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How to Build a Billion Dollar App : Discover the Secrets of the Most Successful Entrepreneurs of Our Time - George Berkowski

How to Build a Billion Dollar App

Discover the Secrets of the Most Successful Entrepreneurs of Our Time

Paperback Published: 9th September 2014
ISBN: 9780349401379
Number Of Pages: 480

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An accessible, step-by-step guide to building an app-based business which will be essential reading for anybody who has an idea for an app but is unsure of where to start.


Apps have changed the way we communicate, shop, play, interact and travel and their phenomenal popularity has presented possibly the biggest business opportunity in history.

In How To Build A Billion Dollar App, serial tech entrepreneur George Berkowski gives you exclusive access to the secrets behind the success of the select group of apps that have achieved billion-dollar success.

Berkowski draws exclusively on the inside stories of the billion-dollar app club members, including Instagram, Whatsapp, Snapchat, Candy Crush and Uber to provide all the information you need to create your own spectacularly successful mobile business. He guides you through each step, from an idea scribbled on the back of an envelope, through to finding a cofounder, building a team, attracting (and keeping) millions of users, all the way through to juggling the pressures of being CEO of a billion-dollar company (and still staying ahead of the competition).

If you've ever dreamed of quitting your nine to five job to launch your own company, you're a gifted developer, seasoned entrepreneur or just intrigued by mobile technology, How To Build A Billion Dollar App will show you what it really takes to create your own billion-dollar, mobile business.

About the Author

George Berkowski is a serial entrepreneur who has built businesses in manned space flight, online dating, transportation and mobile apps. He is one of the minds behind the internationally successful taxi hailing app Hailo where he led the product team until September 2013. George studied rocket science and economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and business at the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris. He was Chairman of MIT's Enterprise Forum in the UK and is heavily involved in the UK and US startup scenes. George now divides his time between London and Silicon Valley.

Industry Reviews

George Berkowski knows from the front line how to build fast-scaling digital businesses. Don't start one of your own without taking his advice - David Rowan, Editor, Wired magazine

A fascinating deep dive into the world of billion-dollar apps. Essential reading for anyone trying to build the next must-have app - Michael Acton Smith, Founder and CEO, Mind Candy

A practical guide on how to start your mobile app company. A must read for anyone who wants to start a mobile app business - Riccardo Zacconi, founder and CEO King Digital (maker of Candy Crush Saga)

The first book to take a detailed, insightful behind-the-scenes look at the mobile app world. A must read for anyone who wants to know what it takes to build an app into a successful business - Hugo Barra, VP, Xiaomi (and former VP, Android Product Management, Google)

I loved this book. It provides an entertaining and rigorous yet very practical guide to success in the brave new world of mobile technology. I will never look at apps the same way again - Bill Aulet, Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and author of Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup

George has combined his own experience at Hailo with a thoughtful study of the iconic mobile companies of this era to provide a helpful guide to entrepreneurs and investors trying to understand the emerging mobile economy - Adam Valkin, General Partner At General Catalyst Partners, And Formerly Venture Partner At Accel Ventures

Distilling lessons from the leading mobile internet startups, George offers unique insight into the app economy, the biggest and fastest wealth-creating opportunity in history - Paul Forster, co-founder and former CEO, Indeed

In his new work, George Berkowski delivers a compulsively readable business book; it's a rollicking yet rigorously detailed ride through the process of creating a breakthrough app-based business. Berkowski's engaging account of the rise of the app economy provides an insider's view on entrepreneurial best practices, as illustrated by first-hand insights into the people - and their ventures - who have triumphed by exploiting the mobile revolution. It's a richly rewarding read - Jeffrey F. Rayport, Faculty, Harvard Business School

ISBN: 9780349401379
ISBN-10: 0349401373
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 9th September 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.3  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.63
Edition Number: 1

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