How to start your own online gaming site: 6 Tips to Put Into Action?

The online gaming industry is the most popular industry for the gamers of present era as it has made several things easier for them by providing the comfort of playing their favorite game anywhere they want without having to carry their laptops with them. In the past, the gamers faced a lot of trouble as they were bound to carry laptops with them so that they can play their favorite games.

This trend is increasing every day and the gamers are moving towards the online platforms to save their progress regularly. The race has just started and it will reach its peak in the coming years. If you want to become a giant in this industry, you must start your gaming site today. Here are some helpful tips that you can bring into action to start your own online gaming site.

Hiring an expert developer or becoming one

Only an expert game developer can help run an online gaming website successfully. If you want to run a successful site, you must consider hiring a game developer today but you must keep in mind that hiring a game developer is quite expensive. If you can’t afford to hire a game developer, you must start learning game development yourself. It may take some time but the results will be extremely amazing as you won’t have to rely on someone to make changes to your site.

Preparing a team of friends

You don’t have enough money to start a gaming site and promote it properly. You may ask different friends to become your partner and learn different skills that are important for starting and promoting the site successfully.

Visiting different sites

Before you think of starting your own gaming site, you must take a look at other gaming sites that are running nowadays so that you may design something more creative and appealing. You must think from a gamer’s perspective that what kind of things a gamer wants on a gaming site.

Reliable hosting

You must consider buying the hosting from a reliable hosting provider that may not let you down at any phase of your journey. There are plenty of hosting providers available these days but you must only choose the one that is committed to providing the excellent quality services to their customers.

Offer Free Games

You must start your site by offering free games because if you started promoting paid games in the beginning, the gamers won’t get attracted to your site as they don’t have any idea of what type of games you’re providing them. You must consider adding the Juegos De Friv Gratis to your site to attract more and more customers.

Promotional Videos

You can create promotional videos of the games you’re providing on your site and then you can post those videos to different online platforms. This will help promote your website quickly after its beginning. Click here and take a look at how can you start your own gaming site.…

10 Things Founders Can Do for the Startup Ecosystem

A few months ago, I wrote a blog post about why the ecosystem is important for startup founders. In it, I described some of the reasons your local startup ecosystem can affect you personally and your company’s success. If there is a healthy network of investors, companies, and service providers in an area, everyone benefits.

But what can founders can do to help their local ecosystem flourish?Especially on a startup schedule (and budget), it can be hard to dedicate time or resources to enhancing the common good. Nobody running a new company can afford to be a one-person Chamber of Commerce on the side.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that hard. Keeping the local ecosystem in mind when you’re making everyday decisions can help both your company and the startup market in your city grow and prosper.

So here’s a list of things founders can do for their ecosystems, for their companies, and for their own careers.

  1. Stay put. Outside investors and some other entrepreneurs will encourage you to move to the Valley, to New York, or somewhere else. You need to do what’s best for your company, but it’s best for the ecosystem if you stay where you are.
  2. Stay in touch. Being a visible part of the local community keeps the fabric of the community together. People will point at you and say, “See? There are startups in this town.” Go to events, meet other founders, give talks, blog, tweet.
  3. Don’t hide your location. There’s a temptation to hide where your company is, so you’re not stigmatized for it. Avoid that temptation. Most of your real customers don’t care where you are, and those people who do — investors and potential partners — are going to find out anyways. Fly the flag proudly.
  4. Use local products. If another local startup launches a product, use it — visibly. Give feedback to the company. Give it the benefit of the doubt.
  5. Partner with local startups. If you can, find a way to put your company’s prestige behind other local startups. Do they have a widget or some other tool you could put on every user page, say? Try to find synergies that work.
  6. Build a local team. Sure, virtual workgroups work. You want the best, and your company deserves it — even if that team is thousands of miles apart. But if you can, try to find people locally who can do the job as well. If possible, try to convince your remote team members to move to your city. The more talented people there are in your city, the more robust the community becomes.
  7. Be a sponsor. Local events are usually cheap to sponsor. They help to galvanize the community and give it visibility. They also help make talented developers or others feel like there’s “something going on” in your city. There are other things to sponsor: blogs, clubs, hackerspaces.
  8. Mentor. You don’t have to have 4 exits and a global business network to be a mentor. No matter how early you are in the startup process, there are others who are behind you. Give them the benefit of your experience. Even in the most robust ecosystems, there are at most a few dozen people who’ve gone through what you have recently. That experience is like gold to other founders.
  9. Make introductions. Investors need to meet founders, and founders need to meet investors. If you can make an introduction, it may be a key factor in getting someone funded. But that’s not the only introduction that matters: introducing employees, other founders, the press, government officials strengthens the web of connections that forms an ecosystem. It takes a few seconds, but can make a big difference.
  10. Invest. If you have an exit with a decent cash-out, you can help significantly in the local ecosystem by investing (re-investing?) that money in new startups. You don’t have to be a billionaire or carry an entire Series A by yourself — just a $10K seed investment can make the difference between life and death for a new team. Combining your funds with other founders in seed funds or angel groups can stretch your influence.

As I said before, founders have to put their companies first – ahead of other factors like ecosystem. But that doesn’t mean that the interests of your region and of your company can’t be aligned.

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AppDirect Brings Web-based Software to Small Businesses

At the end of April, AppDirect announced a $3.25 million financing roundled by iNovia Capital. The founders, Daniel Saks and Nicolas Desmarais, are both Montrealers but the company is based in San Francisco.

AppDirect is a free and private Application Network that allows businesses to find, buy, and use web-based software. With one seamless interface, businesses can subscribe to applications, assign colleagues to multiple apps, and pay just one monthly bill for all their subscriptions. Through its network of branded Marketplaces, AppDirect provides Application Developers with a single point of integration to reach millions of businesses across the globe. For Channel Partners, AppDirect is the fastest and most economical way to launch a branded web-based business application marketplace.

NextMontreal: What are your backgrounds?

Daniel: Nick holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Amherst College. Prior to founding AppDirect, Nicolas worked at Bain & Company as a management consultant. At AppDirect, Nicolas oversees product development, channel development, and investor relations.

I graduated with a BA from McGill University and a Masters of Liberal Arts in Management from Harvard University. I have experience in investment banking at Viant Group in San Francisco and in wealth management from RBC in Toronto. I oversee sales & marketing, vendor & channel relations and HR.

NextMontreal: Is this your first startup?

Daniel: We’ve been passionate about entrepreneurship since childhood. Nicolas started a driveway sealing company for a summer. I had created the “Fallsview Tourist Center” providing tourists to Niagara Falls with packaged bus tours of the area. When at McGill, I also arranged a bus trip to Tremblant with a few friends which later went on to become Campus Vacations; a leader in student travel across North America.

NextMontreal: What have you learned so far?

Daniel: One of the most interesting things we’ve learned is just how much demand there is for web-based software among small businesses, but how nascent the industry is at the same time. A recent Microsoft study estimated that 80% of businesses will be using web-based applications by 2014, but although hundreds of developers are creating apps, very few companies have emerged to help meet the needs of the users of these applications. For example, we conducted a survey with Bell last year that showed that a majority of small business owners want features like single-sign on, access management, and unified billing. However, as of today, AppDirect is the only company creating marketplaces that provide all of these features.

NextMontreal: Why San Francisco and not Montreal?

Daniel: Both Nicolas and I were working in San Francisco prior to starting the company. It made sense to keep the company in California.

Canada is an incredible country with a growing start-up community. There are incredibly successful companies in our space such as Shopify, Freshbooks, Hootsuite, Tungle and Rypple, that are still based in Canada. I would certainly encourage Canadian start-ups to visit the Bay area and bring home some of the best-practices in building a start-up community. However, it is not imperative to move to San Francisco.

NextMontreal: It looks like you provide both a destination site at AppDirect.com but also a whitelabel service, such as the one with Bell?

Daniel: We view ourselves as having three different groups of customers: channel distributors, businesses, and applications developers. AppDirect.com is designed for businesses who want to test out the features of our marketplace. Our white-label service meets the needs of all three groups. Below, we’ve provided a breakdown of the basic value proposition our white-label service provides to each group:

For channel distributors, like our partners at Bell Canada, AppDirect provides the fastest and most economical way to launch a branded business application marketplace.

When businesses sign up to an AppDirect marketplace, they can get the appropriate applications through our recommendation engine, assign colleagues to the apps they need, and pay one monthly bill for all subscriptions.

Application developers can reach millions of businesses across the globe through a single point of integration within the AppDirect network.

NextMontreal: How did you pick the 30 or so apps that go into the marketplace to start? How many more will you add? How do you select those?

Daniel: We select apps based on a rigorous, four-step process. We begin by selecting apps that are best-suited to the needs of the customer bases of our channels. Next, we evaluate the applications to ensure they meet our high standards for security and customer support. Then, we contract the applications. Finally, we deliver the apps to our marketplaces with unified billing and provisioning, single-sign-on, and access management. Using this process, we expect to syndicate somewhere between 100-150 additional applications.

NextMontreal: The Bell Business App store just launched – what’s reaction been like so far?

Daniel: The reaction has been very positive. It’s clear that there’s a lot of interest in the Canadian business community around web-based software. Our main focus this year has been to generate even more interest and use that interest to motivate business owners to educate themselves about the benefits of web-based software. The more people know about web-based software, the more they are going to be willing to purchase applications in the future. Particularly in comparison to old legacy systems, this new model just makes so much more sense economically.

NextMontreal: The marketplace you provide also provides additional functionality – user management and administration across all apps – correct? What other functionality is managed through the app store vs. individual apps?

Daniel: We are really seeking to provide a seamless, end-to-end user experience to meet the expressed needs of the rapidly growing community of SaaS users. As I mentioned above, we conducted an extensive survey to determine what those needs were, and we found that the majority of businesses were seeking a place to find, buy, and use their applications in one location. So, we have created a recommendation engine to guide users to the best apps, and we have provided all the information users need to make an informed purchase decision on the app profile. Once an app is purchased, administrators can provision apps to users and pay for their subscriptions on one monthly bill. Best of all, users can sign-in to all of their applications with in one place with one set of login credentials.

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