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Are You Launching a New App or Tech Startup in Philadelphia? We Can Help

Philadelphia has become a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity in recent years. We have supported numerous tech startups in industries like home improvement, video games, transportation, and travel. If you need expertise, there’s no reason to go to Silicon Valley because ESQx has you covered in Philly.

If you’re planning to build a new app, there are several important considerations to keep in mind. Here are some key points to know before you start:

Key elements

Understanding the Entrepreneur's Journey

Many entrepreneurs are hard-working, motivated, and DIY-type people who like to move as fast as they possibly can. That can be both an advantage and a liability. Have you considered all of the necessary areas you need to understand to be successful? The tech entrepreneur’s journey usually will encompass the following areas:

  • Market Research: Before diving into app development, conduct thorough market research to identify the target audience, understand their needs, and explore potential competitors. This will help you refine your app idea and make it more relevant and competitive. 
  • Value Proposition: Ensure that your app idea addresses a specific problem or provides a unique value proposition to users. With so many apps in the market, having a clear USP can make your app stand out from the crowd.
  • Budget and Resources: Building an app can be expensive, so have a well-defined budget and secure the necessary resources to complete the development process. This might include hiring developers, designers, and other experts, as well as covering marketing costs.
  • Mobile Platforms: Decide whether you want to develop a native app (iOS or Android) or use cross-platform development tools. Each approach has its pros and cons, so choose the one that aligns with your target audience and budget.
  • User Experience (UX) and Design: A user-friendly and visually appealing design is crucial for app success. Invest time and effort in creating an intuitive and seamless user experience that encourages users to keep using your app.
  • App Development Team: If you don’t have the technical expertise, consider partnering with an experienced app development team. Look for local development agencies or freelancers with a good track record and positive reviews.
  • Legal and Regulatory Considerations: Make sure you comply with all relevant laws and regulations related to app development, data privacy, and intellectual property rights. Seek legal advice if needed.
  • Testing and Quality Assurance: Thoroughly test your app across various devices and platforms to identify and fix bugs and usability issues. Quality assurance is crucial to deliver a stable and reliable product.
  • Marketing and Launch: Plan your app’s marketing strategy in advance to create awareness and generate interest before the launch. Utilize social media, content marketing, and other channels to reach your target audience.
  • Post-launch Support and Updates: Building an app is an ongoing process. Be prepared to provide regular updates, address user feedback, and add new features to keep your app relevant and competitive.
  • Local Resources and Networking: Philadelphia has a growing tech community, and there might be local resources, events, and networking opportunities that can support your app development journey. Attend tech meetups, workshops, and conferences to connect with like-minded individuals and potential collaborators.


Design Process

Understanding the Design Process

Design Thinking, pioneered by Norman Nielsen Group, is a six-phase process which allows designers to craft unique and valuable concepts through three phases: (1) understand your users, (2) explore solutions, and (3) build solutions. 

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How We Help Tech Startups

During the startup process, it is essential to allocate time and budget to covering your legal bases and ensuring that everything you are planning to do is in compliance with the law.

  • Strategic Guidance: Are you doing the right things in the right order? Have you considered your legal options? Do you know which path to take?
  • Operating Agreement: The “constitution” of your company. Don’t skip this.
  • End User Agreement: The contract between you and your users. Essential.
  • Licensing and Insurance: Please don’t say you’re skipping this part! You need to be protected.
  • Terms and Conditions: Are you prepared to explain what users should expect from your service?
  • Trademark: Protect your brand from imposters.
  • Privacy Policy: How are you handling user data?
  • …And More: Depending on your complexity, there may be other ways in which we can serve you.

Life Is Short. Build Something Great.

Make a Dent in the Universe

The decision to build a business from its inception is a highly personal experience—and to some people rising to a spiritual one—where the budding entrepreneur starts his or her journey as a life-long wage earner accustomed to paltry 3% yearly raises, endless corporate virtue signaling, and tyrannical bosses who stifle their autonomy, resulting in a bleak career path devoid of meaning and purpose. “I went to college for this?” they ask themselves on a daily basis.

Yet, all hope is not lost on the startup entrepreneur. With a lot of hard work, a little luck, and the support of their attorney at ESQx Business Law, they ascend to a self-actualized future where they cultivate a personal standard of excellence that radiates from their work life to their personal life, creating a virtuous cycle of improvement which elevates them to new levels of life satisfaction previously unimagined. This satisfaction is built on themes common to a happy life, including autonomy in one’s work, the ability to create a legacy, and the opportunity to take part in the American dream through free enterprise

So, forgive us for asking so bluntly: what are you waiting for?

In working with countless entrepreneurs, we believe there are three major qualities that they possess: real skills, dislike of mediocrity, and acceptance of risk. In fact, we’ve written extensively about this subject on our blog if you’re interested.

  • If you have skills, then you can sell these skills and therefore have the beginnings of a successful business. Period. 
  • If you dislike mediocrity, you will do well in 21st century America where it seems to be all around us. Do better than average and you will have extraordinary outcomes.
  • If you can conquer your fear of risk, you will flourish. Risk is what keeps people stuck. Without risk, there cannot be reward. Learn to control your fear of risk through meditation and Stoic philosophy.

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There’s so much more we want to tell you about forming a business if you’ll give us the chance! If you’re ready to receive experienced business law formation advice, don’t hesitate to reach out today. We can’t wait to meet you. Did we mention every consultation is free?

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