When I started the year, I had big plans for music. I started playing piano in August of last year, exactly a year ago. When 2013 turned the corner, I never had it in mind that I would create an app and a business from the ground up.
I got to know Muhammad at the gym where I live. He used to workout there with his brother Ali. A friendly guy with a seemingly warm nature. I remember thinking, “Gee I gotta be careful with this guy. Muslims can be sensitive and socially conservative, and I’m a loud-mouthed New Yorker.” By chance we decided, you know what why don’t we try hanging out. It turns out he’s one the realest people I’ve met since I moved to California, and definitely someone I can look up to. One evening we met for tea and talked about our hobbies and interests. Photography, Piano, Kids, Traveling, and so on. No where in that list was anything about making apps.
We proceeded to hangout after that and Muhammad would come over and listen to me play piano. He really enjoyed seeing me play live. I could tell he was a guy with a lot of passion for the things he liked. I would always encourage him to maybe give it a try, or at least go back to his photography hobby. He would always say how little time for that. I laugh at that now, knowing just how much time each us has put into this collective undertaking. You really do make time for what’s important.
So one afternoon I ran into Muhammad after a workout. He wanted to ask for my professional opinion and advice on an idea he had come up with, with a friend called Brian, who is our other Co-Founder. He wanted to know how feasible the idea for an app might be and whether it was even remotely possible. I just so happened to be a Software Engineer at the right place at the right time. The rest, as they say, is history. That’s my copout to keep this somewhat short. I’ll post more backstory on the Skopout facebook page for those interested.
I never would have imagined that we could take this idea from our mind, from the walls of my apartment, from the late-night discussions, and bring it to life, to my fingertips. Almost anyone can come up with a novel idea. But to make it *real*! There’s something truly special and remarkably satisfying in that.
Well, I’ve been cooking this thing for about 5 months now. As a three man team with me as the only Engineer, we’ve had to make due with what we could. So here it is, Skopout (beta). Yes beta because we reserve the right to make mistakes along the way and to drastically change things to keep it alive.This is my first time making an app.
I would like to thank all the alpha testers for their support:
bbakas, dudushi, aminam, lauraloo, jaboory89, danil, mliam, seconstantine, djaff, flowelectriko, highyellowstyles, rich, a24le0la, jaquirog, periklis, alphapack, desertrider, wellington, loosechange, ttrip, amado, yiannikos, ashami, kmo917, jwellington
Thanks for being our guinea pigs. Your feedback really helped us refine and tune the app to what it is today.
To be honest I have no idea where thing will go. I don’t think any of us do. We’ve got a dream, and a vision, but all we can do is put it out there and see where it goes. But at the end of the day, we can point our fingers to that app that’s on the market and say, “You know what, I made that.”