A few months ago in July 2014 I wrote this post in my personal blog about an app idea I had: Short App - Short reads from your favorite blogs. It’s about an app that offers only the shortest articles. This was the very first Prototype.
I’m a huge user of Pocket - the Read-It-Later App for iOS, that also has great Browser add-ons and ReadingPack - the Social Reading List. As I mentioned in the blog post, I’m saving so many articles I find online but I can barely keep up with reading all of them.
Short was supposed to change this. With Short, I would only have shorter articles which I'm more likely to read - pulled from my always growing Reading lists. The app should filter the articles measured on reading time.
So I told some friends about this App idea and was pretty excited about it. My friend Enric Enrich, who I know from Twitter, offered me his help in developing the app. Wow! That’s so cool. He was ready to take his free time to develop the app with me as a side project, while also working for Doist as an iOS & Mac Developer for their awesome Products. Like Todoist. It’s a To Do App that helps you get things done. Like Short should get your reading done in a quick way. He’s working remotely from Menorca, Spain while I’m here in Nuremberg, Germany. I couldn’t be more happy to have him on the team.
We started researching, designing and developing the app. Also we created a Facebook Feedback Group with all our friends and people who want to help us create the app.
Since then we released 8 Betas before the launch with 83 external and 2 internal Testers, 545 Email Subscribers, 183 Social Media Followers/Likes and 33 people in our facebook feedback group.
The app has been featured on BetaList, Startupli.st, LaunchingNext, IdeaSquares, Erlibird, and NextStartup before the launch and we set up a landingpage with an email sign up form. Here we generated 514 subscribers until today who we will inform when the app is ready.
We can't wait for the launch and hear what you think about the app.
Who is behind Short?
Alex Muench, 25, Graphic Designer from Nuremberg, Germany
Enric Enrich, 20, iOS & Mac Developer at Doist from Menorca, Spain