U Posted by Laura Moller
\ January 17, 2014

This week we highlight Apper — an app-building platform that is experiencing rapid growth and receiving rave reviews. We also share some insight into raising funds from friends and family, with tips to navigate the (sometimes tricky) process.

Apper Lets Anyone Build and Design Custom Apps

Apper, developed by iGenApps, is a do-it-yourself, no-coding solution for creating apps. Anyone can now create mobile apps affordably and quickly, even if they have no knowledge of code or computer engineering. Apper is compatible with Apple, Android and Amazon devices, creating a platform that is truly universal.

With rave reviews from outlets like CNET, Tech Cocktail, Complex and more, the Apper technology is patent protected and up and running. The platform has alredy gained more than 75,000 users that have created more than 82,000 apps. The team has already processed over 6,000 payments for the use of their software from users all over the world.

The Apper team was recently chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO conference in Silicon Valley and named Startup of the Year 2014. They are working to expand their team and ramp up operations.

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3 Things to Know Before Raising From Friends & Family

You’ve got the great idea and the right skills to start up a business, but where do you get the cash to make the dream a reality? As poll after poll shows, raising funds from friends and family is one of the top resources used by entrepreneurs to start their businesses.

When it comes to other forms of raising capital — drawing from your own savings, or getting a loan or line of credit from a financial institution — the rules are pretty clear. But when approaching family or friends for an equity investment or a loan to get a business rolling, it’s easy to be, well, less than business-like. After all, it’s Mom, Dad, Uncle Frank, Aunt Tilly or your best buddy from college. What could go wrong? Well, a lot.

Read on for tips to navigate the friends and family fundraising process.

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