the various frameworks, practices, “in” things
to do, etc.
Every now and then we do a sort of stealth survey for RFPs (Requests for Proposals) where we’ll
show Agencies or Freelancers a Mobile App or Website (ie. something we made, but we don’t
tell them that). We let them think we’re a client who “just wants something similar”.
And, then we get bids (and timelines) from them.
From these bids, we essentially know that anywhere on earth it would take any team, group of individuals
or company about $5M+ (and god knows how much actual time) to re-create our entire IP Portfolio.
And, by the time they actually did, it would all be obsolete - and we’d already
have the next wave of technology developed.
Who We Are
We’re a Chicago-based Technology Solutions company -
that specializes in creating high quality Native Mobile Apps, Responsive Websites, Web Apps, Software,
APIs, Frameworks, SDKs (software development kits for apps), etc.
We’ve been creating solutions for 20+ years and in that time we’ve
amassed a heck of a lot of technology, expertise, best practices, etc.
Our current digital IP Portfolio
is worth about $5M+. IP = Intellectual Property. That means all the
stuff we make that’s unique that can be used to create mobile apps, websites, etc. How do we know it’s
worth $5M+? Good question. Here’s that answer »
Yes, we’ve tried the VC-route and it wasted more valuable time than it helped. And, since we’re typically
2-5 years ahead of everybody, which has secured us some very big partnerships, we figured it was about time
we tried a different approach.
What Is A Fractional Partner?
To elaborate - just about everyone these days has a variety of side gigs, jobs and hustles.
So, it doesn’t make sense asking for any sort of major commitment in an effort to build something bigger.
So we came up with the idea of “fractional” partners.
Keep doing what you do - that, makes you valuable and connected. Then, if all the Partners simply give 5% of their
time - together we can create traction, opportunities and economies of scale that generate more value
and return for that 5% than we would’ve been able to do otherwise. Simple.
It’s really no different than what VCs are doing these days with pool investments. We’re just doing
it with effort, time, sweat equity, a few bucks a month, existing clients, etc.
Getting Started Is Easy
We want this program to be really easy and even fun for our Partners. Mostly, just keep doing what you
do - just also keep Pre-Order in mind as you go through the course of your normal week.
We believe Apps already effect everybody. Just look at the world around you. We also believe our Apps can
help just about any businesses or person imaginable because they have so many features already built-in.
So here's a list of suggestions for you:
1. Simply mention it to your clients, customers or just people in general
2. Do they already use Square?
Take note of what a business, cafe or restaurant uses for payments (Square is really recognizable
and if they already use it, then it makes them an easy target).
3. Share our Media Kits!
We've created 2 super cool PDF Media Kits for clients, customers, etc. One if for the Apps, the other
is for Branding & Design. Now, if you do design, then obviously don't share that one! We don't
want to take business from you! We want YOU to use these Apps to boost your business and demand!
We've learned from experience the Media Kits basically do all the heavy lifting for you, so you
don't even have to explain or know the product that well in the beginning.
You can think of it (if you want) as sort of just referring or relaying potential customers over
to us. You line em up, we'll knock em out! Then, send you a check (or technically a deposit or
4. Ask people if they want a free demo.
This is such a simple thing, but we've found that it's the
single most powerful thing that gets people to try our service. When they can hold an App in their
hands that has their logo and branding and their services or products - it's really jaw-dropping for
most people and instantly shifts their perspective to what it would be like to really have an App. It
sort of "sells" itself.
"Rich" Push Notifications
"Rich" Push Notifications are extremely powerful, built-in notifications that are even more advanced than
regular push notifications and almost no one outside of various multi-billion dollar companies has or
is offering them, yet alone offers them by default in an App.
Most businesses pay for the ability to send SMS Text Messages - we offer those AND Rich Push Notifications
for free - by default - already built in.
"Rich" Push Notifications allow you to embed video or images, plus
clickable website links. So just imagine the marketing power.
For example: You could behaviorially target Customers, then show them an image or video of their
favorite menu item, retail product or service, then put a clickable link at the end of the push
notification text that takes them directly to a special landing page that you've already built
analytics tracking into.
First and foremost, we’re almost like an extinct species. We make “Native”
Mobile Apps, whereas SO much of the tech industry centers around “Hybrid” Cross-Platforms.
Simply put - those are stupid. But, only because we exist and what we do is proof that it’s
Native - means, native to the environment of the devices that the App is made for. ie.
XCode (the platform) and Swift (the language)
are Apple's native App ecosystem. And, Android Studio and Java are Google's.
Basically, in a nutshell - a hybrid platform attempts to create mobile apps as one body of code, which
is supposed to make it easier to maintain, update and all of that (vs 2 separate ones). When in reality
it ends up costing
way more than just making 2 separate apps on each respective platform (ie. Apple and Google Play Android),
taking way longer and being way less stable.
For the most part, famous brands don't do that. They make Native Apps - but yeah, they have more money.
But if hybrids were so great, why don't famous brands do it more? And do you actually know of any famous
apps that ARE hybrid apps?
Think about it - you're trying to make one code base for 2 very distinctly different platforms owned by
2 very competitive behemoths (Apple and Google). That doesn't sound very smart.
We used to do it. And, we found out fast - it's murky. You're muddying the waters and chasing a moving
No matter how smart all these geniuses who support this madness are or claim to be - you know who they
aren't smarter than? Both Apple and Google. THEY have hundreds, if not thousands of the most talented
engineers on earth - and in case you missed it, they are BOTH device companies now.
In Apple's case, that's
the primary thing that's making them billions. So they are constantly working on new chipsets and hardware
to keep their phones (and tablets) fresh, so they can get people to buy or upgrade to the new ones.
And everytime they change
the insides of those phones, it sends a ripple effect down their ecosystem. And, do you know what's last
in the totem pole? Apps.
That whole device thing makes Apps a nightmare to keep updated and working, which
is precisely why it's stupid to even try to do it with hybrids.
Who can keep up with Apple and Google? They can't even keep up with
themselves, which is precisely why they release new phones and then constantly have to come out with OS
updates to fix stuff for months after a new phone releases.
The wiser thing to do, that is way more sustainable, way less expensive, way faster, etc. is to just
follow the damn rules that both Apple and Google layout for THEIR App systems. Simple. If they tell you
to do something a certain way, do it. Not because you're a follower or something. It doesn't mean you're
not talented and independent. It just means you acknowledge that THEY are the ones who control that platform
and it's inevitable that in 6 months (that's about how often they both release primary versions + S versions of
their phones and devices, right?) those App coding functions, logic and rules are going to change.
So when you go hybrid what you have to do is wait for some team to update THEIR platform to reflect Apple
and Google's recent changes, THEN update your App(s) vs just getting right now to updating your App(s)