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Publisher's Summary

The ultimate guide to building an app-based business - now revised and updated

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 and 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, or if you're a gifted developer, a 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.

©2014 George Berkowski (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"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)
"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)

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There are interesting ideas

There are interesting idea, but nothing new under the sun. It talks a little bit about Lean Startup and Scrum applied to Apps. Generally if you are a developer and you read the lean startup, I don't think you gain much out of this book.

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More of a business business book.

The first part of the book discussed a few intersting bits on building a good app and then the rest of it was about the business side of running a company, and mostly about raising funds. A few well known apps were used as examples and discussed mostley thier figures, valuations and buyouts. I enjoyed some of analysis tools and metrics for measuring the profitability and effectiveness of an app, but otherwise found the 2nd half of the book a bit dry. This is definitely a book more suited for entrepreneurs than developers.

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Jam Packed with Great Comparisons and Metrics to Follow

This is a great book with a lot of applicable tips tricks, and metrics. You receive insight into the stories of some of the wildly successful apps and the way they got up there.

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Understanding the App Business

I found this book loaded with information for running an app business. Even though it is really geared to running a venture backed company, there where many take-aways for someone who is running a smaller organization.

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Good book if you have nothing to do with Tech

At chapter 3 and the data so far have not learnt one new thing as yet .
People like apps
People like social apps
Steve Jobs is awesome

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The Best You Can Read

Hands down the Best book in this field. i have enjoyed it & i love it!

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Not what I thought it would be

Not what it seems title misleading Not a how to book at all for apps

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much better than I thought it would be

The name kind of threw me off at first. I figured it would be some gimmicky book full of selling you their services, but it wasn't. it's literally a how to book on how to get into the billion dollar app club.
some things might be a bit dated by now, but not too much, and that doesn't mean the info isn't still valuable. business is still business.

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Informative!

I recommend this book to anyone with a vision to build a app or in the process of building! Two thumps up! Extremely helpful.

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A bit too old now

Aside from the story being 5 years old in the Tech industry there were few nuggets hidden throughout the entire book which I felt I covered a lot of ground to embarry each 1. Not a very efficient Reid.

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  • 01-04-18

Worth my time reading! Excellent

Gave a great insight into app industry and history. understand what involved in developing and growing an app business.

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  • 05-09-20

Definitely interesting!

Listening in 2020 and it seems quite outdated (but by nature of talking about tech companies that’s expected)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-22

excellent

Realistic, based on real world. Very indepth with fantastic insight. Definatley buy this audio book.

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  • Bjorn Bradshaw-Murray
  • 01-24-22

Insightful

Loved it! Such a wonderful insight into the world of app development and the movements of some of the key players in that world.
A must read if you are interested in breaking into that market

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  • 01-10-22

Lots of useful knowledge

Lots of useful knowledge and concepts to keep in mind when building an app

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-21

👌🏾

The reader, the content and all is superb. This is my first book on Audible and I looovve it

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  • Cheesam
  • 10-29-20

Interesting but repetitive

Obviously if are building an app it’s very useful to learn how to scale the business. It felt like some sections were repeated at points. This will be something of a reference book and likely you’d come back to it which is why it may do this.

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  • Julia Lau
  • 09-23-20

Very informative

It is a very detail and useful book about building an app to success!! Great book and nicely read

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  • 09-18-20

Satisfying delivery.

I wish if George, discussed more in depth details about the backend development and software development methods in general for all these apps he's mentioned and given examples of.

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  • David
  • 05-16-20

A truly inspirational and practical look at the world of extremely valuable App companies

George shares the stories of his and others successes in a very informative and entertaining way. One of the few books I want to read again.

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  • App builder
  • 04-29-19

There is nothing that this book teaches you

Everybody knows Whatsapp sold for $19 billion, snapchat was good and Instagram was acquired and so on and so forth. The author clearly has no idea of how to build an app like that and is beating around the bush , repeatedly talking about apps that the world already knows. I have never rated an audio book earlier and I felt compelled to rate this, because of my disappointment.

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  • Simon Anderson
  • 09-28-20

Covers a lot or great factors

I wish I listened to this 5 years ago. Covers a lot of great factors that I had to learn the long way. Its good advice and should be considered in all app start up adventures. I do wish they made simple edits, by updating the stats on the company's they mentioned. Its 2020, a lot has changed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-18-18

loved it!

half way through my seed capital raise I found this booked confirmed a few things I was wondering re direction and gave me confidence I am on the right track in early stages and now given me a plan to follow. #billion app. 😁

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  • Hep
  • 01-25-18

Touches on everything

The book shares some great tips and insights into how to think and prepare your app for greatness. I really enjoyed this and gained a lot from it as someone who is on this journey themselves. it was narrated clearly and even at 1.4x I could follow it easily.